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Highland holds Big Band Concert and District Art Exhibit opening

The Highland Big Band will hold a concert on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

Tony Scodwell an alumnus of the bands of Stan Kenton and the Tonight Show Band will perform on trumpet. Scodwell is a resident of Las Vegas and a native of Beloit, WI. He has also performed with the Tommy Dorsey Band, Buddy Rich Big Band, Frank Sinatra, Jr. Band and still plays as a freelance musical artist in Las Vegas.

Then on Thursday, Feb. 21, the 50th annual District Juried Art Exhibit opens in the Highland Gallery, also in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center. The exhibit features work from community artists and Highland students. The opening reception is from 4:30 to 6 p.m., with an awards presentation at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit will remain open through March 6.

“Highland Gallery has been hosting this student and community-based juried art exhibit for 50 years, and this exhibit serves as a strong example of a highly successful collaboration between the college and our district residents,” states Robert Apolloni, Gallery director. “I always look forward to this exhibit each spring semester, and to the many talented community members and students that choose to celebrate and share their visual art accomplishments with our community.”

This exhibition truly reflects the spirit and ideas of a diverse community that supports and encourages the growth of the visual arts.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information visit or call 815-599-3718.