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Boathouse All-Stars provide inspiration to aspiring jazz musicians

June 22, 2011
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The Boathouse All-Stars

There are a lot of bad jokes about how hard it can be to make it as a professional jazz musician (Know how to make a million dollars playing jazz? Start with two million) but the Boathouse All-Stars are happy to provide a counterexample.

The expert ensemble -- Grammy award winning singer Michael Bublé's backing band -- will share their knowledge with local music students interested in pursuing careers as jazz musicians.

The band, which specializes in swing and big band styles, will conduct a clinic and perform a concert at Drake University on Wednesday, June 22. Both events are open to the public and will be held in the Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center in the Harmon Fine Arts Center, 2505 Carpenter Ave.

Devin van Holsteijn, a junior music business major from Spencer, Iowa, says that the Boathouse All-Stars are role models for students interested in pursuing careers in jazz.

"I'm really excited to hear this great ensemble perform, as well as to hear about their experiences as professional musicians," says van Holsteijn, who serves as student general manager of the Turner Center. "They are great examples for young musicians to emulate."

Bublé and the Boathouse All-Stars are in town to perform a concert on Thursday, June 23, at Wells Fargo Arena.

The clinic will begin at 5:30 p.m. and costs $5 per participant. The concert will be held that evening at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for students and $18 for adults.

Both events will be live streamed at http://www.drake.edu/stream/jazz/. For more information on the clinic or concert, contact van Holsteijn at 712-240-7926 or devin.vanholsteijn@drake.edu.

Boathouse All-Star Band Clinic and Concert at Drake University

When: Wednesday, June 22. The clinic will begin at 5:30 p.m.; the concert will be held at 8 p.m.

Where: Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center in the Harmon Fine Arts Center, 25th St. and Carpenter Ave.

Cost: The clinic costs $5 per participant; concert tickets cost $15 for students and $18 for adults.