|NJO announces Young Lions Band Auditions|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 2010
NEBRASKA JAZZ ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES
2011 Young lions all-star band auditions
Contact: Arts Incorporated, 402-477-8446, email@example.com
Lincoln, NE - The Nebraska Jazz Orchestra announces auditions for the 2011 Young Lions All-Star Band. Students selected for the band will perform in concert with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra and guest artist Scott Robinson on Friday, February 18, 2011 at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln, NE. This is an outstanding opportunity for students to perform with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the area.
Rules, Guidelines & Eligibility:
· Open to musicians who have not reached their 22nd birthday on or before February 18, 2011.
· Instrumentation: Alto, Tenor, Baritone Saxophones; Trumpets, Trombones, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums
· If selected, musicians must be available for the following:
REHEARSAL: Sunday, February 6, 2011, 6:30-8:30 p.m., O'Donnell Auditorium, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln
REHEARSAL: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 5:00-6:30 p.m., O'Donnell Auditorium, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln
CONCERT: Friday, February 18, 2011, 7:30 p.m. @ The Cornhusker Marriott, 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln
· Selected musicians must furnish transportation and instruments, except piano.
For an application, contact the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra or download a flyer at www.artsincorporated.org/njo. The postmark deadline for applications is December 8, 2010.
The son of a piano teacher and an editor for National Geographic magazine, Robinson graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1981. The next year, he joined the college's staff, becoming the youngest instructor in the institution's history.
Robinson has appeared on more than 150 professional recordings, including seven under his own name, with musicians such as Lionel Hampton, Anthony Braxton, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Ella Fitzgerald, Paquito D'Rivera, Sting, Elton John, Buck Clayton, and the New York City Opera. He has won two Grammy Awards and received four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
In 2000, the U.S. State Department named Robinson a "Jazz Ambassador" for the year 2001, funding a tour of West Africa in which Robinson played the early works of Louis Armstrong.
Robinson works to keep unusual and obscure instruments in the public view. For example, he has recorded an album featuring the C-melody saxophone and performs with the ophicleide. He also owns and records with a contrabass saxophone, so rare that fewer than twenty in playable condition are known to exist. Robinson is currently a music professor at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, yet continues to tour throughout the United States.
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