CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 26, 2015 – More than 520 students in 26 jazz ensembles from across the bi-state region will perform at the 17th annual Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival Feb. 6-7 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
The students will perform for three jazz experts who will give them written and recorded comments as well as a live clinic session. The bands will perform from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.
Admission is free to the daytime event.
Bands attending include the award-winning Cape Central High School, Troy High School, North County High School, DeSoto High School, West County High School, Dexter High School, Woodland High School, Kelly High School, Northwest High School, Hillsboro High School, Fox High School, Seckman High School, Potosi High School, Jefferson City High School, Fredericktown High School, Scott County Central High School as well as junior high bands from Cape Girardeau, Hillsboro and Jackson, Missouri.
Capping events Feb. 6, Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will present its second concert of the 2015 Jazz Series featuring Michael Dease, jazz trombonist on the faculty of Michigan State University. The annual gala concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast’s River Campus and will feature Dease in performance with Southeast’s Studio Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band.
Born in Augusta, Georgia, Michael Dease played the saxophone and trumpet before choosing the trombone. He was a self-taught high school senior when he moved to New York in 2001 to study at the Juilliard School, where he earned his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree. Dease quickly established his reputation as a soloist and sideman, recording four albums as a leader and logging more than 100 sessions as a sideman before the age of 30. He is a Grammy award-winning trombonist and has played with many of today’s foremost jazz orchestras, including those led by Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Charles Tolliver and Rufus Reid. He teaches jazz trombone full time at Michigan State University, well-known for its jazz program, and has also been on the faculty at Queens College The City University of New York in Queens, New York, The New School in New York City and Northeastern University in Boston.
Phi Mu Alpha
The Southeast chapter of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity handles all of the logistics of this event, including guiding bands from warmup to performance, handling collection of adjudication data, audio recording of each ensemble, as well as setup and tear down before and after each group. This is an annual service project for this fraternity, which benefits the University as well as the surrounding community.
For more information, contact Robert Conger at (573) 651-2398. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651–2265 or RiverCampusEvents.com.