BC, Texas Army National Guard jazz bands to hold special concert

BC, Texas Army National Guard jazz bands to hold special concert

Tue Jun 25, 2013
BC, Texas Army National Guard jazz bands to hold special concert
BC summer jazz band to team with Texas Army National Guard Jazz Band in special concert


The Brazosport College Department of Music will host a Summer Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. on July 2 by the Brazosport College Summer Jazz Band and the Texas Army National Guard 36th Infantry Division Jazz Band, “The Collective.”

Featured guest soloists with the BC Jazz Band will be saxophonist Sergeant First Class Stephan Friel and vocalist Specialist Bonnie Rosensteel.

SPC Rosensteel is the featured vocalist with the 36th Infantry Division Band. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Voice Performance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2004, and Master of Music in Voice Performance from University of Houston's Moores School of Music in 2007. 

Having a varied musical background, with roots heavy in gospel music, Rosensteel has been a featured vocalist with Jazz Education Inc., working with Bubbha Thomas during their 2012 Holiday Concert, Young Artist in Residence at the 2006 Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, singing leading roles in Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Massenet’s Werther. Rosensteel currently serves as the Director of Music at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church inHouston.  

SFC Friel performs regularly on saxophone with the 36th ID Band, where he has received the Outstanding Junior NCO of the Year Award, as well as the Distinguished Honor Graduate Award from the Military School of Music. Friel is completing his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas in Classical Saxophone Performance with Professor Eric M. Nestler.

While at the University of North Texas, Friel has performed with the famed One O’Clock and Two O’Clock Lab Bands. He has played oboe/saxophone with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Sherman Symphony Orchestra, Texarkana Symphony, Lone Star Wind Orchestra and Los Colinas Symphony, as well as many musicals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Friel has performed as Lead Alto with Natalie Cole and has performed with such artists as Tony Bennett, Michael Martin Murphy and Michael Crawford from “Phantom of the Opera.”

Some of the selections to be performed by the BC Summer Jazz Band on July 2 include Johnny Mercer’s classic from the Great American Songbook “Something’s Gotta Give,” Earle Hagen’s big band anthem “Harlem Nocturne,” Stevie Wonder’s iconic Motown hit “Superstition,” and a brand new hip hop chart by Austin-based saxophonist Paul Baker “Arnge Drank (Orange Juice with an Attitude).”

Some of the selections to be performed by the Texas Army National Guard’s “The Collective” include George & Ira Gershwin’s “A Foggy Day,” Cole Porter’s “I've Got You Under My Skin,” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's “Go Daddy-O” and Sting’s “Hounds of Winter.”

A day later, on July 3, the patriotic theme will continue when the 36th Infantry Division Band of the Texas Army National Guard performs a 7:30 p.m. concert, also at The Clarion.

The concert is free and will be held in The Clarion, located just east of the main building at 500 College Drive, Lake Jackson. For more information, call 979.230.3658.