The Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra was organized in 1973 under the direction of Charles Frank. The group performed for the Second Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival in May, 1974. Prior to that, the college had supported the Lakeland Jazz Forum, directed by George Parrish. In keeping with the purpose of the other college community music groups, The Jazz Ensemble was founded to provide jazz performance opportunities for Lakeland Community College students and community musicians. Following Charles Frank's appointment as Executive Director of the Fine Arts Association, Dr. Dan McCarthy was added to the Lakeland Community College music faculty and became director of the Jazz Ensemble, continuing until 1991 when he accepted a position in Indiana. Ernie Krivda became director of the Lakeland Jazz Orchestra, which continued to perform for concerts and the Jazz Festival through 2002. Larry A. Smith, was appointed to lead the group in 2002 and under Mr. Smith's direction, the Lakeland Jazz Orchestra performed at Lakeland's Jazz Festivals, at the Great Lakes Mall Holiday Concert Series, as guests of the Lakeland Civic Band (directed by Charles Frank), and at the Madison Jazz Festival in 2005. In 1987, the Lakeland Community College Jazz Ensemble was honored by invitation to present a concert at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference in Cincinnati. The current director, Dave Sterner, was appointed to lead the group in 2008.
WHO IS ELEGIBLE: All College students, All community adults (college age and up)
WHEN: Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Band Room (Rm. C-1078) / Lakeland Community College
REQUIREMENTS: Sight-reading skills. Skills in ensemble performance. A burning desire to perform ALL STYLES of jazz compositions. A commitment to Wednesday night rehearsals and two to four performances per year.
CRITERIA: Acceptance into the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra is by audition. Call Mr. Sterner at 440.953.8745 to set up an audition.
Accepting Auditions for:
- Tenor, alto and baritone saxes
- Drum set