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30th Jazz Fest features Stripling, Marienthal

The Jazz Ensembles at the University of Minnesota, Morris will host the 30th annual Jazz Fest April 3-5.

Several hundred area high school jazz musicians will join UMM and alumni jazzers, along with two guest artists, during the three-day event.

Daytime instructional clinics will pair high school students with guest artists, Byron Stripling and Eric Marienthal. The event will be capped by a public performance, featuring Stripling and Marienthal, each evening at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium of the Student Center.

Admission will be charged, with reduced rates for children, senior citizens and UMM students.

Trumpeter Byron Stripling has performed frequently under the baton of Keith Lockhart, as well as being featured soloist on the PBS television special, "Evening at Pops," with conductors John Williams and Lockhart. Stripling serves as artistic director and conductor of the highly acclaimed Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

After Eric Marienthal graduated high school, he studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and achieved the highest proficiency rating given by the school.

In 1995, Marienthal was awarded the Berklee Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding achievements in contemporary music, and has since gone on to perform in over 65 different countries and has recorded 11 solo CDs.

For more information on Jazz Fest and the UMM Jazz Ensembles, see the Web site:

For tickets for public performances, contact the Office of Student Activities at UMM at (320) 589-6080.