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Students Reach a Musical Milestone

Annual "Jazz ‘n Java" event turns 10 on May 19.

“Jazzland…It’s Musically Delicious!”  will be the theme of the 10th annual Jazz ‘n Java evening sponsored by the Band Bunch. The sweetest musical event of the year will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in the Menomonee Falls High School cafeteria.

Throughout the evening Jazz Ensembles from North Middle School and Menomonee Falls High School will entertain with large and small group ensembles, including performances with clinician Adam Gaines. An amazing array of cupcakes and a variety of drinks will be available to purchase all evening. Raffles will be held throughout the night with proceeds benefitting the district’s band program.

Gaines is the assistant professor of trumpet and jazz at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He directs the Jazz Ensemble II and the New Music Ensemble, and teaches jazz history and brass techniques.

A native of Kentucky, Gaines has performed as a soloist throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals in Europe. His work goes beyond playing the trumpet into the realm of arranging and composition. An example is his trumpet ensemble work, “Fanfare and Images,” can be heard on the CD Passages on the Centaur label by his former teacher, Dr. Michael Tunnell.

Gaines has a bachelor of music degree from the University of Louisville and master of music and doctor of arts degrees from Ball State University. In addition to being a past member of the faculties of the Community College of Philadelphia, Montgomery County Community College, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania and Indiana Wesleyan University, Gaines has taught for the UW-Green Bay Summer Music Camps and the Milestones Jazz Camp in Pennsylvania.

Tickets cost $10 each. Contact a band director at the high school or North Middle School to request tickets.

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