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For Immediate Release:   Jan 5, 2004

Concert Set to Jazz-Up January

One OClock Lab Band Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX -  Most schools bands cannot say they have had two albums nominated for Grammy awards, but the One O’Clock Jazz Lab Band from the University of North Texas is not like most bands.  This internationally-known group will take the stage Jan. 17, at 8 p.m. in the Brookhaven College Performance Hall to kick-off the Center For the Arts spring season.  

Founded in 1947, the University of North Texas Jazz Program is the oldest jazz program in the nation.  The One O’Clock Lab Band is the premiere performing ensemble of this world-famous jazz program.  In 1996, the One O’Clock Lab Band became the first collegiate ensemble to receive a national citation for “significant and lasting contributions to the cause of music in America” from Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national music fraternity.  UNT has been consistently ranked as the best jazz program in U.S. News and World Report.

Band alumni have made significant contributions to jazz, moving on to play with bands led by Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, David Lee Roth and the late Bill Evans, Woody Herman, Count Basie and Stan Kenton.  Directed by Neil Slater, chair of jazz studies at UNT and Grammy nominee for best arrangement on Lab 91, the band is universally recognized for superior individual musicianship and tight unit performance.
Since its formation, the band has won first place at the Villanova Jazz Festival, recorded more than 30 albums and performed by presidential invitation at the White House.  Tickets are $25 for floor and $20 for balcony and go on sale at 1 p.m., Jan. 2.  Senior adult and student rates are available, and rates of $15 for floor seat, $12 for balcony seats are available for groups of 10 or more.  Call 972-860-4118, or e-mail for more information.

Brookhaven College is one of the seven colleges of the Dallas County Community College District. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, disability or sexual orientation. Brookhaven College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 (telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the associate degree.

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