About JazzErie


Allen Zurchernew officers and committee heads

New JazzErie's new president is music educator and saxophonist Allen Zurcher, Ph.D.

Zurcher, who teaches as both Mercyhurst and Gannon Universities, is a preeminent saxophone presence on Erie's jazz scene, both with his own groups and as music.  director and arranger with the Misery Bay Big Band.  He also provides lessons to private students.

With Dr. Scott Meier, director of Mercyhurst's instrumental jazz programs, Zurcher has carried out a successful project bringing jazz education to elementary and
middle school students in the Erie area.  Now in its fifth year, the program is funded by Gannon University's Schuster Foundation.

Steve TrohoskeSteve Trohoske takes the lead as Performance Committee chair.

Taking over as Chair of JazzErie's Performance Committee will be area musician, and talent magnet, bassist Steve Trohoske.  Trohoske has demonstrated his creativity and booking smarts by bringing many talented regional musicians into Erie performance venues, including fellow bassists Dwayne Dolphin, from Pittsburgh and local world star Tony Grey (at this year's Jazz Walk.)

The committee includes stalwarts Rob Hoff, best known to Erie jazz fans through his adventurous nightly radioshow on WQLN 91.3 FM, Romolo Chocolates owner (and bassist) Tony Stefanelli, no slouch in the talent booking department himself, and saxophonist Ken Gamble.

Rich Giardina will continue as Treasurer.

Rich is an engineer with Heatron here in Erie. He has been a Board Member for 5 years and Treasurer for 3 years.  Rich is a dedicated Jazz Fan and is the spark plug for many of the events for JazzErie.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HELPING OUT WITH JAZZERIE ACTIVITIES?  We have no office, but you can contact us at the addresses or numbers below:

Allen Zurcher, President  email: twofiveone@hotmail.com
Rob Hoff, Performance Committee Member   email: rhoff@mercyhurst.edu
Patricia Tellers, Membership Chair   email: ptellers33@gmail.com  
     Phone: 814/566-7482
Dick Thompson, Newsletter & Website   email: rwtqveta12191@hotmail.com
     Phone: 814/923-4101


August 22, 2013