The Olympic Theater Arts Center hosts Time Out, a group of seasoned local musicians, for an evening of listening, dancing and socializing, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 26 at Gathering Hall, 414 N. Sequim Ave.
Time Out features songs from the Great American Songbook, Broadway shows, blues, and easy listening.
Tickets cost $ 10 and are available at the theater box office from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, or online at OlympicTheatreArts.org.
For more information, call the theater at 360-683-7326.
Band members include: Ann Brittain, vocals; Ed Donahue, trumpet and bugle; Andy Geiger, tenor saxophone; Chuck Easton, guitar; Elaine Gardner-Morales, bass; and Pete Harris, drums.
Brittain, originally from Washington, recently moved from Seattle to Sequim. She has performed regularly in Seattle and said she was thrilled to be a part of the Olympic Peninsula scene.
“Music is my life!” Donahue said, and his resume echoes that sentiment. He recently retired as a music teacher and band director at Stevens Middle School in Port Angeles, where his bands regularly received accolades. He has also taught private lessons and was a clinician every year at the Blaine Jazz Festival in the summer. He is a member of the Stardust Big Band and is the group’s solo trumpeter.
Guitar, bass, keyboards, alto and tenor saxophones, trombone, tuba and acoustic harmonica… Easton plays them all. Every summer he is on the faculty of the famous Jazz Week at Centrum at Fort Worden in Port Townsend. He is also principal double bassist of the Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra. He conducts the Chuck Easton Quintet and other groups that play jazz, rhythm and blues, traditional jazz.
Gardner-Morales is the Director of Vocal Music at Peninsula College and in building the program introduced her students to excellent clinicians / artists. She moved to the Olympic Peninsula from Dallas, Texas, where she taught guitar, vocal jazz, composition, conducting, and music theory at Brookhaven College for the Arts. She plays bass for the Olympic Express Band, as well as for many small groups as a “first call” artist.
Geiger moved to the Port Angeles area in 2006 after retiring as director of intercollegiate sports at Ohio State University. Music has long been his favorite pastime, and he has been delighted to continue his “muse”, playing in the Stardust Big Band and the Peninsula College Jazz Ensemble, which he joined in 2008. He also plays in his trio and his quartet whenever there is an opportunity.
Harris also recently moved to the Sequim area with his partner, Brittain, from Seattle, where he led his own quartet, performed in Seattle’s loudest ukulele rock band and was a regular on the music scene of the city. He is also currently the drummer for Olympic Express.