JazzPA Announces Partnership with Columbia Gas

JazzPA is thrilled to announce its sponsor partnership with Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania to present The Columbia Gas 2008 Summer Jazz Celebration on Saturday, July 26th in Downtown Bellefonte, PA. As lead sponsor for the Bellefonte event, Columbia Gas will fund all expenses for activities occurring throughout the day in the histom malonetoric Garman Opera House Theatre, including the evening concert featuring trombonist Tom Malone, best known for his work in the original Saturday Night Live band, as an original Blues Brother and, currently, each weeknight on The Late Show with David Letterman in the NBC Orchestra with Paul Schaffer.

byron stripling Also featured at the Garman's evening concert is Byron Stripling on trumpet and flugelhorn, known all over the U.S. for his work with pops orchestras, including the New York and Boston Pops, as well as his tenures with Wynton Marsalis's Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra and Dizzy Gillespie's band. Mr. Stripling is now the Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Columbus (OH) Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Malone and Mr. Stripling will also present a one-hour master class Saturday morning at the Garman to share their wealth of knowledge with festival attendees and local high school students performing during the day. The full line-up of the day's performers and performances will be announced in late April. Visit for more program information, directions and local accommodations.

"Columbia Gas is only as strong as the communities that we serve, and that's why we continue to make investments in the places we call home, " said Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania president Terrence J. Murphy. "The Columbia Gas 2008 Summer Jazz Celebration is one more example of our commitment to the region." JazzPA is grateful to have the extensive support and sponsorship of Columbia Gas toward reaching its vision to be a leading jazz and jazz education organization in Central Pennsylvania.

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