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San Jacinto College
Central Music Department
News Release
Saturday, April 16, 2011

Regional brass symposium to feature some of nation’s best musicians

PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College (SJC) Central music department will host a two-day regional brass symposium featuring some of the most highly regarded brass musicians in the nation. The symposium will be held Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building, located on the Central campus at 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena.

The symposium will feature concerts by professional, as well as high school and college student musicians. There will also be informative master classes taught by noted music professors.

The April 29 symposium session will begin at 10 a.m. and includes recitals, competitions, and classes throughout the day. The session ends with an 8:30 p.m. concert. The April 30 session will begin at 9 a.m. and also includes recitals, competitions, and classes throughout the day. The session ends with a 5 p.m. concert. The cost to attend is $25 per day per person ($20 for high school and college students), which covers all concerts and classes. The cost to attend just the concluding concerts is also $25 per person ($20 for students). To purchase tickets, please contact Karen Marston at, or call 713-898-6047.

A highlight of the symposium will be performances and lessons by trumpet soloist and clinician Allen Vizzutti, a world-renowned artist who has successfully bridged jazz and classical styles. Vizzutti has performed on more than 100 movie soundtracks, and has worked with Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Chick Corea, and Prince. He has appeared as a guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Tokyo, St. Louis, Vancouver, and other major cities.

During the culminating concert on April 30 at 5 p.m., the Central campus Brass Choir will accompany Vizzutti in a performance of his original compositions “Prism,” “Shards of Color,” and “Episode V.”

“Our students will have an unprecedented opportunity to work with a world-class artist,” commented Marston, Central campus brass professor. “The final concert will draw the attention of music teachers and performers of all levels from throughout the area, and SJC students will be on a world stage. Our students will benefit from an exciting and challenging concert experience.”

Other acclaimed musicians who will perform and teach during the symposium include:

• Jan Kagarice, professor of trombone at the University of North Texas, a founding member and bass trombonist of the esteemed PRISMA trombone quartet, and an artist/clinician for the Conn-Selmer Instrument Company;

• David Kirk, Rice University professor and principal tubist for the Houston Symphony, who has presented master classes throughout North America and Japan;

• Thomas Bacon, French horn player for Summit Brass and St. Louis Brass, and a founding member and vice president of Summit Brass, America’s premier large brass ensemble;

• Marie Speziale, professor of trumpet at Rice University, who is acknowledged as the first woman trumpeter in a major symphony orchestra;

• Randy Adams, professor of trumpet at Sam Houston State University (SHSU), a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera Core Orchestra, Theater Under the Stars Orchestra, Sam Houston State University Faculty Brass Quintet and the Houston Baptist University Novo Faculty Brass Quintet.

• Aric Schneller, director of jazz studies at SHSU, a skilled trombonist, singer, and composer who is the featured trombone soloist and jazz arranger on several CDs.

Ensembles scheduled to perform during the symposium include:

The SJC Central brass choir and chorale, under the direction of Marston and Dr. Paul Busselberg, voice professor at the Central campus; the Maniacal 4 Trombone Quartet; the SHSU jazz band; the SHSU trumpet ensemble; and the Rice University brass ensemble.

San Jacinto College offers a wide range of music degree options and private music lessons at all three campuses.

About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for nearly 50 years. We are committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s workforce training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of ever-changing industry in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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