Denison Jazz Ensemble Showcases Talent
Date of Event: November 19, 2003
Posted: November 10, 2003
Denison University's very own jazz ensemble will showcase their talents in a concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday (Nov. 19) in Burke Recital Hall. Studio instructor Pete Mills will direct the performance. Admission is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature the music of Sammy Nestico, Bob Mintzer, and Wayne Shorter. It will also feature the premiere performance of the Denison "SuperSax" Ensemble, a group composed of five saxophones and a rhythm section.
Student musicians on the saxophone include seniors Nate Emmerson (Brockport, N.Y.) and Jared Thompson (Indianapolis, Ind.), sophomores Ben Pogany (Mayfield Village) and Mitch Stelzer (Chagrin Falls), and freshmen Mat Hoffman (Westerville) and Eric Spengler (Muncie, Ind.); on trumpet, sophomore Chris Seigel (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshmen Robert Choudry (Cincinnati) and David Ottum (Upper Arlington); on trombone, sophomore Andrew Keller (Worthington) and freshman Craig Biegler (Columbus); on piano, freshman Max Marshall (Wilmette, Ill.); on bass, sophomore Ethan McGory (Westerville); and on the drums, junior Avonte Camphina-Bacote (Cincinnati) and senior Seth Rogers (Louisville).
An affiliated studio instructor at Denison, Mills received a Canadian Arts Council Grant and, in 1997, was named a North Carolina Jazz Composers Award winner, which funded his debut compact disc, "Momentum." Mills is an active performer, appearing with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and the band "Jazz on the Go" in Columbus. He also performs with his own "Pete Mills Quartet" and offers clinics and private instruction.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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