Mr. Jefferson's Bones to Perform at BC Oct. 28

October 14, 2015


Mr. Jefferson’s Bones, which consists of some of the Shenandoah Valley’s most experienced and talented professional trombonists, will present a lyceum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Carter Center for Worship and Music at Bridgewater College.

Founded in 2001, the trombone quartet performs a wide repertoire of classical, sacred, popular and jazz selections.

Mr. Jefferson’s Bones members include Andy Lankford, Tom McKenzie, Niki Miragliotta and Robert Mott. 

Lankford, a professor of trombone at James Madison University, is a member of the Madison Brass (JMU’s faculty brass quintet) and principal trombonist with the Massanutten Brass Band in Harrisonburg, Va.

McKenzie freelances with a number of musical groups in the area, playing many different styles. He directs Just Jazzin’, a volunteer community big band based in Harrisonburg.

Miragliotta is a music teacher at Stone Spring Elementary School in Harrisonburg. She plays second trombone with both the Massanutten Brass Band and the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra.

Mott, who founded the group, backed artists including Gladys Knight, The Temptations and Sammy Davis Jr. He is the trombonist for the blues, funk and soul band “Melissa and the Growlers” and an active composer and arranger.

The quartet has performed for Staunton’s Center Stage! concert series and Jazz in the Park summer concert series. The group has performed for the annual 4th of July Naturalization and Citizenship Ceremony held at Monticello.

Tromblow’in, the group’s annual trombone festival, is held in January at James Madison University. The event provides trombonists of all ages and abilities a day of workshops, concerts and clinics with professionals from around the state and country.

The concert is free and open to the public.