One of the hottest groups on tour this summer, Jeff Coffin and the Mu'tets, is going to perform live on the stage at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 6.
Tickets are $15 at the door, or $10 each if pre-ordered and paid on or before Friday, June 3. For more information on ordering tickets, print out the flyer in the photo section of this article. Proceeds benefit the Pine-Richland Band Boosters.
Coffin is a three-time Grammy-award-winning artist and plays saxophone for the Dave Matthews Band. Following the concert at PRHS, he and the rest of the group, which includes Felix Pastorius, son of famed bass player Jaco Pastorius, will be on tour with the Dave Matthews Band for its summer concert series.
This concert is one that high school band director Brian Scott knows will have real and lasting benefits for music students from the Pine-Richland area.
"The kids will get to interact with these professional musicians all afternoon and evening and the jazz ensemble students will get to perform a few selections in the concert with them that night," says Scott.
"Plus, the group will give an afternoon clinic to our high school jazz musicians as well as a few musicians from neighboring districts. What a great opportunity for our kids to rub elbows with some fantastic musicians and for our school and community to host an event at this level."
Coffin was a music educator before he was a musician. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in music education and, for a time, taught privately. He's still interested in teaching young people about the joys of instrumental music and often performs for schools from the middle school to the college level .
Scott says he was talking to a local music representative about how much he'd like to have a top-level group of musicians in to work with his students. At the top of his list was the Mu'tet. That representative, Terry Magursky from Brighton Music Centers, had some connections in the industry and said he'd make a few calls.
Early in May, Magursky called Scot with the news that Mu'tet was available on June 6, in between shows in Virginia and Cleveland.
"Although this is the last week of school for our year, our administration saw the great benefits of having a three-time Grammy-award-winning artist work with our students and agreed to allow this event," says Scott.
Scott says they caught a lucky break with the band’s schedule and are excited for the students to see great musicians, up close and personal, at a reasonable cost.