Student Musicians Recognized at the 2010 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival

Wednesday, February 24 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – More than 50 college vocal and instrumental groups, combos and soloists from throughout the Northwest performed at the first day of the 2010 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho.

The musicians performed for adjudicators, who provided feedback and critical evaluation of the groups’ performance. Based on their musical execution, expression and presentation, groups and soloists were selected to receive Adjudicator’s Special Commendation recognition. They also received awards and prizes from festival sponsors.

The student groups and individuals selected to receive the Adjudicator’s Special Commendation were:

University of Idaho combo IV, Vern Sielert, director

Pullman, Wash.

Washington State University vocal ensemble, Kathleen Hollingsworth, director; Patrick Sheng, creative instrumental composition, Washington State University

Spokane, Wash.
Whitworth University instrumental ensemble, Dan Keberle

Adjudicators also selected vocal and instrumental soloists to perform for the public at Hamp’s Club, a jazz club-like setting at Gambino’s restaurant in Moscow, following the festival’s Wednesday evening concert.

The student soloists selected to perform at Hamp’s Club were:

Coeur d’Alene
Angela Dredge, alto, North Idaho College

Harris Long, vocal bass, ArtsWest School


Kyle Gemberling, vocal bass, University of Idaho; Justin Horn, tenor, University of Idaho; Erik Bowen, piano, University of Idaho

Pullman, Wash.

Kylie Booher, soprano, Washington State University; Tanner Brown, bass, Washington State University; Sarah Lincoln, tenor sax, Washington State University; Patrick Sheng, tenor sax, Washington State University

Spokane, Wash.
Misha Bigos, piano, Gonzaga University; Kurt Marcum, instrumental bass, Whitworth University; Noah Peller, instrumental bass, Whitworth University

For 43 years at the University of Idaho, the Lionel Hampton International 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. For more information, visit
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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