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Rising Stars - Past Students

These past Texas State jazz students have lifetime jazz careers ahead of them. Click their picture for their story.

Arthur Latin -

Drummer who currently plays/records with Harry Connick Jr.

Edwin Livingston -

Bassist who has played/recorded with Ellis and Jason Marsalis and is the bass player in the movie "Ray."

Fred Sanders -

Pianist who toured with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and who is currently playing with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

John Mills -

Saxophonist/Composer  and Current UT Faculty member

Elias Haslanger -

Tenor sax who toured with Maynard Ferguson.

Adam Schroeder -

Baritone Sax who was touring/recording with Ray Charles.  While a student at Texas State, Adam won the Downbeat Magazine Award as the "Outstanding Collegiate Jazz Soloist"

Paul Armstrong -

Trumpet who toured/recorded with Maynard Ferguson and who is now playing with the Army Jazz Ambassadors.
 

DownBeat Award Winners

A number of jazz students from Texas State have won prestigious DownBeat Awards as "Outstanding Soloists":

  • Pat Murray
  • Dr. John Mills
  • Adam Schroeder
  • Elias Haslanger
  • Russ Scanlon
  • Freddie Mendoza
  • Kris Kimura
  • Jay Fort
  • Adam Booker

Two jazz combos have won DownBeat awards as "Outstanding Combos". Members included:

  • Ephraim Owens
  • Freddie Mendoza
  • Elias Haslanger
  • Arthur Latin
  • Arlington Jones
  • Edwin Livingston

In addition, students have won various awards at the Notre Dame, Wichita, and UNT Jazz Festivals.