Steven Remington Named Executive Director of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Friday, August 20 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – Steven Remington has been named executive director of the University of Idaho's Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. He begins his post on Sept. 7.

Remington has 25 years of professional experience in festival and event management. In this role, he is responsible for developing vision and goals for future festivals; overseeing all educational aspects; strategically increasing festival funding and resources; building and maintaining relationships with donors; and directing promotion for the festival. He also is charged with planning, organizing and directing all financial functions of the festival.

"We are looking forward to the combination of Steve Remington’s business and festival organizational skills with John Clayton’s artistic talents," said Katherine Aiken, dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, the administrator who oversees the Jazz Festival.

He currently is president of See Development, an event production, consulting and training organization in Eugene, Ore., where his contracts included the Tempe Festival of the Arts, the Oregon Truffle Festival and Earth Day Oregon. Previously, he served as assistant director of special events at the University of Oregon; president and managing director of Downtown Events Management in Eugene, Ore.; executive director of the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation in Minnesota; executive director of da Vinci Days in Corvallis, Ore.; and special events coordinator for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Ore. Remington also is one of three cofounders of the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival – the largest blues festival on the west coast.

"To be able to combine my background in music with over two decades of community building through large-scale civic celebrations is a dream come true," said Remington. "When I learned there was an opportunity to make a contribution to this wonderful tradition in jazz education, I was pretty excited. It's rare when the elements of the job and promise of the community combine to offer so much."

A lifelong musician, he began playing the trumpet at an early age. He picked up the guitar in 1973 and played professionally in clubs as part of a trio for eight years. An avid jazz fan, he currently is studying jazz and swing mandolin.

Cami McClure, who held the role in an interim capacity since 2006, will continue with the festival as operations manager.

Since 1967, the University of Idaho's Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival has brought jazz masters together with elementary, junior high, high school and college students to share and celebrate this truly American art form. It has featured hundreds of musicians from around the world, including China, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Peru, as well as students from Canada, Japan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan. The 2011 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival will take place Feb. 23-26. For more information, visit
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. The university is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For information, visit

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit