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Jeff Coffin

Middle Tennessee State University will welcome attendees at an upcoming saxophone conference with a special public concert by renowned musicians Jeff Coffin and Dave Pietro alongside two School of Music faculty members.

The concert will be held Saturday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at the 2013 Region 7 Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance, being held on campus.

Coffin is saxophonist with the Dave Matthews Band and a three-time Grammy Award winner with Bela Fleck and The Flecktones.

Pietro, a New York-based jazz saxophonist, has recorded with musicians such as Dave Holland, Kenny Werner and Pete McCann.

Joining them will be MTSU professors Don Aliquo and Paula Van Goes in Hinton Music Hall inside the Wright Music Building.

More than 50 saxophonists based in Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia also will be performing throughout the conference.

In addition to Aliquo and Van Goes, saxophonists including Miles Osland, Steve Stusek, Taimur Sullivan, Clifford Leaman, Doug O’Connor, Masahito Sugihara, Phil Barham and Brian Utley will represent a broad spectrum of styles and careers based in the commercial and jazz music scenes, university settings and the military.

Admission to the concert is $5 per person without conference registration.

The two-day conference begins Friday, March 15, at 3 p.m. with workshops in the State Farm Lecture Hall in the Business and Aerospace Building.

The conference fee is $25 per person for the entire weekend or $10 for both evening concerts.

More information and registration is available at www.mtsu.edu/saxophone.

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