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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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UW-Eau Claire Student Wins
Prestigious Music Award
MAILED: May 11, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE—Down Beat magazine recently recognized Adrian Suarez, Oconomowoc, a percussionist and senior music major at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, with one of its prestigious Down Beat Student Music Awards. Down Beat annually selects the best student jazz musicians in the country and honors the winners by publishing their names in the June issue of the magazine.
         Entrants submit tapes of performances, which are judged by a panel of professional musicians and educators; the panel then selects and notifies the winners.
         Suarez, who has played percussion for 12 years and won the award for best drummer, said he was astounded when he heard he was one of the winners.
         “I was proud that my hard work and dedication to my music has paid off,” he said.
         Future goals and plans for Suarez include going to graduate school and playing professionally at the highest level possible.
         Down Beat magazine is a national publication for student, amateur, and professional musicians and educators seriously involved in various types of contemporary music, including jazz, rock, blues and electronics.
         In the past few years, several UW-Eau Claire students and ensembles have won Down Beat awards.

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Updated: May 11, 2001