BerkleeJazz.org is pleased to announce the Second Annual Herb Pomeroy Jazz Composition/Arranging Contest, sponsored by Berklee College of Music’s Jazz Composition Department and Professional Writing Division. The winning piece will be performed by the Berklee Rainbow Band (under the direction of Phil Wilson) at the 2012 High School Jazz Festival, happening this year on March 10, 2012 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. Travel/lodging expenses will be provided in order for the writer to attend the performance. In addition, she/he will receive a full scholarship to the Berklee 5-week Summer Performance Program and a $300.00 cash prize!
This year’s winner of Herb Pomeroy Jazz Composition/Arranging Contest is Frank Rein, from Princeton, New Jersey.
Frank is a senior at Princeton High School. His winning piece is entitled “I Think I’ll Miss You Most Of All” will be performed by the Berklee Rainbow Band (under the direction of Phil Wilson) today at 6:00 p.m. in the Veterans
Memorial Auditorium, Second Level. In addition, Rein will receive a full scholarship to the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program. Rein is a bass trombonist and has studied with Scott Grimaldi for two years
John Sturm from Princeton, NJ was the 2011 winner. His winning piece was a ballad entitled Autumn Lament and featured the lead trombone. Read more about John…
Application submissions for the 2012 Herb Pomeroy Award are currently closed.
About Herb Pomeroy
Herb Pomeroy was a Berklee Faculty legend and jazz great. A graduate of the class of ’52, his work as a mentor and musician helped make Berklee into the world’s leading institute of contemporary music.
He joined the Berklee faculty as a full-time teacher in 1955 and developed several courses that eventually cemented his reputation as one of jazz’s greatest teachers. Pomeroy’s appreciation for and endless study of Duke Ellington’s music informed much of his classroom work and helped spawn scores of talented musicians, including producer Arif Mardin, The Simpsons composer Alf Clausen, composer-arrangers Alan Broadbent and Rob Mounsey, vibraphonist Gary Burton, keyboardist Joe Zawinul, bassist Abe Laboriel Sr., film composers Mike Gibbs and Alan Silvestri, and many others.
Herb released many CDs as a leader and co-leader and appeared on dozens of recordings as a sideman, including sessions with Charlie Parker and Charlie Mariano. He began playing professionally in high school and went on the road in the early 1950s with bands led by Lionel Hampton, Stan Kenton, and Serge Chaloff.