Northern Neck Big Band prepares for Friday’s Jazz Showcase at LMS
, 2015

Northern Neck Big Band prepares
for Friday’s Jazz Showcase at LMS

Members of the Northern Neck Big Band are preparing for their part in the second annual Lancaster County Jazz Showcase. The program will consist of a variety of music, including the music of Glen Miller, Horace Silver and Robert Johnson.

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From left are (front row) Kenny Flester, Celeste Gates, Floyd Griffith, Fred Paul and Brennan Cornelius; (next row) Robbie Spiers, Brittany Cornelius, Glen Burtner, Phillip Humphreys and Barbara Kahler; (next row) Keith Miller, Suzy Cuthbertson and David Humphreys.

The concert, which also includes the Lancaster Middle and High School Jazz Bands, will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the LMS Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock.

Admission is $5. Proceeds will go to the Lancaster Band Boosters.

“While we always include traditional swing-era music, we also try to do some things that people wouldn’t hear us do at a typical big band dance,” said director Kenny Flester. “We’ve had a lot of fun getting these songs ready, and except for one song, we’ve never performed any of these before, so I think the audience will have a great time.”

The Northern Neck Big Band has been around for a very long time, under the direction of several local musicians, including Brainard Edmonds, Norwood McCarty and Glen Burtner.

“My grandfather, Buster Flester, actually played in this band many years ago, so it’s an honor for me to be a part of it now,” said Flester.

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