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Jazz Ensemble performs in China

Jazz Ensemble performs in China

The UMHB Jazz Ensemble traveled to China for a 10-day performance tour March 8-18. The ensemble, comprised of 19 instrumentalists and one vocalist, was invited by three international colleges in Guilin, Wuhan, and Chongqing. Dr. Stephen Crawford, director of percussion studies and music history, joined the ensemble as a faculty artist during the tour.

During the 10-day tour, the ensemble performed six formal concerts for over 9,000 people and visited each of the three colleges’ English speaking classes. “Not only was this a great opportunity for our students to interact with the Chinese students, but it also allowed the Chinese students to practice their English speaking skills,” said Nils Landsberg, assistant professor and athletic bands director.

For this tour, the Jazz Ensemble formed a unique partnership with Jupiter Band Instruments and Mapex Percussion, who provided the ensemble with all necessary instruments at each performance venue so that the group did not have to transport instruments throughout the tour. Jupiter Band Instruments also sent an entire set of instruments to UMHB earlier this year so that the ensemble could practice and rehearse on the horns that they would be performing on while in China.