Bud Shultz’s “You Can’t Beat Experience” Jazz Band performed Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Ringhausen Music Building atrium. The performance was a “Brown Bag Event” and part of Lewis and Clark Community College’s 2018 Fall music calendar.
“You Can’t Beat Experience” have been around in the form of different line-ups since 1995. The group was formed by Emerson “Bud” Shultz, adjunct faculty member, and has been playing Brown Bag Events nearly as long as the College has been hosting them. Beginning around the age of 15, Shultz has been playing nearly seven decades, which lends credence to the band’s name.
The performance began with Dixie-style blues, and consisted, mostly, of classic traditional styled Jazz. The line up included Shultz on clarinet, Randy Banks on drums, the piano was manned by Bob Picker, Brian McKenney played bass, and Harry Noltensmeyer was on trombone.
“Man, those guys were gnarly,” Lewis and Clark student Mike Thompson said.
“I’ve had the opportunity to play drums with Bud and the band on several occasions over the years. Several times as a part of the Brown Bag series in fact, as well as out in the community.” Professor of Music/ Percussion Peter Hussey said. “Bud is a wonderful person AND musician, as well as teacher and mentor. He has spent many decades forwarding the cause of live music in the Riverbend area, not only as a performer but also as an educator in the school district and on LC’s campus. I am proud to call him a friend, and a colleague.”
Hussey said the music department at Lewis and Clark has been hosting Brown Bag Events for around 10 years, with the idea of bringing the community and/or students together for lunchtime events in which the audience can enjoy a musical performance, film screening or guest speaker.
Typically coordinated by the music faculty events are often produced in collaboration with other faculty members and committees on campus to help diversify the programming.
Anyone interested in attending another performance by Bud Shultz’s “You Can’t Beat Experience” Jazz band is invited to check them out on Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) in February 2019. The performance will take place in the Trimpe building on the Godfrey campus.
Anyone interested in attending other Brown Bag Events or obtaining more information can visit the Ringhausen music building for a Fall Music Calendar or contact the Music Department at (618) 468-4731.