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12th Annual Illinois State University Jazz Festival Set for April 4 and 5

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Trombonist and composer John Fedchock will be the guest artist at the 12th annual Illinois State University Jazz Festival for junior high and high school bands on April 4 and 5 in the Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall.

There will be 8 p.m. concert both evenings featuring Fedchock playing with the ISU Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for faculty-staff and $7 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the Center for the Performing Arts box office from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays or by calling (309) 438-2535. All competition performances are free and open to the public.

This year's festival begins at 12:35 p.m. Friday with the University City High School Combo from St. Louis. Other bands to follow are from Paxton, Danville, Quincy, Pekin, East Peoria, Oneida and the Kingsley Junior High band from Normal. John Fedchock will present a free master class at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday morning at 8 o'clock, the Normal Community High School Jazz Band II will open the competition followed by schools from Pekin, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Monticello, Metamora, Hoopeston, Oak Lawn, Champaign, Ellettsville, Ind., Clayton, Mo., Columbus, Ind. and Kinderhook, Ill.

ISU Jazz Ensemble III will perform at 12:10 p.m. and Jazz Ensemble II will play at 12:35. Fedchock will give another master class at 3:05. At 6 p.m., ISU Jazz Ensemble I will perform with new ISU faculty saxophonist Paul Nolen, followed at 6:35 p.m. by the awards ceremony. The concert hall will be cleared and the evening concert at 8 p.m. will feature the grand champion band from the competition, followed by the ISU Jazz Ensemble will Fedchock.

Fedchock's illustrious career in jazz has spanned nearly three decades, during which he has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader and a Grammy-nominated arranger. He has in demand as a performer and writer in New York City for more than 20 years as his multifaceted talents have led him to become one of NYC's premiere jazz artists.

John Fedchock New York Big Band has has become a marque group, showcasing Fedchock's trombone and arranging as well as the band's all-star soloists. For his arranging skills on the CD, “No Nonsense," Fedchock was honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for “Best Instrumental Arrangement" for his chart on “Caribbean Fire Dance."

Fedchock has toured with T.S. Monk, Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band, Louie Bellson's Big Band, the Bob Belden Ensemble, the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. He has performed at jazz festivals and concert halls around the world. As a solo artist, he appears throughout the United States and has toured abroad as a guest trombonist/composer/conductor.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Fedchock is a graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies. He also holds a master's degree in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Fedchock is jazz trombone instructor at Purchase College in Purchase, N.Y., and a visiting jazz faculty member at the University Of The Arts in Philadelphia, Pa.

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