In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the COM Jazz Ensemble, Texas City High School Jazz Band and Blocker Middle School Jazz Band will put on a show April 5 at 6 p.m. in the Texas City High School Auditorium. Trumpeter Marvin Stamm and pianist Bob Morgan will perform as guest artists with the bands at the fourth annual, free event.

Both guest artists are both well known in the state of Texas and in the world of jazz education. Marvin Stamm was discovered by Stan Kenton while playing in the lab band at North Texas State University. Stamm performed as Kenton’s trumpet soloist and recorded five albums with his orchestra. He later toured worldwide with Woody Herman. After settling in New York, he has performed with many noted jazz musicians and served as a clinician at colleges and universities.

Bob “Doc” Morgan is also a graduate of North Texas State University. He served as the director of jazz studies for the High School for Performing and Visual Arts for 23 years, turning out some of today’s top professional musicians. Under Morgan’s direction, the High School for Performing and Visual Arts jazz program became internationally known as a model for the successful training of young jazz aspirants. During Morgan’s tenure, 79 High School for Performing and Visual Arts students were selected for the Texas All-State Jazz Ensemble.

The COM Jazz Ensemble will perform a variety of selected with the guest artists including “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most,” “Speak Low,” “Caravan,” “There is No Greater Love” and “Samba De Los Gatos.”

This concert is partially funded by a grant from the Jazz Education Network funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation.

The concert is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, call 409-933-8348.