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Penn State Musicians to Travel to Cuba

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On May 2, two Penn State School of Music faculty members and six students will embark on a trip that will undoubtedly change their lives and their music-making forever.

Professors Mark Lusk (trombone) and Dan Yoder (jazz studies) will lead a delegation of Penn State jazz students on a musical and cultural exploration of Cuba, where they will perform, study and experience a rich Cuban musical culture that has long been veiled by politics to the outside world but is steeped in a tradition that has influenced countless American jazz idioms.

The faculty members, along with graduate students Jaren Angud (percussion); John Maurer (trumpet); Sean Durkin, David Kraus and Wes Thompson (trombone); and undergraduate student Kate Anderson (saxophone), will join with faculty and students from the University of Richmond (Virginia) for the 10-day “Cuba Spectacular” excursion. For the full story, click here.