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University of Iowa News Release

June 9, 2004

Local Student Will Attend Jazz Camp At University Of Iowa June 13-18

Seventy-eight talented junior-high and high-school students are scheduled to attend the All-State Jazz Camp June 13-18 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 7 p.m. Friday, June 18, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

There will also be a series of nightly free concerts during the week, for students attending the camp as well as members of the public:
-- 8 p.m. Monday, June 14, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building, jazz trios, quartets and quintets;
-- 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, in Clapp Recital Hall, the Jazz at the University of Iowa Summer Ensemble (J.U.I.S.E.);
-- 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, in Harper Hall, the All-State Music Camp Faculty Ensemble; and
-- 8 p.m. Thursday, June 17, in Clapp Recital Hall, Xtet and Equilateral, two professional bands featuring Iowa music educators including Chris Merz and Bob Washut from the University of Northern Iowa, Rich Medd from Iowa City West High School, and UI jazz faculty.

The All-State Jazz Camp will give students opportunities to interact and perform with professional jazz musicians throughout a week of music-making and listening. Areas of study will include jazz improvisation, jazz listening, jazz theory, master classes and combo performance. The jazz camp coordinator is John Rapson, head of the jazz area of the UI School of Music. Assisting him will be Brent Sandy, a trumpet and flugelhorn player on the UI jazz faculty, and professional jazz saxophonist/composer Kim Richmond.

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.

Sandy, who joined the jazz faculty in 2000, is a jazz trumpet and flugelhorn performer, teacher and clinician. Sandy performs regularly with local and regional jazz groups including the OddBar Trio and Equilateral. As a former member of the Orquesta Alto Maiz and Oddbar he has made seven CDs, toured Europe in 1998 and twice been featured on "Jazzset with Branford Marsalis" on National Public Radio. He is an educational specialist/clinician and Conn/Selmer and a Conn Vintage One trumpet and flugelhorn artist.

Richmond is an active and versatile musician based in the Los Angeles area. His first love is jazz, and his primary jazz voice is the alto saxophone. He has, however, been involved in nearly every facet of the professional music industry, both as a player and as a composer/arranger. His instruments are alto, soprano, tenor and baritone saxes, clarinet, bass clarinet and flutes. Richmond has been a member of the orchestras of Stan Kenton, Louis Bellson, Bob Florence, Clare Fischer, Bill Holman and Vinny Golia among others.

Richmond is a Selmer artist and endorses all Selmer saxophones and other woodwinds. In spite of his busy schedule in the professional music world, he enjoys keeping in touch with the educational music field by serving as guest lecturer, conductor and guest soloist at college music festivals and workshops around the country.

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 2004 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.


BURLINGTON: Burlington High School -- Andrew Davis, graduate, trumpet; Jacob Davis, senior, percussion; Jeremy Hopp, junior, saxophone
CEDAR RAPIDS: Franklin Middle School - Andrew Perez, freshman, percussion
Kennedy High School -- Erin Camp, sophomore, saxophone
Prairie High School -- Scott Jennerjohn, junior, electric bass
CENTER POINT: Center Point Urbana High School -- Eva Andersen, sophomore, saxophone; Kristin Koch, freshman, saxophone
CORALVILLE: Northwest Jr High School -- Eric Bingham, freshman, trumpet; Kathleen Carter, freshman, piano; Graham Flitz, eighth grade, saxophone; Gabriel Medd, eighth grade, trumpet; Robert Medd, freshman, trombone
Regina High School -- Eric Smith, sophomore, trombone
West High School -- Gabriel Martin, sophomore, trombone
COUNCIL BLUFFS: Abraham Lincoln High School -- Ian Carrier, junior, trumpet; Jonathan Thomsen, junior, trumpet
DAVENPORT: Davenport Central High School -- Brendan Chambers, sophomore, trumpet
FAIRFAX: Prairie High School -- Tyler Martin, graduate, bass
FORT ATKINSON: Turkey Valley Community School -- James Skretta, senior, saxophone
IOWA CITY: City High School -- Bradley Bergan, senior, trumpet; Nicolas Coffman, senior, electric guitar; Caitlin Cross, sophomore, electric guitar; Quinn Knobbe, sophomore, electric bass; Matthew Mueller, sophomore, electric guitar; Anna Olson, junior, saxophone; Michael Penick, sophomore, saxophone; Samuel Price, sophomore, electric guitar; Rachael Stitt, senior, saxophone; Sara Stitt, graduate, saxophone; Douglas Wiers, sophomore, trumpet
Northwest Jr High School -- Maxwell Bryk, freshman, saxophone; Carly Hafner, eighth grade, bass; Anna Kahn, eighth grade, piano; Jeffrey Ledolter, eighth grade, saxophone; Spencer Nash, eighth grade, trombone; Daniel Reck, eighth grade, percussion; Elena Segre, eighth grade, bass; Connor Shields, eighth grade, percussion; Gray Thomas, freshman, saxophone; Sonja Thompson, freshman, saxophone
Regina High School -- Timothy Horihan, sophomore, saxophone
Southeast Jr. High School -- Garrett Hartley, eighth grade, trumpet; Aaron Heise, eighth grade, trumpet; Schuyler Petersen, freshman, percussion
West High School -- James Bayless, senior, electric bass; Andrew Dietz, sophomore, trombone; Matthew Kazinka, sophomore, trombone; Tal Stramer, sophomore, trumpet; Kristian Thompson, senior, trombone
KALONA: Mid-Prairie High School -- Andrew Thompson, sophomore, trombone
KEOTA: Washington High School -- Jeffrey Crone, junior, trombone
LETTS: L & M High School -- Roger Putman, junior, saxophone
MEDIAPOLIS: Mediapolis Middle School -- Andrew Langholdt, freshman, trombone
MIDDLETOWN: Burlington High School -- Brian Smith, graduate, trumpet
MUSCATINE: West Middle School -- Michaella Calzaretta, freshman, flute; Jacob Stanbro, freshman, electric bass
NEWTON: Newton Sr High School -- Nathanael Smith, junior, saxophone
NORTH LIBERTY: City High School -- Brandon Nitcher, senior, trumpet
Northwest Jr High School -- Daniel Edwards, freshman, trombone; Dale Wurster, eighth grade, trumpet
West High School -- Mary Edwards senior, trumpet
OXFORD: Clear Creek Amana High School -- Jacob Smith, eighth grade, saxophone
RIVERSIDE: Highland Community School -- John Ruth, senior, percussion
SOLON: Solon High School -- Tyler Neucollins, sophomore, saxophone
TAMA: South Tama High School -- Jessica Kouba, sophomore, saxophone; Gordon Musel, junior, trumpet
TOLEDO: South Tama High School -- Jadi Harrell, sophomore, saxophone
WELLMAN: Mid-Prairie High School -- Emma Hulseberg, junior, saxophone
WEST BRANCH: West Branch High School -- Clara Hugill, junior, saxophone; Tyler Johnston, junior, trombone
WILLIAMSBURG: Williamsburg High School -- Eric Neumann, senior, saxophone

COAL VALLEY: Moline High School -- Drew Morton, graduate, bass
EAST MOLINE: Pleasant Valley High School -- Adam Ragheb, junior, saxophone
GENESEO: J.D. Darnall High School -- Richard Savage, junior, saxophone

COLUMBIA: Jefferson Jr High School -- David Dellsperger, sophomore, trombone
MACON: Macon R-1 High School -- Julie Watts, junior, trombone

YANKTON: Yankton High School -- Aaron Kirschner, junior, saxophone


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