The Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra is a 17-piece big band comprised of musicians from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The band specializes in music from the big band era to present day, including jazz greats Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton, and more.
The band includes saxophone players Andrew Oliver, Susan Nicholson, Logan Childress, Thomas Miller, and Gary Roberts. Playing the trombones are Michael McDonough, Mike Boggs, Steve Butler, and John Hyatt. The trumpet section features Kelsey Runion, Sloan Hill, Jacob Pitts, Steve Cooper, and Shane Ladd. Dalton, Colton Fenner, and Glenn Diamond make up the band’s rhythm section.
The group began in the fall of 2001 under the direction of jazz trombonist Rick Simerly as the Milligan College Jazz Ensemble. The ensemble performed under Simerly’s direction at Milligan College until his retirement in late 2016. Orchestra drummer Eddie Dalton took the helm and began a new chapter in the group’s history as the Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra. The orchestra has performed at various venues and events throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, including NPR live radio broadcasts, Chautauqua Music Festival in Wytheville, Va., music festivals, theaters, and weddings.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.northeaststate.edu or contact 423.279.7669.