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BIJQ’s performance earns 8th DownBeat Award in national competition

May 3, 2016

University of the Pacific's Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet for the eighth time since it was formed in 2000 has won top honors in a national jazz competition.

DownBeat magazine in its 39th annual Student Music Awards poll named the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet the best in the category that covers undergraduate college small jazz combos. The 2016 award is the eighth time in the Brubeck Institute's 15-year history that the group has been so honored. The 2014-15 Brubeck Fellows making up the winning group, included Lucas Bere, tenor sax, of Roseville; Joel Ross, vibraphone, of Chicago, Illinois; Sean Britt, guitar, of Hingham, Massachusetts; Sarah Kuo, bass, of San Gabriel; and Jalon Archie, drums, of Houston, Texas.

In addition to the group award, Archie was named best Jazz Soloist, Undergraduate College Winner, and Ross was named best Soloist in Undergraduate College Outstanding Performances.

"Over the past 15 years we have built a reputation of producing fine jazz musicians who work very hard under the tutelage of excellent jazz instructors and undergo a challenging performance schedule," said Simon Rowe, executive director of the Brubeck Institute. "We're seeing now - what with the string of DownBeat awards and the success of past-fellows as jazz artists - that the rigorous academic work and challenging performance schedule Brubeck Fellows undergo is working."

The Pacific musicians won the prize while competing against older musicians from established jazz programs at universities around the country. The results are announced in the magazine's June edition.

The fellowship program provides a high level of instruction, an arduous performance schedule, and mentoring by local and national jazz talents.

The CD of music used to win the honor is now available for sale by visiting the multimedia gallery on the Brubeck Institute's website

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