Community Happenings

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Mike Tomaro, Duquesne University Jazz Special Guests at the Yough Jazz Weekend”
International jazz composer / arranger / clinician Mike Tomaro, and the Duquesne University Jazz Ensemble, will be the Special Guest Performers at this year’s  9th Annual Yough Jazz Weekend. This year’s Jazz Weekend will be held Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, at Yough High School in Herminie, PA. Both evenings of jazz start at 6:00 PM. All groups will be performing on Yough’s famous “Revolving Stage.”
Tomaro and the DU Jazz Ensemble will be performing Friday night along with Jazz Bands from Belle Vernon Area Middle School and High School, Franklin Regional Middle School, Penn Trafford High School, Norwin Middle School, Highlands Middle School, Yough Jazz ONE and Yough Jazz TWO, and the Yough High School Alumni Jazz Band.
Saturday night’s performers include Hempfield Area Spartan Jazz One and Two, Harrold Middle School, KIski Area Intermediate School, Greensburg Salem High School, Greater Latrobe High School, Washington & Jefferson College, Yough Jazz ONE and TWO, and the Yough Alumni Band. Admission $7 for adults and $5 for Senior Citizens and students. The popular Yough Jazz Weekend T-shirts will again be available for purchase, and the cafeteria will be open all evening, with an intermission each night.
Plan on joining us for 2 evenings of Great Jazz entertainment at the 9th Annual Yough Jazz Weekend!
Don Green, Contact Person
724 – 396 – 6798

On Saturday, April 18, the Les Brown Big Band Festival runs 11:00 am-5:00 pm at the Williams Valley High School, Route 209, Tower City, PA.   Bob Hope (impersonator) will m.c. the show throughout the day introducing and interacting with the Moonlighters Big Band of (, Letters From Home (an Andrew Sister tribute) and local high school bands. The festival ends at 5:30 pm.  Food vendors will be on site throughout the day. Admission is $9.00 per person; students, up through college, are free. Being a USO show, any veterans in military attire are also free.

Special festival guests are Les Brown Jr, Denise “Denny” Marsh, (Les Sr.’s daughter) and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (Les Sr.’s grandson and the co-creator of Disney Channel’s popular cartoon, Phineas & Ferb).

NEH Summer Institute for Teachers:  Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Song

June 29-July31, 2015; (

Songs are like time capsules, filled with messages from a moment in history.  They’re also fun to sing, making them an appealing and effective tool for the classroom.   The Center for American Music at the University of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Society for American Music (, is pleased to be offering its sixth five-week summer institute for K-12 teachers.  “Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Song” will be held from June 29 – July 31, 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh.  This Institute, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will allow 25 secondary school teachers and three graduate students who intend to pursue careers in education, to explore topics in American history through the lens of music.  A few of the comments from teachers who have attended previous Voices Across Time institutes:

“I don’t think there is a day that goes by when I don’t think of the five weeks [when] we shared a wonderful experience at the University of Pittsburgh. I know that working with all of you has made me a better teacher.”

“Voices Across Time demonstrated the appeal and power of interdisciplinary learning. The extensive curriculum developed by the Center for American Music is easily implemented at any level, with rich bibliographies to encourage further research.

“It was a wonderful experience.”

Each week during the Institute we will focus on a broad topic in American history, utilizing popular songs as primary source documents. Carefully selected field trips along with historical live performances will offer uniquely engaging evocations of an historical context.

We encourage participation especially from middle- and high-school teachers of social studies or related disciplines, including history, geography, and language arts; other grade levels and disciplines will also be considered, and music teachers are welcome. Additional information, along with application materials, is available at or email: (please indicate NEH Institute in the subject line).  More information about the NEH and its programs is available at