Born: August 11, 1950 Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor
John William “Buzz” Jones is Professor of Music at Gettysburg College. He served as Director of Bands (1989-2002), Music Department Chair (1999-2005), and was appointed Director of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music in 2006. Buzz also coordinates the theory program and teaches jazz history, counterpoint, and composition. He has directed the college jazz ensemble for eighteen years and led the group on three summer tours of Europe with appearances at the Montreux, North Sea, and Vienne Jazz Festivals. He founded The Buzz Jones Big Band in 1979. The band has released three compact discs- Live! At The Montreux Jazz Festival, Big Band Euro Tour, and Millennium Swing. The Majestic Jazz Orchestra recently recorded Axiom Asunder, his historically-based suite for jazz ensemble, dance company, and narrator....
BIG BAND EURO TOUR. The Buzz Jones Big Band and Gettysburg College Jazz Ensemble. 1997.
MUSIC OF WALES AND AMERICA. The Welsh Chamber Orchestra. 1999.
MILLENNIUM SWING. The Buzz Jones Big Band. 2000.
AXIOM ASUNDER. The Majestic Jazz Orchestra. 2004.
WHAT UP IN THE ATTIC?. The Buzz Jones Big Band. (March, 2007)
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