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The KU School of Music announces Brass & Percussion Master Series

Monday, February 22, 2010

The University of Kansas School of Music announces an exciting new program which will bring more than 25 brass and percussion artists from all around country to campus this semester. All events are free of charge/open to the general public.

Included will be the Army Brass Quintet from Washington DC, Hollywood Studio Performers, principal players from major symphony orchestras, and distinguished professors from leading conservatories. Also included as guests will be members of the Kansas City Symphony brass and percussion sections. All will be giving public master classes. This series will be especially of interest to anyone who plays an instrument, including high school and college performers, as well as members of the general public who have an interest to hear about the paths taken by highly successful musicians. The master classes will be of an informal nature and public interaction and questions will be encouraged. The series will also include recitals and some two-day teaching residencies.

The first appearance/master class will be with KU graduate and notable trumpeter Jon Lewis, who has performed on more than 500 Hollywood movie soundtracks including the recent hit, Avatar. The event will take place at 7:30pm, Swarthout Recital Hall in Murphy Hall, Lawrence campus.

About the Artist

Lewis graduated from Kansas University in 1981 with a Bachelor's degree in trumpet performance. Since that time he has lived in the Southern California area. Jon now enjoys the distinction of being one of LA's top studio musicians. He can be heard on numerous Hollywood movie soundtracks including: GI Joe,Race to Witch Mountain, Ice Age 3, Wolverine, the Wolfman, Surrogates, Couple's Retreat as well as Avatar and Toy Story 3. Jon has played on over 1,000 television shows, and his solo trumpet has been heard regularly on the JAG and Star Trek television programs for the last 15 years. Jon can also be heard on the recordings of Ringo Starr, Amy Grant, KD Lang, Mariah Carey, Puff Daddy, Graciela Palafox, and Bruce Lofgren. He is Principal Trumpet in the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra and Co-Principal Trumpet of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, along with performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Pasadena Symphonies.
Also visiting the KU School of Music as part of this series will be:


February 13th, 2010
Jim Self, tuba, Legendary LA Studio Artist
Residency begins at 9:30 am
Masterclass, Room 130 Murphy Hall, 10:00am
Presentation on the Studio Career of Jim Self, 11:30am
Lunch Break, 12:30pm
Jim Self on the Dual Role of Performer & Composer, 2:00pm
"The Music of Jim Self", Concert, Swarthout Recital Hall, 4:00pm
-- featuring Jim Self, the tuba section of the Fountain City Brass Band, area tuba pros & KU Brass students.

February 15-16, 2010
Ronald Barron, trombone, Principal, Boston Symphony (retired)
*Master Class and Recital

February 21-22, 2010
Tom Freer, percussion, The Cleveland Orchestra
Residency, Room 130 Murphy Hall

March 1st, 2010
Raymond Riccomini, Trumpet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, NY.
*Masterclass, 7:30 pm

March 7-8th, 2010
Robert Van Sice, Professor of Percussion, Yale School of Music


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