Category Archives: Jazz

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist to teach young musicians at next week’s Jazz Festival

Young musicians from across the Ozarks will be on campus April 23 learning from renowned saxophonist Dick Oatts at this year’s Jazz Festival, to be held at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Area students get training, feedback at annual event Festival registration

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Payne snags lead in Brubeck’s ‘Real Ambassadors’

Dr. Richard Todd Payne, associate professor in music, has been selected to perform the role of Hero/Louis Armstrong in a Memphis, Tennessee, production of “The Real Ambassadors.” The performances will be 7 p.m. on April 8 and 2 p.m. on

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Artist raises $25,000 for jazz studies program

Emeritus Professor Bill Armstrong and his wife, Margo, have gifted $25,000 to the MSU jazz studies program after hosting two art gallery fundraising events in November. Armstrong, co-founder of the Watercolor USA Honor Society, donated more than 30 of his

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MSU’s jazz program finds its groove

Missouri State’s five-year-old jazz studies program is sending successful graduates into the music world, bringing living legends to MSU and putting on events for audiences beyond the campus. Building a jazz degree option Music Professor Randy Hamm has been at

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Music faculty gears up for year ahead

With new additions to the music department and interesting projects and concerts on the horizon, here is a preview for what to expect from the music faculty this year. This is only a partial list of the exciting news across

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Jazz master, Airmen of Note to headline this weekend’s Jazz Fest

Area high school, junior high and middle school bands and ensembles will gather at Missouri State this Saturday, Feb. 28, for the 2015 Jazz Festival. Students will divide into competitive and non-competitive groups with divisions such as Big Band, 2nd

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Jazz group to perform at music educators conference

Missouri State’s Jazz Studies Ensemble I has been chosen to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association 2015 conference, to be held Jan. 30 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Lake of the Ozarks. Selection process The group was selected by competitive

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Bands to host free concert series at Hammons Hall

Missouri State band students will perform in a series of free concerts at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in the coming weeks, wrapping up the University’s fall semester. Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony Concert Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. The University Wind

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