Traverse City Events: Bay Area Big Band to perform at Dennos Museum Center

Traverse City Events: The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will swing with the jazz sounds of the Bay Area Big Band on Friday, March 18, 2011 at 8 PM in Milliken Auditorium. The Bay Area Big Band, with guest artists Randy Gelispie and Rob Smith, generates an electricity and excitement guaranteed to bring the Traverse City audience out of their seats. Building on a proud tradition of such historical bands as; Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, and more the Bay Area Big Band creates a musical experience not to be missed.
This Traverse City concert will feature living jazz legend Randy Gelispie on drums.  Randy is currently instructor of jazz drums at the Michigan State University College of Music. Mr. Gelispie has traveled on the road and performed with historical jazz legends that include; Wes Montgomery, Sonny Stitt, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Dinah Washington, Etta Jones, Lou Donaldson, and more.
 Another special featured guest artist at the Dennos Museum Center concert is Rob Smith on trumpet and saxophone. Rob is currently the assistant professor of jazz studies at Central Michigan University. Mr. Smith performs regularly on trumpet and saxophones throughout the United States, Canada and Europe with several notable jazz groups, including: The Woody Herman Jazz Orchestra, The Kirk MacDonald Quintet, The Steve Haines Quintet. Rob recently toured with Terri Lyne Carrington, Nancy Wilson and Dianne Reeves in a tribute to Billie Holiday, performing on trumpet and tenor saxophone.

This benefit concert is a collaborative effort between the 2010-2011 Dennos Concert Series and the Bay Area music Foundation. Proceeds will benefit the Dennos Museums Center’s Educational tour fund to provide scholarships for public and private K-12 school groups to attend guided tours and educational concerts. 

Tickets are $25 advance, $28 at the door and $22 for museum members plus ticket processing fees of $2 per ticket. Tickets may be purchased on line at or by calling the box office at 231-995-1553.