The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band wraps up its 2022 summer concert season at 7 p.m. on September 24 at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street. Online tickets with reserved cabaret seating at $15 and general admission of $12 are available at Ticketstripe.com/Lakeeffectjazz. Tickets at the door for each performance will be $15. A cash bar and light snacks will be available.
Now in its 22nd year, the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band continues to be one of the premier big bands in the Midwest. Specializing in new arrangements of classic standards, new compositions for contemporary big bands and golden oldies, the band will be performing music from the libraries of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basic and others.
The band is led by Steven L. Reed, retired instrumental music teacher for the St. Joseph Public Schools. Several members of the band are current or retired music educators and jazz education is a priority for Lake Effect Jazz.
Joining the band for the Box Factory concert will be solo vocalists Becky Selvidge and Andrew Fisher. Each will be featured individually as well as together in popular jazz standards ranging from Broadway show tunes to the “American Songbook.”
Rebecca (Becky) Derbas-Selvidge holds a Bachelor of Music in Choral Education Western Michigan University and a Certificate of Musical Theatre Performance from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. After many years of teaching music for the Coloma Public Schools, she is the new instructor of voice at Lake Michigan College.
Andrew B. Fisher has been a musician and singer for many years in Southwestern Michigan. He studied vocal performance at Andrews University. His Andrew Fisher Quartet has achieved an incredible level of success in the Michiana area and in 2022 he introduced Sunday Simmer Sessions at the Box Factory. Andrew also is the vocal instructor at the Citadel Dance and Music center in downtown Benton Harbor.
For more information about the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band, please visit the band online at http://www.lakeeffectjazz.org.