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Release: June 14, 2002

Local students will attend jazz camp at the University of Iowa June 23-29

Seventy-one talented junior-high and high-school students are scheduled to attend the All-State Jazz Camp, June 23-29 at the University of Iowa School of Music.

Local students from (name of school) attending the camp are: (names, grades in school, and instruments).

All students attending the camp will participate in the final concert, at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The All-State Jazz Camp gives students opportunities to interact and perform with professional jazz musicians throughout a week of music-making and listening. Areas of study include jazz improvisation, jazz listening, jazz theory, master classes and combo performance. In addition to UI jazz faculty members, professional jazz saxophonist/composer Kim Richmond and jazz pianist/educator Reggie Thomas from Southern Illinois University will be the guest artists/clinicians.

The jazz camp coordinator is John Rapson, head of the jazz area of the UI School of Music. The All-State Music Camp is sponsored by the UI School of Music and directed by Kevin Kastens, who also directs the UI Hawkeye Marching Band. Each camp offers a variety of musical experiences for talented young musicians who have completed grades 8-12. All participants were recommended by their school music teachers.

Rapson joined the faculty of the UI School of Music as director of jazz studies in August 1993. A recording artist for the Sound Aspects and Nine Winds labels, he is a composer and trombonist whose work mixes ethnic and experimental elements with more conventional jazz forms. His recent experimental jazz recording “Dances and Orations” has been hailed as “one of the most vital CDs to come around in a long time” in Jazziz and as “a conceptual and musical triumph” by Josef Woodard in the Independent. The CD scored 10 out of 10 for artistic merit in Grammophone magazine’s “Good CD Guide” for jazz recordings, which also called it “beautiful and unique.”

Previous albums under Rapson’s direction are “Bing” for Sound Aspects, and “Buwah” and “Deeba dah bwee” for Nine Winds. He has also recorded “A Mingus Among Us” and “Been There, Done That” with Johnson County Landmark.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that young people from your readership participated in the 2002 All-State Jazz Camp at the UI School of Music. Information is listed alphabetically by town and high school, with Iowa towns listed first. After the town names, the name of the schools appear, followed by students’ names, year in school and instrument. Please note that the information is listed as it came to Arts Center Relations.


BELLE PLAINE: Belle Plaine High School -- Jeff Albaugh, senior, trumpet
BETTENDORF: Bettendorf High School -- Anthony Ciccotelli, freshman, percussion
Bettendorf Middle School
-- Michael Conrad, freshman, trombone
Pleasant Valley High School
-- Robert Metcalf, freshman, trombone; Noah Alvarado, senior, trumpet
BLUE GRASS: Davenport West High School -- Christopher Barngrover, sophomore, percussion
BOONE: Boone Middle School -- Tessa Welterlen, freshman, saxophone
CORALVILLE: Iowa City High School -- Christopher Agyeman, senior, trombone
Northwest Jr. High School
-- John Irvine, freshman, saxophone
Regina High School
-- Eric Smith, eighth grade, trombone
COUNCIL BLUFFS: Kirn High School -- Colin Herr, freshman, trombone
CRESCENT: Abraham Lincoln High School -- Harlan Muir, senior, saxophone
DAVENPORT: Central High School -- Kevin Roberts, sophomore, trombone; Gabrielle Tee, sophomore, piano; William Baker, sophomore, trumpet
Davenport West High School -- Shawna Pennock, sophomore, saxophone; Nathan Bierl, sophomore, saxophone; Eric Pobanz, sophomore, percussion
St Paul's High School
-- Antonio Laccarion, freshman, saxophone
DURANT: Durant High School -- Erika Whitney, freshman, saxophone
ELDRIDGE: North Scott High School -- Ryan Arp, senior, trombone
FAIRFAX: Prairie High School -- Tyler Martin, junior, electric bass
IOWA CITY: City High School -- Nicholas Coffman, sophomore, electric bass; Benjamin DiPardo, sophomore, saxophone; Rachael Stitt, sophomore, saxophone; Sara Stitt, junior, saxophone
Northwest Jr. High School
-- Benjamin Berkowitz, freshman, electric bass; Taylor Boyt, eighth grade, tuba; Lauren Levitz, freshman, saxophone; Kevin Ozeroff, freshman, electric bass; Kelli Parsons, freshman, saxophone; Tal Stramer, eighth grade, trumpet; John Tearse, freshman, trumpet; Bernice Thommandru, freshman, saxophone; Katherine Wilson, freshman, piano; Emily Xiong, freshman, saxophone
Regina High School
-- Timothy Horihan, eighth grade, saxophone
Southeast Jr. High School
-- Jeff Sondergard, freshman, percussion
West High School
-- David Bertolatus, senior, percussion; Nicholas Boysen, sophomore, piano; Alexander Bryk, sophomore, saxophone; Thomas Ledolter, sophomore, trombone; Clarence Mathis, junior, percussion; Mark Ozeroff, sophomore, electric bass; Aric Pearson, senior, saxophone; Analisa Russo, junior, clarinet; Yoav Stramer, sophomore, trumpet; Kristian Thompson, sophomore, trombone Chong Shao, saxophone
KALONA: Home schooled -- Scott Steckly, junior, trumpet
Mid-Prairie High School -- Richard Beckley, senior, trumpet
LAKE MILLS: Lake Mills High School -- LeAnn Dahn, sophomore, trombone
LETTS: L & M Junior High School -- Roger Putnam, freshman, saxophone
MUSCATINE: Muscatine West Middle School -- Kory Danielson, eighth grade, saxophone; Thomas Snydacker, freshman, saxophone
NEWTON: Berg Middle School -- Nathanel Smith, freshman, saxophone
NORTH LIBERTY: West High School -- Mary Edwards, sophomore, trumpet
PELLA: Pella High School -- Christopher Boeyink, senior, trombone
RIVERSIDE: Highland High School -- John Ruth, sophomore, percussion
ROSE HILL: North Mahaska High School -- Roger Vandonselaar, sophomore, piano
URBANDALE: Valley High School -- Michael Schill, junior, trombone
WASHINGTON: Washington High School -- Timothy McBride, junior, percussion; Kyle Smothers, sophomore, guitar
WELLMAN: Mid-Prairie High School -- Kassandra Fisher, junior, saxophone; Joe Stutzman, junior, percussion
WEST BRANCH: West Branch High School -- Eric Dorr, senior, trumpet; Michael Verlo, senior, trumpet

WEST DES MOINES: Valley High School -- Craig Nelson, junior, trombone


ANCHORAGE: Atheneum High School -- Stuart Raven, freshman, piano

EAGLE RIVER: Gruening Middle School -- Michael Thompson, freshman, saxophone


MOLINE: Moline High School -- Erik Madson, sophomore, trumpet


ROCHESTER: Rochester Central Lutheran School -- Jairo Ramirez, freshman, percussion