FLORENCE – The Francis Marion University Jazz Ensemble will perform in concert on Tuesday, March 20, with guest artist Berke McKelvey.
The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the McNair Science Building auditorium on the FMU campus and is free and open to the public. The jazz ensemble is directed by Craig Alberty, assistant professor of music at FMU and the university’s director of instrumental activities.
McKelvey holds a master of arts degree from the University of California at San Diego with a major in saxophone performance. He also earned a bachelor of music degree from Berklee College of Music with emphasis on woodwind performance, and a bachelor of arts degree in music studies from Principia College.
McKelvey’s diverse background includes performances with the Boston, St. Louis and San Diego symphony orchestras, as well as with popular groups including the Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Currently he is a professor at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., and maintains an active schedule as a freelance musician, clinician and educator in the San Diego area.
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