Three SF College Bands Will “Jazz Up Spring” on April 7, 2016, in the Fine Arts Hall


Santa Fe Jazz Band, photo by Suzanna Mars
Santa Fe Jazz Band, photo by Suzanna Mars

The 10th annual “Jazz Up Spring” concert will feature performances by three student bands—the Santa Fe Big Band, Santa Fe Jazz Combo, and the Santa Fe Rhythm & Blues Review Band—at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, 2016, in the Fine Arts Hall at the Northwest Campus, 3000 NW 83 Street, Gainesville.

Tickets are $15 main floor and $12 balcony for adults; $9 for seniors, children and University of Florida students; and free for Santa Fe College faculty, staff and students with college identification cards. For ticket information, call the Box Office at 352-395-4181 or visit the Fine Arts ticket website at:

Music Professor Steve Bingham, Ph.D., directs all three of the bands that are featured in the concert.

The Big Band will perform “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”; “Blue Skies,” featuring Rowan Housden on vocals; “Samantha,” a beautiful alto saxophone ballad; “Samba De Los Gatos,” an upbeat samba tune; “You Gotta Try,” a fast swing number that features two tenor saxophone players; “Sway,” with vocals by Alex Desmond; and “Act Your Age,” a funk rock selection by Gordon Goodwin.

The Jazz Combo will feature Andrea Garcia singing “All of Me” along with instrumental selections that include “Autumn Leaves,” “Song for My Father,” and “A Night in Tunisia.”

The Rhythm & Blues Review will feature Rowan Housden singing Wilson Pickett’s “Midnight Hour,” Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools,” Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood,” and James Brown’s classic, “I Feel Good.”

“Jazz Up Spring” is sponsored in part by the SF College Fine Arts Department and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and Visit Gainesville, a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council.

For more information about “Jazz Up Spring,” call Steve Bingham at 352-281-4035.

For more information about the SF College Fine Arts programs or the Fine Arts Hall, call Alora Haynes at 352-395-5296.