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Archives of the University of Notre Dame

SAXOPHONES David Taffany, alto Evan Williamson, alto James Weicher, tenor TRUMPETS Ryan Berndt Patrick Wood PeterVan TROMBONES Matt Merten James Papier Nicholas Werner SOUSAPHONE Kathleen Zadzora GUITAR Colleen Clark PERCUSSION Daniel Surrett Chris Urban

New Orleans brass bands evolved from the network of benevolent societies that sponsored funerals for indigent locals. After playing dirges at the cemetery and waiting for mourning relatives to depart, the hired players embarked onjubilant "second-line" pro­ cessions that drew dancing onlookers. Notre Dame's Brass Band (whose unacronymical initials are MOBB) was organized this school year by graduate student director Matt Merten, who arranges music forthe group. Much like the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Notre Dame's MOBB blends traditional NewOrleans brass music with the sounds of modern funk, rock, and hip hop.

Western Michigan University's award-winning JAZZ ORCHESTRA is directedby Dr. Scott Cowan. The 18-member ensemble has received international acclaim for its high performance standards and creative approach to big bandjazz. Recognitions include twice winners in the college big band catagory of the Down Beat Magazine annual DB student music awards, a heralded perform­ ance in New York City's Carnegie Hall, 22 consecutive Outstanding Band recognitions at the annual Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, and performances forthe International Association of Jazz Educators Conferences. The ensemble's CD's, Spritely Overdue (1996), Disposable Income (1997), Blue Miles (1998), Sweet Tango (1999), and Cosmosis in (2002) have received rave reviews from the United States to London, and are available on Sea Breeze Vista Recordings.

Matt Merten, Director

The WMU Octet is a high profile ensemble consisting of the strongestjazz studies majors at WMU. The ensemble repertoire is composed and or arranged by ensemble members.

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME BRASS BAND

WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Dr. Scott Cowan, Director

WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY COMBO

Aaron Kruziki-alto saxophone Karel vanBeekom-tenor saxophone Chris Beckstrom-tenor saxophone/baritone saxophone Chris Lawrence-tpt Shawn Bell-tbn Dave Izard-piano Aaron Tully-Bass Jon Wert-Drums

Doug Pierce-trumpet, graduate assistant

Dr. Scott Cowan, Director

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