The Winter Jazz Ensembles concert swings with performances by the UC Davis Blue, Gold and Vanguard Bands and guest artist trumpet player Steve Roach.
The Gold Band will play the classic music of the Count Basie Orchestra including “Fantail,” ”Whirly Bird,” ”Rompin at the Reno,” and “The Wiggle Walk.” A highlight of the evening will be Vanguard and Blue Bands playing selections from Kenny Wheelers “Sweet Time Suite,” an eight-movement work divided between the two ensembles. Roach will perform with all three bands.
An acclaimed performer and educator, Steve Roach has been the Director of Jazz Studies at Sacramento State since 2001. He has also served as Director of Jazz Studies at Baylor University and has held teaching positions at the University of Northern Colorado and Northern Illinois University. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from Northern Illinois University, and a Doctor of Arts degree in trumpet and jazz pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.
As a professional, Roach has appeared as an assisting artist include studio and live sessions with such jazz and pop musicians as Tito Puente, Dave Pietro, Louis Bellson, Billy Drummond, Alan Ferber, Conrad Herwig, Lou Rawls, Jon Tchicai, Ben Vereen, Melissa Manchester, Toni Tennille, Roberta Flack, Rosemary Clooney, Jeffrey Osbourne, Carl Fontana, Paquito D’Rivera, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, The Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, and others. He maintains an active schedule as a freelance artist and is a member of the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, a group in which he co-founded.