Rowan Board of Trustees to Cast Historic Vote for Jazz on Sept. 8

Rowan Board of Trustees to Cast Historic Vote for Jazz on Sept. 8

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Rowan University's Board of Trustees is set to officially vote on the establishment of the Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz Studies at Rowan Un
Rowan University's Board of Trustees is set to officially vote on the establishment of the
Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz Studies at Rowan University at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8 in Room 221 of the Student Center.
The Institute bears the name of Maynard Ferguson, one of the most noted performers, composers
and arrangers in jazz history. Perhaps less known, but equally important, is Ferguson?s
legendary ability and dedication as a jazz educator. The Institute is being created to foster and
promote that standard of excellence set by Ferguson in performance, composition and education.

Intended to inspire and challenge the serious jazz artist, the Institute will allow the student to
pursue a concentrated study of all aspects of this uniquely American art form--its creation,
history, performance practice and literature. Students will be held to the highest possible standard,
thereby preserving the legacy established by Maynard Ferguson.

In addition to passing on both the tradition and excitement of this craft to students, the Institute
is also expected to: establish future scholarships for talented students, provide funds to bring
visiting artists of international renown to the Rowan campus, commission new music from
student and professional jazz musicians from across the country, create an in-house
library/archive of jazz recordings and original compositions that is accessible to all Rowan
students and faculty; and support an overall educational outreach effort that includes jazz
residencies at schools in the surrounding region.

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