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Collin County Community College Sets Stage for Annual Jazz Festival


March 10, 2005 – Jazz fans can hear the cymbal splash, the trombone slide and the trumpet blast at the 13th annual Collin County Community College Jazz Festival.

The event is slated for Friday-Saturday, April 1-2 with performances starting at 8 p.m. at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. Performances will be in the John Anthony Theater and the Black Box Theater. Tickets for the shows will be available at the door for $8.

This year’s special guests will be Denis DiBlasio and Gregg Bissonette. Both will play each night. However, Friday night’s performance will be a full set with the Collin jazz faculty.

Bissonette, a drummer, has toured and recorded with the likes of Maynard Ferguson, The Buddy Rich Tribute Band, Don Henley, Toto and Carlos Santana.

DiBlasio is a former baritone and saxophonist for Maynard Ferguson, and he is currently the director of the Maynard Ferguson Jazz Institute and Jazz Lab Band at Rowan University in New Jersey.

Both guests also will host clinics during the day Saturday, April 2.

Other bands performing include the Collin County Community College Jaztet I band, who will showcase their more modern repertoire Friday, April 1, in the vein of Chick Corea, Dave Douglas and Wayne Shorter.

On Saturday night, the Texas Instruments Jazz Band and Collin County Community College Jazz Lab Band will perform more traditional pieces from the libraries of Thad Jones, Alan Baylock, Doc Severinsen and Count Basie.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, April 2, about 20 high school bands from around the Metroplex will perform and receiving ratings from judges.

Saturday clinics are $5 for non-festival goers and free for those who present the ticket stub from the Friday night performance.

For more information or to reserve tickets, e-mail Collin Music Professor Kris Berg at or call him at 972.881.5108.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.