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Johnny Rodgers Band rocks at AUS
The Johnny Rodgers Band performed to a packed crowd at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) Student Center, today, September 26. The event was organized by the AUS Office of Student Affairs' Student Multicultural Learning Program, in cooperation with Consulate General of the United States in Dubai.
The event was attended by Sheikh Mohamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani, Director of the Office of the AUS President, AUS Chancellor Dr. Peter Heath, Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Ali Shuhaimy, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, senior AUS and American Mission officials.
During the concert at AUS, which was part of the band's tour of the Middle East to promote cultural exchange, the band performed various styles, from classic to jazz. The audience was enraptured and included throughout the performance as lead vocalist Johnny Rodgers jumped off stage and walked through the crowd, involving students and having them sing and clap in tune.
At the end of the hour-long concert, AUS Chancellor Dr. Heath presented the band with a token of appreciation. The band also handed out autographed CDs to students.
Formed in 2003, the band includes Johnny Rodgers on piano and vocals, Joe Ravo on guitar, Brian Glassman on bass and Danny Mallon on drums, vocals and percussion. The band is currently on a six-country tour in the Middle East with the Musical Overtures cultural exchange program sponsored by the US State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.