USF Center for Jazz Composition Announces Jazz Arranging Competition Winners

TAMPA, FL (March 29, 2007) – Fred Stride, of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and David Peoples, of Memphis, Tenn., are the top winners in the University of South Florida’s first International Jazz Arranging Competition.  Stride and Peoples won in the “open” and “young artists” categories, respectively. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category, in the amount of $2,500 to Stride and $1,000 to Peoples.

The competition, sponsored by the USF Center for Jazz Competition, has drawn national attention for its tribute to the compositions of the late saxophone icon Michael Brecker, who passed away in January following a long fight with Myelodysplastic Syndrome and leukemia. More than 40 big-band arrangements, by composers representing six countries and three continents, were submitted to the competition.


Stride’s arrangement of “Peep” and Peoples’ arrangement of “Never Alone” will be performed by Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, April 21-23 at venues in the Tampa Bay area and Orlando. New commissions by acclaimed jazz composers Vince Mendoza and Gil Goldstein will also be heard on the program, titled “A Tribute to Michael Brecker.”


The concerts are the final performances of the season for the Center for Jazz Composition’s Jazz Masterworks Series, in the School of Music at the USF College of Visual & Performing Arts.  


Submissions to the International Jazz Arranging Competition were made in two categories – open (no age restrictions) and young artist (30 years of age or younger by 6/1/07) – and were evaluated by a guest panel of esteemed composers. 


The winners are as follows:


Open Category


Fred Stride                             “Peep”                                   Vancouver, Canada



Honorable Mention

Michael Titlebaum               Misterios Delta City        Valley Cottage, NY

Jeremy Levy                          “Slings and Arrows”           Burbank, CA



Young Artist Category


David Peoples                      “Never Alone”                     Memphis, TN


Honorable Mention

Sean Foley                            “Outrance”                            Denton, TX

Daniel Mester                       “The Naked Soul”                Budapest, Hungary



The concerts:

  • April 21, 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg; (727) 822-3590;
  • April 22, 7:30 p.m., Rollins College, Orlando; (407) 646-2000;
  • April 23, 8 p.m., USF Theatre 1, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; (813) 974-2323


Ticket prices range from $10 to $30. For more information, visit


Those wishing to honor Michael Brecker can make donations in his name to The Marrow Foundation’s Time is of the Essence fund. For details, visit




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