Thursday, November 10, 2022

MCC’s Alumni & Friends ‘All That Jazz’ concert is Nov. 20


Montcalm Community College’s Alumni & Friends Choir fall concert, “All That Jazz,” is Sunday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Activities Building gymnasium on MCC’s Sidney campus. Admission is free, but a suggested donation is a nonperishable item to benefit United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties Holiday Hope Bags.

“We’re excited to sing jazz numbers from as early as 1911, and covering at least 75 years of music by Jazz greats such as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington,” said choir director and MCC part-time Instructor Valerie VanderMark.

Music selection include: “Montcalm Community College Alma Mater;” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” with solos by Pam and Randy Masterson; “You Made Me Love You,” with a trumpet solo by Benjamin Piela.

The men will sing: “Sweet Georgia Brown,” with solos by Errol Moerdyk and Larry Moss.

The women will sing: “Gershwin for Girls” a medley including “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “The Man I Love,” and “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” with a solo by Karen Lincoln.

Other selections include: “I’ve Got You Under My Skin;” Irving Berlin: “A Century of Song” (“Heat Wave,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “Steppin’ Out”); “It Don’t Mean a Thing: The Best of Duke Ellington,” including “Take the A Train,” “Mood Indigo,” “Satin Doll” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got That Swing)” with soloist Marian Flynn; “And All That Jazz.”

In addition, we’ve got an instrumental Jazz combo, directed by Keith Hudson, accompanying several of the songs, and a professional dance couple who will be performing at the concert,” Vander Mark said. “This concert will be fun for all ages, and the audience will go home tapping their toes and singing the familiar tunes for days afterwards!”

Visit  or email Valerie VanderMark at for more information.

This event is funded by the Montcalm Community College Foundation Stanley and Blanche Ash Community College Enhancement Fund.


Media contact:
Shelly Springborn
Director of Communications and Public Relations