Big band show in Surrey

School groups from Elgin Park, Earl Marriott and Semiahmoo Secondary featured at Jan. 14 concert.

Jazz trumpeter Malcolm Aiken is the special guest at Southend Summit2 on Jan. 14

Jazz trumpeter Malcolm Aiken is the special guest at Southend Summit2 on Jan. 14

Lovers of big band music – and the high energy young performers bring to it – will be in for a treat when South Surrey’s award-winning high school bands will team up for Southend Summit 2, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wheelhouse Theatre, Earl Marriott Secondary, 15751 16 Ave.

The talented, swinging bands of Marriott, Semiahmoo Secondary and Elgin Park will play

versions of such blues and jazz favourites as Let The Good Times Roll, Georgia On My Mind and Baby, It’s Cold Outside along with big band charts of some more modern pieces – including Radiohead’s 15 Step.

Introducing the show will be bandleader, big band aficionado Alex Browne; while special guest soloist will be jazz trumpeter, bandleader and ethnomusicologist Malcolm Aiken.

A follow-up to last years inaugural Southend Summit, the show – presented by Semiahmoo Arts – proved such a success that it has moved to the larger Wheelhouse Theatre from the original venue, Coast Capital Playhouse, and bids fair to become an annual event.

Tickets ($20, $15 for students, seniors and Semiahmoo Arts members) are available by calling 604-536-8333.