Temple Jazz Orchestra (Steve Lemmons, Temple College) Temple Jazz Orchestra (Steve Lemmons, Temple College)

The Temple Jazz Orchestra, featuring acclaimed musicians from throughout Central Texas, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center on the Temple College campus.

Led by director and pianist Dr. Benjamin Irom, the concert will feature pieces representing the various types of composition and orchestration inherent in much of today’s large ensemble jazz.

The program features music spanning from the classic Count Basie Orchestra, to more modern sounds of Dave Pietro and Bob Mintzer. The concert will feature a premiere of a new composition by Temple Jazz Orchestra member Lee “Sparky” Thomason.

Admission is $10 for adults, free for students with school IDs. Tickets are available at CentralTexasTickets.com or at the door.

Program highlights include:

“I’m Beginning to See The Light” (Duke Ellington/arr. Sammy Nestico); “Yes or No” (Wayne Shorter/arr. Francisco Torres); “Juba” (Dave Pietro); “Ceora” (Lee Morgan/arr. Ted Nash); “Weird Blues” (Bob Mintzer); “The Warm Down” (Lee “Sparky” Thomason); “See The World” (Pat Metheny/arr. Bob Curnow); and “Brotherhood” (Bob Mintzer).

Temple Jazz Orchestra Personnel

Lee ?Sparky? Thomason (Steve Lemmons, Temple College) Lee “Sparky” Thomason (Steve Lemmons, Temple College)


  • Colin Mason (Georgetown)
  • Marcos Duran (Temple)
  • Greg Bashara (Waco)
  • Stephen Goacher (Brownwood)
  • Karen Batson (Temple)


  • Bobby Gallegos (Georgetown)
  • Noah Alvarado (Waco)
  • Blake Waller (Temple)
  • Lee “Sparky” Thomason (Rockdale)
  • Denise Doyle (Temple)


  • Steve Seitsinger (Austin)
  • Chris Waage (Temple)
  • David Lammert (Belton)
  • Brent Mathesen (Temple)
  • Brent Colwell (Temple)

Rhythm Section

  • Dan Andersen – guitar (Austin)
  • Dave Wild – piano (Waco)
  • Alex Bilodeau – bass (Austin)
  • Norm Bergeron – drums (Temple)


Temple College is “Your Community’s College,” a dynamic and growing community college that equips thousands of Central Texas students with the knowledge and skills for 21st-century success. Temple College, which has campuses in Temple, Hutto and Taylor, offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs to students who seek to earn credits for transfer, graduate with an associate degree or complete a certificate for fast entry into the workforce.

Founded in 1926, Temple College has enjoyed a reputation for academic excellence for 97 years. It is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs, from visual and performing arts to competitive athletics. The College has become one of the state’s premiere institutions for healthcare providers’ education and training, advanced manufacturing, and workforce development programs. The faculty and staff are committed to providing exceptional quality instruction.