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Dave Pietro Jazz Quartet to play at Bethel College

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - The Dave Pietro Jazz Quartet will play in concert at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16 in Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center at Bethel College, North Newton. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students. Children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge. Tickets will be available at the door or can be reserved by calling (316) 284-5264. Pietro will be available for a question-answer period at 6:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium on the day of the concert.

"The Bethel College Music Department and Academy of Music are pleased to host Pietro and his outstanding quartet," says Don Kehrberg, professor of music at Bethel College. "The Bethel concert is the quartet’s only performance in the Wichita metropolitan area where Pietro has many supporters."

A native of Southboro, Mass., Pietro has been on the New York jazz scene since 1987. He has toured with the bands of Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton and Maynard Ferguson (with whom he recorded "Live in London" in 1990). He has also toured and performed with the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Fedchock’s New York Big Band and other ensembles.

He plays lead alto saxophone with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and has recorded four CDs with the band since joining the group in 1994. He has worked in the orchestras of more than 30 Broadway musicals and has played at jazz clubs, jazz festivals and concert halls throughout the world.

Pietro has also performed with numerous bands and musicians, including Paul Anka, Louis Bellson, Blood Sweat and Tears, Bobby Caldwell, Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Feinstein, Joe Lovano, Liza Minelli, John and Bucky Pizzarelli and Clark Terry. He has appeared on the Rosie O’Donnell Show and on the David Letterman Show with the cast of the Broadway musical "42nd Street." Pietro was selected as a semi-finalist for the first two Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Saxophone Competitions (1991, 1996) and was a finalist in the 1995 JAZZIZ Magazine "Woodwinds on Fire" talent search.

Pietro received a bachelor’s degree in music education from North Texas State University where he toured and recorded four albums with the school’s One O’Clock Lab Band. He also holds a master’s degree in jazz composition from New York University where he studied with Vanguard Jazz Orchestra composer Jim McNeely. Dave has given hundreds of workshops and concerts at schools across the country.

Currently he is an adjunct faculty member for the City College of New York, Hofstra University, New York University and Long Island University.

The concert, which is part of the Bethel College Guest Artists Series, is sponsored by the Bethel College Music Department, Bethel College Academy of Music and The Selmer Company.

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