Larry McWilliams Returns to North Florida Community College Thursday, Oct. 15 for “An Evening With F
MADISON, FL – The North Florida Community College Artist Series is delighted to present a night of swing, jazz and popular big band tunes on Thursday, Oct. 15 with our friend, and highly acclaimed trumpeter, Larry McWilliams and his 17-piece big band orchestra. It’s sure to be a good time as the multi-talented McWilliams heats up the night and brings down the house with his enthusiastic trumpet playing, skilled arrangements, amazing big band orchestra, and entertaining stories about his times in Madison and his esteemed music career. The performance begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Van H. Priest Auditorium and includes delicious desserts and refreshments at intermission. Tickets are on sale now at the NFCC College Advancement Office (Bldg. 32, NFCC campus).
McWilliams last graced the Van H. Priest Auditorium stage in 2010. Since then he has performed in Spain, Austria and Italy and just go off a three-week tour performing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra on the American Queen Steamboat’s Mississippi River cruise.
In December 2013, McWilliams was inducted into the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation’s Hall of Fame. “I am with a lot of people that I have always looked up to in my career,” said McWilliams of the honor. “I feel very proud of that recognition.”
McWilliams is a Madison County Florida native. He joined the Ball State University School of Music faculty in 1970 as a trumpet instructor and as Director of the Jazz Studies program. After 37 years, he retired from BSU in 2007. Under his direction, the BSU Jazz Lab Ensemble built the reputation of being one of the finest collegiate jazz bands in the country. McWilliams has extensive performing experience with bands and well-known Broadway shows such as the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Hello, Dolly and Cabaret. He has toured with major stars including Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Pia Zadora, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Perry Como, Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra Jr., the Spinners, the Temptations, Red Skelton and others.
For more information about Larry McWilliams’ Oct. 15 performance at NFCC, contact NFCC College Advancement at 850-973-1653, email ArtistSeries@nfcc.edu or visit NFCC.EDU (http://www.nfcc.edu/community-programs/artist-series).