COOKEVILLE – Famed musician David Bandman will perform as the Center Stage guest artist with Tennessee Tech University’s Jazz Band on Feb. 24, at 7:30- 8:30 p.m., and with Tech’s Faculty Jazz Band on Friday, Feb. 25, at 7:30- 8:30 p.m. in Tech’s Wattenbarger Auditorium.
A native of Waukegan, Illinois, Bandman is a graduate of The University of North Texas where he played trombone in the One O’Clock Lab Band. As a euphonium player he was the winner of the first ITEC international jazz euphonium competition. He retired after 24 years of active duty with The United States Air Force Band, Washington D.C.
Bandman has been actively writing and recording music since retiring. He released his first jazz euphonium CD, “Can I Play Too,” where he arranged the music of Herbert L. Clarke for solo euphonium and big band.
His second release, “Mendez,”is an entire album of original music inspired by the style of Rafael Mendez. The recording won the ITEA Roger Bobo award for recording excellence: Solo classical euphonium.
“Burn Notice”is his latest project. This is a high-energy jazz/rock/funk recording. Bandman put his guitar, electric bass and keyboard sequencing mastery to work on all 10 tracks. He also composed and arranged all the original music, recorded and edited the entire album, played all the trombone parts and provided the euphonium solos.
Bandman has written extensively for the Big Apple Circus, the world traveled WWII big band show “In the Mood Live,” the Smoky Mountain Opry, Eric Jordan Young, the Imagination House and many other clients.
Center Stage events are paid by student fees and open to the public with priority seating given to students. Many guests provide additional educational opportunities for students through workshops or master classes during their residencies. Email or call Liz Kassera, Center Stage Coordinator, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org (931) 372-3637.
This event is organized by Tech’s School of Music. Wattenbarger Auditorium is in the Bryan Fine Arts Building, 1150 N. Dixie Ave., Cookeville,TN.