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Shira Samuels-Shragg, conductor
Spokane Jazz Orchestra

The Spokane Jazz Orchestra joins the Spokane Symphony in a tribute to the USA and its armed forces with an evening of classic and contemporary American songs.

DOORS 6:30PM | SHOW 7:30PM

Little Brown Jug Joseph Winner, Arr. Miller
Star Spangled Banner John Stafford Smith, Arr. Bob Curnow/Chris Parkin
American Patrol F.W. Meacham, Arr. Myles Collins
Armed Forces Salute Bob Lowden
American Salute Morton Gould
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Prince/Raye, Arr. Alan Glasscock
Chattanooga Choo Choo Gordon/Warren, Arr. Collins
Taps Daniel Butterfield
Hymn to the Fallen John Williams
Sounds of Silence Simon/Garfunkel
I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo Gordon/Warren, Arr. Glasscock
In the Mood Joe Garland, Arr. Don Goodwin

INTERMISSION

Battle Hymn of the Republic Julia Ward Howe, Arr. Brent Edstrom
Ashokan Farewell Jay Ungar, Arr. Bob Cerulli
It Don’t Mean a Thing Duke Ellington, Arr. Greg Yasinitsky
MASH Theme Song Johnny Mandel, Arr. John Denton
Georgia On My Mind Hoagy Carmichael, Arr. Michael Gerety
Tribute to Ellington Arr. Edstrom
March 1941 John Williams
God Bless the USA Lee Greenwood, Arr. Nick Thorpe
Sing, Sing, Sing Louis Prima, Arr. Yasinitsky
Variations on America Charles Ives, Arr. Goodwin
America the Beautiful Ward/St. Marie, Arr. Curnow/Goodwin
Stars and Stripes Forever John Phillip Sousa, Arr. Wolpe/Goodwin

DR. DON GOODWIN
SPOKANE JAZZ ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR

Dr. Don Goodwin has been the musical director of the Spokane Jazz Orchestra since 2015, and has been featured twice as the group’s guest artist, playing Hammond B-3 Organ for the Groove Summit I and II. In the professional community, Don is a sought-after pianist, composer, and clinician. In addition, Goodwin is the pianist for The Bob Curnow Big Band and leads his own group, The Don Goodwin Trio.

Goodwin is on the faculty at Eastern Washington University, where he serves as Director of Bands, teaching wind ensemble, marching band, conducting, and EWU’s premiere athletic pep band, Code Red. In 2016, Goodwin finished his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Band Conducting at the University of Kentucky, where he studied with Dr. John Cody Birdwell. Goodwin is also a graduate of Eastern Washington University, where he earned both his Master of Arts in Composition (2007), studying with Dr. Jonathan Middleton, and his BA in Music (1996) and teaching certification (2005).

Before returning to EWU in 2004, Goodwin lived and worked in Seattle for eight years, where he taught music theory at The Art Institute of Seattle
and performed with several touring groups around the country. His band, BeeCraft, recorded several albums, and was featured at many of the Northwest’s premiere venues and festivals. Most recently, Goodwin can be heard as a keyboardist and as a featured composer on four separate Flowmotion albums. With Flowmotion, Don played Bumbershoot in Seattle, and shared the stage with many influential recording artists, such as Widespread Panic, G-Love, Bill Frisell, and Critters Buggin. Many of Don’s over 90 big band compositions and arrangements have been published through ejazzlines, Sierra Music Publications, and Gary P. Gilroy Publications.

SPOKANE JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Jazz is one of the most entertaining forms of live music, and big band jazz offers a special fullness of sound and energy. The Spokane Jazz Orchestra performances feature amazing solos and improvisation from highly accomplished musicians and talented guest artists. The music will draw you in, flow through you, put a smile on your face, and keep you coming back. Our 19-piece ensemble is made up of some of the best jazz musicians in the Northwest. More than half are college music educators. Several others are high school or middle school music teachers. A number of our musicians have played professionally in big band touring groups and other jazz orchestras, others play in the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. All are dedicated to sharing their love of jazz music and giving the audience a great experience at every concert.

Spokane Jazz Orchestra (SJO) concert draw from the full range of jazz music– standards from icons like Count Basie and Duke Ellington – along with innovative arrangements of a wide range of music from pop to rock to funk and more.

Dr. Don Goodwin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .director
Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah . . . .voice
Jeremy Trigsted. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .voice
Heather Sharp Villa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .voice
Ruby Gibford. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .voice
Joshua Chism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .voice
Nathan Hoyt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .voice
Steve Friel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . alto saxophone
Vanessa Sielert. . . . . . . . . . alto saxophone
Cameron LaPlante. . . . . tenor saxophone
Chris Parkin. . . . . . . . . . . . tenor saxophone
Claire Nelson . . . . . . . baritone saxophone
Terry Lack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .trumpet
Vern Sielert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .trumpet
Jesse Flanagan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .trumpet
Jared Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .trumpet
Sarah Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .trombone
John Ruediger,. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . trombone
Matt Peterson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .trombone
Bill Foster,. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . trombone
Brent Edstrom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . piano
Daniel Pinilla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . guitar
Eugene Jablonsky. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . bass
Chris Grant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . drum set

SHIRA SAMUELS-SHRAGG
CONDUCTOR

In August 2022, Shira Samuels-Shragg assumed herrole as assistant conductor of the Plano Symphony
Orchestra. This season, Shira will make her debut with the Spokane, Corpus Christi, and South Bend Symphony Orchestras. Before moving to Texas, Shira joined Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the USA 2022 as their assistant conductor for their New York residency and tour across Europe. In May of 2022, Shira graduated with her Master of Music in orchestral conducting fromThe Juilliard School, where she studied with David Robertson. While there, she served as assistant conductor to guest artists such as Barbara Hannigan and Sir Antonio Pappano and made her Alice Tully Hall debut. Additionally, she curated two conducting recitals that placed new works in conversation with classical symphonies. Shira holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a minor in German Studies from Swarthmore College, where she studied conducting with Andrew Hauze and piano with Marcantonio Barone. Shira’s conducting projects at Swarthmore included serving as music director for the world premiere of Cassandra, an opera by composer Thomas Whitman and poet/librettist Nathalie Anderson.

In summer 2021, Shira was a fellow in the inaugural Conducting Academy at the National Orchestral Institute + Festival, where she studied with Marin Alsop and James Ross. Past conducting workshops include studies with Gary Berkson, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Ocatvio Mas-Arocas, Tong Chen, and David Effron. Shira
comes from Los Angeles.

Ticket Information:

Tickets On Sale: Monday, August 14, 2023
Single Ticket Prices: $47 – $100
Phone: 509-624-1200
Box Office: Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 West Sprague Avenue

Health & Safety

As of today’s date, due to state mandate, the following safety protocols will be observed:

Proof of Vaccination or Proof of Negative Covid Test (within 72 hours): Not Required
Face Mask: Not Required
Policies are subject to change

Bag Policy

All bags (with the exception of clutches 6 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches) are subject to visual inspection by venue security.
Large bags are not allowed in The Fox, and must be checked in our Coat Check (located in the North Gallery) for the duration of the event.

Programs are subject to change

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