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Jazz fills The Mill for second year

Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:17 PM

This weekend, Lebanon highlighted some of the best jazz music the area has to offer.

Jazz at the Mill, the second annual event to benefit Wilson County Children’s Music Association, kicked off Saturday night at The Mill.

The night’s festivities included a silent auction, dinner and a concert and dancing with music provided by the Cumberland University Jazz Band and featured artist Roger Bissell with The Jazz Alliance.

The Cumberland Jazz Band opened the evening at 5 p.m., followed by dinner served at 6 p.m.

Bissell and The Jazz Alliance then took the stage shortly after for a headlining performance throughout the rest of the evening. 

Bissell is a trombonist, vocalist and musical arranger from Iowa who has been a professional musician in both Tennessee and California. He has made appearances with the likes of Bob Hope, Jay Leno, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton and Ronnie Milsap, among several others.

The Jazz Alliance is a 19-member big band jazz ensemble based out of Mt. Juliet that performs at local community functions in and around the Mt. Juliet and Nashville area.

Items up for the silent auction ranged, with music lessons, a wine tasting, a Downton Abbey box set, jewelry and different musical instruments all up for bidding.

WCCMA is a non-profit organization that provides preschool music education and is planning a youth choir to begin in the fall. Classes are for families who typically would not have access to formal music programs. 

The mission of WCCMA is “to stimulate, promote, teach and develop interest in music; to establish and maintain a scholarship fund for the promotion of private lessons for underserved children up to 18 years of age studying any band or orchestral instrument with teachers who have established credentials; and to bring jazz and instrumental music to areas and centers not adequately served at the present time.” 

For more photos from the event, click here

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