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Sax players featured in free concert

Feb 18, 2013 - From staff reports

Central Wyoming College's big band, Time's-A-Wastin', performs in concert Friday, Feb. 22, with several saxophonists demonstrating improvisational skills.

Headlining the concert is J. Scott Turpen, a University of Wyoming music professor who has performed both jazz and classical saxophone throughout the United States, Brazil, Canada and Europe. Also highlighted during the concert are some of Turpen's former students, CWC band director Jason Ogg and Riverton Middle School music teacher Zach Tolman, as well as Riverton High School standout Tom Amend.

The free 7:30 p.m. concert in the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre kicks off CWC's Saxophone Celebration, a clinic organized by CWC for middle and high school saxophone musicians the following day.

Ogg said he hopes that music patrons come to the concert to show clinic participants how the community supports the arts.

The saxophone clinic is new to CWC though Ogg plans to add it to the schedule annually to give saxophonists opportunities to work with experienced musicians. In addition to Turpen, UW's Blake McGee, an assistant professor of clarinet and music history, is also a clinician.

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