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Alum Hermon Mehari Is a Semifinalist in Theolonius Monk Institute of Jazz Trumpet Competition

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Hermon Mehari (BM, jazz and studio music, 2010) has been selected as a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz's 2014 Trumpet Competition.

The 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and All-Star Gala Concert is Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9, Los Angeles.

This year’s Competition will feature 13 of the world’s most outstanding young jazz trumpeters who will perform before a panel of jazz greats including Ambrose Akinmusire, Randy Brecker, Roy Hargrove, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Owens and Arturo Sandoval. The trumpet semi-finalists are: Benny Benack III, Pittsburgh, PA; Alejandro Berti, Caracas, Venezuela; Chris Burbank, Bedford, NH; Billy Buss, Berkeley, CA; Mike Cottone, Rochester, NY; Philip Dizack, Milwaukee, WI; Marquis Hill Chicago, IL; Alphonso Horne, Jacksonville, FL; Aidan Lombard, Kenilworth, IL; Gabriel King Medd, Coralville, IA; Hermon Mehari, Kansas City, MO; Adam O’Farrill, Brooklyn, NY; and Mao Sone, Chiba, Japan.

Mehari, a native of Kansas City, has played the trumpet since age 13. He won first place at the Gene Harris Jazz Competition and the Jazz Division of the National Trumpet Competition in 2008, and was the second place winner at the 2010 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Solo Competition. Mehari has studied privately with Bobby Watson and Terell Stafford, and shared the stage with Jaleel Shaw, Randy Brecker, Peter Schlamb, Logan Richardson and Ben Van Gelder, among others.

Congratulations!

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949
Email: selfdr@umkc.edu