Monday, November 30, 2009
1) You must bring an original copy of the music with you (not a photocopy). If you are unsure of whether or not you have this, please see Mr. Shaw. The original copy will be given to the judge on Saturday. It must also have every measure numbered.
2) Your piece (or pieces if you're playing more than one) must add up to at least 1 1/2 minutes. You must time yourself to make sure of this. If you are under the time minimum, you'll be disqualified from receiving a rating.
3) Make sure you figure out your travel arrangements in advance. It takes about 45 minutes to get to Scranton MS, and you'll want to arrive about 3o minutes before your scheduled performance time.
4) Dress nicely--jeans and tennis shoes are not acceptable for this festival.
5) When you arrive at the school, go to the information table and find out where your warm-up room is. Once there, check in with the warm-up room judge. They'll help you know when it's time to play.
6) You need to meet with Mr. Shaw twice this week to make sure you are ready to perform. You should also play the piece for your family and friends. The more you perform, the less nervous you'll be.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Shaw at (248) 837-8319.
Here are directions to the site:
Directions to Scranton MS
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Here is Kris's bio:
"A native of Detroit, MI, Kris’s education began with Damien Crutcher’s music program at Southfield-Lathrup High School (2001), Harold McKinney’s jazz workshop, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Marcus Belgrave. The trumpeter, composer, arranger, and educator has a diverse musical background, and holds a Master’s (2007) and Bachelor’s (2005) degree in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University.
Kris has performed with many jazz greats including Tony Bennett, Patti Austin, Wess Anderson, Wycliffe Gordon, Jon Hendricks, Monty Alexander, Rodney Whitaker & the MSU Professors of Jazz, and many others. PBS viewers may have seen Kris in the documentary “Inside Jazz: Everybody’s Welcome,” where Kris was a featured soloist in a master class with jazz great Wynton Marsalis.
Currently Kris is proud to be touring with the world famous Count Basie Orchestra.
Kris has performed at the Idlewild, Lansing, and East Lansing Jazz Festivals. He also performed with the Marcus Belgrave Trumpet Summit at the 2003 Detroit Ford International Jazz Festival, and with the Gerald Wilson Orchestra at the 2005, 2006, and 2007 Detroit Jazz Festivals. Kris was also a member of the Jonathon Dixon Quintet, which won the Heineken Star Quest Jazz Competition and performed at the Detroit Jazz Fest in 2005.
Kris recently received first place in the 8th Annual Great American Song Contest (instrumental category) for his composition “My Apologies.” “My Apologies” and several of his other compositions are featured on his first CD release, “Exodus” (2008). His writing can also be heard on the track “My Favorite Things,” from Yolanda Adams’s 2007 release, “What a Wonderful Day,” on which he played trumpet and arranged the horns. Kris has also composed a jazz oratorio "Jim Crow's Tears" which is influenced by the history of minstrelsy and blackface. In July of 2008 Kris will premiere "Un Voyage dans les Rêves", a piece commissioned by the Arts League of Michigan in Detroit.
Kris served as the Assistant Director of Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Ensembles from 2005 - 2008. This job entailed directing weekly rehearsals with the Civic Jazz Band II and writing custom arrangements for the Civic Jazz Orchestra and Civic Jazz Band II. While pursuing his Master’s Degree at Michigan State, Kris served as a Graduate Assistant teaching Beginning Jazz Improvisation I & II, and conducting the MSU Jazz Octet III.
Kris is also a prominent private instructor who consistently produces high quality students. Many of his students have received scholarships to music programs and colleges including Manhattan School of Music, Michigan State University, Interlochen Fine Arts Academy & Camp, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop.