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University of Iowa News Release

June 9, 2005

Local Students Will Attend Jazz Camp At University Of Iowa June 12-17

Sixty-eight talented junior-high and high school students are scheduled to attend the All-State Jazz Camp, June 12-17 at the University of Iowa School of Music.

Local students from (name of school) attending the camp are: (names, grades in school, and instruments).

All students attending the camp will participate in the final concert, at 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

There will also be a series of free concerts featuring camp faculty and guest artists during the week:

--8 p.m. Monday, June 13, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building: Trios, Quartets and Quintets.

--8 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, in Harper Hall: UI Jazz Faculty Concert.

--8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, in Harper Hall: Standard Air.

--8 p.m. Thursday, June 16, in Clapp Recital Hall: J.U.I.S.E. -- a big band of camp staff, faculty and local professionals -- plays the music of John Rapson.

The All-State Jazz Camp will give students opportunities to interact and perform with professional jazz musicians throughout a week of music making and listening. Areas of study will include jazz improvisation, jazz listening, jazz theory, master classes and combo performance.

The jazz camp coordinator is John Rapson, head of the jazz area of the UI School of Music. Other faculty at the camp will be Brent Sandy from the UI jazz faculty, and guest artists Kim Richmond and Reggie Thomas.

The All-State Music Camp is sponsored by the UI School of Music and directed by Kevin Kastens, who also directs the UI Hawkeye Marching Band. Each camp offers a variety of musical experiences for talented young musicians who have completed grades 8-12. All participants were recommended by their school music teachers.

Rapson joined the faculty of the UI School of Music as director of jazz studies in August 1993. A recording artist for the Sound Aspects and Nine Winds labels, he is a composer and trombonist whose work mixes ethnic and experimental elements with more conventional jazz forms. His recent experimental jazz recording "Dances and Orations" has been hailed as "one of the most vital CDs to come around in a long time" in Jazziz magazine and as "a conceptual and musical triumph" by Josef Woodard in the Independent newspaper in London. The CD scored 10 out of 10 for artistic merit in Grammophone magazine's "Good CD Guide" for jazz recordings, which also called it "beautiful and unique."

Richmond is an active and versatile musician based in the Los Angeles area. His first love is jazz, and his primary jazz voice is the alto saxophone. He has, however, been involved in nearly every facet of the professional music industry, both as a player and as a composer/arranger. His instruments are alto, soprano, tenor and baritone saxes, clarinet, bass clarinet and flutes. Richmond has been a member of the orchestras of Stan Kenton, Louis Bellson, Bob Florence, Clare Fischer, Bill Holman and Vinny Golia, among others.

Sandy, who joined the jazz faculty in 2000, is a jazz trumpet and flugelhorn performer, teacher and clinician. Sandy performs regularly with local and regional jazz groups including the OddBar Trio, the Grismore Scea Group and Equilateral. As a former member of the Orquesta Alto Maiz and Oddbar he has made seven CDs, toured Europe in 1998 and twice been featured on "Jazzset with Branford Marsalis" on National Public Radio. He is an educational specialist/clinician for Conn/Selmer and a Conn Vintage One trumpet and flugelhorn artist.

Thomas holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Western Illinois University and a master's degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE), where he now teaches jazz education, jazz history, jazz theory and improvisation. In addition, he directs combos and the SIUE Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Thomas has been on the summer faculty of the Birch Creek Music Center in Egg Harbor, Wis., and the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and he has taught other jazz camps in Illinois and Texas. He is also active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the Midwest.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that young people from your readership participated in the 2005 All-State Jazz Camp at the UI School of Music. Information is listed alphabetically by town and high school, with Iowa towns listed first. After the town names, the name of the schools appear, followed by each student's names, year in school and instrument. Please note that the information is listed as it came to Arts Center Relations.


BETTENDORF: Pleasant Valley Jr. High School -- Mara Albert, freshman, saxophone

BURLINGTON: Burlington High School -- Jeremy Hopp, senior, saxophone

CARROLL: Carroll High School -- Zachary Halbur, senior, bass

CEDAR RAPIDS: Washington High School -- Jordan Bleau, sophomore, electric guitar; Matthew Gibson, sophomore, bass; Andrew Perez, sophomore, percussion

CENTER POINT: Center Point Urbana High School -- Eva Andersen, junior, saxophone; Kristin Koch, sophomore, saxophone

CHARLES CITY: Charles City High School -- Jeffrey Powell, sophomore, saxophone; Trevor Sande, sophomore, saxophone

COLUMBUS CITY: Columbus Community High School -- Nathan Wittmann, junior, saxophone

CORALVILLE: Iowa City West High School -- Eric Bingham, sophomore, trumpet; Kathleen Carter, sophomore, piano; Robbie Medd, sophomore, trombone

Northwest Jr. High School -- Gabe Medd, freshman, trumpet

Regina High School -- Eric Smith, junior, trombone

COUNCIL BLUFFS: Lewis Central High School -- Derek Christiansen, senior, electric guitar

DAVENPORT: Sudlow Middle School -- Peter Wiese, freshman, saxophone

ELDRIDGE: North Scott High School -- Alexander Preston, senior, guitar

FAIRFIELD: Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment -- Michael Magee, eighth grade, trombone; Alden Rowe, eighth grade, trumpet

GRINNELL: Grinnell High School -- Jackson Menner, freshman, saxophone

IOWA CITY: City High School -- Alice Baker, senior, clarinet; Caitlin Cross, junior, electric guitar; Quinn Knobbe, junior, bass; Matthew Kusner, junior, trumpet; Anna Olson, senior, saxophone; Schuyler Petersen, sophomore, percussion

Northwest Junior High School -- Shelly Berkowitz, freshman, electric bass; Carly Hafner, freshman, bass; Jeffrey Ledolter, freshman, saxophone; Daniel Reck, freshman, percussion; Elena Segre, freshman, bass; Jesse Thomas, eighth grade, trumpet

Regina High School -- Isaac Doucette, sophomore, percussion; Peter Doucette, eighth grade, trumpet; Chase Garrett, sophomore, piano; Aaron Heise, freshman, trumpet; Timothy Horihan, junior, saxophone; John Wertz, eighth grade, bass

West High School -- Maxwell Bryk, sophomore, saxophone; Alex From, junior, percussion; Rebecca Kazinka, sophomore, flute; Gray Thomas, sophomore, saxophone; Sonja Thompson, sophomore, saxophone

KEOKUK: Keokuk High School -- Rebecca Allerman, sophomore, trombone; Michael Neuendorf, sophomore, percussion

LELAND: Forest City High School -- Justin Rollefson, sophomore, saxophone

MEDIAPOLIS: Mediapolis High School -- Andrew Langholdt, sophomore, trombone

MUSCATINE: Muscatine High School -- Jacob Stanbro, sophomore, electric bass

NEWTON: Newton Senior High School -- Nathael Smith, senior, saxophone

NORTH LIBERTY: Northwest Jr. High School -- Kathryn Feldmann, eighth grade, saxophone; Edward Wurster, freshman, trumpet

OTTUMWA: Eddyville-Blakesburg High School -- Matthew Streeter, senior, trumpet

OXFORD: Clear Creek Amana High School -- Jacob Smith, freshman, saxophone

SIOUX CITY: Bishop Heelan Catholic High School -- John Froehlig, senior, saxophone

SOLON: Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School -- Ariana McLaughlin, sophomore, saxophone

Cedar Rapids Prairie Middle School -- Dov Phillips, freshman, trumpet

Solon High School -- Tyler Neucollins, junior, saxophone; Paul Upmeyer, sophomore, trombone

WEST BRANCH: West Branch High School -- Emily Ciha, sophomore, saxophone; Hannah Glasson-Darling, sophomore, trumpet

WEST LIBERTY: West Branch High School -- Joshua Mather, sophomore, trumpet

WILLIAMSBURG: Williamsburg High School -- Christopher Neumann, sophomore, saxophone


TUSCON: Catalina Foothills High School -- Aaron Kirschner, senior, saxophone


OCALA: Vanguard High School -- Richard Amato, senior, electric violin


OMAHA: Westside High School -- Robert Kunkle, sophomore, piano; Ian Pfeffer, sophomore, electric guitar

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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