Denver & the Mile High Orchestra to perform Oct. 2

Huntington, Ind.-Denver & the Mile High Orchestra will bring their signature big band style to Huntington University on Oct. 2. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

The concert is part of the university's 2009 Homecoming celebration, "We Are HU!"

"They are unique since they are the only nationally promoted Christian group performing and recording in a big band style with a distinctly Christian message," said Steve Pozezanac, director of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

To purchase tickets, call the Merillat Centre for the Arts Box Office at (260) 359-4261. Ticket prices are $18 for reserved seating, $16 for seniors and students, $13.50 for Huntington University faculty and staff, and $5 for Huntington University students.

Denver & the Mile High Orchestra was one of 12 bands to be chosen as a semifinalist on FOX's "The Next Great American Band" in 2007. On the show, the groups performed a song, and then audience called in and voted for their favorite group. The group with the fewest votes was eliminated. DMHO ended up as a top three finalist.

Formed by a group of friends at Nashville's Belmont University in 1999, DMHO is comprised of three trumpet players, three saxophone players, two trombone players and a rhythm section. In the nine years since its inception, the group has traveled around the globe, performing at churches, conferences, festivals-even at the Olympics-taking their horn-driven sound to the masses.

This concert is underwritten by the Rocky and Carol Strickler Endowment, STAR 88.3 FM, and Compassion International.

Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, physical, economic and social poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Founded by Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and healthcare, as well as Christian training. Today, Compassion helps more than 800,000 children in more than 20 countries.