Jupiter Music Donates New Instruments To UAM Jazz Band For Chicago Performance

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tv_News 10dbMONTICELLO — The Jupiter Music Corporation has donated $50,000 worth of new instruments to the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s elite jazz ensemble, Jazz Band I, for the group’s performance at the 66th Midwest Clinic of the International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago on Dec. 21.

   Jazz Band I, under the direction of Gary Meggs, is one of four college jazz ensembles invited to perform at the conference. The Midwest Clinic will feature performances by Leonard Slatkin, the Star Wind Orchestra and jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.

   Jazz Band I will perform in the 1,000-seat ballroom of Chicago’s McCormick Place West Convention Center on Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. Other college jazz ensembles invited to the clinic are the University of Missouri-St. Louis Jazz Band, the Columbia College Jazz Ensemble and the Conservatory at Sea Six O’Clock Jazz Band from Belgium.

   UAM’s invitation came at the urging of jazz saxophonist Lou Marini, former director of the Saturday Night Live band who performed with Jazz Band I last spring. Marini, known as “Blue Lou” for his days with the original Blues Brothers Band, will perform with the UAM group in Chicago.

   Jazz Band I has been prepping for its performance with the help of Mike Williams, Grammy winner and lead trumpet for the Count Basie Orchestra. Williams has spent the last week helping Jazz Band I prepare for its Chicago appearance.

   The donation from Jupiter Music Corporation came as a surprise to Meggs, who was contacted by Rick DeJonge, the company’s artist and program manager.

   “He said Jupiter Music was proud and excited for our selection to perform at an event as prestigious as the Midwest Conference,” said Meggs. “He said we want to make your performance the best possible so we would like to send every one of your students in Jazz Band I one of our professional level instruments to perform with in Chicago. This is a tremendous honor. To my knowledge, this is the first international sponsorship received by a college jazz band from Arkansas.”

   For more information, contact the Division of Music at (870) 460-1060.

One Response to “Jupiter Music Donates New Instruments To UAM Jazz Band For Chicago Performance”
  1. Marty Martin says:

    I know where they can donate their former instruments.

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