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The Cal U Big Band featuring Jim Sheppard

Cal U Big Band performing in Morgan Hall. The Cal U Big Band is one of the most energetic and entertaining ensembles on campus. The Big Band performs a wide variety of jazz music, ranging from the swing era of Duke Ellington and Count Basie to more contemporary compositions from the modern era. 

The group includes the traditional instrumentation of saxophones, trombones, trumpets and a rhythm section. For its appearance at the 2013 Cal U Jazz Festival, the Big Band will feature guest artist Jim Sheppard on tenor saxophone

The Cal U Big Band is under the direction of Dr. Marty Sharer. 

The Cal U “Trane” and “Bird” Bebop Quintets

The focus of these groups is primarily improvisation, with talented student musicians performing the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and other well-known composers. 

The Cal U Bebop combos are under the direction of Dr. Marty Sharer. 

Cal U Bebop Quintet performing in Morgan Hall.

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Tickets will be available at Cal U on the day of the festival; no advance ticket sales are planned. Members of the campus community will be admitted free with a valid CalCard.

Parking is included in the ticket price, and food can be purchased on campus.

Less than an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh, California University is easy to reach via major highways and Toll Route 43. 

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