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Guest Artist tickets are $10 general, $7 senior, and $5 student (free to Sac State music students on the night of the show, subject to availability).

Guest Artists

Faculty bassoonist Dr. David A. Wells brings his unconventional swing band to Sac State's School of Music. Hot Club Faux Gitane performs on Friday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. The group combines the sophistication of 1930s Parisian Gypsy jazz (à la Django Reinhardt) with standards and original tunes.

The core of Hot Club Faux Gitane’s sound is the traditional rhythm/lead guitars and acoustic bass, but they add bassoon, mandolin, and occasional other instruments for a unique twist. In addition to Wells, the group includes mandolinist Gary Williams, guitarists Billy Gay and Eric Johnson, bassist John Ady, and features vocalist Francesca Bavaro.


Guest saxophonist Eric Marienthal will perform in a special concert on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m., with both our Downbeat Award winning Jazz Ensemble and our auditioned Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Marienthal has performed in over 75 different countries, recorded 14 solo CDs, and has played on hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, he has recorded 6 CDs with Chick Corea band and won 2 Grammy Awards, in addition to performing with artists such as Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, and others.

The evening will begin with a free performance by our student Concert Band, at 6:00 p.m., under the new direction of conductor Gerry Willis.