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ABAC Jazz Ensemble selected for conference

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Information from Michael D. Chason, ABAC

TIFTON – The Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Jazz Ensemble will travel to St. Louis, Mo., to perform at the Jazz Education Network International Conference at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, from May 20-22.

The ABAC group is one of only 10 university and college bands in the nation invited to be a part of this three-day event that includes clinics, conferences, and performances.

"The Jazz Education Network is the international organization for jazz," said Don Coates, director of the ABAC Jazz Ensemble and associate professor of music at the college. "We submitted a recording last year for the opportunity to attend this conference, and we were chosen."

The ABAC Jazz Ensemble is internationally known, with three European trips under its belt.  In recent years, the group has played at the opening of the Tour de France in London, England, The North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam and in Switzerland at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

The Ensemble will perform on May 22 at 4 p.m. Selections from the performance will include "Peri's Scope' by Bill Evans, "Taking a Chance on Love" by Vernon Duke, "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" by Tommy Wolf and Frank Mantooth, and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" by Jerome Kern.

The Jazz Education Network Conference will host concerts, clinics and workshops taught by music educators and professionals at the top of the jazz genre from 9 a.m. – 2 a.m. each day.

ABAC jazz members will be able to choose between a variety of concerts, clinics and workshops on an hourly basis, as well as get the chance to look at industry exhibits and talk to music professionals and vendors from across the country.

For more information on the ABAC Jazz Ensemble, contact Coates at (229) 391-4942 or via e-mail at dcoates@abac.edu.