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  • Celebrating the 40th birthday of the Capital University Jazz Studies Program - Founder, Ray Eubanks!

    Capital University's Conservatory of Music will present the 22nd annual Jazz & World Music Festival from April 11-April 26, 2016. This event features music student, faculty and guest ensemble concerts, both on campus and in the community, and world-class jazz artists in clinics, workshops, and in concert throughout the period. All events are free and open to the public unless marked otherwise. A full schedule follows below!

    Friday, April 15 is earmarked for the Jazz Ensemble Invitational which brings together middle and high school, collegiate and community jazz ensembles from within a multi-state region, and our own Capital ensembles for a friendly non-competitive atmosphere in an educationally emphasized setting. At 10 a.m. we will be rotating personnel through various Alumni Big Bands under the direction of Ray Eubanks, Vaughn Wiester, and Dr. Lou Fischer. Come join in the fun and help us acknowledge the Founder of our programs, Ray Eubanks...ONE MORE ONCE! If you are interested in performing in one of these ensembles, send an email directly to Dr. Lou Fischer, festival coordinator, at lfischer@capital.edu and let him know what your instrument is and what years you attended Capital! At 11am, enjoy the clinics delivered by many of your alumni friends, and stay for lunch on us!

    On Saturday, April 16 the President invites you to a very special "Invitation Only" Jazz Division 40th Anniversary Alumni Social at Mees Courtyard from 12noon-1pm. Lunch is on us, cash bar. Please note that we need to know if you plan to attend! RSVP here NO LATER than Wednesday, April 13. Sooner is better than later!

    Stay for the community celebration concert from 1pm-6pm featuring many of our present day ensembles as listed below. Bring your axe and plan to sit in if you like!

    Should you require housing while in Columbus, see the information posted at the bottom of this page.

    The 22nd Annual High School Invitational & 40th Anniversary Celebration Alumni performers, adjudicators and guest artists will include:


    Jazz Collective

    Featured Alumni Adjudicator Performing Artists

    • Matt Billingslea, Drums '01 - Nashville, TN
    • Tom Wolfe, Guitar '83 - Tuscaloosa, AL
    • Joey Skoch, Piano '14 - Chicago, IL
    • William Flynn, Guitar '10 - Wichita, KS
    • Ryan Hamilton, Trombone '03 & '14 - Columbus, OH
    • Larry Spencer, Trumpet - Dallas, TX
    • Wes Orr, Trumpet '65 - Columbus, OH
    • Monica Shriver, Saxophone '15 - Phoenix, AZ
    • Michael Shirtz, Vocals '01 - Sandusky, OH
    • David Wolbert, Bass '14 - Chicago, IL

    Additional Alumni Performing Artists

    • Danny Bauer – B.M. Jazz Studies ’14
    • Zach Compston – BM Jazz Studies ‘10/M.M. Percussion Indiana University ’12
    • Matt Ellis – BM Jazz Studies/MusEd minor ’80
    • Ben Huntoon – BM MusEd ’78
    • Keith Newton – B.M. Jazz Studies ’95
    • Will Strickler – BM Music Industry ’14
    • Lisa Webster – BA Commercial Music ’89

    Download the Artist Bios (PDF)
    Download an application today! (First-Come First-Served)
    Download the invitational schedule (PDF) 
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    All events are free and open to the public. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets, picnic baskets, non-alcoholic beverage coolers to the multiple concerts at the Reflections Fountain, in the center of Capital's campus!


    Capital Jazz & World Music Festival Campus Schedule:

    DAY LOCATION    TIME   PERFORMERS
    Monday, April 11 Huntington Recital Hall 7:30-10:00 p.m. Recitals: Rachel Spencer, trumpet; Jacob Campbell, piano; Marty Quinn, bass; Steven Jacobs, trumpet
    Tuesday, April 12 Huntington Recital Hall 8:00-10:00 p.m. Recitals: Kyle Gentile, percussion; Adam Hoffman, percussion
    Wednesday, April 13 Conservatory 009 11:00-11:50 a.m. Michael Shirtz Music Business Discussion
    Wednesday, April 13 Conservatory 009 12:00-12:50 p.m. Will Flynn Guitar Master Class
    Wednesday, April 13 Conservatory 140 (Crist Room) 2:00-2:50 p.m. Guest Artist Open Rehearsal with Big Band
    Wednesday, April 13 Huntington Recital Hall 8:00-9:30 p.m. Alumni Ensembles Concert
    Thursday, April 14 Conservatory 009 11:00-12:15 p.m. Tom Wolfe Guitar Master Class
    Thursday, April 14 Huntington Recital Hall 11:00-12:15 p.m. Michael Shirtz Vocal Master Class
    Thursday, April 14 Huntington Recital Hall 12:30-1:45 p.m. Monica Shriver Saxophone/Woodwind Master Class
    Thursday, April 14 Conservatory 140 (Crist Room) 2:00-3:00 p.m. Guest Artist Open Rehearsal with Big Band
    Thursday, April 14 Conservatory 140 (Crist Room) 3:30-4:45 p.m. David Wolbert Bass Master Class
    Thursday, April 14 Huntington Recital Hall 3:30-4:45 p.m. Larry Spencer Trumpet Master Class
    Thursday, April 14 Conservatory 009 3:30-4:45 p.m. Joey Skoch Piano Master Class
    Thursday, April 14 Conservatory 140 (Crist Room) 5:00-5:50 p.m. Matt Billingtslea Drum Master Class
    Thursday, April 14 Café Jazz at One Main Café 8:00-10:00 p.m. Alumni Jam
    Friday, April 15 Mees Hall & Huntington Recital Hall ALL DAY Invitational
    Friday, April 15 Mees Hall 10:00-10:50 a.m. Alumni Big Band
    Friday, April 15 Mees Hall 11:00-11:50 a.m. Larry Spencer Trumpet Clinic
    Friday, April 15 Conservatory 009 11:00-11:50 a.m. Matt Billingslea Drumset Clinic
    Friday, April 15 Conservatory 140 (Crist Room) 11:00-11:50 a.m. Monica Shriver Saxophone Clinic
    Friday, April 15 Conservatory 123 11:00-11:50 a.m. Joey Skoch Piano Clinic
    Friday, April 15 Conservatory 121 11:00-11:50 a.m. David Wolbert Bass Clinic
    Friday, April 15 Conservatory 201 11:00-11:50 a.m. Tom Wolfe & Will Flynn Guitar Clinic
    Friday, April 15 Conservatory 203 11:00-11:50 a.m. Michael Shirtz Jazz Vocal Clinic OR Music Industry: Beyond School...What's next?
    Friday, April 15 Huntington Recital Hall 11:00-11:50 a.m. Ryan Hamilton Trombone Clinic
    Saturday, April 16 Mees Courtyard 12:00-1:00 p.m. Alumni Picnic
    Saturday, April 16 Mees Lawn Stage 1:00-2:00 p.m. Big Band
    Saturday, April 16 Mees Courtyard Stage 2:00-2:30 p.m. Savoy Ensemble
    Saturday, April 16 Mees Lawn Stage 2:30-3:00 p.m. Jazz Percussion Ensemble
    Saturday, April 16 Mees Courtyard Stage 3:00-3:30 p.m. Vanguard
    Saturday, April 16 Mees Courtyard Stage 3:30-4:00 p.m. Jazz Consort
    Saturday, April 16 Mees Lawn Stage 4:00-4:30 p.m. conFUSION Band
    Saturday, April 16 Mees Courtyard Stage 4:30-5:00 p.m. MIDI Band
    Saturday, April 16 Mees Lawn Stage 5:00-6:00 p.m. The C.U.R.E.
    Monday, April 18 Bexley Library Auditorium 7:00-8:00 p.m. Spectrum: Capital Jazz Faculty
    Thursday, April 21 Reflections Fountain 3:30-4:15 p.m. Savoy
    Thursday, April 21 Reflections Fountain 5:00-5:45 p.m. World Music Ensemble
    Monday, April 25 Reflections Fountain 11:00-11:45 a.m. Vanguard Ensemble
    Monday, April 25 Reflections Fountain 12:00-12:45 p.m. Guitar Workshop
    Monday, April 25 Reflections Fountain 4:00-5:00 p.m. The C.U.R.E. (Capital University Rock Ensemble)
    Tuesday, April 26 Reflections Fountain 11:00-11:45 a.m. Jazz Guitar Ensemble
    Tuesday, April 26 Reflections Fountain 2:00-3:00 p.m. Capital University Big Band
    Tuesday, April 26 Reflections Fountain 3:45-4:45 p.m. conFUSION Band
    Tuesday, April 26 Reflections Fountain 5:00-5:45 p.m. Jazz Percussion Ensemble

    Hotels and Accommodations

    40th Anniversary Celebration Housing is now available to all attendees. First come-first served! If you are planning to attend the upcoming 40th Anniversary Celebration and need housing, we have made arrangements at a very reasonable rate for attendees. To book housing under the Capital University 40th Celebration of Jazz Studies block:

    Call the hotel directly to reserve your room by March 14.
    Hotel Name Country Inn & Suites Airport-East
    Hotel Address 6305 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43213
    Hotel Direct Reservation Line 800-322-8000
    Block Available Wednesday, April 13-Sunday, April 17
    Ask to book under the block for Capital University 40th Annual Jazz Attendees
    Deadline to reserve in the block is     March 14
    Rate $84+tax

    A Word About Our Sponsors

    Jazz & World Music Festival wouldn't be possible without the support of numerous corporations, local businesses and organizations. Support the businesses that sponsor the Jazz & World Music Festival!

    For more information, contact Dr. Lou Fischer at ljazzmanf@yahoo.com or 614-236-6285.