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Tony Hammond, Director of Bands, 406.238.7283, tony.hammond@rocky.edu

NYC jazz artist Pablo Masis coming to RMC March 14

Pablo Masis

BILLINGS, March 2, 2015 – New York City jazz artist Pablo Masis will be visiting the Rocky Mountain College campus on March 14, 2015, to work with students. Masterclass spots will be open to high school and college students from the Billings area who are studying music, with preference in the areas of brass and jazz. The public is cordially invited to attend the Brass/Jazz Masterclass, which will be held on March 14, 2015, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., in the Losekamp Auditorium on the RMC campus.

Masis is a 1997 graduate from Skyview High School in Billings, Mont. After graduation, he studied classical trumpet with Robert Levy and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans.

With a career of performances across the United States and Europe, Masis has performed with a variety of artists, including Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Gladys Knight, and the Temptations. Masis moved to New York City in 2009, and has become an active educator and freelancer.

In February 2015, Masis traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan, as a guest artist for Afghanistan’s only music school, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. During the school’s Winter Academy, Masis offered individual and group lessons in brass, taught jazz classes, and assisted in outreach efforts for the school.

"Pablo has been very generous in sharing his music and his knowledge with the students at RMC,” said RMC’s Director of Bands Tony Hammond. “He brings the big-city professional musician pedigree with the down-to-earth approach of someone who has roots in Montana, musically demanding while relatable personally. It will be a privilege for our students to work with him again, and we are happy to open up this event to the greater music community so that more may benefit.”

For more information, contact Tony Hammond at 406.238.7283 or via email at tony.hammond@rocky.edu .

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