Two jazz musicians from the U.S. Air Force Band and another who has performed with Aretha Franklin will serve as guest clinicians at the 45th annual Morningside College Jazz Festival Feb. 1-3 in Eppley Auditorium.
Two jazz musicians from the U.S. Air Force Band and another who has performed with Aretha Franklin will serve as guest clinicians at the 45th annual Morningside College Jazz Festival Feb. 1-3 in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave.
Master Sgt. Steven Erickson, retired Chief Master Sgt. Jon Yates and Brian W. Gorrell will perform alongside the Morningside College Jazz Band and the Morningside College Jazz Combo at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in Eppley Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.
Erickson is the pianist for the world-renowned Airmen of Note jazz ensemble, which is part of the U.S. Air Force Band at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, Erickson began his career in the U.S. Air Force Band in 1997 as a pianist for the Heartland of America Band at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb.
Yates recently retired from the U.S. Air Force Band program with over 20 years of service. He has played trumpet or lead trumpet in several Air Force bands around the world, including the Heartland of America Band and the Heritage of America Band at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.
Gorrell serves as a director of jazz studies for the University of Central Oklahoma School of Music in Edmond. Equally proficient on saxophone and keyboard, Gorrell has performed with such notable musicians as the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations and The Drifters.
During the festival on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, high school jazz bands from Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa will perform a 20-minute set and participate in a clinic with Erickson, Yates or Gorrell. These sessions are free and open to the public.