Jazz Ensemble to Perform with Michael P. Mossman

Kim Watkins, News Editor

The Guest Artist program has been a part of the Southwest Minnesota State University jazz ensemble and other performing groups for a number of years. This year is no different as guest trumpeter, Michael Philip Mossman, will grace the stage for two back-to-back performances with the SMSU Jazz Ensemble group.
Mossman will be performing with the ensemble in two performances held on the nights of March 26 and March 27. The March 26 performance will be held in the Estebo Performing Arts Center at Redwood Valley High School in Redwood Falls at 7:30 p.m. The March 27 performance will be held in the Marshall Middle School auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
Both concerts will feature their town’s high school jazz performers from Redwood Valley and Marshall, respectively.
Mossman will also hold a session for jazz band students at 3:30 p.m. before the March 26 performance.
At the age of eight, Mossman began playing the trumpet and used the radio for inspiration. He learned to read music in high school and went on to attend Oberlin College in Ohio where he would receive his sociology and orchestral trumpet degrees.
Mossman has performed with many groups, including his start with the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He has worked with Rutgers and Queens College in New York as a musician-educator. He has also worked with Latin musicians, Mario Bauz and Machito.
These concerts are free and open to the public. Other performances for the Jazz Ensemble group will be held on April 2 at the All-City Jazz Festival in the Marshall High School (SCCPA) and April 16 in the Fine Arts Theatre at SMSU.
For more information on this event, go to the SMSU Today website. For more information on Mossman, go to http://www.jazz.com/encyclopedia.