BYU Jazz Ensemble Celebrates Retiring BYU Music Professors
The BYU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mark Ammons, will celebrate the accomplished careers of BYU professors Ron Brough and Steve Call with a concert on March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Brough and Call will join the ensemble as special guest artists.
“The concert will feature farewell performances by two of BYU’s most accomplished and beloved music professors,” Ammons said. “Concluding a combined 62 years of teaching and mentoring at BYU, Ron and Steve will share the stage once more for a night of fun, laughter, joy and celebration.”
Steve Call has taught tuba, euphonium, jazz piano and jazz studies at BYU since 1979. He also serves as the director of the BYU Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band. Call has performed around the world as a soloist and with jazz and chamber groups. He has performed with noted musicians such as Ray Charles, Henry Mancini and Doc Severinsen.
In addition to his professional music career, Call and his jazz band, The New Hot 5, are a viral Youtube sensation due to their video “Jazz for Cows,” which has over 14 million views and has been featured on “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” and was parodied by Conan O’Brien. His album, “Jazz for Cows,” has also been a success and receives radio airplay in the US and the UK.
Ron Brough has taught at BYU since 1984 and also serves as the artistic director for BYU Panoramic Steel and the director of the BYU Percussion Ensemble. His professional music career has included performing as the principal percussionist in the Utah Chamber Orchestra as well as a percussionist with Ballet West, Utah Symphony and Opera, Pioneer Memorial Theater Orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Brough has served as Utah Chapter President of the Percussive Arts Society and has been involved in the society’s international conventions. Brough and his family have performed together as a steel band called “Pan Jam” at the Utah Arts Festival and with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Those who attend the concert will be treated to a slice of pie afterward to further the celebration of Call and Brough as well as Pi day.
“Don’t forget the pie,” Ammons said. “Since the concert is on 3/14 or 3.14 — Pi(e) Day — everyone attending the concert is invited to have a piece of pie with the performers following the concert.”
Tickets and Show Details
Performance Dates and Times: March 14 | 7:30 p.m.
Location: de Jong Concert Hall, Franklin S. Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU
Tickets: Available in person at the BYU Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at 801-422-2981 or online at byuarts.com