Donate: Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra

Donate: Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra

Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra Fund

Composed of Lakeland students, amateur musicians, and semi-professional players; the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra features approximately 20 musicians. The traditional instrumentation consists of a full rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass and drums) five saxes, four trumpets, four trombones, and the occasional singer.


The purpose of the fund is intended to be flexible, so that it can support a wide variety of opportunities the benefit the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra and its reach to the community. Activities that may be supported include, but are not limited, to:

Operations: Operational support of the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra.

Supplies and Equipment: Music related needs, such as performance and stage equipment, music library, etc.

Development: The commission of original works.

Performer Fees: Guest performer fees.

Travel: Travel for Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra performances.

Other Performances: Performances/programs at Lakeland for students and the community.

Equipment: Music related equipment.

Facility Improvements: Improvements to the Dr. William and Mrs. Evelyn Fletcher Memorial Music Room.

Join Us

Current Lakeland students and community members are encouraged to participate or be a part of the audience for the Lakeland Jazz Orchestra:

Participate: Lakeland welcomes community members to audition for one of (or multiple) music ensembles. Visit Music Ensemble for more information on eligibility, requirements, days and times, etc.

Audience: Lakeland welcomes all individuals interested in listening to the Lakeland Jazz Orchestra, and please bring guests! Visit Arts at Lakeland for most up-to-date information on upcoming performance details.

Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra History

The Lakeland Community College Civic Jazz Orchestra was organized in 1973 under the direction of Charles Frank to provide jazz performance opportunities for Lakeland Community College students and community musicians. In its many years of existence, the jazz orchestra has had five directors, countless musicians and the opportunity to perform at a wide variety of settings including the Ohio Music Education Association Conference in Cincinnati. Following Charles Frank’s departure to become the executive director of the Fine Arts Association, Dr. Dan McCarthy was added to the Lakeland Community College music faculty and became director of the Jazz Ensemble until 1991. Legendary Cleveland saxophonist Ernie Krivda took up the reigns in 1992 and continued to lead the group at concerts and the Jazz Festival. In 2002, Larry A. Smith, was appointed to lead the group and under Mr. Smith’s direction, the Lakeland Jazz Orchestra performed at Lakeland’s Jazz Festivals, at the Great Lakes Mall Holiday Concert Series, and at the first Annual Madison Jazz Festival in 2005. Dave Sterner, was appointed to lead the group in 2008 and lead the group at the Ashtabula Jazz Festival, as well as, the Lakeland jazz fest and numerous themed Lakeland concerts until 2019. The current director is Ed Michaels


Have questions? Contact The Lakeland Foundation with questions related to Giving. Contact the Arts and Sciences Division Office for questions related to Arts at Lakeland programming.

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