FSU's Department of Music to Present Jazz Faculty Ensemble in Concert

March 4, 2017

The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present Dr. Brent Weber, Tom Harrison, Jim Roderick and Gary Phillips in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU's Performing Arts Center. Weber will play the saxophone, Harrison, the piano, Roderick, the bass guitar and Phillips, the drums. The recital is free and open to the public.The quartet will play a variety of jazz standards and contemporary tunes from Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey and more.Experienced in multiple genres of music from classical to jazz, rock n' roll and beyond, Weber advocates versatility. His work with the contemporary jazz group Jake Mowrer Quartet featured him performing and recording throughout Northern Georgia. As a concert saxophonist, Weber is active with the North American Saxophone Alliance. Most recently, Weber was part of the 2012 Naxos release, "Street Song," featuring the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble. He is an assistant professor of music at FSU.Harrison has extensive performance experience in jazz and popular music as a multi-instrumentalist. With piano as the major focus, he has performed with Ray Brown, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, the Maryland Symphony, Rosana Eckert, John Fedchock, Eddie Gomez, Scott Wendholt, Curtis Johnson, Chris Vadala, Howard Burns, James Moore, Paul Scea, Gary Grainger, Paul Bollenback and more. Harrison has presented jazz clinics/concerts through the Cultural Events Series at FSU, Allegany College of Maryland and the Cumberland Jazz Society, of which he is a co-founder and president. He is an instructor of instrumental music in the Allegany County public school system and a lecturer in FSU's Department of Music.Roderick is retired as an instructor at FSU, where he taught jazz bass and jazz guitar, and as a teacher in the Allegany County public school system.Phillips' background covers a wide range of the percussion field. In the early years of his career, he focused on marching percussion, instructing and arranging for a top-10 DCI Drum Corps as well as several major university marching bands. Additionally, he has performed extensively as a jazz and commercial percussionist in small jazz and rock ensembles as well as in big bands. Phillips specializes in the xylophone music of West Africa and has made two research trips to the Republic of Guinea and Bamako, Mali, to study the balaphone music of the Malinke people. He is a lecturer in FSU's Department of Music.For more information, contact FSU's Department of Music at 301-687-4109 or visit www.frostburg.edu/concerts. Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.