Drew Tucker and The New Standard in Concert October 24 at Laidlaw!

Posted on October 19, 2016 by Keith Bohnet
Keith Bohnet

Drew Tucker and The New Standard

The USA Percussive Arts Club and the USA Department of Music are proud to host Drew Tucker and his jazz quartet, The New Standard, in concert on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. The New Standard will be on the road throughout the Gulf Coast in October on their Bourbon and Mix Tapes Tour, featuring Drew Tucker on the vibraphone and marimba. In the words of the band, their mission is to reinvent the vibraphone and mix classics like Prince, The Police, and Tears for Fears with hip-hop and jazz.

Tickets for this Department of Music event will be sold at the door only. Admission is $8 general and $5 for USA faculty & staff, USA students (ID required), youths under 18 and all senior citizens (cash or check only). Persons needing more information about this event or in need of special accommodation may call (251) 460-7116 or (251) 460-6136.

More information

At 2:30 p.m. in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, The New Standard will be presenting a jazz master class that is FREE and open to the entire university. Also, check out their website for videos and album tracks at www.itsnotaxylophone.com.

About Drew Tucker

Drew Tucker is a musician, educator, and social entrepreneur—a unique combination of talents that place him at the intersection of the arts and activism.

Artistically, he’s at the forefront of the movement to reinvent the vibraphone—a dynamic instrument that he melds with soul, funk, jazz and hip-hop influences. His jazz influenced twists on modern-day standards from Michael Jackson, to Prince and The Police, have earned him key endorsements from Mike Balter, Musser, Beetle Percussion, Lot Riot and Sabian Cymbals—and the applause of sold-out audiences nationwide.

The passion he brings to the stage is also present in the classroom. Drew’s one of the most sought after educators in mallet education, which led to him being a top front ensemble coach in Florida. He’s proud to note that 100% of his students have gone on to succeed in art school and university auditions.

As a community activist, he’s driven to revitalize areas of Florida through the creation of arts centers in under-served neighborhoods. Through his leadership and musicianship, he strives to not only raise spirits, but set an example of excellence and open opportunities for students, families and communities to realize their potential. Whether performing alongside Grammy winners as a world-class vibraphonist, coaching eager high school students through national music competitions, or leading and directing the growth of local arts institutions, Drew's passion for improving people’s lives through artistic endeavor is unwavering.


Need directions to Laidlaw? Just go to Google Maps at www.maps.google.com and enter "USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center." We're actually on the corner of University Blvd. and USA Drive South.

Musical Arts Series Season Pass Holders may now reserve their place at concerts if they contact events coordinator Keith Bohnet by 5:00 p.m. the day previous to the event! Call (251) 460-7116 or email kbohnet@southalabama.edu. Please mention the amount of seats needed AND be sure you are planning on being in place at least 20 minutes in advance of the concert! (Pass Holders only please! Held seats not claimed within 20 minutes of the performance may be offered to other concert attendees.)

For information on how to join the Musical Arts Society, visit our website at www.southalabama.edu/music and click on "events and programs" to see everything you need to know about the Musical Arts Concert Series and USA's Musical Arts Society.

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