February 27, 2012 — Stowe, OH — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology, officially kicked off its 50th Anniversary Year in the U.S. with a special gala event held January 19, 2012, during the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. Among the featured all-star cast of performers at the event was legendary trumpeter/pianist/composer Arturo Sandoval. In commemoration of the event, Sandoval has decided to donate his performance honorarium to the Young Musicians’ Camp at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, creating the Arturo Sandoval/Audio-Technica Scholarship for the Young Musicians’ Camp. The funds will support three students as they study in the program.
Greg Pinto, Audio-Technica U.S. Vice President of Marketing and Consumer Sales, stated, “It was thrilling to have Arturo Sandoval perform at our anniversary celebration in Anaheim marking ’50 Years of Passionate Listening,’ and it is a special honor that he is donating these funds to music education, a cause that is very near to the hearts of the A-T family.”
Shelton G. Berg, Dean of the Frost School of Music, stated, “Arturo Sandoval is one of the greatest musicians of our time. His big heart extends through his instrument and beyond, as exemplified by this caring gift for music education.”
Sarah Neham Salz, director and co-founder of the Young Musicians’ Camp, added, “This wonderful gift by Mr. Sandoval will give these budding young jazz musicians an experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives. It will open doors for them and move them along their journey to becoming our next generation of great musicians.”
About Arturo Sandoval
Granted political asylum in July 1990 and US citizenship in 1999, Cuban-born Arturo Sandoval and his family now call Miami, Florida home. A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the World’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugel horn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. Arturo Sandoval has been awarded 4 GRAMMY Awards, 6 Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award. The latter for his composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country” starring Andy Garcia. He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has recently been seen by millions in the Grammy Awards performing with pop-phenomenon Justin Timberlake as well as on the Latin Billboard Awards with the gifted Alicia Keys, where he was awarded his 6th Billboard Awards for “Best Latin Jazz Album”.
About the Young Musicians’ Camp
The Young Musicians' Camp was established in the summer of 2000 at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at University of Miami. The camp is open to instrumentalists and vocalists ages 7-18. The mission of the Young Musicians’ Camp is to provide a musical experience of the highest quality to elementary through senior high school aged children, especially for those children who would not otherwise be exposed to this type of music education experience. Recognizing the unlimited potential of all children when nurtured in a rich environment, the camp strives to bring together children from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, and financial backgrounds to share in the joy of making music. http://www.youngmusicianscamp.com
About the Frost School of Music
The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded. With over 700 students and 100 faculty, it is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive in all of higher education. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2003 was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School. The mission of the Frost School of Music is to foster musical leadership by providing an innovative, relevant, and inspiring education; advance performance, creativity and scholarship; and enrich the world community with meaningful outreach and brilliant cultural offerings. http://www.music.miami.edu.
Celebrating 50 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry. For more information on the complete range of Audio-Technica products, contact Karen Emerson, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, OH 44224. Tel: (330) 686-2600
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