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Date: February 20, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Celebrate ‘An Evening of Jazz’ at Montgomery College
Faculty Concert to Raise Funds for Music Scholarships for Students

PHOTO EDITORS: For a high-resolution image of Alvin Trask, click on this link: Alvin_Trask.jpg

In honor of the music students at Montgomery College, the Jazz Studies Faculty will present “An Evening of Jazz,” a gala concert celebration to raise scholarship funds for music students, on Friday, March 10, at 8 p.m. The concert will take place at the College’s Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.  Tickets will not be sold for this concert, but there is a suggested donation of $10 for the music scholarship fund. 

The ensemble of jazz professors will be led by Professor Alvin Trask, trumpet and jazz coordinator at Montgomery College. He joined the Montgomery College faculty last year.  Before coming to Montgomery College, Professor Trask served as the chair of the performing arts department at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, where he taught music theory and conducted the school’s bands.   Professor Trask earned a bachelor of music in classical trumpet performance from Louisiana State University and a master of music from Howard University. 

The Montgomery College Music Department presents the Music Scholarship Gala Concert each year to raise funds for student scholarships.  The Montgomery College Music Department enjoys the distinguished reputation of being the only community college music program in the state of Maryland that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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