Blue Lake International Jazz Orchestra
The 2013 International Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Bill McFarlin, is comprised of the instrumentation found in a traditional 18 piece jazz big band, with 5 saxes (alto, tenor and bari), 5 trumpets, 5 trombones and rhythm (piano, bass and drums). The group’s repertoire will range from the classic big bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and Woody Herman to more contemporary composers such as Gordon Goodwin, Bob Mintzer, and John Fedchock.
Their tour will culminate with a special homecoming performance at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp on July 17, 2013.
2013 International Jazz Orchestra
Bill McFarlin began his relationship with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp as a camper in 1974. He has served Blue Lake in a variety of capacities over the past 35 years, including Cabin Counselor, Jazz Department Coordinator, International Jazz Ensemble Director, Highlights Coordinator, Director of Public Information and Blue Lake Public Radio General Manager.
He returned to the camp in 2008 as Vice President of Development after a 25 year career in the music industry, and is currently Director of the Blue Lake International Exchange Program. He also serves on the Blue Lake Board of Trustees.
Mr. McFarlin is a graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and is a recipient of that institution’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He also studied at Michigan State University and Kansas State University, where he directed the KSU Concert Jazz Ensemble. As a trumpet player, Mr. McFarlin has performed or recorded with numerous artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Wilson, Louie Bellson, and Lena Horne. In 2007, he received the Chairman’s Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The 2013 International Jazz Orchestra marks Mr. McFarlin’s ninth tour with the Blue Lake International Exchange Program.