Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Jazz Trombone Notable Bill Reichenbach Headlines 42nd Annual A&M-Kingsville Jazz Festival March 27-28

KINGSVILLE - March 18, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

Nearly 20 middle, high school bands in free public performance competitions

Trombonist, composer, arranger and teacher Bill Reichenbach headlines the 42nd Annual Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Festival Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, at Jones Auditorium, located on campus on Armstrong Street near the intersection of Santa Gertrudis Boulevard.

Jazz bands from nearly 20 Texas middle schools and high schools will showcase their talent, perform among their peers and learn from the headlining artists.

Friday, March 27, middle school bands and H.M. King High School’s band will compete from 3-6 p.m. At 7 p.m., there will be a performance from A&M-Kingsville’s Jazz Band III, directed by associate professor James Warth, and the TAMUK Bones, directed by Oscar Diaz, assistant professor of music. Also, awards for the day’s middle school band competition will be handed out. All of Friday’s events take place at Jones Auditorium and are free to the public.

Saturday, March 28, high school jazz bands compete from 8 a.m. to noon and from
1-5:45 p.m. in Jones Auditorium, with the public invited to attend for free. Headline performer Reichenbach will offer a free jazz clinic open to the public from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bellamah Music Building Recital Hall, located on Engineering Avenue next to Jones Auditorium.

At 7 p.m., Reichenbach will perform with A&M-Kingsville Jazz Band I, directed by Dr. Paul Hageman, professor and chair of the music department. Also featured will be A&M-Kingsville Jazz Band II, directed by Warth, and presentation of high school band competition awards. Tickets to the concert, happening at Jones Auditorium, are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Call 361-593-2803 for tickets.

About Bill Reichenbach

Born in the Washington D.C. suburb of Takoma Park, Maryland, Bill Reichenbach has been studying trombone for most of his life. After high school, he was accepted to the Eastman School of Music. There, he studied with the influential trombone educator Emory Remington. While still a student, Reichenbach began his recording career by playing on several Chuck Mangione albums, two albums with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the first recording of Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass,” which was composed for the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

As a studio player, Reichenbach has played on about 1,000 records, 700 motion pictures and countless TV shows and jingles.

Reichenbach has toured with the Buddy Rich Big Band, and has been the solo jazz trombone player for big bands led by Toshiko Akiyoshi and Don Menza. Reichenbach’s jazz quartet album “Special Edition,” featuring Peter Erskine on drums, Jimmy Johnson on bass and Biff Hannon on piano reached number 10 on the national jazz radio play lists.

He has been a featured artist and clinician at several International Trombone Festivals including Utrecht (Holland), Nashville, Urbana (Illinois), North Texas State University and Las Vegas. Reichenbach also is an artist-clinician for the C. G. Conn Co. He has given master classes and clinics throughout the United States, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

As a writer and arranger, Reichenbach has worked on records for Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Dr. John, Diana Ross and others.

He has arranged many HBO Special themes, and composed the theme for the HBO series “One Night Stand.” Reichenbach also composed the theme for Fox’s animated series “Peter Pan & the Pirates,” as well as much of the underscoring. He also composed the main title for a series of Kurt Vonnegut stories called “Welcome to the Monkey House” for Showtime. 
42nd Annual Texas A&M-Kingsville Jazz Festival Schedule at a Glance
(All concerts and competitions take place in Jones Auditorium, unless otherwise noted)
Friday, March 27
3-6 p.m. Middle school jazz band competition

7 p.m. Free Concert featuring Texas A&M-Kingsville Jazz Band III, TAMUK Bones
Awards presentation for the day’s competition

Saturday, March 28
8 a.m.-noon High school jazz band competition

Noon-1 p.m. Jazz clinic with Bill Reichenbach, Bellamah Music Building Recital Hall

1-5:45 p.m. High school jazz band competition

7 p.m. Concert featuring Bill Reichenbach with Jazz Band I
                                    Jazz Band II
                                    Awards presentation for the day’s competition
                                    Admission-$5 for advance sale, $10 at the door
                                    Call 361-593-2803 for tickets.

Schools competing at the 42nd Annual Texas A&M-Kingsville Jazz Festival include:
Corpus Christi: W.B. Ray High School
Donna: Donna High School
Edinburg: Economedes High School, Edinburg High School
Georgetown: Georgetown High School
Harlingen: Harlingen High School, Harlingen South High School, Vernon Middle School
Kingsville: Memorial Middle School, H.M. King High School
Laredo: Cigarroa High School
Los Fresnos: Resaca Middle School, Los Fresnos High School
McAllen: McAllen Memorial High School, Nikki Rowe High School
Mission: Sharyland High School           
Pharr: PSJA North High School
San Antonio: Churchill High School, Woodlake Hills Middle School
Weslaco: Beatriz G. Garza Middle School, Weslaco East High School

For more information on the 42nd Annual Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Festival, call 361-593-2803.

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