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2003

FMU Wind Symphony to perform in concert, Feb. 27

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Wind Symphony will perform in concert on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. in the McNair Science Building auditorium.

Admission is free and open to the public.

 The Wind Symphony is under the direction of Craig Alberty, assistant director of instrumental activities and professor of music at FMU. The concert will feature visiting artist Mike Vax, a trumpet player. The program will include a piece written for Vax by Alberty, “The Vax Report.”

 Vax is very active as a soloist and lead trumpet player. He has played solo and lead trumpet with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Bad Band, and the U.S. Navy Show Band. He has also appeared as guest soloist with symphony pops orchestras around the United States, as well as the All-American Collegiate Orchestra at Disney World.

As a recording musician, he has performed on more than 40 albums, including 15 under his own name. Currently he is leading his own groups: The New Oakland Jazz Orchestra, the Mike Vax Big Band (featuring alumni of the Stan Kenton Orchestra), the Great American Jazz Band, TRPTS (Trumpets), the Mike Vax Quintet and Sextet, and the Draga/Vax Connection.

Vax has done workshops and concerts in more than 1,000 high schools, colleges and universities around the world over the past 30 years. He is active as a clinician and soloist in both the classical and jazz idioms.

 Vax’s appearance at FMU is supported by the Yamaha Corp., McFadyen Music, and Florence School District I.

#106 / 2-18-03

Last Published: March 23, 2004 10:57 AM
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