Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Internationally-known Trumpeter Byron Stripling Brings Acclaimed Jazz Sound to A&M-Kingsville Jazz Festival

KINGSVILLE - March 16, 2011

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

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Byron Stripling—one of the nation’s leading jazz musician and an artist who has been compared to the legendary Louis Armstrong, will be the featured guest artist during the 44th Annual Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Festival Friday-Saturday, March 25-26.

Stripling is currently the artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and leader of his own quartet. Stripling infuses his music with energy, passion and joy. As a result, his talents have made him a frequent guest artist with pops orchestras around the world. He has appeared with more than 50 symphony and pops orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and the Utah Symphony.

His professional music career includes stints with the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra and orchestras led by jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine. With a sound reminiscent of American music icon Louis Armstrong, Stripling was tapped for the lead in the musical Satchmo—a production based on Armstrong’s music. He has also performed with Dave Brubeck at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Stripling is also a recording artist whose music can be heard on numerous soundtracks of films and Broadway shows. Under his direction, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra recorded The Colors of Jazz. He has also recorded with such jazz notables as Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Lena Horne and Paquito D’Rivera.

Stripling will host a one-hour jazz clinic at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26 in the Recital Hall of the Bellamah Music Building on the campus of A&M-Kingsville.

Nearly 30 middle school and high school jazz bands are expected to compete and perform during the A&M-Kingsville Jazz Festival. Other events include:

 Friday, March 25

The Jazz Festival kicks-off at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 25 with the Middle School Jazz Band Competition in Jones Auditorium. Admission to the competition is free.  At 7 p.m. that evening, A&M-Kingsville Jazz Band III and the Latin Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert in Jones Auditorium. Awards from the Middle School Jazz Band Competition will be announced at this time.

 Saturday, March 26

The second day of the festival begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 26 with the High School Jazz Band Competition in Jones Auditorium. A one-hour Jazz Clinic by Byron Stripling will begin at noon in the Recital Hall of the Bellamah Music Building. Admission to both the high school competition and the clinic is free. At 7 p.m. that evening, awards from the high school competition will be announced, and Jazz Band II and Jazz Band I with Byron Stripling will perform in Jones Auditorium. Admission to the concert/awards presentation is $7 per person.

 For more information, contact the Department of Music at 361-593-2803.

                                                                   -TAMUK-


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