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Springfield Symphony Jazz Orchestra celebrates 'Hometown Heroes' in 2022/2023 season opener

Listen to WYSO Midday Music host Even Miller’s interview with Todd Stoll, who leads the 70-piece Springfield Symphony Jazz Orchestra. Stoll is a professional jazz trumpeter, and returns to his hometown of Springfield to conduct the group from his position as Vice President of Education at Jazz at Lincoln in New York City.

Under Stoll’s direction, the Springfield Symphony Jazz Orchestra begins its 2022/2023 season on September 24 with a concert called “Hometown Heroes,” which honors local Jazz heritage. The show features new arrangements of tunes by local jazz greats, like drummers Bill McKinney and Johnny Lytle from Springfield, singer Nancy Wilson from Chillicothe, and saxophonist Frank Foster from Cincinnati.

Evan Miller is a percussionist, lover of sound, and is probably buying too many cassette tapes online right now. Evan got his start in radio in 2012 at WWSU at Wright State University, where he was studying percussion performance. He followed through with both endeavors and eventually landed a lucrative dual career playing experimental music at home and abroad, and broadcasting those sounds to unsuspecting listeners Sunday nights on The Outside. Maintaining a connection to normal music, Evan also plays drums in bands around the area, and hosts WYSO's Midday Music show. When not doing something music-related, Evan is most likely listening to podcasts or watching food videos at home with his cat.
Peter Day writes and produces stories for WYSO’s music department. His works include a feature about Dayton's premiere Silent Disco and a profile of British rapper Little Simz. He also assists with station operations and serves as fill-in host for Behind the Groove. Peter began interning at WYSO in 2019 and, in his spare time while earning his anthropology degree, he served as program director for Yale University’s student radio station, WYBC.