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Jazz festival slated at Ohio University-Eastern

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (May 12, 2004) -- Jazz will fill the air May 20 when the Ohio University Jazz Percussion Ensemble and the Jazz Ensemble I take the stage at Ohio University Eastern Campus in St. Clairsville.

Opening for the two Athens groups will be the jazz bands from St. Clairsville and Union Local high schools, under the direction of Erin Drury and Larry Compson, respectively.

The concert is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the Ney Center. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Proceeds will benefit the McMann Scholarship Fund at Ohio University-Eastern.

The Ohio University Jazz Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Roger Braun, is a unique ensemble that features music either written for, or arranged for, any combination of vibraphones, marimbas, drum sets, percussion instruments, bass and piano.

"We are very fortunate to have a jazz percussion ensemble at Ohio University," Braun said. "It provides our percussion students with an outlet to perform jazz styles, have their own compositions performed and also to improvise."

Directing the Ohio University Jazz Ensemble I is Matt James. He said the 20-piece big band will perform some of the music that was learned for the recent 2004 Ohio University Jazz Festival, held in April.

"In that concert, the band was featured with visiting trombonist and composer/arranger John Fedchock, an alum of the great Woody Herman Orchestra," James said. "The band learned about seven of his arrangements, and we'll be playing some of those. Needless to say, there will be plenty of great music."

Dr. James Casebolt, chairman of the Ohio University-Eastern Cultural Life Committee, said, "In addition to giving everyone in the valley a chance to have a fun evening and hear some great music, this event provides the local high schools with a chance to showcase the talents of the students and expose them to a college level group.

"As this is Ohio University's bicentennial year, we want to help folks in the area see the opportunities they can access through OU, and that the Eastern Campus is the local doorway to all those opportunities."

For more information on the concert, call (740) 695-1720 or (800) 648-3331.

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