The U.S. Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band gave a rousing performance of New Orleans-flavored jazz and blues tunes to a packed Shafer Auditorium on Feb. 15. More than 500 people cheered and clapped during the two-hour concert, as the six-man ensemble masterfully played such classics as "Creole Love Call" by Duke Ellington, the traditional gospel tune "Down by the Riverside" and "Swing That Music" by Louis Armstrong.
Current band members Cedric Mayfield on clarinet, Thomas Brown on trumpet, Sean Nelson on trombone, Nathan Lassell on drums, and bass player and band leader Mark McCormick were joined by guest keyboardist Tom LaMark. In the best of the jazz tradition, the group effortlessly moved from tightly arranged song sections to perform solos before returning to the root arrangement of each tune.
"It was a pleasure to hear such fine music on our campus. To have more than 500 students and local residents pack Shafer Auditorium to enjoy the concert was a special treat," said Executive Vice President Michael Pernal.