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2008.02.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Jaime Ishii - University Relations intern
phone: 402.201.1798 - email: jishii@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival Set for Feb. 22-23

Omaha - Hundreds of high school students from the Midwest area will travel to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) to participate in 36th annual Great Plains Jazz Festival on Feb. 22 and 23.

All activities with the exception of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) concert will be held in the Strauss Performing Arts Center and the Milo Bail Student Center on the UNO campus. The NOJO concert will take place at the Holland Center in downtown Omaha as part of the Omaha Performing Arts Jazz Series and UNO’s Ecoutez! concert series. The concert will start at 8:00 on Saturday, Feb.23, and is open to the public.

Participating students will have the opportunity to work with experienced groups of clinicians, adjudicators and musicians. Students will also be eligible to receive one of the UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival Scholarships. Renewable scholarship awards of up to $1000 will be presented to up to three students who plan to attend UNO.

“This year will be bigger than the last,” said Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies and assistant professor of trombone at UNO. “We are so happy to be able to provide this kind of hands-on, educational experience for these students.” High school students from areas in Iowa and Missouri are traveling to attend this event.

One of the festival’s featured musical groups, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra was founded by artistic director, Irvin Mayfield, the Grammy nominated and Billboard Award winning trumpeter and composer who is the officially appointed Cultural Ambassador for the City of New Orleans. NOJO performs and presents educational programs that draw upon the musical and cultural traditions of New Orleans. Complete

Also of note, Jim Pugh, a guest clinician for the festival, is a distinguished trombonist, composer, and educator from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He appears frequently at schools throughout the country as a guest artist/clinician.

Another group performing will be the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, THE NOTEABLES. The group will perform on Friday Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m., free to the students and public. THE NOTEABLES have appeared in concert and on national television with Bob Hope, jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew, composer/arranger Frank Mantooth, former Tonight Show band-leader, Doc Severinsen, and pop singer Lee Greenwood.

Complete schedule and other information on the festival is available at http://music.unomaha.edu/jazz_festival.html

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