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GCU Offers Annual Free Fall Jazz Band Performance

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 24, 2012—On Saturday, October 27, the talented Georgian Court University Jazz Band will present their annual fall concert at 11:00 a.m. in the Ruggiero Room on the Lakewood campus.

“The GCU Jazz Band is comprised of 15 GCU students and community members from all over New Jersey,” says Wilbur Wittemann, conductor of the GCU Jazz Band. “This semester we will feature three outstanding guitarists in our ensemble. The music being performed is by some of America’s greatest composers.”

The planned selections include “Now’s The Time” and “Billie’s Bounce” by Charlie Parker, “How Insensitive” and “Triste” by Antonio Carlos Jobim, “All the Things You Are” by Jerome Kern, “Summertime” by George Gershwin, “Impressions” by John Coltrane, “Perdido” by Duke Ellington, and “Killer Joe” by Quincy Jones.

The performance will take place during GCU’s Fall Open House for prospective students. Admission is free and open to the public; no reservations are required. For further information, contact Kathleen Settles at 732.987.2624.

About Wilbur Wittemann
Wilbur Wittemann is a graduate of the Lakewood Public Schools and West Chester University. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Wittemann has conducted bands, choruses, and orchestras with such world-famous musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sanduval, Slide Hampton, Louis Bellson, Bill Watrous, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Dave Weckl, José Feliciano, Little Anthony, The Platters, Shari Lewis, and the Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras. Mr. Wittemann is the conductor of orchestras with the string sections from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Trenton Symphony, and the Philly Pops. He is also the conductor and founder of the 40-member Lakewood Municipal Chorus.

Ranging in size from 3 to 40 musicians, Wilbur Wittemann Orchestras perform all styles of music. Mr. Wittemann performs on cornet, trumpet, and flugelhorn with his Bourbon Street Dixieland Band, Musicology, Wilbur Wittemann Revue, Jersey Shore Brass Quintet, and Lakewood Jazz Ensemble. He has been arranging and coordinating successful concert series and jazz festivals for over 25 years.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court announced in May 2012 its transition to become a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge and at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

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