The music will take center stage as national recording artists Dave Mancini and Alex Dean perform at Mount St. Mary Academy’s “An Evening of Music” on Sunday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Mancini and Dean will perform along with more than 100 students from Mount St. Mary Academy’s band, jazz ensemble and dance team, All Catholic Honors Band and the Orchard Park Jazz Ensemble. This evening will mark the first time Dave Mancini and Alex Dean perform in the Buffalo area.
Dave Mancini has most recently performed as the drummer for the legendary trumpet player and former Tonight Show Bandleader, Doc Severinsen. He has also toured with jazz artists Maynard Ferguson, playing drums, and Chuck Mangione, playing percussion.
Alex Dean, one of Canada’s foremost jazz saxophonists, has been a mainstay of the Canadian music scene for many years. He has played and recorded with Gil Evans, Kenny Wheeler, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Harry Connick Jr., Phil Nimmons, the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.
“We’re thrilled to bring these two great musicians to our area to perform for the first time,” said Mount St. Mary Academy Band Director John Hathaway.
“Most high school students don’t have the chance to play with professional musicians,” Hathaway explained. “This show will bring two generations together to perform the music that characterizes pop genre.”
Mount St. Mary Academy’s musical program, which is made up entirely of girls, includes more than one-third of the high school’s entire student body.
Mount St. Mary Academy musicians have performed nationally and internationally, including in the Bahamas; New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade; Grand Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; and the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Hope Ball in Washington, DC, plus many local and regional events. In 2013, they led the Easter parade at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. In April, the Mount St. Mary Academy Concert Band performed on Broadway at St. Luke’s Theater in New York City.
“An Evening of Music” will be held in the school’s 1,100-seat auditorium, which features a design similar to Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets for the show are $9 in advance or $13 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling the school at 877-1358.