Students from Eleven High Schools in All N.E.Jazz Festival March 29 at PSU

March 17th, 2011 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H. – Student jazz musicians from 11 New Hampshire schools will spend March 29 at Plymouth State University, participating in workshops and rehearsing for a public concert at 5 p.m.

The high school students will be joined by the Plymouth State University jazz faculty and the PSU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Tom Robinson.

Professor Jeffrey W. Holmes will be the guest conductor for the festival.

Holmes is director of jazz and African-American music studies at UMass Amherst. He has received numerous jazz composition grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Holmes has written music for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Big Apple Circus and for individual performers including Doc Severinsen, Paul Winter and Rufus Reid. He has composed works for college, high school and junior high school jazz, concert and marching ensembles.

Holmes directs the award-winning UMass Jazz Ensemble I, and the UMass Studio Orchestra/Rockestra which has won 7 Downbeat Magazine awards for Best Collegiate Studio Orchestra and three awards as Best Blues/Pop/Rock Ensemble. He is a member of the New York-based Solid Brass ensemble and is active in writing, recording and free-lance performance endeavors.

High schools participating in the daylong program are
Danville, Maine High School; Mansfield, Mass. High School and New Hampshire High Schools: Salem, Dover, Newfound Regional, Nute, Souhegan, Dover, Laconia, Hollis-Brookline and Manchester West.

Tickets for the public concert are $9 for adults and $5 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.

For information about the All New England Jazz Festival contact Professor Rik Pfenninger, rikp@plymouth.edu.
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