Jazz Band I Earns Recognition from International Jazz Magazine
KINGSVILLE - May 05, 2010
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DownBeat Magazine—the world’s leading jazz publication—has awarded Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Band I with an Outstanding Performance Award in the magazine’s 33rd Annual Student Music Awards.
The DownBeat Student Music Awards is a widely respected international competition in which schools submit recordings of performances from the contest year. Those submissions are then judged by a panel of professional musicians. Categories in this international competition recognize the top soloists, small ensembles, large ensembles, vocalists, compositions and arrangements at three levels—middle school, high school and college.
Jazz Band I’s award is based on a recording of their 2009 performance at the Texas Music Educators Association.
“The DownBeat Student Music Awards are highly competitive and it is a great honor to be recognized by the magazine,” said Dr. Paul Hageman, Regents Professor and chair of the music department. “Our students are very deserving of this honor and I am proud of them and all their accomplishments.”
This year’s Outstanding Performance Award marks the second time Jazz Band I has been recognized by DownBeat. In 2004, the band was named the winner in the College Big Band category of the magazine’s student awards.
In the awards listed in the June 2010 issue of DownBeat, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire won the top prize and Elmhurst College shared the runner-up spot with A&M-Kingsville.
“We have always known how great our students are and how hard they work—now, the world will know it, too,” Hageman said.
Hageman also credits the department’s faculty—including James Warth, who co-directs the jazz program—for providing A&M-Kingsville music students with solid musical training.
Jazz Band I is the premiere instrumental jazz ensemble at A&M-Kingsville and has performed at numerous venues, including the Texas Music Educators Association State Music Convention, the Texas Jazz Festival, the University of Texas Longhorn Jazz Festival and the Fiesta Jazz Festival.
A&M-Kingsville’s music department is a member of the Texas Association of Music Schools and is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Degrees offered in the program include a Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification, Bachelor of Arts with a Minor in Music and a Master of Music in Music Education.
Members of Jazz Band I featured on the winning recording include:
- Chris Arellano, a senior from Harlingen
- Andres Moreno, a junior from Harlingen
- Matthew Maldonado, a junior from Kingsville
- Gerado Espinoza, a junior from Laredo
- Miguel Aguiar, a junior from Laredo
- Rolando Velazquez, a sophomore from Edinburg
- Arturo Rivas, a senior from Brownsville
- Alejandro Cavazos, a senior from Olmito
- Samuel Gonzalez, a freshman from Kingsville
- Thomas Hille, a senior from Corpus Christi
- Jose Garcia, a sophomore from Laredo
- Armando Perez, a senior from Crystal City
- Steve Gutierrez, a senior from Pharr
- Lucio Diaz, a junior from Grulla
- Daniel Garcia, a sophomore from Laredo
- Jaime Ochoa, a freshman from Garciasville
- Francisco Cano, a senior from Kingsville
- Eric Soto, a senior from Kingsville
- Raul Reyes, a senior from Eagle Pass
- Ernesto Lopez, a senior from San Juan
- Raul Liendo, a senior from Laredo
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