Jazz Band
Posted by Philip Poole on 2014-10-29

By Jimmy Lichtenwalter

Samford University's popular Jazz Band will present their fall concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4 in the Brock Recital Hall.

"We'll be playing some modern pieces," said senior guitar player Michael Naro. "I'll be playing some Pat Metheny, who is a legendary jazz guitarist."

According to director Grant Dalton, the Jazz Band concert will cover a wide variety of music in addition to modern jazz.

"The concert will be pretty eclectic," he said. "The band will perform everything from swing band to Latin.

"That is one of the beautiful things about working with a jazz band like one at Samford: anything goes. We certainly do not shy away from tackling pieces that are not considered to be traditional jazz."

The 19-member group recently returned from a three-day mini-tour.


Jimmy Lichtenwalter is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.