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2013 Texas Music Festival Jazz Institute takes place June 9-14

We’re nearly there: summertime. The Moores School of Music summer schedule always starts with the Texas Music Festival. While the majority of TMF  is a workshop for college-level musicians, the jazz department will again host our annual  jazz institute for high school students.

The TMF Jazz Institute is a week-long, intensive program for younger players with an interest in learning about and performing jazz music. Students are given the chance to rehearse and workshop with some of the best professional musicians from across Houston culminating in a big band performance under the direction of MSM Director of Jazz Studies, Noe Marmolejo.

In addition to daily rehearsal, our afternoon class schedule includes:

  • Instrumental sectionals with Houston’s top professional jazz players
  • Music theory: the building blocks of music, learning jazz nomenclature, chords and scales
  • Jazz improvisation: applying theory to your instrument, learning basic soloing techniques
  • Masterclass jam sessions where our talented faculty gets a chance to show off their skills in an unrehearsed concert

We are always excited to be able to offer this course each summer.  The TMF Jazz Institute is a great way for any aspiring  young musician to get ahead in their pursuit of a musical career.

For details and application information, click here.

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2012 spring concert takes place on Wednesday, April 18

It’s our final concert of the 2011-12 school year, so we’re taking it out with a bang. Our season closer will feature both big bands performing several new works. The concert will feature new arrangements based on the music of Radiohead (“There There”) to Tom Harrell (“Blue in One”) and the premiere reworking of an old classic (“Nature Boy”). As always, there will be something for everyone that is a fan of quality jazz music and we hope to see you there. Program and ticket information below.

Infernal Jamnation, Jeff Lopez
Nick Madden, baritone saxophone
Brett Bousley, guitar
Thanushka Lewkebandera, piano

Six P.M., arr. Mark Taylor
Thanushka Lewkebandera, piano
Brett Bousley, guitar
Jacob Starr, tenor saxophone
Alex Johnson, trumpet

Lili’s Song, Paul G. White
Alex Winkler, piano

Six by Six, Doug Beach
Thanushka Lewkebandera, piano
Michael Autry, guitar

Pea Shooter, Jeff Lopez
Zack Woolhouse, tenor saxophone
Chad Tumminello, drums

Sambanice, Rob McConnell
David Ramirez, piano
Ruben Sepulveda, tenor saxophone
Landon Petersen, guitar

Nature Boy, arr. Gerald Massoud
Gerald Massoud, bass

Dearly Beloved, arr. Rich DeRosa
Justin Neumann, baritone saxophone

Blue in One, arr. Ryan Gabbart
Landon Petersen, guitar

There There, arr. James Miley
Darrel Materum, soprano saxophone
Henry Darragh, piano
Cameron Kubos, trumpet

Sister Sadie, arr. Michael Abene
Henry Darragh, piano
Darrel Materum, alto saxophone
Gerald Massoud, bass
Rick Harris, trombone

Concert details

Wednesday, April 18, 7:30pm
Moores School of Music Opera House
$10 general admission / $5 students
Click here for ticket information and directions

Texas Music Festival Summer Jazz Institute, June 12-17

Summer may not officially begin until June 21, but at the Moores School of Music summer always starts with the Texas Music Festival. While the majority of the festival is a workshop for college-level musicians, the jazz department hosts an annual  Jazz Institute for high school students.

The TMF Jazz Institute is a week-long, intensive program for younger players with an interest in learning about and performing jazz music. Students are given the chance to rehearse with some of the best and brightest young performers from across the city in a big band setting under direction by MSM Director of Jazz Studies, Noe Marmolejo.

Afternoon classes include:

  • Instrumental sectionals with some of Houston’s top professional jazz players
  • Music theory: the building blocks of music, learning jazz nomenclature, chords and scales
  • Jazz improvisation: applying theory to your instrument, learning basic soloing techniques
  • Master class jam sessions: our talented faculty gets a chance to show off their skills in an unrehearsed concert

We are always excited to be able to offer this course each summer.  The TMF Jazz Institute is a great way for any aspiring  young musician to get ahead in their pursuit of a musical career. For details and application information, click here.

2010-11 debut concert

It’s almost here. And by “it” we mean the debut concert of the Moores School Jazz Department for the 2010-11 season. And by “here” we mean next Wednesday, October 6 at 7:30pm in the Moores Opera House. Both the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra will be featured, and we’re proud to announce that our students have been diligently working hard to improve their performance skills this semester. It should be a great evening full of chances, spontaneous opportunity and (hopefully) fulfillment. That’s our goal, after all. Click here for ticket information.

The program will feature:

Baby Dahl, Phil Kelly
Ty Sheaffer, trumpet
Andrew Dugas, guitar

It Could Happen to You, arr. George Stone
Zach Woolhouse, alto saxophone
Ruben Sepulveda, tenor saxophone

A Sunday Ride, Mike Pendowski
Ty Sheaffer, trumpet
Ruben Sepulveda, tenor saxophone

I Be Serious ‘Bout Dem Blues, John Clayton
Josiah Cantu, trumpet
Ruben Sepulveda, tenor saxophone
Rick Harris, trombone
Alex Winkler, piano

Straight Ahead, George Stone
David Ramirez, piano
Cameron Kubos, trumpet
Eric Bustamante, tenor saxophone

Mean to Me, arr. Tom Kubis
Henry Darragh, vocal
Cameron Kubos, trumpet
Cody Garrett, piano

Not Quite Brazil, Jim Cifeli
Catherine Baker, flute
Bob Eason, soprano saxophone
Cameron Kubos, trumpet
Darrel Materum, alto saxophone
Chad Tumminello , drums
Henry Darragh, piano
Eric Bustamante, tenor saxophone
Landon Petersen, guitar

The Amazing Mr. Big Dude, Scott Lavender
Michael Ward, guitar
Cameron Kubos, trumpet
Henry Darragh, piano

Translucence, Aaron Lington
Eric Bustamante, tenor saxophone

Ain’t it Wonderful, Tom Kubis

David Ramirez, piano
Cameron Kubos, trumpet
Henry Darragh, trombone
Eric Bustamante, tenor saxophone