SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Concert to Honor Veterans and Commemorate Pearl Harbor Day

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 14, 2017) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Big Band & Jazz Combo will present “Jazz From Pearl Harbor: A Veterans Tribute” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W.

Return to that infamous day in history as the band recreates a USO wartime radio broadcast from 1941 immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor. The broadcast will include music from big bands of the era that performed on warships in the Atlantic and Pacific and will highlight the music of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Harry James and Glenn Miller.

“After Pearl Harbor, jazz bands became USO touring groups to support the war efforts, performing on many battlefields and raising war bonds at home,” said Pete Carney, director of jazz studies at SCF.

Goodman’s version of “Blue Skies,” his first hit and credited with making big band music an American phenomenon, and Miller’s “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” will be featured selections. Aaron Romm, SCF trumpet instructor, also will join the big band to play Harry James’ “Trumpet Concerto” and the SCF Latin and Rock Band will perform selections with a Caribbean theme in a tribute to Puerto Rico.

General admission tickets are $10, student and staff tickets are $5. Veterans tickets are free with I.D. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 941-752-5252.

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