DATE:  March 4, 2004
CONTACT: Dr. Jim Rennier, Music Department Chair, (361) 825-5523; Jorge A. Ramirez, Assistant Vice President for Communications, (361) 825-2427

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WHO:           Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Jazz Ensemble and guest artist Tony Campise 
WHAT:          Jazz Concert  
WHEN:         Saturday, March 6 at 4:30 p.m.       
WHERE:       Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Warren Theatre
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Island Jazz Festival to Feature Performance by International Artist Tony Campise
The first Island Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, March 6 at the Warren Theatre on campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public. 

High school jazz groups will compete before a panel of visiting jazz artists and educators. Schools from Corpus Christi, Laredo and Weslaco will participate in full jazz band and jazz combo categories. 

The Festival will feature a concert by guest artist Tony Campise with the A&M-Corpus Christi Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Eddie Olivares. Campise is an international artist who has performed on saxophone and flute world-wide with jazz great Stan Kenton. Campise’s rhythm section at the Festival will include local jazz musicians Kevin Hill and Paul Bowman, plus Vince Genova, a newly appointed member of the A&M-Corpus Christi music faculty.

Prior to the concert, four $500 scholarships to the University will be awarded to the top high school student in improvisation, reed, brass and rhythm section performance.