Navy Band offers free clinics and concert at Corban University

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


On Saturday Sept. 25, the Navy will take over a portion of the Corban University campus for a good cause.

Navy Band Northwest’s Cascade Band will host free music workshops and an evening swing jazz concert that will harken back to the 1930s and 40s. This is second time the Navy Band has performed at Corban University campus since 2008.

“They will perform songs that are part of the jazz history of America,” said Corban University Band Director Brian Griffiths. “Jazz is one of the most important and unique contributions to the world of music.”

Music clinics will be held at Corban University from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Psalm Performing Arts Center at 5000 Deer Park Dr. SE in Salem. The clinics are open for middle school, high school and college age music students. The clinics will focus on individual jazz instruments including the sax, trombone, trumpet and rhythm instruments. Griffiths said the free classes are a great opportunity to learn from some of the Pacific Northwest’s best musicians.

“Anytime someone can sit at the feet of a more mature musician, it’s a chance to grow,” he said. “It’s a chance for a student to learn detail and nuance for their own instruments.”

At 7 p.m. the Cascade Band will perform Jazz standards including “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “I thought About You,” “Cry Me a River,” and “Isn’t She Lovely.” The music is lively, upbeat and fun for the entire family.

Griffiths said Corban University is committed to the development of music education and appreciation throughout Salem and the mid-Willamette Valley.

“Our music department wants to be a resource for our musical community,” he said. “This is just one of the many ways we are doing that.”

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