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Terell Stafford Quintet Brings Trumpet to New Heights at FSU’s March 8 Concert
02/18/2008

Terell Stafford Quintet Brings Trumpet to New Heights at FSU’s March 8 Concert
Ensemble Offering Free Educational Session Prior to Ticketed Performance

FROSTBURG, Md.—The hearts of audience members will soar with the sounds of traditional trumpet infused with a modern twist when the Terell Stafford Quintet performs March 8 at Frostburg State University. The much-anticipated event, part of the Cultural Events Series Jazz Club sponsored by Kauffman Music, includes a free, educational jazz session with the quintet at 4:30 p.m. in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall (ARMAH) of FSU’s Lane University Center, followed by a ticketed performance later that evening at 8 p.m. in the ARMAH.

Stafford has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Known for being a gifted and versatile player with a voice all his own, Stafford combines lyricism and a deep love of melody with a spirited, adventurous edge. This uniquely expressive, well-defined musical talent allows Stafford the ability to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads.

An educator as well as a performer, Stafford currently holds the positions of Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia and is a clinician for the prestigious Vail Foundation in Colorado and Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington Program. He has also served as a member of the faculty for the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies in New York. Stafford was born in Miami and raised in Chicago and Silver Spring, Md. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from the University of Maryland in 1988 and a Master of Music degree from Rutgers University in 1993.

Music lovers everywhere are invited to learn more about the quintet’s style of jazz music when Stafford leads a discussion during the free educational jazz session, then enjoy the talents of the Terell Stafford Quintet at the later performance.

Tickets to the evening concert are $22 for the general public, $20 for children 17 and younger, $20 for FSU faculty and staff and $5 for FSU students, and may be purchased by calling 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 performance is sponsored by Allegany Aggregates, Inc.

The CES Jazz Club 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; and in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The FSU Cultural Events Series is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non profit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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