The WT Jazz bands will give an outdoor concert on Thursday

CANYON – Big band tunes will fill the evening skies at an outdoor concert Thursday on the grounds of West Texas A&M University.

WT’s Jazz I and II ensembles are scheduled to perform starting at 6:30 p.m. on the south-facing steps of the old education building on the Canyon campus.

Admission is free and families and other guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on, said James Barger, assistant saxophone teacher and director of Jazz Ensemble II.

The public can also bring food and drink, although no alcohol is allowed on campus.

“We’re incredibly excited to get back on stage and share some great music with WT and the Canyon / Amarillo community,” said Barger. “When the schools closed their doors last spring, we were weeks away from hosting two internationally renowned jazz artists and educators for a clinic and performances with our students. Like so many other musicians and artists, we have found ways to gradually and safely pivot and resume our activities over the past year. The result is an outdoor concert that will be safe and enjoyable for everyone involved, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to our beautiful campus.

The concert will feature music by Sammy Nestico, Chick Corea, Gordon Goodwin, Pat Metheny and more.

Ada J. Kenney