Ferguson and Rowan Univ. Partner to Form Jazz Institute

Ferguson and Rowan Univ. Partner to Form Jazz Institute

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Glassboro-Rowan University's Board of Trustees today approved the establishment of the Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz Studies at Rowan University.
Glassboro-Rowan University's Board of Trustees today approved the establishment of the Maynard
Ferguson Institute of Jazz Studies at Rowan University.

The Institute bears the name of trumpeter 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.

Ferguson has dedicated his life and career to promoting the art of jazz and believes the Institute will help
keep his legacy alive. Knowing of Ferguson's love of jazz education, Denis DiBlasio, director of Rowan's jazz
studies program, approached him with the idea of partnering with the university. DiBlasio, a noted baritone
saxophonist and educator in his own right, has had a long-standing personal and professional relationship
with Ferguson and served as his musical director from 1982 - 1987.

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-the creation, history, performance
practice and literature.

In addition, the Institute is 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 regional schools.

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