All that Jazz!
Never leaving the comfort of the hotel, you will enjoy this year’s banquet in the same location as Council Eucharist on Thursday and the Friday Bishops’ Luncheon, the Veramendi Ballroom near the walkway to the hotel. We begin the evening with a reception in the exhibit area outside the ballroom. You can expect several of the exhibits to remain open late for your browsing enjoyment. There will be several cash bars available, so bring those “greenbacks” as no credit cards accepted.
The cost of the Banquet is included for Clergy, Delegates, Alternates and Clergy Spouses. For Visitors the cost of the Banquet is $40 and may be purchased at the time of registration.
At 7:00 pm the ballroom doors will open for our seated dinner. The menu includes Texas field greens with red grapes, spiced pecans, goat cheese, and sun-dried tomato vinaigrette or ranch dressing; Pan seared Chicken Picatta, Baby carrots and Zucchini-squash medley and Dauphinoise Potatoes. And for dessert – Italian Cream Cake! For those who require a vegetarian entree, Grilled Vegetable & Parmesan Ravioli will be available. Note: During registration indicate any special food needs (Gluten free, vegetarian, etc.) You will received a special card to display in front of your place setting at all Council meals.
To make the evening truly memorable we will be entertained by the Mark Nelms Jazz Trio Featuring Vocalist Zack Kibodeaux beginning at 8:15 pm
More about the performers:
Vocalist Zach Kibodeaux is a professional singer and songwriter who lives in Kyle, Texas. With a degree in opera (vocal performance) from Texas State University, he performs regularly in the Austin/San Marcos area, and also teaches piano, voice, and guitar at Curious Chords Music Studio in Kyle. Along with his main work as the frontman for Blue Water Highway Band, an Americana group out of San Marcos, he often sings with the Austin-based jazz big band, The Vintage 15. In 2013, he was selected as a Kerrville New Folk Finalist in their songwriting competition, and performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
Mark Nelms, bassist, began playing the piano at age six moving to trumpet in high school and settling in to play and teach Bass at the Clark Terry Institute of Jazz Studies, at Westmar University. He has appeared with guest artists: Louie Bellson, Sylvia Cuenca, Jesse Davis, Mark Elf, Don Friedman, Dave Glasser, Red Holloway, Marcus McLaurine, Butch Miles, Lynn Seaton, Ed Shaughnessey, Kenny Washington, Mike Wheeler, Snooky Young, and Jim Cullum. Living in San Marcos since 2001 he continues to work in Austin and San Antonio, Texas.
Morris Nelms, pianist/vocalist, grew up in Frederick, OK, discovered Jazz at Cameron University in Lawton, OK, and was instantly hooked. He completed a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Oklahoma in 1978 and a Master’s degree in Composition at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX in 2000. Currently, he teaches at Texas State University. He has taught and played Jazz for many years. Performances with: Snooky Young, Marshal Royal, Louis Bellson, Ed Shaughnessy, Clark Terry, Plas Johnson, Red Holloway, Butch Miles, Kenny Washington, Al Grey, Sonny Stitt, Stephen Fulton, Kris Kimura, and Jim Cullum.
Kyle Keener, drummer, has been performing in the San Antonio area for 44 years. He is a founding member of the jazz ensemble Small World, and has participated in the Jazz’s Alive festival and the San Antonio pops. Keener studied at San Antonio College and also holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Incarnate Word. A self-taught drummer, his styles range from country to rock and jazz.