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April 2002

Release Date: April 08, 2002

ASU to Present Outdoor Jazz Festival April 13

The annual Angelo State University Jazz Festival will feature the ASU Jazz Percussion Group and the ASU Jazz Ensemble as well as three groups from the San Angelo Independent School District on Saturday, April 13, on the ASU campus.

Performances by local junior high bands will start the program at 11 a.m. The festival will conclude with performances at 1:30 p.m. by the ASU Jazz Percussion Group and at 2:15 p.m. by the ASU Jazz Ensemble. All performances are open free to the public and will be conducted on the University Mall north of the Houston Harte University Center at 1910 Rosemont.

The outdoor setting offers a large grassy area, much of it shaded, making it ideal to bring a blanket, portable chairs and even a picnic lunch. The festival is held simultaneously with College Days at ASU and provides an exciting addition to the numerous activities available to prospective students. In case of inclement weather, all activities will be held in the University Auditorium.

The ASU Jazz Percussion Group is unique, one of only six such groups in the nation. The group was founded by and is directed by Dr. Douglas Overmier of the ASU music faculty. Group members will provide their unique music for vibes, marimbas, bass and drums. The Jazz Percussion Group will perform jazz that offers visual excitement and the rhythmic accuracy and drive typical of a percussion ensemble, producing the best of jazz, fusion, swing and contemporary jazz.

The ASU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Richard Spece, performs a variety of jazz styles, including swing, be-bop, fusion and contemporary settings. Participation in this ensemble prepares students for performances in the world of jazz and commercial music. Students delve into the intricate mixture of melody, harmony, and rhythm on which their musical ideas are based.

For more information on the ASU Jazz Festival or other programs sponsored by the Department of Art and Music, please call 325-942-2085.

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