Olympic Theatre Arts hosting Time Out concert this Friday

Clockwise from top left: Pete Harris, Elaine Gardner-Morales, Chuck Easton, Ann Brittain, Ed Donahue and Andy Geiger. Submitted photos

Olympic Theatre Arts Center welcomes Time Out, a group of veteran local musicians, for an evening of listening, dancing and socializing, starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, at Gathering Hall, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

Time Out features songs from the Great American Songbook, Broadway shows, blues and easy listening.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the theatre box office from 1-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, or online at OlympicTheatreArts.org.

For more information, call the theatre at 360-683-7326.

Members of the band include: Ann Brittain, vocals; Ed Donahue, trumpet and flugelhorn; Andy Geiger, tenor saxophone; Chuck Easton, guitar; Elaine Gardner-Morales, bass; and Pete Harris, drums.

Brittain, a native Washingtonian, recently moved from Seattle to Sequim. She performed regularly in Seattle, and said she’s excited to become part of the scene on the Olympic Peninsula.

“Music is my life!” said Donahue, and his resume echoes that sentiment. He recently retired as music teacher and director of bands at Stevens Middle School in Port Angeles, where his bands regularly received commendations. He also taught private lessons and served as a clinician annually at the Blaine Jazz Festival in the summer. He is a member of the Stardust Big Band and is the featured trumpet soloist in the band.

Guitar, bass, keyboards, alto and tenor saxophones, trombone, tuba and acoustic harmonica … Easton plays them all. Each summer, he is on the faculty of the famous Jazz Week at Centrum at Fort Worden in Port Townsend. He is also principal bassist in the Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra. He leads 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 has introduced her students to excellent clinician/artists. She moved to the Olympic Peninsula from Dallas, Texas, where she taught guitar, vocal jazz, composition, conducting and music theory at the Brookhaven College for the Arts. She plays bass for the Olympic Express Band, and also for many small groups as a “first call” artist.

Geiger moved to the Port Angeles area in 2006 after retiring as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at The Ohio State University. Music has long been his special hobby, and he has been delighted to pursue 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 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, played in Seattle’s loudest ukulele rock band, and regularly participated in the city’s music scene. He is also currently the drummer for Olympic Express.

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