Byron Stripling to hold Master Class

January 6, 2009

Trumpet player Byron Stripling, who is performing with the Fox Valley Symphony on Jan. 31, will hold a free Master Class on Friday, Jan. 30 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 163 at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music.

Stripling, who frequently performs as a soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, will share tips on how to have a successful career in music. Stripling believes that through practicing, listening and creative emulation musicians can be successful. With passion, love and a touch of humor, Stripling will lead participants through an exercise to establish a clear vision of who they want to be and what they need to do to get there.

Stripling earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Thad Jones and Frank Foster. He has also played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson and Buck Clayton in addition to The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and The GRP All-Star Big Band. In addition to his work as a concert soloist, Stripling serves as artistic director and conductor of the highly acclaimed Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

Stripling will join the Fox Valley Symphony for a jazzy tribute to Louis Armstrong at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. For more information about the concert, please visit

Tickets for the Jan. 31 concert, which is sponsored by The Boldt Co., may be purchased at the PAC ticket office or by calling (920) 730-3760. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is the season underwriter.

Upcoming FVS performances at the P.A.C. include the Kids’ Classics concert on March 24, Lawrence University assistant professor and violin virtuoso Wen-Lei Gu on April 4 and a semi-staged production of Bizet’s opera “Carmen” featuring the White Heron Chorale on May 16.

The Fox Valley Symphony’s mission is to enrich and nurture the human spirit through symphonic music and educational opportunities than enhance the cultural development of our community. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is the 2008-09 season underwriter and Time Warner Cable, DMiNTERACTIVE and WBAY-TV are season media sponsors. The season is also sponsored in part by funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and by grants from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. The FVS sponsors two youth orchestras, the Youth Symphony and Philharmonia Strings, who perform fall and spring concerts. In addition to the season concert series, the orchestra performs an education concert for students enrolled in the Partners in Education program. For more information, please visit the FVS online at

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