The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith jazz band will perform a concert featuring a variety of music at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 36.


The UAFS Jazz Band and Jazz Catz will perform the concert at the ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center in the Fort Smith Convention Center, located at 55 South 7th St. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased through the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300 or by visiting


Dr. Christopher Barrick, head of the Department of Music and Theatre and director of the Jazz Band, said the band will perform a mix of jazz selections from traditional swing to modern and funk styles featuring the work of artists from Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Michael Buble and more.


The concert will also feature the university’s new music education professor, Dr. Scott Tomlison, be a guest director on “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” by the Buddy Rich Band. Ginny Hudson, instructor of flute, will also perform a contemporary arrangement of “Heart and Soul.”


The Jazz Catz is under the direction of Don Bailey, UAFS director of jazz studies.


“The catz and jazz band always bring passion and excellence to the stage,” Bailey said. “A common reaction from folks in the crowd is, ‘wow your students are so exciting to watch. That was definitely a fun show.’” 


Students performing in the concert are:


Alma: Kyle Scott and Chandler Steele.


Booneville: Niki Waters.


Cedar Falls, Iowa: Benjamin Baker.


Elkins: Eden Gardner and Rebekah Hoodenpyle.


Fort Smith: Alyshia Cook, Sawyer Crenshaw, Will Davis, Christian Jones, Christopher Jones, Bryce Langley and Ethan Womack.


Gentry: Justin Hazard and John Lopez.


Greenwood: Dakota Archer, Skyler Heffner, Alex Marrin, Emily Smith and Crystal Williams.


Mulberry: Ginger Jones.


Omaha: Deborah Ellis.


Pocola, Okla.: James Eaton.


Poteau, Okla.: William Newby.


Rogers: Brandi Cappello.


Roland, Okla.: Aleyah Youngblood.


Van Buren: Michaela Cooper, Kennon Doss, James Patrick Martin, John Montgomery and Jensen Smith.


Villa, Mexico: Zabdiel Montes.


The concert is part of Season of Entertainment 36, a yearlong lineup of entertainment sponsored by the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith featuring a variety of plays, musicals and symphonic performances.


For more information, contact Barrick at 479-788-7547 or


About the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith


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Amy Lloyd, University Relations Coordinator
Date Posted: 
Monday, October 24, 2016
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