ASHTABULA -- The Paragon Brass Quintet will be featured artist Thursday at Kent State University -- Ashtabula.

The concert will be held in the Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. ; ;Afterward, will be a reception where the audience can meet the artists.

The quintet is a resident ensemble at The University of Akron, where it performs three recitals a year -- including its well-known annual April Fool's Day concert.

In addition, the group often presents master classes and performs in area high schools. Paragon has been featured three times at the Ohio Music Educator's Conferences and has played numerous times at other universities.

On a more international scope, the quintet has performed in a variety of

interesting places -- including three separate tours to China -- most

recently in the summer of 2000. Paragon also toured Austria and

Germany in 1996, and was a featured group at the 1993 International

Trumpet Guild Conference in Akron, said Eric Brewer, KSU instructor of music.

Scott Johnston is professor of trumpet at the university. Johnston has performed with the Madison Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, the Grand Teton Festival, and

as an extra with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Jack Brndiar is instructor of trumpet and director of the Brass Choir at The Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory. He has received degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music and The Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory. Brndiar is principal trumpet

of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony.

William Hoyt is professor of horn at Akron. He has also performed with the Akron Symphony, the Canton Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Edward Zadrozny is professor of trombone at The University of Akron

and principal trombone of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. He has studied

at The Ohio State University.

Russell Tinkham received his bachelor of music in education from East

Carolina University, his master of music from The University of Akron and his master of library and information science from Kent State University. He has won several awards and honors for both academics and performance.

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