Posting Date: October 3, 2011


KSU Faculty Jazz Combo to perform in Scholarship Series

New concert series will benefit scholarships for KSU music students

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Maxim Rubstov


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KENNESAW, Ga.—Kennesaw State’s School of Music is proud to present the inaugural season of the Scholarship Series. The series will feature performances from students, faculty and guest artists from around the globe. Ticket proceeds will directly support scholarships for music students.

“This is a remarkable series with something for everyone – from our talented jazz faculty to the principal flutist with the Russian National Orchestra to our School of Music Collage Concert and the incredible Boston Brass,” says Harry Price, director of the School of Music.  “It will be a great experience for those who attend and the ticket proceeds benefit the School of Music scholarships.”

The series begins on Friday, Oct. 14, with an evening of jazz performed by the KSU Faculty Jazz Combo. Directed by Sam Skelton, a prolific saxophonist who has recorded for artists such as Elton John, Matchbox 20, Edwin McCain and The Gap Band, the combo features guitarist and recording artist Trey Wright; bassist Marc Miller; trombonist Wes Funderburk; percussionist Justin Chesarek; and pianist and recording artist Tyrone Jackson.

Russian flutist, Maxim Rubstov will take the stage on Friday, Nov. 18. The principal flutist with the Russian National Orchestra, the youngest ever in the orchestra’s history, Rubstov has been described by Flute Talk magazine as “an amazing performer who commands the audience’s attention from the moment he walks on stage.” He is the founding member of Russian National Orchestra Wind Quintet, which explores jazz and other genres and won top honors at the 5th Annual Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.  His appearance at KSU is sponsored in part by The Brannen-Cooper Fund at Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Inc.

On Saturday, Jan. 21, concertgoers will sample a variety of genres and musical styles with the School of Music Collage Concert.  This unique concert features the School of Music's ensembles, including the brass, wind and chamber ensembles, and highlights the incredible talent and versatility of the music students and faculty.

The scholarship series will conclude on Thursday, March 1 with the Boston Brass. For more than two decades, this one-of-a-kind brass quintet has captivated audiences. From classical arrangements to jazz standards, Boston Brass performances have been described as “boisterous fun.” To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Boston Brass will premiere 25 fanfares by composers from around the world, including the winner of the KSU Brass Fanfare Composition Competition. The competition deadline is November 1, 2011.

All concerts will take place at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. Tickets for each performance are $15; $45 for the entire series. Discounts are available for KSU personnel, seniors, military, and groups. For more information about the concert series, contact the KSU box office online or at 770-423-6650. For information about the KSU Brass Fanfare Composition Competition, visit

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.


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