Live music is back at West Chester University when an annual tradition returns. Alumni of the Wells School of Music’s Criterions Jazz Ensemble, who typically gather in July for a reunion and free public concert but skipped last year due to the COVID pandemic, will once again take the stage to perform jazz, swing and big band music.

The concert is free and open to the public on Thursday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building, 700 S. High Street, West Chester. The concert will also be available via livestream at

The Criterions is a premier musical ensemble of the Wells School of Music, playing the music of Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton and more. Criterions alumni, “Crites” for short, have gone on to successful careers as professional musicians, music teachers and music executives. Dave DiValentino, a band director in the North Penn school district, is the newly appointed director of the alumni ensemble.

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