Cameron University 34th Annual Jazz Festival to feature Synergy Brass Quintet

A high-energy group of youthful, stellar musicians, the Synergy Brass Quintet, will headline Cameron University's 34th Annual Jazz Festival, scheduled for Thursday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theater. Combining exquisite technique and style with rock star theatrics, Synergy Brass Quintet is on a mission to reach new audiences and bring new listeners to classical music. The event will also feature performances by the Cameron University Jazz Ensemble and the Cameron/Lawton Community Jazz Ensemble, both directed by John Moots, as well as the Cameron University Centennial Singers, conducted by Doris Lambert. The Iowa Park High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by Ed Hefty, will also make a guest appearance. The concert is open to the public at no charge.

synergy brass quintetThe event will feature a wide variety of big band and combo jazz music. Synergy Brass Quintet is sponsored by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series, Cameron University School of Liberal Arts, the Cameron University Department of Music, and Cameron University Foundation Inc. Friends of Jazz.

Members of the Cameron/Lawton Community Jazz Ensemble are Henry Adcock, Roy Couch, Ray Cox, Bruce Detweiler, Nathan Franklin, Gary Gardner, Patrick D. Gray, Derek Griner, Adam Gutierrez, Joey Kinsman, Jonathan Mosesman, Robbie Rice, Ralph Sailer, and Eric Vitense. The rhythm section includes Kay Alsobrook, Monty Booker and David Jackson. Vocalists are Henry Adcock and Jimmy Jones.

The Cameron /Lawton Community Jazz Ensemble will perform "Strike Up The Band," "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" in the style of Nat King Cole, "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Luck Be a Lady Tonite," and "Samantha."

Mosesman, Rice and Vitense are also members of the Cameron University Jazz Ensemble along with Dermont Adams, Eric Auber, Sean Batiste, Kaetlyn Brennan, Jason Elbert, Jonathan Fletcher, Lorenzo Diaz, Andrew Finley, Korynne Gonzales, Amanda Hall, Steve Melton, Levi Pettijohn and Robbie Rice. Angelika Ramsdell, Jimmy Jones and Jonathan Phelps provide vocals. Jones and Phelps join Jason Dozier, Joel Paoli and Dereck Randall to comprise the rhythm section.  

The Cameron University Jazz Ensemble will perform "Sing, Sing, Sing," "April In Paris," "Orange Colored Sky," and "Roof Garden." 

The Cameron University Centennial Singers will perform "I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me," "I Wish," "Yesterday" and "Come Fly with Me."

Always striving to reach new audiences and bring new listeners to classical music, the Synergy Brass Quintet brings audiences a wide variety of music, ranging from the early Renaissance to the Modern to Jazz and Rock. The ensemble performs more concerts than anyone in classical music today, averaging nearly 300 engagements per year. Acclaimed for "a veritable fireworks display of outstanding musical ability combined with superb showmanship" (Door Concerts,Inc) in addition to "blazing precision [and] amazing technique" (The Watertown Daily Times), the Synergy Brass Quintet has emerged as one of the world's most exciting ensembles.

Their engagements have taken them to every corner of the United States including the Ravinia Music Festival in Illinois, the Bethlehem Musikfest in Pennsylvania, the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts, and internationally at the Festival de Musica de Camara de Aguascalientes. After hearing the ensemble at Tanglewood in 2003, Samuel Adler invited the Synergy Brass Quintet to perform on the premiere recording of his "Transfiguration: An Ecumenical Mass."

In addition to Synergy's rigorous performance schedule, the ensemble dedicates an enormous amount of time to the education of tomorrow's musicians and music-lovers. They have presented various programs at over 500 public schools from coast to coast. Synergy teaches the various genres of music and composer backgrounds and makes music accessible to all children. The ensemble further educates musicians by presenting master classes and events at colleges and conservatories. These workshops, clinics, residencies and master classes enable the Synergy Brass Quintet to inspire a passion for music in the next generation.


March 5, 2010