Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Jazz Band, under the direction of Steve Dancz, has been invited to accompany Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to China for the opening of Georgia’s Economic Development Office in Beijing. The 18 UGA students will perform at the gala opening celebration, which will include the U.S. Ambassador to China and numerous Chinese government, business, and Olympic officials. The UGA students also will participate in a program with the governor at Tsinghua University, the premier educational institution in China. The group will leave Atlanta on March 31 and will return on April 5.
Media are invited to attend the Jazz Band’s sendoff concert on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in Ramsey Hall in the UGA Performing Arts Center.
Dancz is the academic director of the Music Business Program, a joint program of the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music and the Terry College of Business, and he is director of the Jazz Studies Program at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. For more information, see www.music.uga.edu, www.uga.edu/~jazz, or www.terry.uga.edu/musicbusiness.