Music Boosters present Chris Lawson and Pagosa all-stars in concert

Pagosa Springs Music Boosters is proud to announce the start of their 2009 , 20th anniversary celebration with a unique musical concert in May, starring internationally-known trumpeter Chris Lawson supported by our own extraordinary local musicians.

 One of the “workingest” freelance musicians in the country, Lawson stays constantly on the go, playing trumpet and singing on cruise ships in Hawaii and the Caribbean, soloing with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, gettin’ down and dirty in a jazz club. 

He is first call on numerous show lists in Colorado and has performed with such names as Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Doc Severinson, Arturo Sanduval, Mel Torme, John Denver, John Tesh, Marvin Hamlish, The Smothers Brothers, Flash Cadillac, Sarah Vaughn, Wayne Newton, Linda Rondstadt, Manhattan Transfer, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Four Freshmen, Yes, War, The Colorado Symphony and many more. 

Jazz artists he has worked with include Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Chuck Findlay, Frank Mantooth, Glen Miller Orchestra, Woody Herman Orchestra, both Dorsey Bands and many more. 

A highlight of Lawson’s career was soloing twice with Arturo Sanduval.  He has considerable recording experience and is featured on a recently-released CD, “Start of Something Big,” with Bobby Marchetti. Lawson is especially well known for his high-note or “lead chops,” but he is as comfortable playing at a church service on Sunday morning as he is soloing with The Neophonic Jazz Orchestra.

Local musicians who will be performing with Chris are  Sue Anderson, piano; John Graves, piano; Venita Burch, piano; Dan Burch, bass; Jerome Osmialowski, drums; Bob Nordman, alto sax; Bob Hemenger, tenor sax; Larry Elginer, trumpet; Larry Baisdon, trumpet;  and Shawna Carosello, trombone. 

Additionally, Lawson will offer a workshop to our students during his time in Pagosa. We anticipate an extraordinary learning and giving experience to take place amongst our students, community musicians and professionals. 

 Concert dates are May 2 at 7 p.m., with a special matinee performance on May 3 at 2 p.m., both at the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium. 

Open seating tickets are available at the Chamber, and at the door an hour before performances.  In order to allow everyone the opportunity to attend the concert, Music Boosters is offering special pricing for this concert; $10 for adults and $5 for students.  All proceeds benefit Music Boosters college scholarship program, of which we are currently supporting five students pursuing degrees.   

Come on out and help us “Raise the Roof “with the music of Chris Lawson and our own great musicians.