Thursday 31, 2011
            MARQUETTE, Mich.— Michael Philip Mossman, a Latin jazz trumpeter and arranger-composer, will headline the 15th annual Northern Michigan University Jazz Festival. The event also features a performance by the United States Marine Corps All-Star Jazz Band. About 22 high school and middle school ensembles from throughout the region will participate in daytime clinics and performances.

The Marine Corps ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Kaufman Auditorium. Admission is free, but tickets need to be picked up in advance at any NMU EZ Tickets outlet. This is the first time the group has toured the Midwest. The select ensemble is composed of the most outstanding musicians from the Marine Corps' 12 bands around the world who come together once a year to record and perform a series of concerts. This is the first time this band has been on tour in the Midwest

Mossman is a noted performer and educator. He has been active on the international scene since the age of 17 and has performed and recorded with his own groups and with bands led by Dizzy Gillespie, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Art Blakey and Joe Henderson. He is lead trumpeter with Jazz at Lincoln Center's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and professor and director of jazz studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City. Mossman will perform with the NMU Jazz Band and Jazz Combo at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, in Kaufman Auditorium. Tickets are available at NMU EZ Ticket outlets. Prices are $6 for NMU students, $8 for non-NMU students $11 for the general public.

For more information on the NMU Jazz Fest, visit www.nmu.edu/music.


Editors Note: The schedule of daytime high school performances on Friday, April 15, is available at http://faculty.nmu.edu/mflahert/Jazz%20Festival%20-%20Schedule%20of%20Events.htm.

Kristi Evans
News Director