Aurora Borealis Presents: pH Factor Big Band!
Sunday March 22nd 5-8pm
Director: Paul Harshman
Reeds: Jory Tindall, Kathy Kronmal, Brian Bermudez, Brian Lawrence, Alan Lund
Bones: Terry Freeman, Todd Nordling, Dan Bolender, Grant Ausley
Trumpets: Dennis Haldane, Eric Jelison, Hannah Mowry, Mat Montgomery
Rhythm: Jacob Yackshaw, Bass, Ed Littlefield, Drums, Emily Cheever, Piano
The pH Factor Big Band was formed in January of 2008 and was formerly known as the Musicworks Jazz Orchestra. Paul Harshman is the musical director and leads the group. His focus on exciting and challenging repertoire has drawn a highly talented ensemble of musicians that enjoy performing great big band compositions at the highest level. The players are
some of the finest in the area and the band has a nice mixture of established and younger musicians that gives the group great chemistry. Together, the band strives to entertain the audience and itself by exploring a wide range of music from composers and arrangers such as Bill Holman, Fred Sturm, Maria Schneider, Astor Piazzolla, Peter Herbolzheimer, Chico O’Farrill, Jim McNeely, Tommy Newsom, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny
Carter and Stan Kenton as well as arrangements and charts by Mat Montgomery and other members of the band. The pH Factor released it’s first album in 2017 “The Music of Mat Montgomery”. It is available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify and other music downloads sites.
“The pH Factor Big Band is a great group of wonderful musicians who swing hard and learn fast. They make the little people like me look and feel very comfortable.”
“I enjoyed the chance to work with the Music Works Jazz Orchestra. Thanks for having me!”
“I loved working with the Music Works Orchestra, directed by Paul Harshman, they have such a command of the material and play their hearts out.”