Jazz Ensemble Concert

Helen K. Persson Recital Hall in Vera Lea Rinker Hall
326 Acacia Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33401


Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert

Directed by Roget Pontbriand

The Palm Beach Atlantic University Jazz Ensemble celebrates the outstanding career of arranger Sammy Nestico. Sammy joined the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. as staff arranger, and subsequently became the leader of the famous Airmen of Note. Following his 15 year tenure with the Air Force, he enlisted with the United States Marine Band in Washington, serving as chief arranger and director of the White House orchestra which performed for important judicial and congressional social functions during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.


In the years between 1970 and 1984, Sammy was the composer/arranger for the Count Basie orchestra. He directed the recording of ten albums of original music, four of which won Grammy awards. During the same period he was also engaged by Capitol Records as arranger/orchestrator, co- writing the equivalent of 63 albums for that organization. 
Mr. Pontbriand, (ensemble director) is the founding director of the popular music program at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Mr. Pontbriand holds a bachelor of music degree in jazz studies, and a master’s degree in composition from the University of Akron.  He also studied at Berklee College of Music and holds three diplomas from the Grove School of Music. Mr. Pontbriand has performed with many national big bands including Maynard Ferguson, Dee Barton, Nashville Jazz Machine, Bill Holman, Mel Torme, and Xavier Cugat, and local big bands Dennis Noday, Bob Hoose, Ben Grisafi, FAU Jazz Rats, Bob Davis and Gene Matis.   

Tickets: $10 general admission; $5 students with ID

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