Being one of the tour managers for the Commodores has its benefits. Once I found out that the band was going to be in North Carolina, I immediately got on the phone and called Dr. Jay Jackson, Associate Dean of Music at Appalachian State University (ASU) and booked the band for this years tour. I graduated from ASU back in 1995, and have not been back since 1999. It had been to long, and I needed get back to Boone and I wanted to bring the best big band in the country with me.
|Commodores with Watauga High|
School jazz students
The band was not able to play in ASU due to the auditorium being renovated, but we were given the opportunity to play at Watauga High School thanks to the band director Tim Walker.
The band did a clinic for Watauga High School’s Jazz band before the show. The students picked two tunes for the Commodores to sight read, then a few of the students got to sit in with the band.
|Dr. Jay Jackson, myself, |
& Dr. Harold McKinney
|Me and Prof. Todd Wright|
It was a great night and a great way to end the tour! Hope to bring the band back in five more years!