OCC jazz band performs in Farmington Hills

The OCC Jazz Band, under the direction of Tom Dennis, will perform Thursday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m., in the Smith Theater on the Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills.

OCC Jazz Band

The 20-piece swing band features a female and male vocalist, and includes OCC music students and members of the community.

“The community jazz band performs hits from the ‘30s and ‘40s all the way to contemporary selections like Michael Bublé,” said Dennis, who also directs the college’s music program. “The concert will be entertaining and fun, and offers a great way to relax before the busy holiday season.”

OCC music students perform in orchestra, jazz, concert, small ensemble or choir concerts throughout the year, and participate in festivals, showcases and competitions.

“The OCC music program is a unique combination of degree coursework and enrichment programming,” said Dennis. “It provides a creative outlet for members of the community, and an educational pathway for students interested in pursuing a career in music. Musicians meet each other in classes and frequently form small ensembles and bands that perform in venues throughout the community.”

Students can earn an associate of arts degree with a concertation in music. Program coursework includes theory, history, piano, conduction, composition, lessons, and performance. Through an articulation agreement, OCC’s associate degree to count as 50 percent of a four-year degree at WSU.

“The OCC program offers students a cost-effective way to learn, perform and pursue their passion in a friendly, knowledge and supportive environment,” said Dennis.

The Orchard Ridge Campus is located at 27055 Orchard Lake Road. For more information, visit https://oaklandcc.edu/programs/mus/default.aspx.