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
“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.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 11, 2001