Classic & Jazz featuring the
Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz "A" Band
Gary Pratt retirement concert
Following his 36 year tenure as a member of the music faculty, Gary Pratt will lead members of the CSUN Wind Ensemble, The CSUN Symphony, and the CSUN Jazz "A" Band in an evening of music ranging from “Classic to Jazz”.
50% of ticket sales will go to support the “Gary Pratt Jazz Endowment Fund”, an endowment fund created to grant scholarships to deserving students majoring in Jazz Studies.
To visit our Crowdfunding page for the Gary Pratt Jazz Scholarship, please click here.
Gary Pratt has led a distinguished career as a music educator, performer, conductor, adjudicator and arranger, and is a member of the jazz faculty at California State University, Northridge.
Throughout his career as a professional Jazz Bassist, Mr. Pratt has performed and/or recorded with such legendary jazz artists as Louie Bellson, Lionel Hampton, Snooky Young, Conti Candoli, Pearl Bailey, Bobby Shew, Don Menza, Blue Mitchell, Pete Christlieb, Cat Anderson, Bob Florence, Kim Richmond, Billy Mintz, Mary Bond Davis, Sandra Booker, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Brian Swartz, Matt Otto, Clay Jenkins, and others.
During his tenure as a member of the music faculty at California State University, Northridge, he has served as chairman of the CSU Northridge Wind Area, Director of Orchestras, and Director of Jazz Studies. His guest conducting engagements have included performances in both Europe and Japan, and his noted versatility as a music educator has made him a highly sought after clinician and guest conductor of jazz ensembles, orchestras and concert bands.
Mr. Pratt is a past board member of the Jungendkulturzentrum Scheune, "Pink Pop" International Jazz Exchange Program, located in Ibbenburen, Germany - a program designed to "...bridge the communication gap through the exploration and study of jazz.", and has been awarded the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Jazz Educator Award, and is a recent inductee into the California Alliance for Jazz (CAJ) Hall of Fame (2018).
Friday, March 29, 2019 -- Doors open at 7pm
The Soraya Great Hall