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FSU’s CES Jazz Club Bringing Multi-faceted Jazz Artist and Composer to Western Maryland
04/06/2007

FSU’s CES Jazz Club Bringing Multi-faceted Jazz Artist and Composer to Western Maryland

The phrase “toot your own horn” takes on a whole new meaning when associated with Mike Tomaro. A multi-talented musician, composer and educator, when Tomaro plays one of his three instruments—the saxophone, flute or clarinet—his music speaks volumes about his stature as a remarkable jazz artist. Tomaro will treat audiences to his various talents Saturday, April 28, at Windsor Hall at Town Centre, Cumberland, with a free educational jazz session at 4:30 p.m. and a ticketed performance later that evening at 8 p.m. The events are presented in partnership with the Cumberland Jazz Society’s Weekend of Jazz.

During the hour-long educational programming session starting at 4:30 p.m., which is free and open to the public, Tomaro will lead a discussion on his style of jazz music. Then later that evening at 8 p.m., ticket holders will be able to enjoy a live performance by Tomaro at Windsor Hall at Town Centre. Tomaro is director of jazz studies at Duquesne University and has worked with a variety of artists, including Nancy Wilson, Rosemary Clooney, Ernie Watts and Claudio Roditi. In his hometown, he has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Ballet and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He is in great demand both nationally and internationally as a guest soloist, adjudicator and clinician.

For 17 years he was a member of the prestigious Army Blues Ensemble, a unit of the U.S. Army Band. Over 80 of his compositions and arrangements are published by Doug Beach Music, Hal Leonard Publications and Walrus Music. Tomaro has four nationally released recordings under his own name and is co-founder of the Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra. To purchase tickets or for more information about the performance, call the FSU Cultural Events Box Office at (301) 687-3137 or toll free at 1-866-TIXX-CES, or visit online at ces.frostburg.edu.

This project is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and is funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. This engagement of Mike Tomaro is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program. The event is sponsored in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council. The concert is also sponsored by Tri State Hand and Occupational Therapy, Inc.

Tomaro is a Yamaha Artist. The commitment of the Yamaha Corp. of America to this event is just one of the ways that Yamaha supports music education in the United States as part of continuing efforts to make music programs succeed.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services, and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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