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Stan Kenton to Perform at Junior-Senior Prom

March 11, 1959

Stan Kenton dp.jpgMarch 11, 1959, Greencastle, Ind. — Jazz pianist Stan Kenton will bring his "big band sound" to DePauw University on May 16, as he has been selected to perform at this year's Junior-Senior prom. The program will take place from 9 p.m. until midnight in Bowman Gymnasium.

In little over a decade, Kenton has grown from obscurity in the music field to a place where followers of modern music regard him as a pace-setter.

Born in Wichita, Kansas, and raised in Colorado and California, Kenton learned piano as a child, and as a teenager toured with various bands. In June 1941 he formed his own band, which developed into one of theKenton Stage Door Swings.jpg best-known west coast ensembles of the Forties. The Stan Kenton Orchestra signed a contract with Capitol Records in 1943.

Kenton's most recent release, The Stage Door Swings, was issued in September.

Co-chairs of the prom are Baird Davis '59 and Linda Brainard '60.

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