Music & Events
JAZZERIE'S NEXT GENERATION CONCERT
May 21, 6:30 p.m. at General McLane High School, Edinboro
JazzErie's 2014 edition of the Next Generation Concert will bring together area high school jazz bands, area professional jazz musicians, and special guestsfor a great evening of music, inspiration and fun. Event coordinator John Marszalek is still working out the details, but history tells us that it will again be a stunner. Remember last year's exciting concert, with JazzErie Scholarship winner Tim Tuglio and guest star Bruce Johnstone, accompanied by the Misery Bay Big Band, wowing the crowd? The tune was "Stay Loose With Bruce," one of Bruce's solo vehicles with the Maynard Ferguson Band.
More surprises this year! The concert will be held at Gen. McLane High School in Edinboro. Admission at the door is just $7, free for participating musicians and students..
This will be event coordinator John Marszalek's last year at Gen. McLane. He is retiring in June. His tenure at McLane has been an enormously productive one. Following is a brief history and appreciation written by JazzErie past president Ted Ely.
Area educator, musician, organizer and JazzErie Board member John Marszalek has announced his retirement from his post as Band Director at General McLane High School in Edinboro at the end of the current school year.
John was born in McKeesport, PA in 1954. He went to high school at Bishop Boyle Catholic High in Homestead, PA. His father worked in the steel mills in Pittsburgh.
Amazingly, John got a job at General McLane right out of college as band director. He has been band director and has held other teaching posts ever since for a total of 39 years. His wife taught 4th grade in Edinbotro. John and his wife have 3 daughters, all of whom play a musical instrument.
John is currently the co-chair of the Education Committee along with Chuck Lute and is a valuable member of the Board of JazzErie. John is also a member of the Misery Bay Big Band with his wife. John is modest about his accomplishments and only admits to having “a great run of it.” He and his wife plan to travel after his retirement becomes official in June.
March 30, 2014