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January 27-29, 2011

High School Honors Jazz Ensemble

Cabell Midland Jazz Knights, Rhonda Smalley, director

Marshall University Faculty Combo


Beverly Hills Middle School, Nathan Kerr

Pt. Pleasant High School, Jeff Hilbert

Blennerhasset Middle School, Cindy Smith

Williamstown HS/JR High, Greg Myers

Bridgeport High School, Chris Hayslette

Cabell Midland Jazz Knights, Rhonda Smalley

Marshall University's Project Postbop, Sean Parsons, director

Chris Vadala and Vince DiMartino Quintet

Spring Valley High School, Joe Hardin, director

Project Postbop, clinic with Chris Vadala and Vince DiMartino

Marshall University Jazz Ensemble

Thundering Herd All-Stars Big Band, Sean Parsons, director

The Marshall University Jazz Ensemble:

Ed Bingham, director

The MU Jazz Ensemble has been an important part of West Virginia's artistic community since its beginning in 1968 when J.D. Folsom began a jazz ensemble in order to perform "America's Classical Music."

The MUJE has performed at world-renowned festivals in Montreux, Switzerland and at the Jazz à Juan festival in Juan les Pins, France. Other festivals include appearances at Elmhurst College, George Mason University, Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Ml, Hampton University, Universal Studios, Orlando, Beavercreek Jazz Festival in Dayton and the University of Notre Dame. The MUJE travels throughout the region to perform in schools and community centers. This past spring, the MUJE performed at the inaugural conference of the Jazz Education Network in St. Louis, MO. Student interest in Jazz has resulted in the addition of a second "Big Band" and numerous jazz combos that support Marshall's Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Studies.

Marshall's jazz faculty members include Dr. Sean Parsons, Dr. Mike Stroeher, Mr. Steve Hall, Dr. Mark Zanter, Dr. Ed Bingham, Mr. Jeff Wolfe and Mr. Clancy Hatfield.

MUJE Personnel:

Jason Mitchell, Bryce Duncan, Raice Stevens, Bobby Galloway, Luke Miller, saxophone

Austin Seybert, Pat Bilups, Katie Ferber, John Galloway, trombone

Isaac Winland, Chris Chapman, Briana Blankenship, Ben Stern, trumpet

Zack Arbogast, Craig Burletic, Wes Hager, Tyler Stewart, rhythm

Jen Billups, vocalist

Thundering Herd All Stars 2011:

Lucy Ward, Bryson Cutler, alto saxophone

Hannah Blatt, Matthew Tackett, tenor saxophone

Adam O'Neal, baritone saxophone

Colten Brumfield, Drew Price, Brandi Hendricks, Gaige Koontz, Kevin Easton, trumpet

Matthew Bailey, Ethan Evans, Brian Crawford, Allison Eason, trombone

Nick Vassar, guitar

Alex Estanich, piano

Chapman Sklar, Rusty Parks, bass

Corey Cutler, drum

Chris Vadala:

One of the country's foremost woodwind artists, Chris Vadala is in demand as a jazz/classical performer and educator. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings to date, as well as innumerable jingle sessions, film and TV scores, performing on all the saxophones, flutes, and clarinets. A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he graduated from the Eastman School of Music, earning the honor of the Performer's Certificate in saxophone as well as a B.M. in Music Education, received an M.A. in clarinet from Connecticut College, and pursued postgraduate study in woodwinds at Eastman.

Professor Vadala, Director of Jazz Studies and Saxophone Professor, is a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland. Previous academic appointments include teaching studio woodwinds and conducting jazz ensembles at Connecticut College, Montgomery College, Hampton University, Prince George's Community College and Mount Vernon College, as well as Visiting Professor of Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music, 1995 and 2001.

Mr. Vadala's performing career has been highlighted by a long tenure as standout woodwind artist with the Internationally recognized Chuck Mangione Quartet, which included performances in all 50 states, Canada, Australia, Japan, Philippines, China, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, England, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, and Switzerland, and performing credits on five gold and two platinum albums, plus two Grammy, one Emmy, one Georgie (AGVA) and one Golden Globe Award. In addition, he has performed and/or recorded with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, B. B. King, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Placido Domingo, Sarah Vaughn, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, Joe Lovano, and many others. As of 2009, he became a regular member of the Award-Winning Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and has been the first call saxophonist with National Symphony Orchestra for many years.

As one of the Selmer Company's most requested Artist in Residence clinicians, Mr. Vadala travels worldwide, performing with and conducting student and professional jazz ensembles, symphonic bands, and orchestras. He has appeared with countless musical ensembles across the nation and Canada, and has conducted 46 All-State, 1 All-Eastern, as well as numerous All-County and All-District Jazz Ensembles. Mr. Vadala served three terms as President of the Maryland Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education, was a permanent member of its MD Executive Board (College Faculty Representative), and a Woodwind Representative to the International Resource Team. In 2009, he became a member of the Award-Winning Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra saxophone section.

Mr. Vadala's column on woodwind doubling appeared regularly in the Saxophone Journal for over 10 years, and he has authored articles for many other magazines. A Downbeat magazine poll finalist in four categories and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Study grant, he has published a number of original compositions and arrangements (Medici Music & Cimarron Music Press). His book, Improve Your Doubling (Dorn Productions) is acclaimed as a valuable addition to woodwind literature. In addition to his debut solo CD, Out of the Shadows (, (Art of Life Records), recent recording/publications include Jazz/Rock in the USA, Jazz Solos, Nothin' But Jazz, Jazz Adventures, Modern Jazz-Rock and R & B, and Fusion Solos (6 books with play-a-long CDs by dehaske/Curnow), as well as a contributions to Warner Brother's Approaching the Standards play-a-long improvisation series and Jazz Pedagogy (The Jazz Educator's Handbook and Resource Guide). He also has the honor of being included in a new publication, "The History of the Top 40 Sax Solos (1955-1998)."

Vince DiMartino

Vince DiMartino is one of the most sought after trumpet performers and educators. Since graduating from The Eastman School of Music in 1972, professor DiMartino had taught at the University of Kentucky until1993. At that time, Mr. DiMartino began a new appointment as Distinguished Artist in residence at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. There he teaches trumpet, brass and jazz ensembles, and jazz history. He has served as the Music Chair and is currently coordinator of the Centre College Instrumental Program. He is distinguished Matton Professor of Music at Centre College.

Vince DiMartino is equally known as a jazz artist He has been the lead and solo trumpet in the Lionel Hampton Band, the Chuck Mangione Band, the Clark Terry Band and The Eastman Arranger’s Holiday Orchestra. He has also performed with some of this country’s finest college jazz ensembles. Vince has been a member of the artist-faculty of the highly acclaimed Skidmore Jazz Institute since its inception in 1988 working with fellow artist-teachers Milt Hinton, Todd

Coolman, Ed Shaughnessy, Frank Mantooth, Curtis Fuller, Dick Oatts and Pat LaBarbera.

The International Trumpet Guild has featured Mr. DiMartino as an artist-clinician in major solo programs at their conferences including Louisiana State University, University of Gothenburg-Sweden, University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, University of Denver and London, England. DiMartino also was a guest at the University of Kentucky Conference in 1998, an event that Professor DiMartino hosted at this same location in 1982.


Joan C. Edwards Playhouse


Arts and Humanities | Fine Arts | Music | Music Performance

Marshall University Music Department Presents the 42nd Annual Jazz Festival, January 27-29, 2011, featuring Chris Vadala, saxophone, and, Vincent DiMartino, trumpet