I’ll be playing piano with The Fairfax Wind Symphony Jazz Ensemble for the 2015 season.
The Fairfax Wind Symphony Jazz Ensemble is in its third season now. The Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Anthony W. Aversano was formed as an extension of the Fairfax Wind Symphony, founded by and under the baton of director Stan Schoonover in the fall of 1999.
This group consists of teachers, alumni students, professional players with our service bands, (both retired and active duty) and local professionals from the Northern Virginia area. This ensemble is probably one of the finest jazz ensembles you will hear in Northern Virginia other than our outstanding service bands. Along with this electrifying ensemble you will also hear incredible lead trumpet playing by Ken Mc Gee and knock-out jazz solos by Dave Detwiler, Matt Neiss, Bob Larson & Jacque Johnson.
Director Tony Aversano was the Director of Fine Arts at Chantilly High School for 26 years. Additionally, he was an adjunct instructor of the Shenandoah University Stage Band (3 years), three time recipient of the Down Beat Magazine 1st place Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Choir National Awards for Chantilly High School, trumpeter for the United States Navy Band Washington, DC & Fairfax Wind Symphony, and proprietor & musician with The Lace Music, LLC.
In addition to presenting local concerts, the FWS Jazz Ensemble has been featured at the 2013 “National Jazz Workshop” hosted by Shenandoah University, and at the 2014 James Madison “University Summer Music Camp” for aspiring musicians, educators and future jazz audiences.
2015 Fairfax Wind Symphony Jazz Ensemble Events
Thursday, July 16 at 3:00pm
Armstrong Concert Hall
702 University Dr
Winchester, VA 22601
The concert present as part of the National Jazz Workshop at Shenandoah Conservatory.
Heritage Hunt Community Center
Thursday, July 23 at 7:30pm
Monday, July 27 7:00pm & 9:00pm
1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
As a special treat for the Blues Alley performance will feature the one of our country’s foremost woodwind artist – Chris Vadala! Chris has appeared on more than 100 recordings to date, as well as innumerable jingle sessions, film and TV scores, performing on all the saxophones, flutes, and clarinets. A native of Poughkeepsie, NY, he graduated from the Eastman School of Music. Additionally, our Blues Alley performance will feature Guest artist Rick Whitehead, formally of the Air Men of Note.