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Concerts in the Park: John Mills Legacy Band
June 4, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Join us in Kearney’s Harmon Park Sonotorium for this Free Community Event!
At 6PM, Tropical Sno and NE Burger will be available for refreshments and members of the Kearney Artists Guild will have artwork on display for sale.
Concerts start at 7PM, this week featuring John Mills Legacy Band.
John Mills, John is known nationally in the trumpet and jazz world both as a jazz trumpet player and his knowledge of Jazz and vintage trumpets. John lives in Greeley Colorado where he manages is own big band, jazz combo and is the owner of the Trumpet Trader, dealing in professional trumpets in Greeley, Before moving to Colorado John was the trumpet and director of jazz study at Hastings College and played in several big bands and combos throughout Nebraska.
Cristina Seaborn, Expert at fiddling and jazz improvisation, Cristina holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in jazz violin performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and a Masters in Conducting for Orchestra, from St. Cloud State University. She has produced an instructional video for fiddling through Mel Bay’s entitled Anyone Can Play Country Fiddle, CDs entitled Inside the Heart of a Musician, Seaborn Breeze, and Spirit Wind, and many arrangements for string orchestra of fiddle music, jazz, Celtic, Scandinavian, Cajun, and original. Cristina is a violinist and fiddler with over thirty years of experience. In symphonies, quartets, jazz ensembles, and folk/rock bands, her musical background includes influences in classical, jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, and Texas swing fiddle.
Marc LaChance is a Professor of Music at Hastings College, where he directs the Jazz Ensemble and teaches low brass. He earned degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and Bowling Green State University. After receiving a doctorate in Trombone Performance at the University of Illinois, he has held positions at Eastern New Mexico University and Hastings College. He has published arrangements with West Wind Music and Prairie Dawg Press.
John Jacob is the band director of Minden Public Schools. He grew up in Aurora and attended UNK where he graduated in 1986. He resumed teaching after retiring from a 23 year career playing drums as a US Army Musician in 2011.
Wes Hird, Known and renowned as a remarkable guitar and bass player, Wes may be the most recognized musician in Central Nebraska. A fellow musician says: “Wes is the most naturally gifted musician and performer I’ve ever worked with. He has that inexplicable musical sense that is not learned off the written page, but seems to somehow burst forth in every musical phrase he plays. It’s both a joy and a privilege working with him.”
Dave Klein, retired from Public School teacher after teaching 36th years with the last 27 years as string specialist for Kearney Public Schools. Prior to teaching orchestra, he was a band director in Ewing, Valentine, and Norfolk. Dave graduated from Hastings College and received his Masters in Music Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Dave is currently assistant director of the Hastings Symphony, a freelance musician, as well as active guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. Dave plays an assortment of instruments and genre as a semi and professional musician since he was thirteen years old.