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Lakeland to honor jazz great Sammy Nestico in fall concert

Posted: November 8, 2021

The Lakeland Jazz Orchestra and the Lakeland Jazz Impact student group are combining to present their first concert of the 2021-2022 season “A Tribute to Sammy Nestico and the Great American Songbook” Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, at 4 p.m. in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center. The center is located on the first floor of the D-Building on the college’s campus.

Concert tickets are available for purchase online only at Guests should bring their printed electronic ticket to show at the door. Prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and veterans and $2 for students and youths.

Led by director Ed Michaels, the concert will highlight the music of Sammy Nestico, the world's most published scholastic jazz arranger, who left his mark as one of the key figures in the development of jazz education. He worked as a composer and arranger for such musical legends as Charlie Barnet, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Gene Krupa, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Barbra Streisand.

The music groups will play many classic jazz pieces including “Almost Like Being in Love,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street” and world-renowned jazz singer and composer Debbie Gifford will perform with the groups as guest vocalist.


Lakeland Community College provides community members the opportunity to express and advance their talents by performing in five music groups: the Lakeland Civic Band, the Lakeland Civic Chorus, the Lakeland Civic Flute Chorus, the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra and the Lakeland Civic Orchestra.?Additionally, the college offers talented high school students Jazz Impact, an all-star high school music group.

For more information about the civic music groups and auditions, contact Jeri Lynn Pilarczyk in the Arts and Sciences Division at 440.525.7261 or email

Lakeland Community College is located atthe I-90 East/ Route 306 exit. Free parking is available.


For more than 50 years, Lakeland Community College has impacted thousands of lives through learning. Founded in 1967, Lakeland was the first college in Ohio created by a vote of the people. True to its mission, the college provides quality learning opportunities to more than 11,000 credit students to meet the needs of the community at its campus in Kirtland and online.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, Lakeland offers more than 140 associate degree and certificate programs that may lead to high-demand careers or transfer to four-year institutions. The college also provides access to bachelor’s, graduate and doctorate degrees along with certificates and endorsements, as well as lifelong learning opportunities, on campus through the Holden University Center of Lakeland, in partnership with 12 four-year institutions.

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