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January 11, 2002

Area jazz ensembles compete at Purdue Jazz Festival

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – During the Purdue Jazz Festival on Jan. 18-20 there will be more jazz per square foot on the campus than in the jazz capital of New Orleans.

More than 100 high school and middle school jazz bands and vocal ensembles will participate in competitions. They also will rub shoulders with performers of national renown at workshops, clinics and concerts.

Latin jazz flavors the festival’s opening night on Friday, Jan. 18 at an 8 p.m. concert by the Poncho Sanchez Latin Octet in the Loeb Playhouse of the Purdue Stewart Center. On Saturday, Jan. 19, school jazz ensembles from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois tune up early as competition stretches throughout the day in the Purdue Stewart Center, Purdue Memorial Union and University Church.

The festival finale concert at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 in the Loeb Playhouse features jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin and pianist James Williams with the Purdue Jazz Band and PMO Express. The festival wraps up Sunday, Jan. 20, with a jazz church service and a jazz brunch featuring live music. All events are open to the public. Concert tickets are available for $5 by calling the box office at (765) 494-3933.

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704,

Source: Kathy Matter, (765) 496-6785,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

Participating bands and directors

Avon HS, Bob Burns, Avon, Ind.
Bloomington HS North, Janis Stockhouse, Bloomington, Ind.
Brownsburg HS #1, Joe Vrabec, Brownsburg, Ind.
Brownsburg HS #2, Tracy Runyon, Brownsburg, Ind.
Center Grove HS, Kevin Schuessler, Greenwood, Ind.
Danville HS, Kim Waller, Danville, Ill.
Decatur Central HS, Tim Cox, Indianapolis.
Defiance HS, Kevin Heidbreder, Defiance, Ohio
DeKalb HS, Matthew Murdock, Waterloo, Ind.
Downers Grove North HS, Brayer Teague, Downers Grove, Ill.
Edgewood Jr. HS, Jim DeCaro, Ellettsville, Ind.
Elk Grove HS, Brian White, Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Elmhurst College, Susan Moninger, Elmhurst, Ill.
Forest Hill Central HS, Sean Ivory, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Forest Hill Central HS, Glenn Williams, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Forest Hill Central Middle School, Mark Mainero, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Forest Hill Northern HS, Craig York, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Goshen HS, Tom Cox, Goshen, Ind.
Greenwood Community HS, Donald Kalugyer, Greenwood, Ind.
Guion Creek Middle School, David Petermann, Indianapolis.
Harrison HS, Steve Cotton, West Lafayette, Ind.
Huntington North HS, Scott Hippensteel, Huntington, Ind.
Jefferson HS, Bruce Knepper, Lafayette, Ind.
Jimtown HS, Stan Noble, Elkhart, Ind.
Jimtown Jr. HS, Stan Noble, Elkhart, Ind.
John Adams HS, Dawn Forsythe, South Bend, Ind.
John Hershey HS, Scott Casaeranoe, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Kokomo HS, Eric Thornbury, Kokomo, Ind.
Kokomo Middle School, Eric Thornbury, Kokomo, Ind.
LaSalle HS, Kelly Rider, South Bend, Ind.
Memorial Park Middle School, Donna Sevcovic, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Michigan City HS, George Olson, Michigan City, Ind.
Mishawaka HS, Dennis Gamble, Mishawaka, Ind.
Niles West HS, William Koch, Skokie, Ill.
North Central HS, Mike Akers, Indianapolis.
North Judson-San Pierre HS, Matthew Hibbets, North Judson, Ind.
Park Tudor School, Paul Nordby, Indianapolis.
Paxton-Buckley-Loda HS, Elizabeth Nuss, Paxton, Ill.
Penn High School, Murray Weaver, Mishawaka, Ind.
Pike HS, John Marshall, Indianapolis, Ind.
Plainfield HS, Michael Cummings, Plainfield, Ind.
Plymouth HS, Cynthia Wagoner, Plymouth, Ind.
Prospect HS, Gary Parker, Mt. Prospect, Ill..
Rolling Meadows HS, Christopher Buti, Rolling Meadows, Ill.
Snider HS, Dean Smekens, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Snider HS, Kevin Klee, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
South Adams Jr-Sr HS, Curt Amstutz, Berne, Ind.
South Side HS, David Streeter, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
South Side HS, Susan Nelson, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Southport HS, Jeanne Fitzgerald, Indianapolis.
Terre Haute North, Thomas McCarthy, Terre Haute, Ind.
Valparaiso HS, Daniel Pritchett, Valparaiso, Ind.

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