The University Press (Beaumont, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 44, Ed. 1 Friday, April 15, 1977 Page: 4 of 12
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UNIVERSITY PRESS April 15,1977*4
Joe Williams glows bright in gym
Review by Helen Sohllnger
What can one say about the Lamar
Jazz Festival in general and guest ar-
tist Joe Williams in particular? “Super-
terrific-fantastic-sensational” is redun-
dant. Anything less is understatement.
Williams lived up to his reputation as a
Williams was the brightest but not the
only star glowing in McDonald Gym
April 1. The starshine started at 5 p.m.
with the performances of six area high
“If you didn’t see the high school ban-
ds, you missed a tremendous revelation
here in Beaumont,” director Jimmy
Simmons told the crowd. If the other
bands were as good as the Nederland
jazz band we heard, Simmons may also
have been guilty of understatement.
The Nederland group featured
rousing saxophone and trombone solos,
and even played a student composition.
Their “Sweet Georgia Brown Upside
Down” was especially good.
Lamar Jazz Band “B” was even bet-
ter. The group had a smooth and
polished sound. They were especially
strong in ihe brass ’n’ sax opening of
“Thanks for Saving My Life.”
As the hour got later - and Joe
Williams’ time got closer -- the crowd
grew larger and even more enthusiastic
than they had been all evening.
There was plenty to be enthusiastic
about, especially when the highly
professional Jazz Band “A” began to
play under the direction of Jimmy Sim-
mons. One of the best numbers was
“The Wind Machine,” which might be
an apt subtitle for this group.
Steve Moore, trumpet, and John
White, Flugelhorn, were superb in their
solos, and the tenor and baritone sax
solos of David McArthur and Kurt
Kiliion in “Fancy Free” were pure and
Finally the big moment came. Joe
Williams walked onto the stage and
captivated the audience with “Every
Day,” his first big hit back in 1955.
“Nobody loves me,” he sang.
“Nobody seems to care.” But it wasn’t
so. The crowd loved him. They cheered
and applauded wildly after each selec-
tion, whether it was an oldie like “Don’t
Get Around Much Any ^lore,” or a
more recent hit like “The Games
One Lamar musician admitted after
the show that he was still shaking from
the excitement of performing with
Williams. But the nervousness never
The band accompanied Williams with
such poise and professionalism that he
threatened to take the members on the
road with him. “How about this group,”
he crowed. “How about this group!”
Even the audience got into the act
when Williams directed them in a sing-
along to “You’ve Got a Friend.” “When
I do my hands like this, come in,” he
told the crowd. “When I do like this-
shut up! ” They loved it:
Williams’ voice was as rich and
smooth as fine cognac. His manner and
singing style were polished and his
humor was warm. But somehow the
total effect was much more than the
sum of the parts.
He was a total showman. Every
gesture, every inflection of his voice
worked together to build an evening of
magic that continued even after his per-
After the most enthusiastic standing
Jimmy Simmons directs Jazz Band A
4She stoops to Conquer’
set to stage next week
The curtain will rise next week for the this abounds in the play and is the
final production of the 1976-77 Cardinal
Theatre season, “She Stoops to
The Oliver Goldsmith comedy will be
presented in the Lamar University
Theatre on Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, April 21, 22, and 23 at 8
o’clock on all three evenings. The play
will be directed by Dr. S. Walker
James, professor of communication
and director of theatre.
Instead of the usual two or three
leading characters, “She Stoops to
Conquer” has seven. Cast in leads are:
Kenny Rush, as Squire Hardcastle;
Matt Carlin, as Young Marlow; Nona
Dorn, as Kate Hardcastle; Sara
Gossett, as Constance Neville; Louis
McNamara, as George Hastings;
Louise Heckaman, as Mrs. Hardcastle;
and Mark Oates, as Tony Lumpkin.
The large number of main characters
increases this comedy’s audience ap-
peal by providing a great variety of
conflicts and interests.
The play, first performed in London
in 1773, is comprised of plots, sub-plots
and counter-plots. A country manor is
mistaken for an inn, a Squire is
mistaken for an inn landlord and a lady
for a maid. Comedic confusion such as
premise for the play's sub-title,
“Mistakes of a Night.”
The play clearly shows that author
Goldsmith had a clear insight into basic
human nature and a full understanding
of the foibles of men and women, no
matter what their station in life. The
story is spiced with both physical and
dramatic action, and the audience is
lead quickly from one misun-
derstanding to another.
Cast members include Harold Evans,
as Dick Muggins; Lonnie Simms, as
Jack Slang; Robin Eastham, as the
Maid; Billy Prien, as Stingo; Jerry
Crain, as Aminadab; Doug Isaacks, as
Diggory; John Sangwin, as Roger; and
Keith Cockrell, as Sir Charles Marlow.
Stage managers are Leslie Cole and
Cindi Colburn; construction crew mem-
bers are Larry Seymour, Kenny Rush
and members of the stagecraft class;
costume crew members are Vicki
Cockrell, Louise Heckaman, Nona Dorn
and Wayne Harper; and costume con-
sultant is Mrs. Vera Campbell.
Keith Cockrell is stage manager for
the play; Larry Seymour, Anne Self
and Janet Meek are the lighting crew;
and Lori Thomas is in charge of make-
Joe Williams, “smooth as fine cognac”
ovation this viewer has ever seen, the
crowd spilled onto the gym floor,
seeking Williams’ autograph, shaking
his hand, just Wanting to touch him or
speak to him.
“I can die haDDy now. Mr. Williams:
I’ve heard you sing,” one woman told
him. “God bless you, darlin’, I love
you,” he answered. “Stay happy,” he
told the crowd. “Love each other.”
Somehow it never sounded hokey. It
was that kind of evening.
Photos courtesy of Photo Services
Blue Key holds banquet,
innitiates new members
Lamar’s chapter of Blue Key
National Men’s Honor fraternity held
its Spring banquet in honor of officers
and the 22 new members Tuesday,
April 12, in the Spindletop Room on the
eighth floor of the library, according to
Glen Brening, new Blue Key president.
L/ l -
Blue Key members are selected on
the basis of scholarship, leadership and
Newly selected graduating seniors in-
clude: Charles Austin, music, Buna;
Ron Chapman, chemical engineering,
Beaumont; Pradeep Gupta,
Vidor senior wins
Lee Romero, senior from Vidor, won
first place in the national physical
agility competition at the National
Criminal Justice Association (Lambda
Alpha Epsilon) conference in Hun-
tsville last week.
Romero, who represented Lamar’s
chapter, Delta Sigma Phi, placed first
in the competition which included sit
ups, push ups, 440-yard dash, obstacle
course and 100-yard dash.
The conference also held competition
in criminal investigation, con-
temporary corrections and marksman-
ship. Guest speakers discussed various
current topics in criminal justice.
Romero, who graduates in May,
plans to join the Austin Police Depart-
ment (He has already passed their
physical agility test) if he is not ac-
cepted into law school.
Delta Sigma Phi also has elected new
officers. President will be John Perron,
Beaumont freshman; vice president, R.
J. Smith, Orange freshman; secretary,
Cathy Cheney, Groves senior;
treasurer, Janeen Coussou, Nederland
freshman and sergeant-at-arms, Don
Martin, Beaumont junior.
mechanical engineering, Beaumont;
Brent Jones, mechanical engineering,
Beaumont; Robert LaBove, electrical
engineering, Beaumont and Leonard
Shelton, pre-dental, Beaumont.
Seniors selected include: Don
Duplan, pre-med, Port Arthur; Kevin
Johnson, chemistry, Texas City; Paul
Ledet, accounting, Winnie; Douglas
Ripley, accounting, Vidor; John Sitz-
man, chemistry, Beaumont; Michael
Truncale, elementary education,
Beaumont; Timothy Weber, ac-
counting, Groves and Don Young, mass
Juniors include: William Baxley, pre-
dental, Beaumont; Donald Citrano, ac-
counting, Beaumont; James Frederick,
electrical engineering, Beaumont;
Hugh McKenney, chemistry, Spring;
John Scott Jr., pre-med, Beaumont and
Michael Turpin, music education,
New faculty members selected to
Blue Key are Dr. William Pampe,
associate professor of geology and Dr.
Russell Long, professor of biology.
Recently elected Blue Key officers
for 1977-78 are Glen Brening, president;
Mel Cole, vice president; Mike Dore,
secretary and Brent Bost, treasurer.
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Daniels, Cheryl. The University Press (Beaumont, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 44, Ed. 1 Friday, April 15, 1977, newspaper, April 15, 1977; Beaumont, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth500331/m1/4/: accessed August 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Lamar University.