Jazz Festival Concert Featuring Drummer Gary Hobbs

Don't miss an exciting night of jazz, when special guest artist, drummer Gary Hobbs, joins the Shepherd University Jazz Ensemble on the stage of the Frank Arts Center Theater, Saturday, March 3rd at 8:00 p.m. for the Eastern Regional Jazz Festival Concert, sponsored by the Friends of Music. The concert that evening will feature a range of tunes from Thad Jones, Bill Holman, Hank Levy, Paul McKee, and Maria Schneider.

Mr. Hobbs will conduct a clinic, Hall "How Drums Rule the Universe," at 1:00 p.m. on March 3rd in the H.W. Shipley Recital Hall. The clinic is free and open to the public. Throughout the day on Saturday, March 3, come see the best and brightest in the West Virginia Eastern Regional Jazz Festival as middle and high schools from throughout the region perform starting at 9:00 am through 4:00 p.m. in Shepherd University's Frank Arts Center.

played professionally for over three decades and appears on over 60 recordings. Hobbs played with the Stan Kenton Orchestra from 1975 through 1977, and through the years he has played with Randy Brecker, Ken Peplowski, Pete Christlieb, Greta Matassa, Anita O'Day, Suzanna McKorkle, Dan Siegel, Glen Moore, The New York Voices, Eddie Harris and many more. Bud Shank, Randy Brecker, Bill Mays, Kurt Elling, Dave Frishberg, David Freisen, Bobby Shew, Bobby Watson, Bob Florence, Carl Saunders, The Woody Herman Orchestra,Terry Gibbs, Jaquie Naylor, Jim Widner Big Band, Mike Vax Kenton Alumni Big Band and Tom Grant are just a few of the artists with whom he has recently performed. Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Tivoli Garden, Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap are among the venues where he has performed, along with scores of festivals and clubs all over the world. Hobbs is very active in jazz education, teaching at the University of Oregon, and traveling all over the US conducting clinics, concerts and jazz camps with the help of Bosphorus Cymbal Company and Yamaha Drum Company.

The Jazz Program at Shepherd University has an outstanding faculty including Dr. Kurtis Adams, David Marsh, Cam Millar, Ronnie Shaw and Dr. Mark Cook. Each year the ensembles work with a major jazz performer in clinics and concerts. The group has worked with Kenney Werner, Bill Watrous, Paquito D'Rivera, Alan Vizzutti, Ingrid Jensen, Claudio Roditi, Tim Hagans, Hal Galper, Juanita Williams, Chris Vadala and John Fedchock.

The Shepherd University Jazz Ensemble has performed throughout the East Coast and Europe and has participated in Jazz Festivals around the globe. Invited to the world-renowned Montreux Jazz festival in 2003, the Jazz Ensemble played throughout Switzerland and Italy on a 9-day concert tour. In 1999, the band took their Ellington Tour to England and France, and toured England in May 2007. In the United States they have been featured at the Longwood, the Blue Ridge, and The East Coast Jazz Festivals, as well as regional festivals throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.

General admission tickets for the Eastern Regional Jazz Festival Concert are $22 in advance and $27 at the door; $22 seniors, faculty, staff; $15 students 18 and under. For tickets and information call 304-876-5765 or visit www.sufom.org.