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Dec 5, 2012 7:19 AM by Ul Lafayette

Christmas Traditions Concert

The Lafayette Concert Band under the direction of Gerald Guilbeaux will present its annual "Christmas Traditions" Concert featuring renowned jazz trumpeter Graham Breedlove. The concert will held in the Ducrest/Gilfry Auditorium at Angelle Hall on Sunday, December 9 at 3:30pm.

Jazz Times magazine writes: "Breedlove has chops...and is the leader of a tight, forceful band". The International Trumpet Guild's Journal raves, "...one of the most exciting trumpet players on the planet!" Graham's compositions have been featured on NBC's Today show, Food Network's Emeril Live and the Washington Post has called it "...terrific...with luminous, fine-grained autumnal harmonies...".

Currently a trumpet soloist with the Army Blues in Washington, DC, Breedlove has performed with The Saturday Night Live Band, Ray Charles, Ramsey Lewis, Darius Rucker and Doc Severinsen. Graham is listed in the book Trumpet Greats, a biographical dictionary of about 2,000 famous trumpeters since the Baroque Era. Breedlove has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including back-to-back Grammy winning CDs in 2004 and 2005, and his own CD "Coming Home", available on iTunes and at Amazon.com.

Mr. Breedlove has appeared as a guest soloist across the country, and has served on the faculties of Towson University, Catholic University of America and the National Jazz Workshop. Graham also appears on the Hal Leonard Jazz Play Along Series, with over 125 volumes currently available in music stores around the world. During the 2008 holiday season, Breedlove volunteered to participate in a USO concert tour of Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2011 he was honored by his undergraduate alma mater when he was inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction as the 2011 Young Alumnus of the Year.

A graduate of Comeaux High School, Mr. Breedlove holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University, the Master of Music degree and Performer's Certificate from Indiana University, and has studied with world famous masters David Baker, Alvin Batiste, Byron Stripling, and Stephen Burns. For more visit www.grahambreedlove.com.

In addition to solos by Breedlove the band will perform traditional Christmas Carols along with an audience sing-a-long and an appearance by none other than - Santa Claus. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the concert for $10 and children under 12 will be admitted free of charge. For more information call 337-989-1279.

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