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SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL WEST ALABAMA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Shelton State Community College will host the Second Annual West Alabama High School Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the Bean-Brown Theatre on the College’s Martin Campus.

 

At the Festival, participating high school bands will perform selections for audience members and participate in master class sessions with guest clinician Greg McLean.  All performances are free and open to the public, including the final performance at 5:00 p.m. by the Shelton State Jazz Ensemble featuring McLean.

 

Trumpeter, composer, and arranger Greg McLean is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Perimeter College (PC) of Georgia State University where he directs the PC Jazz Ensemble and teaches music theory, jazz history, music appreciation, and trumpet.  McLean is a versatile musician performing a variety of styles. For the past four decades, he has performed with brass ensembles, wind bands, orchestras, pit orchestras, big bands, jazz combos, and variety bands. McLean has been in back-up bands for artists such as The Temptations, Frankie Valli, Roger Williams, Diane Shure, The Lettermen, Bob Hope, Joan Rivers, and others.  For the past two years, he has toured with the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra as one of the jazz trumpet soloists.  He has performed in Europe six times with Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz, a New Orleans style combo.  As a composer, McLean has written works for the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet and world-renown trumpet players Marvin Stamm, Jens Lindemann, and James Thompson.  Several of McLean’s compositions have also been performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, The National Trumpet Competition, and the annual Trumpet Festival of the Southeast. As a performer, McLean performs in all musical genres, but especially enjoys the expressive freedom of jazz. He leads G-Force Jazz, comprised of several of the finest jazz musicians in the Atlanta area. The group’s debut CD, Cabin Fever, is available on YouTube. McLean has appeared on over thirty-five CDs as trumpet player, composer, and/or arranger.

 

For more information about the Second Annual West Alabama High School Jazz Festival, contact Lillian Roberts at 205.391.2399 or lroberts@sheltonstate.edu.