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Trumpeter joins One O'Clock Lab Band for fall performance

Terell Stafford, guest artist, One O'Clock Lab Band, 2011Jazz trumpeter Terell Stafford, right, will perform with the world-renowned One O’Clock Lab Band in its 51st Annual Fall Concert.

The concert will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Murchison Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Performance Hall.  

The six-time Grammy-nominated band will open the concert with material composed this year. Stafford will join the band for the second set with his original works arranged by Danish trumpeter Jesper Riis and others.

An educator as well as a performer, Stafford is director of jazz studies and chair of instrumental studies at Temple University, where he has been a recipient of the university's Creative Achievement Award. He is also a clinician for the prestigious Vail Jazz Foundation and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington program.

Stafford served as a member of the faculty for the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies in New York and sits on the board of the Jazz Education Network.

“Having the opportunity to work with such an important artist in jazz will really be an inspiration for the students,” said Steve Wiest, Grammy-nominated director of the One O’Clock Lab Band and associate professor of music. “Terell is simply one of the best jazz trumpet artists in the world right now.”

Enter to win a pair of tickets to the concert by sending an email to InHouse with “Stafford” in the subject line by 5 p.m. Nov. 11. Winners will be selected at random from all responses.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, students, children, UNT faculty/staff and groups of 10 or more. Call 940-369-7802 or visit

Stafford has been hailed by piano legend McCoy Tyner as “one of the greatest players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player."

Stafford was born in Miami and raised in Chicago and Silver Spring, Md. He received a bachelor of science degree in music education from the University of Maryland in 1988 and a master of music degree from Rutgers University in 1993.

The Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, UNT’s premier jazz ensemble, has performed and toured throughout the world. Since the 1970s, the band's albums have received six Grammy nominations, including two nominations for Lab 2009.The UNT jazz program - the first of its kind in the nation - is housed within the College of Music, one of the country’s most respected comprehensive schools of music.

The College of Music is the choice of more than 1,600 music majors from all over the world who are studying classical music performance, jazz studies, music education, composition, musicology, theory and ethnomusicology.

Stafford photo by Jimmy Ryan; below, One O'Clock Lab Band in concert in Ireland, 2010, by Craig Marshall, lab band program manager.

One O'Clock Lab Band in concert, Ireland, 2010.

Posted on: Tue 08 November 2011

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