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November 17, 2004
CONTACT: Jette Englund
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Kean University Concert Band to Perform Contemporary and Traditional Works Conducted by Dr. Thomas Connors, New Chair of the NJMEA

UNION, N.J. ––The Kean University Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Thomas Connors, assistant professor of music at Kean, will perform a concert on Tuesday, December 7, at 8 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. The band will perform contemporary and traditional works for band by composers Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger, Ronald LoPresti, and others, and is free to the public. The concert will not take place on December 15 as originally stated in the Performing Arts brochure. For more information, please call 908-737-SHOW (7469).

In addition to his duties as an assistant professor of music at Kean, Connors has been appointed chairman of the collegiate division of the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA). His responsibilities include coordinating several annual events with music-education majors from 10 different colleges and universities in New Jersey and serving as liaison to the NJMEA. He is also serving as New Jersey state chairman for the John Lennon National Scholarship for Young Popular Music Composers. The three national winners of the competition will receive scholarship gifts of between $5,000 and $10,000 from BMI.

Earlier this year, Connors was appointed music director and conductor of the Westfield (N.J.) Community Wind Band. The band is composed of 75 local professional and semi-professional musicians, many of whom are music educators in the area. The band performs throughout the year and is best known for its summer concert series in Westfield.