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Gospel Choir

January 19, 2018

Gospel Extravaganza at OCC Celebrates Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, Ocean County College’s Organization for Black Unity and Office of Student Life present the 17th Annual Gospel Extravaganza on Saturday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5pm), Main Stage, Grunin Center, OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River. Proceeds will benefit OCC’s Organization for Black Unity Scholarship Fund and Cultural Awareness Trips. Space is limited. Tickets are on sale now.

Special guests include the Howard Gospel Choir, Brother Hahz, and the OCC Jazz Band, along with community performers.

Formed on the campus of Howard University in 1968, the Howard Gospel Choir is one of the first college gospel choirs and is made up of students, alumni, and community members. The Howard Gospel Choir is a beacon light in the Howard University community and fulfills its calling to the world using Christ centered music as a means of healing, restoration, and empowerment.

New Jersey native Brother Hahz (Hassan McMillan) has toured with Queen Latifah, Naughty by Nature, The Fugees, and Jay-Z. His narrow escape from death and the birth of his daughter were the catalysts for a directional shift in his career. In spring 2004, he committed his life to Christ resulting in a dynamic anointing on his musical gift.

The OCC Jazz Band performs regularly at the Grunin Center for the Arts, Strand Theatre, and One Flight Up Jazz Club, among others. OCC Jazz Band CDs include, Good Chemistry, Live at The 3 Sails Jazz Festival, Live @ The Strand, and Live in the Grunin Center. Since 2014, band members have taken master classes with Branford Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Bernard Purdie, and Bernie Williams, to name a few.

Tickets: $10 adults / $5 seniors, children under 12, and college students.  Tickets may be purchased at the door starting at 5:00 p.m. or may be purchased in advanced by calling Ocean County College’s Office of Student Life at 732-255-0348.