Two concerts set for PAC

Enjoy the sounds of live jazz and classical music this month at a pair of free band concerts to be held at the Lee College Performing Arts Center (PAC).

“Jazz @ Lee College” is set for 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 11, in the PAC main performance hall. The concert will feature the Thursday Night Band playing a variety of selections — including some new, never-before-heard tunes composed by director Dr. Ken Booker. Music major Chelsee Jernigan will lend her vocal talents to the band for a few jazz standards, including “Don’t Get Around Much Any More,” “Blue Skies” and an arrangement of the 1980s hit “Smooth Operator” by Sade.

The Wednesday Night Band, under the direction of Dennis Eichler, will also take the stage at “Jazz @ Lee College,” presenting a mix of funk, ballads and swing.

A show featuring the Baytown Concert Band is set for 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 25, in the PAC main performance hall. The ensemble’s performance will include “The March from 1941” by John Williams; “Alligator Alley” by Michael Daugherty; “Masque” by Frances McBeth; and “First Suite in E-Flat” by Gustav Hoist, among other selections.

“This concert will feature some of the very oldest, mixed with some of the very newest pieces for winds and percussion,” said Booker, director of instrumental music for the college.