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EIU Ensembles to Present 'Life in the Groove' Jazz Concert


The EIU Jazz Ensemble and EIU Wind Symphony will present “Life in the Groove: The Influence of Jazz” during Eastern Illinois University's Family Weekend on Friday, Oct. 1.

The concert is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall. General admission tickets are $5, or $3 for EIU employees, senior citizens and students.

The EIU Wind Symphony, conducted by Barry L. Houser, will perform David Holsinger's "Scootin' On Hardrock"; "Blackbird" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arranged by jazz pianist Shelly Berg; and "Niagara Falls," a musical journey taking you through and down the famous waterfalls, by award-winning composer Michael Daugherty.

Joining the Wind Symphony will be faculty jazz pianist Paul Johnston, as well as students Jesse Farrar (upright bass) and Jamie Mauck (drum set).

The EIU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Sam Fagaly, will present a variety of jazz featuring several excellent student soloists.
Both ensembles are part of the EIU music department.

Tickets may be purchased in person at Doudna Fine Arts Center Box Office, by telephone at 217-581-3110, or online at

The Doudna Fine Arts Center is a division of the EIU College of Arts and Humanities. For more information on the facility and scheduled events, please see