Orchestra rocks Evening of Jazz

Hannah Scroggs
Graphics and Online Editor

Crowder Jazz Band will be the main entertainment at the Evening of Jazz to Benefit Crowder College Foundation on April 29 at the Neosho Civic.

Todd Hastings, Director of the band as well as trumpet soloist, founded the Jazz Orchestra eight years ago at the suggestion of Bob Ensor.

According to Hastings, “Right now Bob Ensor is the only person associated with Crowder.”

The diverse members of the 18 piece band have a wide variety of experience.

Hastings said, “We’ve had some students, university students, mostly professionals and educators.”

Some members having performed with big musicians such as Doc Severinsen, Joe Williams, Harry Mancini, Wayne Newton, Bob Mintzer and the Woody Herman Orchestra.

The Evening of Jazz is one of quite a few performances the Jazz orchestra will perform at throughout the year.

“We’re excited to play for the event and we look forward to people showing up to it” said Hastings.

The evening will begin at 6 with wine and hors d’oeuvres, then the orchestra will begin performing at 7. Tickets are $30 each or $275 to reserve a table for 8. To purchase the fast selling tickets call 417-455-5646.

There will also be a raffle for a Fabulous Branson Getaway for Four. The giveaway includes a 2 night condo stay, and tickets to famous Branson attractions such as Silver Dollar city, Ride the Ducks, Showboat Branson Belle the Titanic Museum and more.

You can also see the Crowder Jazz Orchestra perform at The Kitchen Pass at  1212 S. Main St. Joplin, usually on the first Tuesday of every month at 730pm. It is free and open to the public.

To watch more videos of the orchestra and Mr. Hastings go here.

Check out some more information on the Evening of Jazz.