Frost School Jazz Students and Ensembles Earn DownBeat 36th Annual Student Music Awards

May 05, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL — Frost School of Music students were once again well represented in DownBeat magazine’s 36th Annual Student Music Awards, with 11 awards bestowed on ensembles, soloists, arrangers, composers and engineers.

Undergraduate outstanding performance group awards went to the Frost School’s Fusion/Funk Ensemble and Latin Funk Ensemble, both directed by Steve Rucker. Graduate winner awards went to vocal jazz ensemble Extensions directed by Lisanne Lyons, Frost Recording Ensemble directed by Gary Lindsay, and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra directed by Scott Flavin.

Tenor saxophonist Alex Weitz received the undergraduate college outstanding performance award in the jazz soloist category, while drummer Johnathan Hulett was declared the undergraduate college winner in the blues/pop/rock soloist category (Gary Keller and Steve Rucker, faculty mentors).

Composer Gene Knific earned the undergraduate college outstanding performance award for his original composition/orchestrated work for “Music for String Quartet and Jazz Quintet” (Chuck Bergeron, faculty mentor). Two of Gary Lindsay’s graduate arranging students earned outstanding performance awards in the jazz arrangement category: Jeremy Fox for “So Many Stars” and Javier Nero for “Little Sunflower.” Last but not least, Seth Hochberg was the undergraduate college winner in the Engineered Live Recording category (Paul Griffith, faculty mentor).

Congratulations to all DownBeat student award winners!

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DownBeat Magazine Selects 11 Frost School of Music students and ensembles for its 36th annual student awards