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KU School of Music students earn top honors in DownBeat Student Music Awards

Thursday, May 1, 2014

LAWRENCE - Two University of Kansas School of Music students were awarded top honors in the 37th Annual DownBeat Student Music Awards. Under the leadership of Dan Gailey, director of Jazz Studies, KU Jazz groups and individual students have received a total of 19 DownBeat Student Music Awards since 1992.

David von Kampen, D.M.A. student in music composition, received an Outstanding Performance award in the Original Composition - Large Ensemble category (Graduate College division) for the composition “May or May Not.” This is von Kampen’s fourth DownBeat Student Music Award in the past three years.

In the undergraduate division, Brian Scarborough, B.M. in trombone performance ’13, received an Outstanding Performance award in the Jazz Soloist category. This is Scarborough’s second DownBeat Student Music Award in three years.

One of the world's leading jazz and contemporary music publications, DownBeat presents its Student Music Awards annually. Students and educators nominate themselves in an open call for recorded performances and applications. More than 1,000 entries were submitted across all categories this year. Award winners were notified in late spring and the list of winners is published in the June edition of the magazine.

The DownBeat Student Music Awards are considered the most prestigious awards in jazz education. Founded in 1976, hundreds of musicians, music educators and music industry professionals received their first international recognition as DownBeat Student Music Award winners. At least six winners have gone on to appear on the cover of DownBeat as professional artists. Scores have been featured in the magazine and have won either Critics or Readers Poll honors. Even before young musicians have become professionals, the awards have helped them garner more than $10 million in scholarship opportunities.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit www.music.ku.edu.

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Dan Gailey
KU School of Music

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