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Indiana State to host Jazz Fest Feb. 21

February 6, 2015

Indiana State University will host a day of jazz on Feb. 21 with performances by 25 middle and high school jazz bands, Indiana State's Jazz Ensemble, a military jazz ensemble and guest artist Wycliffe Gordon.

Groups will take the stage 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in University Hall Theater. Bands and combos from Terre Haute, Edgewood, Jasper, Bedford and Newburgh are scheduled to perform in front of judges, who will offer assistance in becoming a better musician.

Trombonist Wycliffe, a renowned musician, composer, conductor and arranger, was named "Best in Trombone" for the third year in a row by the Downbeat Critics Poll for his contributions to jazz in 2014. He is providing a clinic and performing with the Indiana State Jazz Ensemble, 5-5:45 p.m.

Wycliffe, a Yamaha Artist, will also be offering a concert with local professional musicians and educators Luke Gillespie on piano, Jeremy Allen on bass, John DiCenso on drums at 6 p.m.

Other guest artists include the West Point Jazz Knights Quintet, which will perform, and Jamey Aebersold, who will offer a clinic.

Jazz Fest activities, including the concerts, are free and open to the public. The festival is presented by the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity and Indiana State's School of Music and is sponsored in part by Yahama.

For more information, call the School of Music at 812-237-2771.


Media Contact: Libby Roerig, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or