Sounds of the centuries soar in College of the Mainland’s Prelude to Europe Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 8200 25th Ave. N., in Texas City.

In the free concert, the Duck and Cover A Cappella Group and Mainland Chorale will perform a Schubert Mass, an upbeat Latin melody and jazz-inspired pieces before they set off on a performance tour of Europe.

Rounding out the concert is a choral showcase of “West Side Story” and selections from Broadway’s “Rent.”

A reception, silent auction and drawing for the Paris/London Holiday for Two Raffle will follow the performance. Proceeds support the group’s upcoming tour, where they will perform American classics in the Czech Republic and Germany.

“Every time we’ve gone oversees we’ve done ‘Our America Musical Heritage performance,’ and Europeans love hearing Americans sing American songs,” said Dr. James Heffel, COM choir director.

The choir has previously performed in Italy and Ireland.

The COM choirs are open to community singers each semester who want to expand their skills in an encouraging, challenging environment.

For further information or to purchase raffle tickets, contact Joyce Palmer, 409-933-8348 or

Enjoy an evening of jazz

Kicking off Jazz Appreciation Month, the COM Jazz Ensemble will present an Evening of Jazz with the Texas City High School Jazz Band at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Texas City High School Auditorium, 1431 Ninth Ave. N., in Texas City.

The event is free and open to the public.

“The first jazz recording was made in 1917, so we are celebrating 100 years of jazz,” said Sparky Koerner, director of the jazz ensemble. “We’re also promoting women’s accomplishments in jazz.”

Dr. Deb Scott, trombone player and professor at Stephen F. Austin University, will be the guest artist.

Scott is also the director of SFA’s first jazz band, The Swingin’ Axes. She was the first woman to complete the doctorate in trombone performance from the University of North Texas. Scott has been a featured soloist in many recitals and concerts with bands and orchestras in Texas and she has toured with performing groups in Europe.

In 2016, she was a featured soloist and faculty member in Santa Fe, Argentina, at Trombonanza. She has also been featured in the Canadian radio broadcast, Women in Brass. On Feb. 15, Navona Records released Scott’s first solo CD, “Playing Favorites.”

Partial funding for this concert has been made possible through a grant from the Jazz Education Network and the Herb Alpert Foundation.

For more information, call 409-933-8347, email or visit

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