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 SRU Jazz Ensemble Readies for Summer Tour of Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, Paris 

 

SPOTLIGHT

6/15/2006

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

SRU JAZZ ENSEMBLE READIES FOR SUMMER TOUR

OF SWITZERLAND, THE NETHERLANDS, GERMANY AND FRANCE

     SLIPPERY ROCK. –  There will be plenty of “fireworks” July 4 when the Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Hawk, associate professor of music, leaves Pittsburgh for the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Netherlands, as part of a 12-day summer tour.

     The trip will take the 19-member broup to Paris and Heidelberg, Germany.

    The SRU musical group is one of only four collegiate jazz ensembles selected from more than 65 auditioning via CD, band biography and photo. It is the first such ensemble from Pennsylvania ever invited.

     “We are honored to be selected from among the finest jazz ensembles in the United States and the world to perform at the two most prestigious and historic jazz festivals in existence,” says Hawk in praising the hard work of ensemble members.

     The SRU group will play jazz works written by outstanding jazz composers and arrangers, including Thad Jones, Gordon Goodwin, Pat Metheny, Rob McConnell, Mike Tomaro and Michael Philip Mossman. Some of their featured numbers will be “Big Dipper,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Afro Blue,” “Count Bubba's Revenge,” “Suite Sandrine,” “Del Corazon” and “It's Just Talk."

     The group departs Pittsburgh July 4, arriving in Paris the following day and offering a concert at the 100+-year-old Luxembourg Gardens bandstand. On July 8, the ensemble plays in Beaune, France, then moves to Switzerland on July 9 for the Montreux Jazz Festival performances the following day and July 11. A visit to Grindelwald on July 12 followed by travel to Heidelberg for a performance and then to Rotterdam, Holland, for a July 15 performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival, sponsored by the International Association for Jazz Education, which concludes the schedule.

     The group returns home July 16.

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Editor’s Note: A list of ensemble members is attached

SRU Jazz Ensemble Summer Tour 2006

Name

Major

Hometown

 

Brandon Musko

Music Performance

Butler

 

Mark Rodgers

Music Education

Butler

 

Justin Chesarek

Music Education

Butler

 

Courtney Geary

Music Education/Secondary Education

Bellefonte

 

Matthew Swallow

Music Education

Cranberry Twp.

 

Sam Eisenreich

Music Education

Cranberry Twp.

 

Galen McKinney

Music Education

Erie

 

David Auman, Jr.

Music Education

Latrobe

 

Will Weltman

Music Education

New Castle

 

John Anthony

Music Education

New Castle

 

Bethany Hardy

Music Education

North Huntingdon

 

Scott Dawson

Music Education/Music Therapy

Upper St. Clair

 

Nick Deutsch

Music Education

Pittsburgh

 

Josiah Schollenberger

Computer Science

Scott Twp

 

Bill Lamb

Music Education

Pittsburgh

 

Mark Godwin

Music Education

Beaver Falls

 

Ellen Gross

Music Therapy

Emmaus

 

Clayton Dewalt

Music Education

Franklin

 

Dr. Stephen Hawk

Associate Professor

Slippery Rock

 

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