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Guest Artist Series

The purpose of the guest artist series is to provide opportunities for the students at SMSU to interact with and learn from professional musicians from throughout the country.  In addition, area schools benefit from clinics with these artists and the citizens of Southwest Minnesota have the opportunity to see these artists in free performances.

2018/2019 Guest Artists

Denis DiBlasio, Baritone Sax/Flute

picture of Denis DiBlasio

International clinician and performer, Denis DiBlasio, is a baritone saxophonists, flautist, educator, composer, and arranger.   DiBlasio previously played with Maynard Ferguson for many years and currently serves as the Executive Director of The Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz and is the Director of Jazz and Composition at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.  He travels the world performing and running personalized clinics with people of all ages.  His inspirational connection with young musicians is what makes a DiBlasio clinic so special.

Denis endorses flutes and saxophones by Yamaha along with Vandoren mouthpieces and reeds.

Monday, March 25, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.  Venue to be finalized soon
Tuesday, March 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.   Venue to be finalized soon

Performances are Free and Open to the Public.  For more information, call Dr. John Ginocchio at (507) 537-7209, or the Music Program at (507) 537-7103.


Previous Guest Artists

Mr. Eduardo Tami, 2017              Dakota Jazz Collective, 2017

TamiTango.jpg               Dakota Jazz Collective

Mr. Rob Dixon, 2017                   34th Infantry Division Band, 2017
Tenor/Soprano Sax

Rob Dixon on Soprano sax                   Red Bull Band picture


Mr. Mike Clark, 2016            Dr. Tristan Eggener, 2016     Mr. Larry McWilliams, 2016
Jazz Drum Set                     Tuba                                      Trumpet

pic of Mike Clark         pic of Tristan Eggener                McWilliams on trumpet


Mr. Conrad Herwig, 2015      Dr. James Ackey, 2015      Mr. Carl Choi, 2015
Jazz Trombone                      Trumpet                              Conductor

picture of Conrad Herwig    Picture of James Ackey     Picture of Carl Choi


Bill Prince, 2014                            Trent Lockhart, Airman First Class, 2014
Jazz Multi-instrumentalist              Bass Trombone

Bill Prince multi-instrumentalist 2015                  picture of Trent Lockhart


Mr. Antonio Hart, 2013                    Dr. James Borowski, 2013
Jazz Alto Sax                                   Bass Trombone

Picture of Antonio Hart                     Picture of James Borowski


Mr. Michael Philip Mossman, 2012       Mr. Eric Starr, 2012
Jazz trumpet/trombone                         Trombone
 picture of Michael Phillip Mossman                       picture of Eric Starr 


Mr. Rodney Whitaker, 2011           Dr. Daniel McCloud, 2011
Jazz Bass                                        Percussion

picture of Rodney Whitaker                 picture of Daniel McCloud


Mr. Dennis Wilson, 2010    Mr. Ryan Fraley, 2010     Dr. Matthew Murdock, 2010
Jazz Trombone                   Composer                        Jazz Trumpet

Picture of Dennis Wilson               Picture of Ryan Fraley            Picture of Matt Murdock


Mr. Jim Snidero, 2009
Jazz Alto Sax

Picture of Jim Snidero


Dr. Michael Flack, 2008                 Dr. Christian Zembower, 2008
Jazz Piano                                      Conductor

Picture of Michael Flack                    Picture of Christian Zembower


Mr. Larry McWilliams, 2007        Dr. Anthony Pursell, 2007
Jazz Trumpet                               Conductor 

  Picture of Larry McWilliams                  Picture of Anthony Pursell


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