Over 500 Area Students Performing in Jazz Festival Feb. 10-11


by News Bureau on Wednesday, Feb. 01, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 31, 2012 – More than 500 area students will perform in the 14th annual Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival Feb. 10-11 on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

The students, in 24 jazz ensembles from the bi-state region, will perform for three experts in the field of jazz, receive written and recorded comments and participate in a live clinic session at the end of their performance. The bands can be heard from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Admission is free to this daytime event.

Bands attending include the award-winning Cape Central High School, Farmington High School, North County High School, Jackson High School, Charleston High School, DeSoto High School, Dexter High School, Woodland High School, Perryville High School, Jefferson City High School, Murphysboro (Ill.) High School, Christian High School and Herculaneum High School, as well as junior high bands from Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff, Jackson, Ste. Genevieve and Murphysboro (Ill.).

The guest artist for this acclaimed event will be world renowned trumpeter Allen Beeson. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri and studied with trumpet teachers Purris Williams, Dr. Alex Pickard and Dr. Betty Scott. In 1984, he was introduced to west coast trumpeter Bobby Shew and began studying with him. Beeson has performed with jazz artists, including Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillispie, Louie Bellson, Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous, Conte Condoli, Pete Christlieb, John Faddis, Marvin Stamm, Conrad Herwig and John Fedchock. He also works regularly with the Jim Widner Big Band and is a faculty member at the University of Missouri at St. Louis where he teaches trumpet lessons and works with the jazz combos and big bands. Beeson has worked with such well-known entertainers as Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Mel Torme, Bob Hope, Bob Newhart, Jack Jones, Frank Gorshin, John Davidson, The Four Tops, Olivia Newton-John, The Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jan & Dean, The Beach Boys and Manhattan Transfer. Beeson also is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

The Southeast chapter of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity will handle 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.

Coupled with this festival will be the annual gala concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, featuring Beeson in performance with the jazz ensembles from Southeast Missouri State University. For further information, please contact Robert Conger at (573) 651-2398.