-Special coverage by NSU Intern Laura Butler
Elvis may have left the building, but Aaron Hollon is back for his fifth season as a River City Player. Hollon has become a local legend for his impersonations of Elvis Presley in the show.
Hollon graduated last fall with a degree in Jazz Studies but decided to return to the NSU stage for the summer shows.
“I love the thrill of going onstage and putting on a great show,” Hollon said. “I feel lucky that I have had the opportunity to entertain so many people.”
Stage experience, fun, friends and good times are what he hopes to gain from his experience as a River City Player.
“The best memories have always been getting to know some great people with similar goals in mind,” said Hollon. “Everyone I have worked with in RCP has left an impression on me and I can honestly call them my friends.”
Hollon may be a seasoned veteran now but he admits that his first year as a River City Player was tough at times.
“I had no previous experience singing or dancing,” he said. “I am originally a trombonist so it was a whole new ballgame. In the big picture, I am so grateful that I was put in that position.”
Hollon first connected to music as a freshman at Verdigris High School, when he performed his first improvised solo and immediately fell in love with Jazz. He said that his favorite artist is Jim McNeely and his favorite song is “Compensation” by Thad Jones.
“It is one of the greatest Big Band tunes by the greatest Big Band ever,” Hollon said.
Another one of Hollon’s idols is Jazz trombonist Robin Eubanks, with whom he recently recorded a CD.
Hollon was named 2008 Oklahoma Collegiate Jazz Musician of the Year by the Oklahoma Jazz Educators Association. He has played trombone in the NSU Jazz Ensemble, conducted the Riverhawk Marching Band and starred in “Big, the Musical.” His career goals are to pursue graduate school and to make a living as a musician.
Hollon added that he is auditioning for “American Idol” in Denver on July 14.
“Please wish me luck,” he said.
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