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The Jazz Education Network
Invites FTC Jazz Guitar Ensemble To Perform
at International Conference in Dallas, Texas

FTC Guitar in Dallas, TX

Five Towns College is proud to announce that the FTC Jazz Guitar Ensemble has been selected to perform at the prestigious Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in Dallas, Texas from January 3-6, 2018.

This professional-level group is comprised of FTC students, including Brandon Nichol, William Ruggiero, Hee Soo Chae, Kyle Young, Alex Vietheer, and Marcos Garcia. They are led by Professor Peter Rogine and Dr. Steve Briody. These esteemed faculty also direct and create arrangements for this outstanding group.

Professor Steve Briody who is also the Director of Instrumental Music, reported, “Thousands of college ensembles from around the world submitted audio recordings to audition for a limited number of performance slots. Although the odds were very slim, FTC received the invitation—we are both thrilled and honored!”

The JEN Conference hosts thousands of people from around the globe, and consists of performances, workshops, research presentations, and industry symposiums. It is an awesome educational opportunity for the group and the College is proud to support them. The group has held vigorous rehearsals since August. Here are some of the members’ comments:

  • “I am honored, and have grown as a person and player through these rehearsals” – Alex Vietheer, Master’s student.
  • “It is such an honor to be representing Five Towns College . . .Professor Rogine has put a great deal of work into fine-tuning the details that make these pieces exceptional” – Kyle Young, Master’s student.

FTC wishes these exceptional young musicians the best of luck and commends the Music Division faculty for spearheading this wonderful initiative!!

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