The Angelina College Swinging Roadrunner Jazz Combo and the ACC Big Band will offer a special concert in honor of Cinco de Mayo at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5 at AC’s Hudgins Hall Auditorium.

The bands’ performance will include several Latin standards, along with some of the genre’s most recognizable music.

Director Larry Greer leads the program, with his musicians resurrecting selections from contemporary music and jazz standards, as well as big band standards immortalized by legendary performers.

The Swinging Roadrunner Jazz Combo’s will include “Speak No Evil” (W. Shorter); “So Nice” (M. Valle); “Little Sunflower” (F. Hubbard); “Night in Tunisia” (D. Gillespie); and “Mercy, Mercy” (J. Zawinul).

Members of the Jazz Combo are Corey House (Lufkin), alto sax; Maxi Veijo (Lufkin), tenor sax; Kolby Branton (Cushing), trumpet; Triston Conway (Lufkin), trombone; Jordan Linstrom (Huntington), bass; Josh Murray (Huntington), bass; Stewart Haas (Hudson), guitar; and Ethan Landrum (Hudson), drum set.

The ACC Big Band consists both local and student musicians. A 15-piece orchestra, the band is comprised of retired professional musicians, band directors, professionals from other fields and former students playing swing era tunes from the golden years of American music.

The ACC Big Band’s set includes several classics, including “Blue Bossa” (K. Dorham); “St. Thomas” (S. Rollins); “Softly as a Morning Sunrise” (S. Romberg); and “Mambo Hot” (V. Lopez).

Performers for the ACC Big Band include the following:

Saxophones – Michael Parrish (alto 1); Corey House (alto 2); Dixon Shanks (lead tenor); Amanda Brown (tenor 2); and Bethe Girardi (baritone). Trombones – Robert Shanks, Jeff Sorey (lead), Lavan Watts and Jimmy Battle (bass). Trumpets – Dwain Forsythe (lead), Ricky Gay, and Mel Miller. Rhythm Section – Eric Chinn (piano), J.D. Salas (bass), Larry Greer (guitar) and Joey Monk (drum set).

Tickets for the performance are $4 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, students and children.

For more information, contact the AC Fine Arts Division at (936) 633-5233.

Lee Miller
Lee Miller was born in Denison, TX and grew up in East Texas with his family. He studied music education at Stephen F. Austin State University taking a job in television on his last day of student teaching. Lee also provides business authoritative expertise to the broadcast industry as a consultant. Presently he is CEO of MSG Resources LLC, which specializes in consulting within broadcast best practices, distribution technologies and media strategy mastery. - - - - - Lee Miller is a well-known veteran of the broadcast media industry with particular experience in leading for-profit and non-profit broadcasting organizations. His career began in Lufkin, Texas in the early 80’s where he progressed from studio operations to creative services and network management. Mr. Miller has since received various professional designations and memberships such as Society of Broadcast Engineers accredited frequency coordinator, The Energy Professionals Association Certified Energy Consultant, and National Religious Broadcasters Television Committee & past Chair. Lee also serves as the Executive Director of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, is a member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee and is proud to be part of Texas Association of Broadcasters Golden Mic Club, highlighting extraordinary careers in broadcasting. Continued engagement with his community is at the core of his business practices serving on the board of the Salvation Army and as keyboardist for the contemporary worship band at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Lee lives near Lufkin Texas on one of his family’s tree farms located in the Texas Forest Country region north of Houston. He is married to Kenla and has two grown children, Joshua, COO of MSGPR Ltd Co and Morgan, a Critical Care ICU RN.

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