The first annual  Get JazzED High School Jazz Band Festival will take place on Sunday, April 8, 2018, 5:30 to 9:00 pm at The DoubleTree by Hilton, 701 Penn Street, Reading PA 19601 as part of the internationally acclaimed Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest.

Participation is limited to six school jazz bands which must be registered by the band director. There is no registration fee, but participation is on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.  Registration closes February 8, 2018.

This event is open to the public. Tickets will be sold on-site.

Festival Chair: Millie Eben| 610-334-4635 | info@GetJazzEDBerks.com

2018 Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, 701 Penn Street, Reading PA 19601

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MEET OUR 2018 FESTIVAL JUDGES!

Born in Lebanon, PA in 1952, TOM STROHMAN started playing piccolo at the age of six. Under the tutelage of his father, H. Herbert Strohman, Tom studied flute, saxophone and clarinet. He continued his studies at Lebanon Valley College with Frank Stachow, eventually graduating with a B.S. in Music Education. In addition to earning a MM. in Jazz Performance from Towson University, Tom has also studied with Joe Allard, Phil Woods, Walter Bishop, Jr., Adolphe Sandole, Charles DeLaney and John Oberbrunner. While in high school, Tom developed an interest in Jazz. As a member of the Lebanon Valley College Jazz Band, he was named Outstanding Musician at the Quinnipiac Intercollegiate Jazz Festival. As a freelance musician, Tom has performed for entertainers Patti Page, Al Martino, Sonny and Cher, Eddie Fisher, The Four Aces, Della Reese, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Vinton, Johnny Mathis, Jackie Evancho, Bob Newhart, and Clay Aiken. As a solo performer, he has had the pleasure of working with the following musicians: Bobby Rosengarten, Ira Sullivan, Buddy DeFranco, Al Grey, Steve Gilmore, Dave Stahl, David Schnitter, John Blake, Jonny Coles and John Von Ohlem. Tom was inducted into the Central PA Friends of Jazz Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Lebanon County Musicians’ Hall of Fame in 2013. He has also received the Lancaster-Lebanon Music Educators Association (LLMEA) Private Teacher Award in 2010 and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 7 Citation of Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015. Since 1974, Tom has been a member of Third Stream, one of Pennsylvania’s finest contemporary bands. In addition to releasing five recordings, the group has also performed in concert with Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine, Livingston Taylor, Jeff Beck, Deodato, Spyro Gyra, Vassar Clements and Phil Wilson. Tom is also Professor Emeritus of Music at Lebanon Valley College, where he continues teaching as an adjunct professor, directing the jazz ensemble and giving private lessons in saxophone and jazz studies. He resides in Lebanon, PA with his wife Sherie. For more information on Tom, visit his website at www.tomstrohman.com.

Pianist SKIP WILKINS has an active international career as a pianist, composer, workshop presenter, jazz choral director and educator. He is working on his thirteenth and fourteenth CD releases as a leader or co-leader and has performed with a host of international luminaries throughout his career. He performed often with Phil Woods, and is a featured soloist on Phil’s final big band release New Celebration. Wherever he has lived, he has performed with and collaborated with top stars whenever they came to town – Phil Woods, David Liebman, Plas Johnson, Mark Murphy, Clark Terry, David Sánchez, Stanley Turrentine, Bobby Watson, Bob Dorough, Conte Candoli and Peter Erskine, among so many others. Skip performs throughout Europe in a variety of ensembles, with regular tours to the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, Greece and France. Stateside, he lives at Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA, surrounded by the great jazz community there. Skip is Associate Professor of Music at Lafayette College, where he teaches music theory and jazz courses, and teaches jazz piano at Moravian College. Some of Skip’s CD releases include Trio WUH Live at Jazzinec (2014), Czech Dreams (2013), Father & Son – with his son Daniel (2012), After (2011), I Concentrate on You (2011), Frýdlant Nights (2010), and many more. A spring 2018 release and concert tour is planned for his recent project, Czech Wishes – recorded with his son Daniel in Prague in March 2016. In December in the U.S., he will record a new set of less well-known standards from the canon of great American songs with his son Daniel, paired with Tony Marino and Bill Goodwin. In January of 2018, he will record a new set of his original pieces, primarily in trio format, in Prague with his long-time collaborators Josef Fečo and Tomáš Hobzek. They will be joined by saxophonist Rostislav Fraš on various selections. Each summer since 2007, Skip has directed the jazz singers at the Karel Velebny Summer Jazz Workshop in Frýdlant, Czech Republic, has often led the Jazz Ateliér at the Summer Choral Workshop in Lomnice u Tišnova, and twice taught at the International Jazz Workshop, Kryoneri, Greece.  For more information on Skip, visit his website at skipwilkinsjazz.com.

PATRICK DORIAN
, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music, was a member of the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Music Department from 1987 through 2013. In 2010, he was awarded the highest faculty honor, the preeminent rank of Distinguished Professor of Music. He taught courses in jazz studies and film music and was the liaison to the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection. He is the author and reviewer of many professional journal articles, chapters in several books, and CD insert booklets.

Professor Dorian’s long-time experience as a concert band and jazz ensemble director make him a sought-after evaluator and adjudicator at many university and high school festivals, including the Clark Terry/University of New Hampshire Jazz Festival (for 19 years) and the University of Missouri at St. Louis Jazz Festival. He is an active guest conductor and co-conducted the 2016 Berks All Star Jazz Choir with jazz legend Bob Dorough. In academic year 2016-2017, he presented jazz pedagogy masterclasses for teachers and music education students at SUNY Fredonia, Bridgewater State College (MA), and the Penn State University School of Music. His biography is included in Trumpet Greats: A Biographical Dictionary by David R. Hickman et al. (2013). It outlines Professor Dorian’s accomplished teaching career, in addition to his performing and recording careers, especially as a long-time member of the big bands of NEA Jazz Masters Phil Woods and David Liebman. He has toured internationally, with performances at major jazz festivals, jazz clubs, and concert halls. He is the author of the comprehensive CD insert booklets for Phil Woods Works for Saxophone by the Celebration Sax Quartet; Live at the Deer Head Inn – Bob Dorough Trio & Special Guests; Sea Jam Blues; and Duets.

Professor Dorian performed on two Grammy-nominated CDs (Celebration!, Phil Woods & the COTA Festival Orchestra, 1997; Beyond the Line, David Liebman Big Band [DLBB] under the direction of Gunnar Mossblad, 2003). He also performed on the DLBB DVD and CD LIVE . . . As Always (2011), under the direction of Gunnar Mossblad (filmed and recorded in Denver). Recently released recordings include New Celebration by Phil Woods and the COTA Festival Orchestra, Tomorrow’s Expectations by the DLBB, and A Tribute to Wayne Shorter by the DLBB. He is a member of the Scranton Jazz Festival Big Band and has recently performed with Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, John Pizzarelli, the Four Freshmen, and the Temptations.

 In June 2007, Professor Dorian was presented with the Great Teacher Award by the ESU Alumni Association. In October 2007, he was inducted into the East Stroudsburg Area School District Music Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the Fred Waring Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts and the Community. Professor Dorian holds degrees from Northwestern University (MM Performance) and Ithaca College (BM Performance and Music Education) and taught instrumental music in public schools for 14 years.

 SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS – TEEN TOWN!

TEEN TOWN is a young, impressive fusion/jazz/funk trio out of central PA. These wildly talented teenage musicians breath a fresh and electric energy into the idea of fusion, proving that great music is ageless and timeless. The powerhouse trio is led by bassist Gabriel Severn (12), with Logan Bedard (15) on drums and Connor Rohrer (17) on keys. Despite their ages, they have a remarkable history of experience, with over 500 performances among them. The three phenoms met at the Central PA Friends of Jazz Camp in summer 2016 and started Teen Town later that year. 

Teen Town hit the ground running after their debut in May 2017 at the State College High School Jazz Festival. They’ve traveled throughout Pennsylvania with a packed schedule ever since, performing at the River City Blues Club, the Moravian College Summer Jazz Camp, the Lock Haven Jazz and Arts festival, and the Dauphin County Wine & Jazz Festival. They’ve opened for the Ben Wolfe Trio, the Dwayne Dolphin 4tet, the Original Drifters and the Tierney Sutton Band. Upcoming gigs include appearances at the River City Blues Club, TEDx Harrisburg, and opening for Grammy Award winner Paul Nelson. Teen Town will open for the headlining artist at the 2018 Boscov’s Berks Jazz Festival, and wil be the headliner at the Berks Jazz Fest’s Get JazzED High School Jazz Festival. The band has been invited to perform throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, and performances stateside and abroad are in the works for 2017 and 2018.  Follow Teen Town on FACEBOOK!