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Date: February 11, 2005

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Woodwind Artist Chris Vadala to Play at Montgomery College Gala Concert
Performance on March 6 to Raise Funds for Student Music Scholarships

Renowned jazz and classical woodwind artist Chris Vadala will perform in a gala concert at Montgomery College on Sunday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m.  The concert will be held at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville.  Tickets cost $25 with proceeds going to the Montgomery College Music Department’s scholarship fund to help music students.

As an accomplished woodwind artist and educator, Chris Vadala plays all the saxophones, flutes, and clarinets.  He can be heard in numerous recordings, jingles, film and television scores, and his own debut solo cd, entitled “Out of the Shadows.” In addition to playing, Vadala regularly writes for a music magazine and has authored several publications.  

As a performer, Vadala played woodwinds and toured around the world with the Chuck Mangione Quartet.  With the group, Vadala received performing credits on five gold and two platinum albums, plus two Grammys, one Emmy, and one Golden Globe Award.  He has also performed and/or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and many more greats.

In his work with The Selmer Company, Vadala has traveled worldwide, performing with and conducting student and professional jazz ensembles, symphonic bands, and orchestras.  Within the past six years, he has appeared with over 200 groups across the nation and Canada, and has conducted many All-State, All-County and All-District Jazz Ensembles.  He has served three terms as President of the Maryland unit of the International Association of Jazz Educators, as well as a permanent member of its Executive Board as a college faculty representative.

Currently the director of jazz studies and a saxophone professor at the University of Maryland, Vadala graduated from the Eastman School of Music and Connecticut College.  He has taught studio woodwinds and conducted jazz ensembles at Montgomery College, Prince George’s Community College, and Hampton University.  In addition, he served as a past visiting professor of saxophone at the Eastman School of Music.

To purchase tickets for the Montgomery College Gala Concert featuring Chris Vadala, call the Montgomery College Parilla Performing Arts Center at 301-279-5301.  The box office is open Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards are accepted. 

For information about the Montgomery College Music Department, call 301-279-5209 or visit

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