Jazz Ensemble ‘Notables’ To Perform At Dalton State

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Notables, a jazz combo out of Rome specializing in mainstream jazz standards and tunes from the Great American Songbook will perform a free concert at Dalton State College Monday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m.. This concert was originally scheduled in January and rescheduled due to inclement weather.

According to Dr. Ellie Jenkins, assistant professor of Music and coordinator of Concerts on Campus, The Notables have collectively amassed more than 200 years of performance experience sharing favorites from American musical giants, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and others. The five musicians live and work in or near Rome and represent a model Dr. Jenkins would like to replicate.

“The Notables are a great example of what can happen in a community when artists come together,” she said. “The ensemble is a part of a larger community organization, Rome’s Own Musical Ensembles, that enhances the artistic life of Northwest Georgia on a daily basis. I would love to see something like this start to grow in Dalton.”

Making up The Notables are Sam Baltzer, Pat Hill, Mary Leigh Hill, Bob Steelnack, and Dan Knowles.

Mr. Baltzer serves as professor of Music at Georgia Highlands College and is a founder and director of the Northwest Georgia Winds, a community concert band; The Chamber Players of the South; and The Clock Tower Jazz Ensemble. He is also editor of Bag O’ Winds Press and composer/arranger of more than 60 pieces of music for concert band.

The Hills have been playing piano and singing professionally for more than 40 years, currently performing with The Clock Tower Jazz Ensemble and The Georgians. Pat Hill is a retired music educator, and Mary Leigh Hill is a semi-retired private voice teacher.

Mr. Steelnack, a saxophonist who previously toured with the Army band program, is active throughout the Southeast performing with groups including The Clocktower Jazz Ensemble, Northwest Georgia Winds, Ready or Not, The Georgians, Applescraps, and others. He is serving his 17th year as music educator and 13th year as director of Bands at Pepperell High School in Lindale.

Mr. Knowles, a percussionist, has performed with the US Air Force Reserve Band, performing for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a drummer for the Clock Tower Jazz Ensemble, The Georgians, and Applescraps.

The Notables are presented by Dalton State’s Fine Arts and Lecture Series, courtesy of the Office of Student Life and the Department of Humanities.

The free concert will be in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those with questions are invited to contact Ellie Jenkins at 706 272-2528.


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