Ashland University Jazz Program Honored During Recent Tour

4/4/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The Ashland University Jazz Orchestra (AUJO), under the direction of Dr. Scott Garlock, completed its annual tour on March 24 to 26 with several performances and awards in Pennsylvania.

The tour began in Butler, Pa., for the state's district V annual honors band event. Dr. Garlock presented a jazz improvisation and scatting clinic followed by a performance by the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra for approximately 250 students and 70 band directors.

The following day, Ashland University's top jazz combo, the Wingnuts, placed third in the combo division at the 50th Villanova Jazz Festival.  AUJO also placed third at the festival from a field of seven bands, which included universities much larger than Ashland University. The ensemble's trombone section also was dubbed the "Best Trombone Section" at the festival, the first Ashland University section bestowed such an honor at a jazz festival.

Ashland University's Jazz program is currently preparing for its own jazz festival, Maplerock Jazz Festival, slated for Friday, April 29, and culminating with a public concert at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre.  The festival and concert will feature guest artists Paul Ferguson, trombone; Marc Piane, bass; Bobby Sanabria, Latin percussion; and Bobby Selvaggio, saxophone. Tickets for the concert are now on sale at the Ashland University Box Office at 419.289.5125, 12 noon to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information about Ashland University's jazz program, visit www.ashland.edu/music<http://www.ashland.edu/music> or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu<mailto:tapplega@ashland.edu>.
Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.