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 and area professional jazz musicians for 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.
The concert will be held at General McLane High School in Edinboro. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students, children under 12 free.
Featured will be high school bands from Meadville, Conneaut Are, Harbor Creek, McDowell and General McLane. Special guests will be gujitar wizard Frank Singer with the Misery Bay Big Band.
The 2014 JazzErie Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school student during the concert.,
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! Sponsors are JazzErie and the General McLane Band Boosters.
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