The WVU Big Band performs for a crowd at Black Bear.

The Black Bear Burritos sign on Pleasant Street

The WVU Big Band, which plays jazz music took to Black Bear Burritos’ stage this past Tuesday to perform a menagerie of jazz music, ranging from modern arrangements to the swinging 1930s sounds that you may be familiar with.

 The Big Band showed off with 17 of their talented WVU student musicians, led by Jared Sims, director of jazz at the University. From trumpeters to bassists, the band orchestrated applause and entertainment as easily as they played hits like “Cherokee” and “Cotton Tail.”

 “We perform on a regular monthly basis at Black Bear and just did a gig last Saturday,” Grant Adams, a junior trombone performance student at WVU and trombonist in the Big Band, said. “I just performed in a concert last week, one in March and in January.”

 Apart from their regular performances at Black Bear’s Evansdale location, the band performs at Morgantown Brewing Company as well.

 The WVU Big Band will be performing alongside other members of the jazz program in a concert next Thursday, April 11 at the Clay Theatre in the WVU Creative Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.