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Publication Date

Spring 3-25-2015

Year of Release



Jon Agazzi, Eb and Bb clarinets

Kay Lawson, bassoon

John Cipolla, alto saxophone

Richard Kravchak, shawm, oboe

The Green and White Double Reed Band

The Buffalo Clarinet Ensemble

The Marshall University Clarinet Choir

Rebecca Adkins, Dominick Agazzi, Anna Blakeman, Austin Caldwell, Katrina Elliott, Makala Gilkerson, Conor Lannan, Kaitlyn Miller, Scott Nibert, Rebecca Ricks, Philip Runyon, Ida Ward

Aaron Statler, Drum Set

The Ensemble of Thundering Saxophones

Guest Artists

Originally from Plainfield Illinois, Jon Agazzi began his musical studies at Interlochen Arts Academy. His teachers include Robert Marcellus, Frank Cohen, Clark Brody, Frank Kowalsky and Jim Pyne.

Following a tenure in the Taipei Symphony, Jon was appointed principal in the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet, then Eb clarinetist in the Marine Band. He is currently the Eb clarinetist and often solos with the U.S. Navy Band, as well as being a D'Addario performing artist.

John Cipolla is Professor of Music (saxophone & clarinet) at Western Kentucky University. He has performed, taught and served on competition juries throughout the United States, France, Belgium, Italy, Bulgaria, Portugal, Czech Republic, Peru, and Costa Rica. He has recorded on Sony, ECM New Series, Centaur, Nonesuch, Music Minus One, Dance Vision Records, NBC television, and numerous radio broadcasts. John has had a varied career as a multiple woodwind player (clarinets, saxophones, flute, piccolo) in New York City prior to teaching full-time. While in NYC, he performed and/or recorded with an eclectic array of artists and ensembles including Aretha Franklin, Meredith Monk, Liberace, Johnny Mathis, Dizzy Gillespie, Mario Bauza's Latin Jazz Ensemble, St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra, and the New York City Opera as well as being a tenured member of the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and one of the longest running Broadway shows, CATS. John has performed in the orchestras for many Broadway productions in New York City including Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Will Rogers Follies and many others. He is regularly invited to present master classes and serve on juries for competitions, both internationally and in the US. John served as President of the International Clarinet Association (2012-2014), as well as holding leadership positions with the Kentucky Music Educator's Association, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra Committee, Local 802 American Federation of Musicians among others. He is a Selmer Paris and Gonzalez Reed clarinet artist. John was a saxophone scholarship student of Joe Allard at The Juilliard School in New York City. He holds the Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance from The Eastman School of Music, the Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Smith Music Hall Choral Room


Arts and Humanities | Fine Arts | Music | Music Performance

Marshall University Music Department Presents Second Annual Reed Day, Guest Artists, Jon Agazzi, clarinet, John Cipolla, saxophone, and, Marshall University Faculty, Ann Marie Bingham, clarinet, W. Edwin Bingham, saxophone, Richard Kravchak, oboe, Kay Lawson, bassoon