Jazz Outreach Initiative is very excited to be co-sponsoring this Festival again with Jazz at Lincoln Center!!! It will be hosted by UNLV in Ham Hall on January 31st and February 1st, 2019.
I performed with the UNLV Jazz Ensemble I in February, 2017 to celebrate Black History Month. We decided to do several Duke Ellington pieces as a way to plant the seed for The First Annual Essentially Ellington Regional High School Jazz Band Festival to be held in Las Vegas on January 18th–19th, 2018 at UNLV!Read more
Growing up in Las Vegas, I had a uniquely great music education largely because of my Dad, Roger Rampton. He spent his career as a percussionist playing in the Vegas hotels. I remember going to rehearsals with him from the time I was a little kid, before I even played an instrument. I remember sleeping under the timpani when he was playing with Bob Barclay's orchestra over at the Las Vegas symphony. I was just constantly exposed to music and loved being around musicians. Then when I got a little older and started playing piano as a little kid, I remember going to rehearsals with Johnny Haig's Relief Orchestra. I'd sit behind the piano player, Ronnie Simone. As he played, I'd watch the chords go by and look at his fingers and see how he played the piano. Then later when I started playing trumpet, I used to go and sit behind the trumpet section behind master trumpet players like Rick Baptist and Lynn Nicholson, and I would just sit back and watch them breathe and watch how they approached playing music. Here I was, a 12-year-old kid just starting out, and I was exposed to some of the greatest trumpet players of all time because of Dad. He would take me to rehearsals, and he saw that I was interested. It was unbelievable the education that I got through that experience of of just getting to go to rehearsals with Dad.Read more