Anne Arundel Community College will host a Marty Knepp Memorial Concert on Saturday, June 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert E. Kauffman Theater in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.
“Marty was a highly esteemed colleague and teacher at AACC, as well as being much loved throughout the community. His infectious energy and compassion were the hallmark of his teaching and playing,” said Douglas Brandt Byerly, chair of AACC’s performing arts department. “One of Marty’s favorite sayings was ‘a Groove is a terrible thing to waste.’ Marty’s life ended much too suddenly, but his ‘Groove’ will carry on in the hearts of all his friends, family, students, and colleagues.”
Featured will be performances by a group with whom Knepp used to play, Quartet 122 joined by AACC adjunct faculty Ray Ascione and bass player Jason Gano, who also played with Knepp; the AACC Big Band, directed by Ascione; and the Mike Kamuf Little Big Band jazz ensemble.
Tickets are $15, with all proceeds going to the Knepp family. To reserve tickets or obtain information about the program, visit http://www.aacc.edu/music/martyknepp.cfm or contact the box office, 410-777-2457 or [email protected].
Knepp, an adjunct faculty member and longtime director of the AACC Jazz Ensemble and Big Band Caliente, taught percussion and mentored jazz students. He performed drugs/percussion with Doc Severinsen, professional orchestras and many groups in the Washington-Baltimore region and founded Knepptunes Creative Group. He passed away April 30 from complications of pancreatitis. He is survived by his wife, Sandy Jacobson Knepp, their three children and his parents.