Jazz Orchestra Spreads ‘Big Band Fever’

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“It don’t mean a thing, if it aint’ got that swing.”  The popular song lyric sums up the mindset of concert-goers to Big Band Fever, a swinging concert by the Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra, featuring Big Band music of the 1940s.  Aficionados of swing can catch Big Band Fever at 7:00 PM on Sunday, October 6 at Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street, 32960.  Under the direction of band leader Frank Wosar, the dynamic Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra will swing the hottest decade of Big Band hits in this entertaining performance. The audience can expect to hear Central Florida’s finest jazz musicians perform selections from the legendary bands of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington and many more. Songs like “Sing, Sing, Sing” “Begin the Beguine,” “Hawaiian War Chant,” “Caravan” and “Luck be a Lady” are all on the program. To add to the excitement, four Arthur Murray dancers will perform dance numbers to the music of the 1940’s. Director of Jazz Bands at Valencia College, Frank Wosar is a four-time Down Beat Award winner for outstanding jazz solo. $25 advance tickets for adults are available through the orchestra website at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or at Marine Bank & Trust, mainland and beachside branches.  Tickets at the door are $30. Big Band Fever is free for those aged 18 and under or with a student ID. For more information, call toll free to 855-252-7276 or visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org.

Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra Conductor, Frank Wosar brings together the best Central Florida musicians for Big Band Fever.

“The bios of our players read like a ‘Who’s Who’ of jazz,” said Wosar. “They have played with some of the biggest names of yesterday and today. Between the talent onstage and incredible 40’s music to draw from, this will be one swinging jazz concert.”

For more information about the Space Coast Symphony’s 2019-20 Season or the Symphony for Everyone discount ticket program, please visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.

ABOUT FRANK WOSAR — Frank Wosar holds a Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami. He played solo chair in the Grammy Award winning jazz band the CJB at UM all four years that he attended. He has been awarded the Down Beat Award for outstanding jazz solo four times and two times by the IAJE. Currently he is the adjunct Jazz Trombone Professor at Valencia College and freelances as a trombone player at many venues in town. He is also frequent sub for Disney’s Grand Floridian Society Orchestra and BB Kings Blues Club. Frank has had the privilege to have played with The Supremes, Hootie and the Blow Fish, John Michael Montgomery, Mark Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Willie Chirino, Ray Ruiz Salsa Orchestra, Paul Anka, Jim Belushi, Jim Widner Big Band, John Fedchock Big Band , Ed Calle Big Band, Arturo Sandavol, Duffy Jackson Big Band, Sam Rivers, KC and the Sunshine Band, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (Buddy Morro), the Glenn Miller Orchestra and many more. He would like to acknowledge and thank the Ocala Jazz Society for the scholarship he received in 1998.

 ABOUT THE SPACE COAST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA— The SCSO is a lively and passionate Central Florida orchestra comprised of professional musicians, music educators and mentored amateurs of exceptional ability.  The Orchestra was formed by Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron T. Collins with a two-fold mission: to provide mentoring and performance opportunities for Florida’s finest young musicians as well as to provide professional concerts at genuinely affordable prices.  The ultimate goal of the organization is to help ensure the symphonic tradition for the enjoyment of future generations.

35-year old Aaron T. Collins is garnering recognition for his achievements.  LEAD Brevard named the ambitious Collins one of their “4 under 40” Young Professionals, the youngest-ever recipient of the honor.  Space Coast Business magazine listed him as one of Brevard’s “100 Most Admired Businesspeople.” Collins is a past recipient of the Richard A. Stark Award for cultural leadership from the Cultural Council of Indian River County.  Through his personal involvement with more than a dozen performing arts groups, pioneering reciprocal ad program and social media cross promotions, Collins has gained a reputation for generosity; championing other arts organizations throughout Central Florida for the cultural enrichment of the community.

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra performs in several very comfortable venues in Brevard and Indian River counties, with advance general admission tickets priced at just $25.  School-aged children 18 years and under are admitted free of charge, as are college students with a valid ID.  In keeping with their mission, the symphony provides a unique Symphony for Everyone ticketing program, a “pay-what-you-can” option designed to provide substantially discounted admission to any Space Coast Symphony concert.  Relying on a non-traditional orchestra model and a slim budget, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra is one of only 19 U.S. orchestras to perform year-round. In addition to maintaining the Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra and Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra, the non-profit organization also has a youth orchestra and provides numerous separate and free ensemble performances. More information about the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concerts, ticket sales, venues, directions and sponsorship opportunities is available at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org by calling toll free (855) 252-7276.

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