Students taking jazz to China

Friday, September 11, 2009

Matthew Prigge, St. Cloud, a saxophone player in the Jazz Combo

Matthew Prigge, St. Cloud, a saxophone player in the Jazz Combo.

Matthew Prigge, St. Cloud, a saxophone player in the Jazz Combo Alicia Eisenstadt, Sartell, a trumpet player in the Jazz Combo 

Six students from St. Cloud State University’s Jazz Combo will be bringing jazz to Chinese audiences as one of America's musical treasures, highlighting the musical fabric of our global society.

They're traveling Sept. 16-27 with Professor Terry Vermillion, percussion studies, to perform in China as part of an initiative to support a global university agenda and foster relationships with universities in other countries.

The students will relate their experiences throughout the trip with an online blog

The six music education majors in the Jazz Combo are representing St. Cloud State as part of an initiative led by President Earl H. Potter III to provide international experiences and global education for St. Cloud State students and to strengthen the university’s relationships with schools around the globe.

Participating are Melissa Henderson, St. Cloud, flute; Alicia Eisenstadt, Sartell, trumpet; Matthew Prigge, St. Cloud, saxophone; Daniel Sauer, Sauk Rapids, guitar; Kristen Christenson, Princeton, bass; and Daniel Andersen, Plymouth, drum set.

The group will be guests of Nankai University Binhai College in Tianjin.  While in China they’ll present several goodwill concerts and take in numerous educational and cultural events.

The combo also will present a slide show and discuss their trip during the Jazz Ensemble Concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Performing Arts Center Ruth Gant Recital Hall.

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