Thursday, October 28, 2010

Clayton Community Big Band Celebrates its 10 Years with “Our First Decade: A Musical Celebration”

The Clayton State University Department of Visual & Performing Arts presents the Clayton Community Big Band (CCBB) in “Our First Decade: A Musical Celebration” on Monday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall. Admission is free.

Aptly named, the Nov. 29 performance celebrates CCBB’s first 10 years of providing high-energy jazz shows to enthusiastic audiences. Favorite selections from the first decade will be featured from this large ensemble that, until now, has never repeated a selection on any of its performances, shares founding director and CCBB charter member Stacey Houghton.

Some of the big band's long-standing musicians will be featured and honored throughout the evening as the CCBB reminisces about its success as a firmly established promoter of jazz big band music in all styles.

Musicians performing in “Our First Decade: A Musical Celebration” include, in addition to Houghton (Rex), director and tenor saxophonist: Art Thompson (Fayetteville), assistant director and drums/percussionist; John Babb (McDonough), Avys Burroughs (Jonesboro), Carl Dixon (Morrow), Rodney Allen (Augusta), Michael Terry (Meansville) on saxophone; Michael Wheeler (Forest Park), Anthony G. Bailey (Decatur), Josh Singleton (Conyers), Mark Lewis (McDonough) and Taylor Threlkeld (Morrow) on trumpet; Doug Murray (Jonesboro), Keith Gardner (Locust Grove), Amy Fanusi (Jackson), Mark Gladfelter (Ellenwood), and Dr. Patrick Carney (Stockbridge) on trombone; Marvin Pollock (Forest Park) and Afolabi Giwa (Fayetteville) on piano; Caleb Halstead (McDonough) on guitar, Jennifer Dunn (Morrow) on bass; Courtney Tatum (Jonesboro) on drums, and Amy Fanusi (Jackson), vocalist.

The CCBB is comprised of music students from Clayton State University's Department of Visual & Performing Arts, as well as talented community musicians from the surrounding area. For more information on the CCBB, please contact Houghton at or call (678) 466-4750.

“Come join in the celebration..... Here’s to another 10 years,” cheers Houghton.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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