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University of Iowa News Release


June 23, 2009

Local students attending jazz camp at the University of Iowa, June 21-26

More than 50 talented junior-high and high-school students from Iowa, Illinois and New York are attending the jazz division of the Iowa Summer Music Camp, June 21-26 at the University of Iowa School of Music.

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

The jazz camp provides students opportunities to interact and perform with professional jazz musicians throughout a week of music-making in small group/combo settings. Areas of study will include jazz improvisation, jazz theory, basic arranging skills, Soundpainting (a style of directed improvisation) and the art of jazz listening.

The 2006 faculty include members of the UI faculty Brent Sandy (trumpet), Steve Grismore (guitar), Jim Dreier (drums), and John Rapson (piano). Other faculty are UI alumnus Greg Mazunik (bass), Rich Medd from Iowa City West High School (trombone) and Damani Phillips (saxophone and woodwinds).

The camp will close with a concert on the popular Friday Night Concert Series, starting at 6:30 p.m. on the Fountain Stage in the Iowa City Pedestrian Mall. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the Auditorium of Macbride Hall on the UI Pentacrest.

More information on the camp and the faculty can be found at

The Iowa Summer Music Camp is sponsored by the UI School of Music and directed by Kevin Kastens, who also directs the UI Hawkeye Marching Band. It 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.

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 will participate in the 2009 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 performance medium. Please note that the information is listed as it came to Arts Center Relations.


Amana: Clear Creek Amana High School -- Alex Hamilton, junior, percussion

Ankeny: Ankeny High School -- Michael Rogers, senior, bass

Burlington: James Madison Middle School -- Rachel Schupick, freshman, piano

Charles City: Charles City High School -- Robert Starr, sophomore, trombone

Coralville: North Central Jr. High School -- Patrick Hagan, freshman, trombone; Ethan Jorgensen, eighth grade, saxophone; Zach Miller, sophomore, piano; Isaia Nyberg, eighth grade, tuba

Northwest Jr. High School -- Collin Leiffert, eighth grade, saxophone; Blake Manternach, freshman, trombone

West High School -- Curtis Boysen, junior, percussion; Leah De Matta, sophomore, saxophone; CJ Drew, sophomore, electric guitar; Tom Elleson, sophomore, percussion; Matt Staib, junior, trumpet

Council Bluffs: Abraham Lincoln High School -- Taylor Matuszeski, junior, trumpet

Davenport: Davenport Central High School -- Randall Jenkins, junior, trumpet; Courtney Brokloff, sophomore, saxophone

Fairfield: Fairfield High School -- Mike Magee, senior, percussion

Gowrie: Prairie Valley High School -- Tommy Petersen, graduate, trumpet

Harlan: Harlan Community High School -- Laura Garrett, sophomore, saxophone

Iowa City: City High School -- Nathaniel Dean, junior, saxophone; Sam Fosse, sophomore, electric guitar; Sam Rodriquez, sophomore, electric guitar; Wesley Steffen, sophomore, bass

North Central Jr. High School -- Dieto Lasansky, freshman, percussion; Elliot Young, eighth grade, trumpet

Northwest Jr. High School -- Seth Barrash, eighth grade, electric guitar; Graham Bly, freshman, percussion; Ryan Craven, freshman, percussion; Gil Phelps, freshman, percussion; Thomas Sparks, eighth grade, saxophone

Southeast Jr. High School -- Hank Welter, eighth grade, saxophone
West High School -- Ben Crouse, senior, saxophone; Andre De Groot, junior, percussion; Matt Johnson, sophomore, trumpet; Evan McCarthy, sophomore, trombone; Julia O'Donnell, junior, saxophone; Curt Oren, senior, saxophone; Javon Stovall, sophomore, saxophone; James Yang, sophomore, saxophone

Marion: Excelsior Middle School -- Lee Stickney, freshman, trumpet

Linn Mar High School -- Nolan Schroeder, senior, saxophone; JR Pruitt, senior, trumpet

North Liberty: North Central Jr. High School -- Nikilesh Rao, freshman, trumpet

Pella: Pella Community High School -- Alex Maasdam, junior, saxophone

Solon: Solon Middle School -- Eric Karr, freshman, trombone

Tipton: Tipton Middle School -- Cullen Schroeder, eighth grade, trumpet

Washington: Washington Jr. High School -- Nick Wollenberg, junior, trumpet

West Branch: West Branch High School -- Jennie Pine, junior, trumpet

West Branch Middle School -- Brennan Nelson, eighth grade, trombone; Justin Roth, eighth grade, trombone

West Liberty: Regina Middle School -- Hunter Last, eighth grade, electric guitar

Geneseo: Geneseo Middle School -- Sam Alexander, freshman, trumpet

Brooklyn: St. Ann's High School -- Parker Ash, junior, electric guitar

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One,
Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,