PIQUA — The Piqua Civic Band will present American pop music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hance Pavilion. Selections will include “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” hits of the Beach Boys, “Harlem Nocturne,” “Cry Me a River,” The British Invasion: Hits of the 1960s, and many more! The concert is free and open to the public.
The band will feature saxophonist Bill Burns, an active jazz educator and performer across southwest Ohio who has been referred to by the Dayton Daily News as “the biggest, baddest, baritone sax player to play here in a long time.” Burns is the founder and leader of the Bright Moments Jazz Quintet and the Unity Saxophone Quartet. He is a member of the Dayton Jazz Orchestra, The Psychoacoustic Orchestra, The Tom Daugherty Orchestra, and various regional bands.
Burns’ performance experience includes working for Norwegian and Holland America Cruise lines, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Northern Kentucky Symphony, and the Blue Wisp Big Band. He has backed such legends as Phil Woods, John Pizzarelli, Arturo Sandoval, Diana Schuur, John Fedchock, Billy Hart, Denis DaBlazio, Bobby Watson, Frankie Vallie, The Temptations, The O’Jays, and the Funk brothers, among others.
Burns is past president of the Jazz Education Connection of Ohio and has presented jazz clinics at both the Ohio Music Education Association Convention and the National Jazz Education Network convention in New Orleans. Recordings he can be heard on include “Serenade in Blue” with the CCM Big Band, “Swing, Dance, Remember” with the Dayton Jazz Orchestra, and “Do What You Gotta Do” with the Bill Burns Quartet. His most recent recording, “Jazz Advice,” is available on CDbaby.com with the Bright Moments Quintet.
Burns has been on faculty with the Miami Valley Jazz Camp since 1996. In 2005, he was nominated for the Harry T. Wilkes outstanding educator award while teaching in Hamilton City Schools. He currently teaches general music and jazz ensemble in Centerville City Schools and serves as adjunct professor at Sinclair Community College.
For more details about Burns, visit www.cdbaby.com/cd/billburns or www.billburnsjazz.com.
For more about the Piqua Civic Band, go to piquacivicband.weebly.com.