trent austin with trumpet

Guest clinician and artist Trent Austin

Feb. 5, 2024–The Missouri Western School of Fine Arts will host the 17th annual Jazz Festival, featuring Trent Austin on trumpet, on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. The festival is open to the public and admission is free.

Nineteen school groups will perform in Fulkerson Center and Blum Union room 219 throughout the day. 

Bob Long, MWSU Director of Jazz Studies, said the primary focus and commitment of this festival is making this an educational and musical experience for students and directors alike. 

Clinicians for this year are Larry Green, Columbia; Dr. Bill Richardson, Northwest Missouri State University; Wayne Page, Waukee, IA schools; and Kathleen Holeman, Vocal Jazz and Piano, Missouri Western.

Trumpet artist, educator and entrepreneur Trent Austin will present clinics at noon and 6:15 in the Fulkerson Center, which will be open to the public. Austin has performed with a lengthy list of music’s Who’s Who, including Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Jack Jones, and many more. For eleven years, Austin was a featured trumpet soloist with the famed Artie Shaw Orchestra. 

The festival will conclude with a short concert in the Fulkerson Center by the Missouri Western Jazz Ensemble featuring Austin.

–News release written by Patty Lashbrook, sophomore convergent journalism and public relations major

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