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For release October 25, 2018
The John Paulson Big Band & the R-P High School Jazz band set to perform at Rushford-Peterson High School November 11, 2018 at 3:30 pm
The 18-piece John Paulson Big Band will perform a free public concert at 3:30 pm Sunday November 11 in the beautiful new Rushford-Peterson High School theatre.  The R-P high school jazz band directed by Mr. Adam George will be opening up the concert.  The concert is the culmination of an artist residency supported by at grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council.  The grant allows Dr. John Paulson to work directly with the high school’s jazz students and other students on Friday before the concert. Trumpeter Adam Meckler and percussionist Dr. Rich MacDonald will join in on concert day to add their insights leading up to their performance Sunday afternoon. Paulson taught jazz and woodwinds at Saint Mary’s University for over 30 years and recently retired from part time teaching at Winona State University. His first big band CD “The John Paulson Big Band Project” was released in 2012 and the formal release on the band’s 2nd CD “Five Years On” is slated for release this month. 
The RPHS Jazz Band is group consisting of 30 students in grades 9-12.  For this event, they’ll be performing “Stomper” by Paul Clark, “Swing St.” by Sammy Nestico, and “Area 51” by Larry Barton. The group contains the standard instrumentation of the jazz ensemble (saxophone, trombones, trumpets, and rhythm section), but also has some additional instruments as well (flute, clarinet, and horn). All students are members of the Band Program at Rushford-Peterson and are active playing concerts, various performances, and pep band events throughout the school year. Being in the Jazz Band requires the students to attend weekly rehearsals that take place before school. The Jazz Band plays for band concerts and for Small Group Contest that takes place in the Spring. 
The John Paulson Big Band includes some of the best jazz players and teachers in the region. They are unique in that they perform only original big band jazz composed and arranged by musical director and saxophonist John Paulson. The music is an exciting mix of contemporary blues, Latin, ballads, funk and swing with plenty of solo space for the players. This concert will feature Twin-Cities guest artists Adam Meckler (trumpet and flugelhorn), and guitarist Scott Gerry plus the addition of vocalist and recording artist Ariane Lydon.
Adam Meckler is a trumpet player, composer, and educator living in Minneapolis, MN. He is an Edwards Instrument Co. Performing Artist and Clinician, and leads The Adam Meckler Orchestra (AMO), an 18-piece big band that plays his original compositions. The AMO's debut album 'When the Clouds Look Like This' was listed among 2014's Best Jazz Releases by iTunes.
Ariane Lydon is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who was born in England and has lived on three continents--from Chile to Switzerland, France and the U.S.  Lydon’s voice is unique and alluring. She has recorded over 11 CDs to date, including “Lady of the Green”, “Listen to Crows” and “Still She Moves,” listed among the 10 “Best in Folk” by Chicago’s WFMT, in 2004.
The concert is free and open to the public.  Come and enjoy the beautiful new theatre!
Rushford-Peterson High School is located at 1000 Pine Meadows Ln. Rushford, MN 55971.  For more information on the school, call Adam George at 507-864-7785 ext. 3034 or visit the school websites at: or on Facebook at:  For further details, see
Don’t miss the free CD release party for “Five Years On”- the latest JPBB recording coming up at 3:30 pm November 25th at Wellington’s Pub & Grill in Winona, MN.
These events were made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

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