Jazz Band Drums Up 3 Awards at Colorado Festival

Jazz Band Drums Up 3 Awards at Colorado Festival
The Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Band performing at the Greeley Jazz Festival.

The 20-member Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Band didn't miss a beat when they recently performed at the renowned Greeley Jazz Festival in Colorado. Three students brought home major awards.  

Held at the University of Northern Colorado, the Greeley Jazz Festival is the largest event of its type in America, with over 4,000 participants from 10 states, Canada and even as far as Thailand. This year's event was on April 26.

Jeanette Lawler and James Goese, both senior music majors, received International Association for Jazz Education Soloist Awards. Craig Tsurumoto, a senior engineering major, was awarded the 2008 UNC Greeley Jazz Festival Outstanding Musicianship Award.

Under the direction of music associate professor Dr. David Kopplin, the

Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Band performed a wide variety of jazz styles,

including works by Charles Mingus, Arturo Sandoval, Sonny Rollins, Hoagy

Carmichael, and one original work by Kopplin.

For more than three decades, the Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Band has been

performing for the Cal Poly community and beyond. Most recently, the

ensemble has made trips to Mexico, the Reno Jazz Festival, the Eastern

Sierra and Colorado.

Videos of the bands festival performances may be viewed on YouTube by searching “Cal Poly Jazz Band, UNC Greeley Jazz Festival.”