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About Us

CACE

The Morgan Community College Center for Arts and Community Enrichment started in 2011.  It operates as a program of the college and sponsors culturally enriching experiences throughout the communities served by MCC.  The mission of CACE is to enhance the quality of lives through artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual activities.  CACE has a committee structure with members from both the college and the community.  The committees identify possible speakers, artists and musical groups that might fulfill the program’s mission.  Thanks to generous donations from the community, CACE events are free and open to the public.  Each summer CACE publishes its calendar of events, listing fifteen to twenty events offered during the year.  CACE welcomes new committee members at any time.  Interested community members should contact the CACE Coordinator at 970-542-3180.



Jazz Ensemble

The MCC Jazz Ensemble and MCC Jazz Combo perform jazz music for audiences around Northeast Colorado and beyond.

  • The 18 piece MCC Jazz Ensemble big band performs Swing, Latin Jazz, Fusion, and other big band styles
  • The 5 piece MCC Jazz Combo focuses on jazz standards from Bebop to vocal music

The MCC Jazz Ensemble and MCC Jazz Combo have performed around the state of Colorado at:

  • The Colorado State Capitol
  • The Glenn Miller Swing Fest in Fort Morgan
  • Christmas on the Corridor in Bennett
  • Big band festivals in Greeley and Estes Park
  • MCC Commencement
  • Annual Spring and Fall concerts in Fort Morgan

The band has performed alongside some of the finest jazz artists in the state including the Air Force Falconaires and Denver vocal soloist Donna Wickham and has done several audio and video recordings including a 2020 video of the world premiere of Glenn Miller Strut by ASCAP Herb Alpert Award winner Elliott Turner.

Enjoy the band’s music below and use the tabs above for more information or to find out how to join!

 

The MCC Jazz Ensemble, Morgan Community College’s first musical performing group, was formed in early 2009 through a collaborative effort between Morgan Community College and community stakeholders who wished to strengthen the community’s identity as the boyhood home of Glenn Miller. The inaugural concert, conducted by former MCC President Dr. Kerry Hart was recorded, and the resulting CD, “Home Grown: The Music of Glenn Miller,” is used as a “calling card” for the Chamber of Commerce and others to help promote the region.

The ensemble’s influence has extended well beyond the borders of Morgan County. In August 2009, the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), through the University of Texas, published an article highlighting the community partnership aspect of the project in its national publication “Innovation Abstracts.” Following this, the Association of Community College Business Officers, at a national conference in Palm Springs, selected the project to receive a first-place award for innovation that came with a check for an MCC music scholarship. The CD itself has reached thousands of listeners through playtime on NPR affiliates and radio stations as far away as Hawaii.

In the last several years, the 18 piece MCC Jazz Ensemble and 5 piece MCC Jazz Combo have expanded local membership in the group and worked to support the growing musical community in Morgan County and beyond. The group has collaborated with various musicians and composers including the Air Force Falconaires and Denver vocal soloist Donna Wickham. In 2019, the MCC Jazz Ensemble big band collaborated with ASCAP Herb Alpert Award-winning composer Elliott Turner for the world premiere performance of his composition Glenn Miller Strut.

The jazz ensemble was the subject of a 2020 Fort Morgan Times article entitled MCC Jazz Ensemble Maintains and Reconstructs Tradition.

Are you interested in joining the MCC Jazz Ensemble?

The group accepts higher education students, experienced high school students, and community members with prior experience on a jazz big band instrument (saxophones, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, drum set, and percussion). Participation is free since the cost of attendance is currently covered by scholarship!

Interested musicians should contact director Nick Booker to set up a time to sit in with the band:

nicholas.booker@morgancc.edu
(970) 427-4046

For more information, contact director Nicholas Booker at nicholas.booker@morgancc.edu or (970) 427-4046.

CDs Available

Home Grown: The Music of Glenn Miller

MCC Jazz Ensemble Inaugural Concert

Suggested donation: $20.00

Fort Morgan Soundscape:
A Commemorative Musical Collection

Suggested donation: $20.00

Speakers/Guest Authors

Stay tuned for more events!

Guest Performances

March 14  |  7:00 PM (CANCELED)

Map of My Kingdom

Join us for this play that tackles the critical issue of agriculture land transfer that will hopefully inspire the hesitant and the fearful to start the conversation that cannot wait.

Brush Chamber Ag Appreciation Dinner
Performance starts at 7:30 PM
Brush Secondary Campus, 400 West Ave.

April 3, 7- 8 PM

Mama Magnolia – Soulful Side of Rock

The Sanctuary  |  Fort Morgan

April 16, 6:30- 8:30 PM

Boulder International Film Festival

Sands Theatre  |  Brush

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Fort Morgan and Sterling Federal Credit Union

Mike and Connie Schingle

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Tom and Joy Bryant

Dr. Curt Freed and Family

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Brian and April Amack

Robert and Judith Carruth

Mark and Sue Christensen

Ron and Vicki Edwards

Hodgson Media

Dan and Sharon Kauffman

Barbara Keenan

Jim and Betty McKie

Roger and Susan Schaefer

Suzanna Spears