By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will be joined on stage by 18-piece jazz band Jazz in Your Face. Together they will present a live performance titled “Fusion—And All That Jazz.”
The concert is scheduled for March 14 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.
Audiences can expect to hear big-band era music played by both the symphony orchestra and Jazz in Your Face. The groups will perform both individually and collectively throughout the evening.
Songs from jazz legends such as Louie Armstrong, Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington will be performed.
“I am looking forward to an exciting evening of jazz with great anticipation,” Maestro Istvan Jaray said.
“We will finally get to make the ‘fusion’ of the two art forms a reality. I am thrilled that Mr. (Michael) Bodolosky and I can bring this to the PPAC. I am certain our audience will be delighted to hear some of the great compositions from Armstrong to Miller. We are also paying tribute to one of Johnstown’s most talented arrangers, who sadly left us at an early age, Mr. John Morris. It is going to be a concert that is long overdue and should not be missed.”
Jazz in Your Face features local performers and music educators from throughout western Pennsylvania.
Founded in 1999 by Bodolosky, the band strives to keep the sounds of the big band era alive. Members are: Greg Maiocco and Gary Nastase on alto saxophone; Dan Myers and Tim Olson on tenor saxophone; Bruce Scileny on baritone saxophone; Kevin Eisensmith, Josh Hillard, Dave Ferguson, Matt Barabas and Matt Stombaugh on trumpets; Kevin McManus, Paul Walker, Josh Brumbaugh, Scott Smith and Brian Stacey on trombones; Joe Tirpak on guitar; John Pencola on piano; Nick Adams on bass; and Bodolosky on drums. The band’s technical director/audio technician is Thomas Brubaker.
“It’s an honor to play with the (symphony orchestra) and remember the big band era together,” Bodolosky said. “We’re delighted to be able to share with another generation of jazz lovers the wonderful arrangements that John Morris did for the Johnstown Jazz Workshop many years ago. We are also honored to be able to share another special arrangement as a tribute to a trumpet player we shared with the (orchestra), Larry McGiboney.”