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"DON MARIACHI"
Thursday, November 16 at 7:30pm
Location: Phillips Hall Theatre
 
 

BIG BAND CONCERT: AN EVENING OF JAZZ!
Friday, November 18 at 7:30pm
Location: Phillips Hall Theatre

 

 

GUEST PRESENTER for BIG BAND CONCERT:

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Professional saxophonist, Jeff Driskill discovered his passionate love of music at a very early age.
He began focusing that affection specifi cally on the
saxophone at thirteen and around the same
time discovered an intense fondness for
jazz. By the time Driskill was in high school,
he knew that a future fi lled with jazz was
one he wanted to be a part of so he put
his nose to the grindstone and got serious
about pursuing music at North Texas State
University.In any given week you may fi nd Driskill performing in the orchestra for the
latest hit musical, lending his talents to a studio movie score, backing an
A-list crooner or playing jazz in one of several respected big bands. Driskill
worked with composer Randy Newman on the much lauded soundtracks
for “The Princess and the Frog” and “Toy Story 3”. He also went in to the
recording studio with John Williams and lent his talents to “Tin Tin: Secret of
the Unicorn”. Driskill can be heard as one of the featured soloists on Alexandre
Desplat’s score for the movie “The Secret Life of Pets”. Driskill has been a
member of the Academy Awards orchestra for several years.
Jeff has backed legions of luminaries including Prince, Alan Jackson, Neil
Young, Michael Feinstein, Annie Lennox, Michael Bolton, Josh Groban, Steve
Tyrell, and Fiona Apple to name a few. He has also recorded with some of the
giants of modern jazz including Eddie Daniels, Arturo Sandoval, Take 6, Patti
Austin, Clare Fischer, Dianne Reeves and Hubert Laws.
For over ten years, Driskill has been a member of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat
Band and has performed on all but the fi rst of his widely acclaimed albums
including “Life in the Bubble” which won a Grammy for Best Large Jazz
Ensemble.Jeff was a featured soloist on Bob Florence’s Grammy-winning track
“Serendipity 18” from the album of the same name. He was a member of the
Bob Florence Limited Edition from 1998 until Bob’s untimely death in 2008.
Since 2004, Driskill has played with the impeccable Chris Walden Big Band.
He has recorded three albums with the band and performed on the Grammynominated
track “Home of My Heart.” He also worked with Chris on his
Grammy-nominated orchestral project, Symphony No. 1- The Four Elements.
For over ten years, Jeff has been a member of The John Daversa Progressive
Big Band. The band has a standing gig at the world famous Baked Potato in
Hollywood and plays to packed audiences. In 2016 the band was nominated for
a Grammy for it’s live album “Kaleidoscope Eyes”.

GUITAR ENSEMBLE
Saturday, November 18 at 2:30pm
Location: Phillips Hall Theatre
 
 
CHOIRS IN CONCERT - ANIME SPECTACULAR!!
Saturday, November 18 at 7:30pm
Location: Phillips Hall Theatre
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CONCERT BAND & CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CLASSICS
Sunday, November 19 at 2:30pm
Location: Phillips Hall Theatre
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Ticket Prices:
General Admission/ Staff / Seniors: $9.99
Students with ID: $7.99
Children (5 - 14): $5.00