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 'Trumpet Day at The Rock' Set for Saturday in Swope 




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     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –  Tut-ta-taaa – SRU will present “Trumpet Day at The Rock” on Saturday [April 30] with a full day of instruction and masterclass work by trumpet experts, including work with the famed former NBC Symphony player and jazz educator Raymond Crisara, and a 4:30 p.m. public trumpet recital. All events are in Swope Music Hall.

     The day, which begins at 10 a.m., is being organized by Dr. Stephen Hawk, associate professor of music.

     Crisara will offer an open discussion on trumpet concepts at 3:15 p.m. He began his career by attending Ernest Williams School of Music, then became a soloist with the Goldman Band in New York. He played first trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra at age 19 and after World War II returned to New York City to join the National Broadcasting Company staff orchestra, including work in the NBC Symphony under conductor Arturo Toscanni. At NBC, he also played for major television projects as well as for variety shows, including those staring Perry Como and Sid Caesar, as well as work on commercials and jingles. He served as a professor at the University of Texas and is now a professor emeritus.

     Jack Shantz, will open the day’s event with “A Methodical Approach to Jazz Improvisation for Today’s Trumpeters.” Shantz is director of jazz studies at the University of Akron and joined the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra in 1988 after touring with such bands as Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw and Wood Herman. He has been music director of the CJO since 1993 and has been featured on several albums, including “An Oscar Peterson Christmas, “”Speechless,” and “Choices”

     At 11:15 a.m., Hawk will offer “Interpretation and Style Concepts for the Lead Trumpeter.” In addition to his teaching trumpet at SRU, Hawk is director of the SRU Jazz Ensemble I. He received his doctor of music arts degree in trumpet with jazz emphasis from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Crisara. He undertakes extensive freelance work as first trumpeter throughout the region, including the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and the Broadway Series Orchestra. He was part of the band backing Nancy Wilson on her recent Grammy award win. 

     Neal Bernsten, second trumpet with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and a former member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra as well as a faculty member of at both Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon universities, will offer “Straight Eights? Orchestral Trumpet in the 21st Century” at 2 p.m. Bernsten was a finalist in both the Maurice Andre International Trumpet Competition in Parris and the Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition. His album work includes the Orchestras of Pittsburgh and Chicago, Manheim Steamroller, The American Girl Doll Christmas album and has performed with Michael Jackson.

     The 4:30 p.m. trumpet recital will feature Dr. Keioth Winking, professor at Texas State University and directs the Texas State Jazz Orchestra. The concert will include Michael Corrette’s “Suite C-Dur,” featuring Winkling, who is also a member of the South West Brass Works. He holds his doctorate from the University of Texas and has studied with Crisara.




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