April 23, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU Jazz Ensemble brings high school musicians to campus
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Paul McKee, assistant professor of jazz trombone at Florida State University, will be the guest artist when the Slippery Rock University music department hosts its annual High School Jazz Festival May 1.
The festival gives high school jazz students from the region the chance to perform and attend master classes before a 6:30 p.m. concert in Miller Auditorium featuring the SRU Jazz Ensemble led by Stephen Hawk, SRU professor of music.
More than 85 high school musicians from Upper St. Clair, Plum and Kiski Area school districts will participate in the festival. Students selected as Outstanding Soloists and Outstanding Sectional Leaders during the day's sessions will be recognized at the concert.
McKee received his bachelor of music education from the University of Northern Iowa and his master of music degree in composition from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1984, he joined Woody Herman's Thundering Herd and appeared on several Grammy-nominated
He has served on the jazz faculty at DePaul University, Youngstown State University, Northern Illinois University and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He maintains a schedule including work as a clinician and guest artist. Professional and academic jazz ensembles worldwide have performed his arrangements and compositions.
McKee's "Gallery," recorded by Hallway Records, features performances by Carl Fontana, Bobby Shew, Tim Ries and Ron Stout.
McKee is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer instrument company and plays King trombones.
Hawk organized the festival.
Admission to the concert is $5, with all students admitted free.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.