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Longwood Honors Jazz Ensemble to perform

The 22nd annual Longwood Honors Jazz Ensemble and the 26th annual Honors Concert Band performances will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Longwood University’s Jarman Auditorium.

More than 120 musicians representing 13 area high schools will combine to form these ensembles under the direction of Longwood music faculty members Dr. Charles Kinzer and Dr. Gordon Ring. The concert is free and open to the public.

Featured soloist with both groups will be Bruce Patterson, an adjunct instructor at Longwood who also is commanding officer of the 380th Army Band in Richmond and fine arts chairman at Fork Union Military Academy (FUMA). He has performed frequently as a trombone soloist, including an international tour to Germany and Egypt as well as throughout the United States.

Participating high schools and their directors include Altavista (Mario Ruiz), Amelia County (Ryan Stahl), Appomattox County (Bryan Allgood), Buckingham County (Danielle Neller), FUMA (Bruce Patterson), Goochland County (James Sykes and Mark Givens), Lunenburg Central (Maurice Ellis), Nottoway County (Katherine Lusk), Park View (Chris McDilda), Petersburg (Clyde Boswell), Powhatan County (Nicholas Snead), Prince Edward County (Seth Taft) and Randolph-Henry (Derek Ramsey).