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The Meridian Star
St. Paul's Episcopal Church will host its last concert of the season Thursday at 12:05 p.m. in the parish hall.
The concert will feature Carey Smith and Friends.
About the musicians:
Carey Smith will perform on piano and is the group's composer.
Smith is finishing his 33rd year at Meridian Community College as director of bands and music instructor. A CD of his original music was released with the Meridian Symphony Orchestra in 2004. His trio is currently working on a jazz CD of all original material for release this year. His “2nd Suite for Jazz Quartet and Orchestra” had its world premiere in Albany, Ga. In 2010 Smith was invited by the International Conductors Guild to have the “2nd Suite” recognized as a new composition of merit in Copenhagen, Denmark. While there he was honored to be part of the conductor and composers group given an audience with Queen Margrethe II. His latest work in progress is a “Third Suite for Jazz Sextet and Orchestra” in five movements with a vocalist performing several of the movements.
Scott Kratzer has played drums for the group since the mid-1980’s. Scott is originally from Demopolis, Ala., and is currently band director at the highly successful Southeast Lauderdale High School Band Program. An accomplished percussionist in both jazz and symphonic genres, Scott has worked with world-class players at marquee venues all over the U.S., including Carnegie Hall, where he shared the bill with the Count Basie Orchestra. In his 30-plus years of playing he has performed with such jazz greats as Gary Foster, Steve Rudolph, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Chris Vadala, Carl Fontana, Fred Hirsch, Butch Miles, Hal Galper, Birch Johnson, J.B. Scott and Lisa Kelly, Bill Prince, Kathy Kosins and Bill Evans (saxophone).
Mark Altekruse, guitarist, is the executive director of the Meridian Symphony Association, Inc. Mark studied composition, arranging, business and music technology at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ma., and graduated from the Musicians Institute, Los Angeles, Calif. Mark began his instrument studies with famed classical guitarist Joe Fava and later studied with some of the finest jazz musicians in the country including Pat Martino, Mundell Lowe, Howard Roberts, Tommy Tedesco, Don Mock and Ron Eschete. He is a founding member of Hex Orchestra, a composition ensemble dedicated to composing music for film and television.
Lee Kornegay, trumpet, is originally from Jackson, Miss. His musical career spans a period of over 25 years. As a professional musician, Lee has performed in various show business meccas, such as, Reno/Tahoe, Nev.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Orlando, Fla.; and Branson, Mo. Lee has toured both nationally and internationally. Lee’s horn can be heard on the platinum recordings, Mr. Big Stuff, and Paul Simon’s, Rhymin’ With Simon album. Lee has performed with a variety of musical groups, such as The Temptations, O’Jays, Four Tops, the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Burt Bacharach, Wayne Newton, Sammy Davis, Jr. and a host of other celebrities.
Will Roland, bassist and composer, is originally from Southern California. While attending Cal State University-Bakersfield, he joined the band of world-renowned, avant-garde composer Doug Davis. Recently he received national attention with the preliminary release of “At the Beach.”
Terri Pankhurst, vocalist is originally from Bonne Terre, Mo. Terri has been singing jazz for many years, as well as performing in various Pop, Rock and Contemporary Christian bands, in the St. Louis area. She has performed and worked with great musicians such as Larry Coryell, Denis DiBlasio, and Wayne Bergeron.