WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014
Mt. SAC Ensembles Win Big at Reno Jazz Fest
WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College’s Jazz Ensemble and vocal jazz group Frontline each won first place in their respective divisions at the 52nd Annual Reno Jazz Festival held April 10-12 at the University of Nevada.
This year’s wins mark the first time Frontline has taken first place at the festival while the Mt. SAC Jazz Ensemble has won the college division at the festival four of the last five years. Frontline competed against 12 ensembles from community colleges and universities, including Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Sacramento. The jazz band competed against 16 university and two-year college bands.
Mt. SAC’s Tama Shutts (Upland) won the Outstanding College Vocal Musician Award at the festival. His renditions of Burt Bacharach’s “Wives and Lovers” and Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Shining Star” earned rave reviews at the competition.
The festival provides a platform for college competition as well as participation in music workshops and concerts highlighted by performances by the some of the legends of jazz.
Professor Bill McIntosh directs Frontline, and professor Jeff Ellwood directs the Mt. SAC Jazz Ensemble.
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