Ark City native and Nashville-based professional percussionist Michael Sturd will make a special appearance next week as guest artist with the Arkansas City High School Jazz Band.
The concert will take place at 7 p.m. Monday in the Arkansas City High School Auditorium and is free and open to the public.
Sturd and the ACHS Jazz Band will be joined by a trio of Wichita area professional jazz artists, Sage Judd, Miguel Santana and Andy Slater. This concert is made possible by the support of the V.J. Wilkins Foundation and USD 470.
The concert will feature a wide range of jazz styles, including traditional big band favorites from Count Basie and Jerome Richardson, more contemporary big band charts from Gordon Goodwin and Trombone Shorty, and standard and original small combo jazz numbers.
Sturd is on a short break from touring as the drummer for Lindsay Ell, who is the opening act for Brad Paisley’s “Life Amplified” world tour.
Sturd will not only be a part of this concert but will spend a day working with the band students of Arkansas City High School and Middle School before returning to his duties in Nashville.
The trio of Judd, Francisco and Slater is in high demand throughout the Wichita area, performing regularly in a wide variety of venues. Judd is the son of long-time ACMS band director Hans Judd and great-grandson of the renowned ACHS and Cowley College music director Kenneth Judd Sr.
“The V.J. Wilkins Foundation has made it possible to do so many wonderful things that simply were not possible before,” ACHS band director Chris VanGilder, said. “To be able to bring in all of these great musicians to share their expertise with our students is irreplaceable. And to be able to include one of our own, who has made it to the big time is beyond comparison. Michael is a perfect example that great things can and do come from Arkansas City, Kansas.”