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Jazz Mavericks, University Lab Band to perform April 19

Jazz Mavericks, University Lab Band to perform in concert Tuesday.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-15-11]

Minnesota State Mankato’s Jazz Mavericks Big Band and its University Lab Band will perform a final 2010-’11 academic year concert Tuesday, April 19.

The 7:30 p.m. concert, sponsored by the Department of Music, will be in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

The Jazz Mavericks, directed by music faculty member Douglas Snapp, recently took second in the regional Eau Claire Jazz Festival competition. At the concert, the big band will perform new styles and techniques learned from clinics at the festival.

The group will perform five pieces, including “Portrait of Louis Armstrong,” featuring Brian DeGayner on trumpet.

Snapp describes the piece as reminiscent of “the energy and vibe” from the band’s New Orleans tour in January.

Another big band piece, “Hard-Hearted Hannah,” features Anna Sturtz as a solo vocalist. Sturtz also plays trumpet with the band.

The University Lab Band, directed by music education student Elliott Bonner, also will perform at the concert. It will be Bonner’s last performance as an undergraduate student; he will graduate May 9 and will student-teach with the University of North Texas in the fall.

Concert tickets are $9 general admission; $7 for Minnesota State Mankato students with a valid MavCard, and $6 for other students (K-12) and children. Those who wish to purchase tickets
may go to Those who want more information may call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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