Bolivar High School, SBU join forces for jazz concert Nov. 14

BOLIVAR, Mo. — The Bolivar High School Jazz Band will join the Southwest Baptist University Jazz Ensemble in concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Pike Auditorium on the Bolivar campus.

Under the direction of Steve McClard and Dr. Jeffery L. Waters, dean of SBU’s College of Music, Arts and Letters, the 17-25-piece ensembles are dedicated to being the voice of American jazz in their respective campus communities.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will include the wide variety of styles associated with the contemporary jazz ensemble. The BHS portion will include Cannonball Adderley’s “Sack of Woe” and Red Garland’s “Blues by Five,” as well as big-band favorites “I Found a New Baby” and “American Patrol.” The SBU program will feature Horace Silver’s “Opus de Funk” and Wes Montgomery’s “West Coast Blues” along with the perennial favorites Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night in Tunisia” and the melancholy ballad “God Bless the Child,” made famous by jazz singer Billie Holliday. 

“Jazz ensembles like to explore a mix of jazz styles and repertoire in a concert, and these two groups are no exception,” Waters said. “Swing, Latin, ballads, funk – there’s a little something for everyone.” 

SBU’s 17-piece Jazz Ensemble is the premier ensemble on campus dedicated to the exclusive study of jazz music.

For more information about the concert, contact Waters at (417) 328-1632 or

*Published: 11-7-17