The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band wraps up its 2022 summer concert season at 7 p.m. on September 24 at the Box Factory for the Arts! Online tickets with reserved cabaret seating of $15 and general admission of $12 are available online. Tickets at the door for each performance will be $15. A cash bar and light snacks will be available.
Now in its 22nd year, the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band continues to be one of the premier big bands in the Midwest. Specializing in new arrangements of classic standards, new compositions for contemporary big bands and golden oldies, the band will be performing music from the libraries of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basic and others.
The band is led by Steven L. Reed, retired instrumental music teacher for the St. Joseph Public Schools. Several members of the band are current or retired music educators and jazz education is a priority for Lake Effect Jazz.
Joining the band for the Box Factory concert will be solo vocalists Becky Selvidge and Andrew Fisher. Each will be featured individually as well as together in popular jazz standards ranging from Broadway show tunes to the "American Songbook."
Rebecca (Becky) Derbas-Selvidge holds a Bachelor of Music in Choral Education Western Michigan University and a Certificate of Musical Theatre Performance from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. After many years of teaching music for the Coloma Public Schools, she is the new instructor of voice at Lake Michigan College.
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