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 SRU to Premiere Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra Sunday 




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           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The premiere performance of The Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra, a hand-selected group of jazz musicians, will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday [April 25] in the Multi-Purpose Room of the University Union as part of Slippery Rock University's 11-day Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.

           The group, which has already recorded a CD, was created and directed by Steve Hawk, assistant professor of music at Slippery Rock University, and Mike Tomaro, director of jazz studies at Duquesne University. Hawk, who recently was presented the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and who has played trumpet for a similar group in Cleveland, explains he had long wanted to form such a jazz group in Pittsburgh. The jazz orchestra will offer a number of jazz standards, and a number of works by Tomaro, considered one of the nation's leading jazz composers and arrangers in the educational arena.

           Tickets are $5 for the general public; $3 for students.

           "The TRJO is comprised of many of the most outstanding big band jazz musicians in the Pittsburgh region," says Hawk, adding the group's goal is to provide Pittsburgh with a jazz ensemble able to play challenging, concert, jazz literature by its own members and some of today's leading jazz composers, as well as arrangements of American popular songs and jazz standards. 

           The jazz group's first CD titled "Nightowl Suite" is scheduled for summer release on Sea Breeze Records.

           Sunday's program will include a number of original or arranged works by Tomaro, as well as such compositions as "Blue Skies," written by Irving Berlin and arranged by Charles Richard, "Sing, Sang, Sung," by Gordon Goodwin, and "Friend Like Me," by Randy Newman and arranged by Bill Liston.

           The arts festival continues through April 28. Details are available at

           Members of the Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra are:


Alto I                Mike Tomaro

Alto II              Jim Guerra

Tenor I            Rick Matte

Tenor II            Terry Steele

Baritone            Jim Germann



Lead                 Steve Hawk

II                      Joe Herndon

III                    James Moore

IV                      Ralph Guzzi

V                        Ron Horton


Lead                 Bob Matchett

II                      Clayton DeWalt

III                        Jay Ashby

Bass                   Chris Carson




Rhythm Section

Piano                Max Leake

Bass                 Brian Stuhurski

Drums             David Glover


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