UNT’s 54th Annual Fall Concert to feature famed trumpeter

UNT’s 54th Annual Fall Concert to feature famed trumpeter

UNT’s 54th Annual Fall Concert to feature famed trumpeter
November 20
18:47 2014

Kali Ah Yuen / Contributing Writer

Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Chuck Findley will perform as the celebrity guest at the 54th Annual Fall Concert on Nov. 25 playing alongside UNT’s student jazz ensemble.

Findley’s profile consists of collaboration with various artists, including Earth, Wind & Fire, Elton John, and B.B. King, program creator Linda Strube said. Findley is a former lead trumpet player for Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” He currently travels the world performing at jazz festivals, clinics and concerts.

“Just about everybody that’s a great arranger wants Chuck Findley playing solos on their stuff,” said Jay Saunders, director of the One O’Clock Lab Band.

The concert will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 25 at Winspear Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center in Denton. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at www.music.unt.edu/mpac/ or at the Murchison Performing Arts Center box office the day of the concert. Ticket costs range from $10 for children, senior citizens, current UNT students, alumni, and UNT faculty and $15 for adults.

Each year, the One O’Clock Lab Band puts on a fall concert that guest stars a famous jazz player. Guest artists are distinguished players in the industry whom jazz fans can point out, Saunders said. Past celebrity guests have featured Neil Slater, Wayne Bergeron and Rich Perry.

Although the chair of the jazz department typically chooses the guest artists based on their availability and funds, this year Saunders got to do the job and ended up choosing Findley.

Saunders knows Findley personally and invited him to perform, said John Murphy, chair of the Division of Jazz Studies. Findley accepted the invitation and a modest artist fee to guest star at this year’s concert. All funds for booking a guest artist come directly from the account that contains the band’s profits, he said.

Findley will assist in directing the concert, from arranging pieces to performing them, Saunders said. The first half of the concert will consist of arrangements performed solely by the One O’Clock Lab Band. The second half will feature Findley playing with the band.

The band members are excited to perform with Findley and are preparing to start incorporating Findley’s pieces into their rehearsals, Saunders said.

“They will enjoy listening to the One O’Clock, and they will definitely enjoy listening to Chuck,” Zaremba said.

The One O’Clock Lab Band rehearses Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Kali Ah Yuen

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