NNU will hold The Mike Lyons Memorial Jazz Band Concert on Saturday, August 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the NNU Little Theatre. The concert will honor saxophonist and alumnus Mike Lyons.
Included in the concert program will be performances by Lyons’ former professional band, CCQ, and the Mike Lyons Memorial Jazz Band under the direction of Bob Diehm and Dr. Jim Willis. The musical selection will highlight favorites from Lyons’ college concerts such as “Wonderful Day,” “Close Shave,” “The Way we Were,” “Satin Doll” and many more.
Lyons, a 1983 music alumnus, passed away in December 2011 at his home in Soldotna, Alaska. A man of multiple talents, Lyons spent time as a youth pastor, professional musician and most recently as the band teacher at Cook Inlet Academy. He organized and played in community bands and musicals, gave private music lessons and operated an instrument repair business. As a mentor to youth, Lyons was able to share his musical abilities and heart with children on mission trips to South Africa. His family described him as “the kind of guy who loved everyone and was loved by all. He was a very passionate fun-loving man with a far-reaching influence.”
The concert is free of charge and open to the public.