Jazz and bluegrass featured at free Pellissippi State concert

Longer days and buds on dogwood trees are not the only signs of spring in East Tennessee. The Jazz Band and Bluegrass Concert at Pellissippi State Community College, hosted every spring, is a perennial favorite in the school’s free Music Concert Series.

This year’s performance, scheduled for March 29, brings accomplished musicians to the stage for an evening dedicated to traditional and modern selections from two very different genres.

The concert gets under way with Pellissippi State’s bluegrass ensemble, Hardin Valley Thunder. The group draws its repertoire from both the traditional and the contemporary, with selections ranging from old-time songs by the Stanley Brothers to the newer sounds of bands such as the SteelDrivers and Cadillac Sky.

Following Hardin Valley Thunder is the Pellissippi State Jazz Band, which will perform traditional jazz classics. Selections will showcase the musicians’ talents at improvisation and ensemble performance.

Last year, Pellissippi State became an All Steinway School. The achievement was reached as the result of a fundraising campaign begun in 2010 by the Pellissippi State Foundation in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. Pellissippi State now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Not only is Pellissippi State the premier All Steinway community college in Tennessee, but it is also the fourth All Steinway community college in the nation and one of only about 135 All Steinway schools in the world.

Only two performances remain in this season’s Music Concert Series at Pellissippi State: the Instrumental Ensemble Concert on April 12 and the Spring Choral Concert on April 26.

Like all events in Pellissippi State’s music series, admission to the Jazz Band and Bluegrass Concert is free. However, donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund. For the 2010-11 academic year, the Foundation awarded more than 100 music-related scholarships to more than 80 Pellissippi State students.

The 7 p.m. performance takes palce in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Parking is convenient and free.

For information on the Steinway Maintenance Society, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6529 or visit www.pstcc.edu/steinway.

For additional information about the performance, call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

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