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Trumpeter to play in Indiana

on April 15, 2014 10:50 AM

The Indiana Area School District Jazz Artist in Residence program featuring Benny Benack III, a jazz trumpeter/singer from Pittsburgh, is taking place through Wednesday, culminating with a concert open to the public at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students/seniors.

Benack has gained a reputation for being an incredibly versatile, fiery improviser who lends superb technique and musicality to any setting. He has won every major jazz trumpet competition he has entered, including the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Soloist Competition (2011); International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition (2011); and the National Trumpet Competition – Jazz Division (2012).

Benack was a member of the Gibson-Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble in 2008 and 2009, performing alongside Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard and Christian Scott, among others. Benack played in the Vail Jazz Festival in the summer of 2008 as a member of the prestigious Vail Jazz Workshop. He also performed during the Telluride Jazz Festival in the summer of 2009 as a member of the Telluride Jazz All- Stars.

Benack is a 2009 Silver Award Winner of NFAA/ Young Arts, which took him to Miami and New York City.

In the spring of 2009 he participated in the Jazz Band of America and the Pennsylvania All-State Jazz Band. In the summer of 2009, Benack toured with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, who performed with Wynton Marsalis at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

In the Aug. 1, 2011, issue of “Jet Magazine,” Benack was featured on Wynton Marsalis’ list of the “Next Generation of Jazz Greats.”

While living in New York City, he has had the opportunity to perform at some of the finest jazz clubs including The Blue Note, Birdland, The Bar Next Door, The Iridium, The Jazz Gallery, The 55 Bar, Small’s and The Garage, and he frequently leads his band playing at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

Benack is in his graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music on a full tuition scholarship for jazz performance. He is also an accomplished pianist and singer, having sung and performed with his father’s big band from the age of 9.

Benack will bring his unique brand of jazz trumpeting, crooning and scat singing to the stages of the Indiana Area School District through this residency, which will emphasize the cultural, historical and social importance of jazz, a uniquely American art form.

During his stay, Benack will be doing clinics and workshops with students in the areas of jazz history, jazz improvisation and the performance lifestyle, etc. Benack will also be performing with the IASD Jazz Ensembles including the Junior High Jazz Ensemble, Senior High Jazz Ensemble II and Senior High Jazz Ensemble I.

Benack will also be performing assemblies at the junior high for both elementary and junior high students.

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