Visiting musicians teach by example

Published on Thu, Jul 11, 2002
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Visiting musicians teach by example

Next week six professional jazz artists will do more than perform on their visit to Blaine. On July 18, 19 and 20th, Dan Goble, Ed Donohue, Hal Sherman, Theodore DeCorso, Lou Abbott and Alastair Kay will teach teenagers from Whatcom County and Canada to become better jazz musicians and to sharpen their skills on their instruments.

Dan Goble plays the saxophone and is currently the professor of saxophone and director of jazz studies at Western Connecticut State University. Ed Donohue plays the trumpet in Seattle. He has a masters degree in trumpet and music education from Central Washington University. Donohue currently teaches at Stevens Middle School in Port Angeles. Hal Sherman, a band director and improvisation teacher, has taught for over 40 years in public schools and in various universities. Theodore DeCorso, a regular performer in Blaine, plays the clarinet and is currently the director of the Sun Coast Symphony Orchestra in Florida. Lou Abbott has a doctorate in Jazz percussion from the University of Miami. Alastair Kay plays the trombone. He is a teacher and chairs the brass department at Toronto’s Humber College.

Thursday and Friday will be filled with workshops and one-on-one instruction, followed by the Friday night faculty performance as A String of Pearls at the Performing Arts Center.

Saturday it will be the students turn. Faculty members will join in as the student band performs at 4:00 p.m..

Contact Sandy Wolf at 371-0141 for more information...

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