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Feb. 13, 2013
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SRU’s Hawk earns Grammy nomination

Stephen Hawk, Slippery Rock University professor of music, was nominated for a Grammy for the fifth time in his career.

Hawk played lead trumpet on Bob Mintzer’s Big Band “For the Moment” CD, which had been nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble CD of the Year.

Although the CD did not win, Hawk said, “It is an exciting thing to be nominated at all. These are very exciting times for me, and as a Slippery Rock University faculty representative, it is exciting for all of us in some way.”

Hawk’s previous nominations included his work for backing up jazz singer Nancy Wilson on her 2004 CD “Rare Songs Very Personal” and in 2006 with her CD “Turned to Blue.” In 2010, he was nominated for his work on “A New Promise” featuring Sheryl Bailey with the Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra and for “Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy – 21st Century Swing Band,” on which he is a featured soloist.

Hawk joined SRU in 1989. He directs jazz studies and the Jazz Ensemble 1. Hawk received his doctor of musical arts degree in trumpet/jazz emphasis from the University of Texas.

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