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Jazz concert deals up a tribute to jazz greats and innovators

Posted: April 21, 2022

The Lakeland Jazz Orchestra and the Lakeland Jazz Impact student group are combining to present their final concert of the spring semester “Dealer’s Choice” Sunday, May 1, 2022, 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 sale online only at Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and veterans, and $2 for students. Guests should bring their order confirmation to show at the door.

Led by director Ed Michaels, the concert will highlight the compositions and arrangements of noted jazz greats Paul Ferguson, Sammy Nestico and Mike Tomaro. One of the pieces being performed is a tribute to the late Ann Stamm Merril, a former saxophone student of Ed Michaels and one of the founders of the North Coast Jazz Orchestra, a group which eventually became the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Arranged by Paul Ferguson and written by Ellen Rowe, "For the Girls in the Band" premiered by the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra on March 25, 2022, and is a tribute to all women in the field of music performance.


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 nearly 8,000 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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