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By Andi Bourne

Enjoying the fruits of his labor


January 17, 2019

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

The Boyd A Combo performing Jan. 13 at Seeley-Swan High School. Pictured (L-R): Connor Racicot on piano, Reed Ellsworth on guitar, Finn Carroll on bass, Ross Strauser on tenor saxophone, Josh Hungate on trombone and Willie Blatz on drums.

SEELEY LAKE – From Duke Ellington and Miles Davis to original arrangements, University of Montana Jazz combos "Boyd A" and "Boyd B" dazzled the audience with their improvisation Sunday, Jan. 13 as part of the 2 Valleys Stage 2018-2019 concert series. The small groups are just a couple of examples of how much the jazz program at UM has grown since the combos' namesake Lance Boyd started it in 1970.

Boyd started as the UM Professor of Trombone & Director of Jazz Studies in 1968. He said when he started there was a jazz band that was a mix of community members and students.

"That was it...

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