The Tyler Junior College pops group will reunite with the school’s jazz ensemble for “Movin’ and Groovin’ Across America,” an evening of costumes and music, all inspired by one of the United States’ most famous stretches of highway.
“What I came up with is basically ‘musical destinations in America.’ Music in America is, like everything, such a hodgepodge. So I came up with a set of songs that talk about places in America and/or represent style and traditions all founded here,” said Andrea Trent, director of Harmony & Understanding.
“Along with the songs I try to incorporate dance moves and singing styles and costumes to best represent the era of the songs.”
Style and genre selections are diverse, ranging from Big Band to Motown to material from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Songs will run the gamut from “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and “Gettin’ in the Mood” to “Georgia On My Mind,” “Jambalaya” and “Saints Go Marching” to “Kansas City” “Chain of Fools” and “Boogie Shoes.” And if you can’t get enough of James Bond after seeing “Skyfall,” come to this concert for a special jazz band arrangement of the “James Bond Theme.”
“Moovin’ & Groovin’” will be performed tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Wise Auditorium on the TJC campus. Admission is free.