Michael Philip Mossman Sextet to headline GHS benefit concert

From left, GHS Wind Ensemble members Alex Baietto, Christian Izzi and Ben Robbins.

From left, GHS Wind Ensemble members Alex Baietto, Christian Izzi and Ben Robbins.

Grammy nominated afro-Latin jazz trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman and his sextet will headline this year’s Greenwich High School Band Benefit Concert on Sunday, Nov. 2, in the Greenwich High School auditorium, at 3 p.m.

“Mr. Mossman is not only a world class trumpeter, but he is also a composer, an arranger, and an important music educator; we are very excited about having his sextet join us at this year’s concert,” said John Yoon, director of the GHS band program.

The GHS Jazz Ensemble will open for Mr. Mossman’s band, playing tunes by Gerry Mulligan and Zoot Sims, and Sonny Rollins.

The Michael Philip Mossman Sextet featuring Lucas Pfeil on tenor sax, Christopher McBride on alto sax, Carlos Cuevas on piano, Vincent Murillo on bass, Jack Kilby on drums, and of course, Michael Philop Mossman on trumpet will play some of Mr. Mossman’s original compositions and a tune from Duke Ellington’s Latin American Suite — Oclupaca — which is Acapulco spelled backwards.

Following Mr. Mossman’s set, the GHS Concert and Symphony Bands will perform. The program will conclude with the GHS Wind Ensemble playing pieces by Dimitri Shostakovich, John Halvorsen, Maurice Ravel and Alfred Reed.

Mr. Mossman is not only a renowned trumpeter, but also an arranger, composer, a music professor and the director of graduate jazz studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.

Mr. Mossman has performed and recorded with his own groups and with bands led by a virtual who’s who of the music industry: Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Gerry Mulligan, to name a few. He is currently the lead trumpeter with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and is featured as lead trumpet and arranger on their Grammy winning album, Song for Chico.

Besides providing the Greenwich community with a great afternoon of professional and student music, proceeds from benefit concert will go toward scholarship funds for the band’s March 2015 trip to Washington, D.C.

“Our students will compete in a large and terrific music festival. About 1,500 students from high schools around the country participate in this competition and it’s a great opportunity for the GHS Band students to compare themselves musically with students from different parts of the country.” Said Mr. Yoon.

General admission tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door.

Refreshments will be available for sale before, during and after the concert.

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