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Performing Arts, Temple College Fine Arts


The Temple Jazz Orchestra will swing in the holidays with the first Christmas concert in the band’s history on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center at Temple College. The concert is sponsored by the Central Texas Jazz Society.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased in advance at the Temple College Fine Arts office, Johnnie’s Cleaners, and the Band Room store in Belton.

The concert will open with Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite,” a nine-movement work is a fusion of the classical original written by Pyotr Tchaikovsky with Ellington’s swinging jazz style. These jazz orchestrations stand as one of the greatest examples of a successful adaptation of classical music to jazz. Ellington’s writing shows off the versatility of the jazz orchestra to its fullest.

The second half of the concert will feature some of the greatest contemporary big band composers including Gordon Goodwin, Tom Kubis, Allen Baylock and Bob Curnow. The audience will hear sacred and popular favorites including Let it Snow!, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming and Silent Night among others. Also, Temple College faculty member Teri Johnson will swing in the holidays with her version of Santa Baby.

The concert will end with the great Count Basie band’s version of Jingle Bells.

For more information contact the division of Fine Arts at 298.5555 or visit us on the web at

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Founded in 1926, Temple College has become a truly comprehensive community college, offering an array of educational opportunities in an ongoing effort to fulfill the dreams and aspirations of its students. Experience the exceptional quality of instruction in the classroom and online, as well as the many other opportunities for enrichment through student organizations and activities, cultural and athletic events, forums and workshops, with many featuring local, state, and national leaders. Temple College enjoys an excellent academic reputation and offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees, as well as community education courses and public and corporate services. The AA degree offers the first two years of a four year degree, and the AAS degree prepares students for employment in technical careers which require only two years of higher education. The College is friendly, convenient, and economical for students residing in Central Texas. Campus activities, which enhance college life, are varied and accessible. Attending Temple College is an excellent way to adjust to college life before going to a distant senior college or to prepare for one of the four-year colleges in Bell County. Temple College is a point of access for numerous professional fields of study through its transfer curriculum leading to the Associate of Arts degree. Temple College now also offers an opportunity for its students to complete upper-level classes toward a baccalaureate degree on the Temple College campus through a partnership with Texas A&M–Central Texas, or online through an innovative partnership with Franklin University.


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