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 Jazz Knights from West Point to Perform at SRU 

 

SPOTLIGHT

2/1/2005

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

JAZZ KNIGHTS FROM WEST POINT TO PERFORM AT SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY

              SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University will host the United States Military Academy Band’s Jazz Knights from West Point in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday [Feb. 8] in Swope Music Hall.

          The concert, including big-band, patriotic and popular music, is free and open to the public.

          For more than 30 years the Jazz Knights have brought musical excellence and variety to audiences by presenting the best of big-band jazz. Members are graduates of some of America’s finest music schools and were recruited and selected through a competitive audition.

          The band has played with Benny Goodman at Lincoln Center, with the Duke Ellington Orchestra for the 200th anniversary of the New York State Legislature and has twice appeared at the Hatch Shell for Boston’s Fourth of July celebration.

           At West Point, the band provides music for numerous cadet social functions throughout the year and in combination with the military academy’s concert band and Hellcats (drum and bugle field music unit) helps fulfill official musical requirements of the academy and the U.S. Army, including military and patriotic ceremonies both at West Point and other nearby locations.

          The campus visit was arranged by Dr. Stephen Hawk, associate professor of music.

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