Kennesaw State University School of Music presents


A New Release Featuring Original Compositions
KSU School of Music Jazz Students

Released in September 2017, Global is the first recording released by the Jazz Studies program at Kennesaw State University. Global features seven original student compositions including tributes to Thelonious Monk (Brandon Boone’s “Brother Monk”) and an homage to the Netflix TV series Stranger Things (Jonathan Pace’s “Upside Down”) by KSU Jazz Performance Majors Michael Opitz (tenor saxophone), Brandon Radaker (alto saxophone), Patrick Arthur (guitar), Brandon Boone (bass) and Jonathan Pace (drums).. This new recording is the culmination of the four years these students spent together performing in KSU’s top jazz combo. Global was recorded at the Murray Sound Lab in Kennesaw and was produced by Joseph Greenway, School of Music Assistant Director for Production and Technology and KSU Jazz Combo Coordinator, Trey Wright.

  • The Jazz Performance Area at Kennesaw State University began in 2003 under the direction of Sam Skelton with one large ensemble. The program quickly grew and Trey Wright was brought on faculty to teach jazz guitar and jazz combos. Professors Skelton and Wright co-wrote the Jazz Performance degree; now in its third year, it boasts two large ensembles, seven combos and a jazz guitar ensemble. The ensembles perform regularly on and off campus and cover the full history of the jazz idiom, including student works. Student jazz groups have performed at Churchill Grounds in Atlanta, the Georgia Music Educators Association In-service Conference, the Jazz Education Network Conference, the International Festival of University Theatre in Casablanca, Morocco, and La Fortezza di Montepulciano, Italy.