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Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio

MOUNT VERNON - Knox County is home to a thriving arts scene. We boast a symphony, choirs, theater groups, a concert series, and many other cultural organizations, offering great opportunities for local performers as well as entertainment for audiences.

Now jazz joins the mix. Beginning in the summer of 2017, big band sounds from every era will fill the air, as the newly created Knox Community Jazz Orchestra makes its debut.

Under the direction of Kenyon College Professor of Music Ted Buehrer, the KCJO plans to begin its inaugural season with a kickoff event in May. An August performance will follow, and the season will conclude with a Christmas concert in December. The group envisions a repertoire embracing the jazz tradition in all its richness, from early swing to contemporary pieces. As part of that tradition, plans include not just sit-down concerts but also dancing.

In one sense, the Knox Community Jazz Orchestra represents a revival. Community jazz bands in Knox County date back to the Riley Norris Orchestra of the 1960s, the Bob Bechtel Big Band of the 1980s and the Colonial City Big Band that followed it. Like those groups, the KCJO looks to draw on the talents of local musicians while adding to the rich and varied music scene our community already enjoys.

The KCJO is a non-profit, 501c3 organization. For more information, contact Ted Buehrer: [email protected]

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