LSU School of Music Welcomes Renowned Jazz Artist Bobby Shew on March 25

BATON ROUGE – Grammy-nominated jazz trumpet player Bobby Shew will join the LSU Jazz Studies program and faculty for the closing concert of the inaugural LSU Trumpet Festival on Saturday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the LSU Union Theatre.

The concert will feature Shew with the LSU Jazz Ensemble and Faculty Trio performing a variety of classics such as “Pressure Cooker,” “Blue Cellophane” and the jazz standard “Alone Together,” specially arranged for the occasion by LSU master’s jazz student Josh May.

“I am very honored to have Bobby Shew, one of the trumpet world’s [and my] greatest heroes, perform my music,” May said. “Getting the chance to meet these masters, let alone performing on the same stage with them, is what we musicians dream of!”

This is the first year of the LSU Trumpet Festival, which invites both collegiate and high school-level trumpet players to participate in solo competitions while being mentored by world-class performers and educators. Shew, an active supporter of music education as well as a prominent jazz trumpet player, will also give a masterclass during the festival alongside guest educators and LSU School of Music faculty members. The LSU Trumpet Festival runs Friday, March 24, to Saturday, March 25.

“Professor Vangjel and I are very excited to host Trumpet Festival here at LSU with three wonderful guest artists, high school student performers from around the region and college students from around the country,” said LSU School of Music Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies Brian Shaw. “We hope everyone will attend some or all of the exciting events on Friday and Saturday.”

Tickets to the Trumpet Festival and the Bobby Shew concert are now available at

More information about the LSU Jazz program is available at

About the LSU School of Music
As part of LSU’s College of Music and Dramatic Arts, the School of Music offers its students one of the nation’s most comprehensive music programs. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1931, the program includes approximately 70 faculty and staff members, 300 undergraduates, and 150 graduate students. Divisions include academic studies, bands, ensembles and conducting, instrumental, keyboard, music education and voice/opera.





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