The University of Northern Colorado's Jazz Lab Band 1 and Jazz Faculty Quartet will travel to China to give concerts at prestigious venues May 13-27.
Through a coordinated effort by graduate student Chang Su, a Jazz Studies major, and China's Poly Group, which encourages cross-culture and business ventures, the group secured performances at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Ten graduate students and nine undergraduate students will make the trip along with faculty members Dana Landry (piano), who also serves as the director of Jazz Studies, Jim White (drums), Erik Applegate (bass) and Steve Kovalcheck (guitar).
When not performing, some members of the group will present clinics at conservatories. Time has been set aside for sightseeing, with plans to visit downtown Beijing, the Forbidden City and a Temple of Confucius.