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Sunday, May 27 at 3 p.m. Jazz at Birch Creek

(Rochester, NY)Jazz at Birch Creek, taped at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor, provides a front seat to an enjoyable evening of big band jazz performed by Birch Creek student bands and the Birch Creek Academy Jazz Orchestra. Airing Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 3 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), the program also features faculty and students from the Eastman School of Music.

The center’s students and faculty present a collection of swinging tunes from the big band era. Birch Creek Music Performance Center is a summer music school for advanced young musicians from across the country. Students are taught by nationally known performers and educators during the day, and perform alongside them in concerts at night. Birch Creek’s mission is to provide their students with significant performance experience in front of live audiences.

The following musician in the program are part of the Eastman School of Music (ESM):

Jeffrey Campbell, Jazz Program Director at Birch Creek and bass faculty, Director of Jazz Studies and bass faculty at ESM; Doug Stone, Birch Creek faculty, tenor sax; and ESM graduate student ; Garrett Schmidt, Birch Creek faculty, trumpet, and recent ESM masters graduate; Clarence Hines, Birch Creek faculty, trombone; and ESM graduate; Dennis Mackrell, Birch Creek faculty, drums, and future “artist in residence” at ESM; Ethan Helm, Birch Creek teaching assistant, alto sax; and ESM undergraduate student; Eric Stabnau, Birch Creek teaching assistant, tenor sax; ESM undergraduate student; Karl Stabnau, Birch Creek teaching assistant, Bari sax, and ESM graduate; Mike Conrad, Birch Creek teaching assistant, trombone, a ESM graduate student; Malcolm Williamson, Birch Creek teaching assistant, bass trombone, ESM undergraduate student; and Danny Ziemann, Birch Creek teaching assistant, bass and ESM undergraduate student,

Two other Birch Creek students, who are Rochester residents, in the film are Nelson Campbell and Weston Campbell.



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