Stockton Helbing, who is the drummer for Doc Severinsen of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” and Paul Compton, who was lead trombonist of the award-winning University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, will serve as guest clinicians at the Morningside College Jazz Festival Feb. 3-5 in Eppley Auditorium.
|Paul Compton (Photo by Kate Pritchett)
Stockton Helbing, who is the drummer for Doc Severinsen of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” and Paul Compton, who was lead trombonist of the award-winning University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, will serve as guest clinicians at the Morningside College Jazz Festival Feb. 3-5 in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave.
Helbing and Compton will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in Eppley with the Morningside College Jazz Ensemble and the Reggie Schive Big Band of Sioux City. General admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children ages 12 and under. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Morningside College Music Department at 712-274-5210 or Ray’s Midbell Music at 712-276-0351.
Helbing has performed and recorded with Maynard Ferguson, the Maniacal 4, Erykah Badu, David Braid, Steve Wiest, Jennifer Holliday, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Denis DiBlasio, The Cincinnati Pops, Chip McNeill, Phil Woods, Wayne Bergeron and Randy Brecher. Since 2007, Helbing owns and operates Armored Records, an independent jazz record label that focuses on releases by up-and-coming jazz artists.
Compton is an associate professor of trombone at Oklahoma State University and an artist for Edwards Trombones. He has performed with the ensemble at the Molde International Jazz Festival in Norway, Pori International Jazz Festival in Finland, and with various other jazz ensembles in America, including the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, In Full Swing, Galen Jeter Orchestra, and Dreamaker Big Band. Compton is presently a member of the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra.
During the day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 32 jazz bands from high schools in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska will each perform a 20-minute set and participate in a clinic with Helbing or Compton. These sessions are free and open to the public.