"Spring Swing Fling" Chance to Dance to the Music of the Big Band Era Performed by U of M Crookston Jazz Band on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 8 to 10 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

Enjoy an evening of listening and dancing to the music of the University of Minnesota 
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Crookston Jazz Band during the "Spring Swing Fling" on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The jazz band, under the direction of TJ Chapman, will play music from the swing era, along with pieces from the Duke Ellington and Count Basie libraries, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, from 8 to 10 p.m. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

Interest from the recent revival of the U of M Crookston Community Band led to the formation of the new jazz ensemble. The 16-member band includes nine students and a faculty member from the U of M Crookston, two Crookston High School students, and four community members. They practice Wednesday evenings and recently performed during the International Dinner Series. The jazz band is a first for the Crookston campus and an exciting opportunity for those who love big band music to come out to campus for the evening. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo: The Jazz Band performed at one of the International Dinners earlier this semester.

Contact: TJ Chapman, director, bands, 218-281- 8384 (tchapman@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)