Andrew Rathbun ranks in Downbeat Magazine's Critics Poll

Dr. Andrew Rathbun was cited as a “Rising Star” in the 2018 edition of the Downbeat Critics Poll, along with other noted tenor saxophonists such as David Sanchez, Ben Wendel, Jeff Coffin and Walter Smith III. It is notable that Dr. Rathbun is the only full-time saxophone professor on this list.

Gold Company at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Gold Company Debuts at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Western Michigan University’s Gold Company, under the direction of Greg Jasperse, made their debut at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 22.  This is the first appearance at the Monterey Jazz Festival for Western Michigan University.  Gold Company was afforded this invitation after winning the Collegiate Vocal Jazz division at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival this past March.  In addition to this honor, senior Hannah Truckenbrod also earned the Outstanding Solo Award.