CMU Trumpeter in All-Collegiate Jazz Band

Performed for recent MMEA conference

Wayne Brown, a sophomore trumpet player with the Central Methodist University Jazz Band, was selected to play in the All-Collegiate Jazz Band at the recent Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference.

Brown, a resident of O'Fallon, Mo., was one of 20 students selected from colleges and universities throughout Missouri to perform under the baton of Brad Leali, professor of jazz saxophone at the University of North Texas. Leali has played with the Harry Connick, Jr., Orchestra and the Count Basie Orchestra.

The All-Collegiate band played during the third general session of the MMEA's In-Service Workshop/Clinic, held in January at Tan-Tar-A resort at the Lake of the Ozarks.

In Brown's recommendation notes, Dr. Ron Shroyer, dean emeritus of CMU's Swinney Conservatory of Music, called him "one of the two best student high register players we have worked with in over 50 years of teaching."

Last fall, Brown was invited to audition for the All-Collegiate Jazz Band, along with three other CMU students, Derek Volkmann (senior from Franklin) on guitar, Ann Marie Pelley (junior from St. Peters) on piano, and Nicholas Welch (freshman from Lebanon) on trombone, a high honor for each.

All four made the first cut and were asked to send in CD recordings of themselves playing improvisation, a bossa nova, and a jazz funk or fusion selection. From that, Brown was selected by an MMEA-appointed panel to play with the All-Collegiate Jazz Band.

All four students play in the CMU Jazz Band. The jazz band, which is one of the most popular musical groups on campus, is co-directed by Dr. Ron Shroyer and Jo Ellen Ming Shroyer (CMU class of 1979).


Posted February 19, 2014