Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thomas Mullins Accepted into A-JAM Program for 2014/2015!

A-JAM auditions were held last week. And--drumroll please--trombonist Thomas Mullins was accepted into the program for 2014/2015. He was accepted as a trombonist, but is also a competent classical guitarist. His home campus is Northwest Vista College, but he also studies trombone performance with Dr. Armin Marmolejo at Palo Alto College.

Thomas Mullins' debut performance as an A-JAM member will be next Monday 12/1 at 11 AM in Recital Hall 107 of the Palmetto Center for the Arts at Northwest Vista College. The performance is part of an end-of-year student recital. Dr. Aaron Prado, a new full-time teaching fellow in music at Vista, will accompany Thomas on piano. They will perform two jazz selections ("Blue Bossa" by Kenny Dorham [1963] and "If I Should Lose You" by Ralph Rainer and Leo Robin [1936]). 

Join us as we congratulate Thomas, welcome him into the A-JAM family, and wish him a fruitful and exciting year! 

Since its inception, A-JAM has worked to enable an outstanding Alamo College student and a member of our distinguished applied faculty in jazz to participate in a prestigious annual international jazz meeting, to be held this year in Lisbon, Portugal.

The intercollegiate intercultural A-JAM program is open--by audition--to students from any of San Antonio's five Alamo Colleges and Trinity University. Auditions are held each November. During the spring semester, the A-JAM combo performs locally and is coached by regional professionals and visiting artists. One grand prize recipient is invited to the annual meeting of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) in late June or early July, where s/he performs with fellow students from all over the world for one intensive week. The meetings are hosted by a different school each year. Singer Jeané Gaines, Northwest Vista College, participated in the IASJ meeting in São Paulo, Brazil in 2011 as the first A-JAM grand prize winner.

Thanks to all who participated in this year's auditions. If you didn't make it this time around, listen, practice, stay tuned, and audition again in November 2015. It could be YOU next year...

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