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Jazz Combos will perform October 29 concert

ISSUED: 22 October 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WVThe Shepherd University Jazz Combos will perform on Thursday, October 29, at 8 p.m. in the Frank Center W.H. Shipley Recital Hall. The Jazz Combos, under the direction of Kevin Pace and Anthony Pirog, both adjunct faculty members, will perform selections from the works of John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, John Mayer, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Jordan, Wayne Shorter, and more. The concert is free and open to the public. 

Combo musicians include students David Donohue on bass, Dan Dunn on bass, Johnathan Ford on trombone, Anthony Gabourel on piano, Sawyer Gaydon on drums, Mary Granofsky on piano, Kevin Grega on trombone, Nathan Hammer on drums, Nathan Krevey on trumpet, Will Lopez on bass, Ken Meiners on bass, Sebastian Nally on drums, Andrew Oswinkle on guitar, Lucas Peterson on piano, Ron Rowlett on vibes, Anthony Stoika on drums, Samuel Thomas on trumpet, Michael Vacek on drums, and Emily Del Vecchio on guitar. 

A winner of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, bassist Kevin Pace has toured throughout the world. He has performed with the orchestra of the Long Leaf Opera Company of Durham, North Carolina, and in pit orchestras for musicals such as “Urinetown,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Music Man,” and “Company.” Pace earned his bachelor’s in music from Elon College and a master’s in jazz performance at the University of Maryland. 

Anthony Pirog has played with many jazz, electronic and improvisational groups along the East Coast and leads several groups of his own. In 2011, the Washington Area Music Association named Pirog Washington’s Best Modern Rock Instrumentalist. In 2012 he was awarded a “Jazzie” by the Washington City Paper as Best Guitarist, and the Washington Post praised his music for its “fusion of talent and creativity.” He was featured in a September 2012 and January 2013 articles in Guitar Player Magazine.

For more information about the Jazz Combos concert, call 304-876-5555 or visit

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