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Hobart Jazz Legend Hosts Festival to Benefit Local Music Program

This summer, the Hobart and William Smith campus will swing when Bob Masteller ’60 brings a weekend jazz festival to Houghton House, starting on Friday, Aug. 1. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the St. Peter’s Arts Academy music program in Geneva. Masteller holds an annual summer jazz festival in his hometown of Waverly, N.Y., but this year, he wanted to bring his alma mater in on the fun and charity. “I wanted to put together a mini jazz fest where we could get a sponsor and give some of the proceeds to a local music program that is pursuing jazz,” Masteller says. With help from HWS Director of Summer Operations, Conferences and Events Erica Cooney-Connor, Masteller has been working to make his festival a reality. Cooney-Connor, whose daughter attends St. Peter’s Arts Academy, suggested the organization as the potential recipient. “I really like the idea of donating to St. Peter’s for several reasons, among which the most important is that they have a good program and it is well supported,” says Masteller. “Houghton House is an absolutely terrific setting for this kind of event, because it provides a wonderful environment for classy jazz and a great atmosphere for people to socially congregate and have a good experience.” A life-long jazz enthusiast, Masteller began playing jazz in his father’s band at the age of 12 and led a series of jazz groups on campus during the late 1950s while attending Hobart College. Following his graduation, he continued to practice jazz, playing the trumpet, valve trombone and vibraphone and leading his own groups in clubs throughout the “low country” of South Carolina and Georgia. Masteller has performed for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and Sen. Fritz Hollings from South Carolina. He is currently a co-owner of The Jazz Corner, a club in Hilton Head, S.C., known as one of the leading jazz venues in the United States. St. Peter’s Arts Academy was established by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Geneva to formalize its more than decade-long commitment to sponsoring enrichment and development programs for the youth of the Finger Lakes. Tickets are $15 for Friday, $25 for Saturday; or $35 for both days. In addition, Sunday brunch & jazz will be $25, by reservation only – call the Office of Summer Operations at (315) 781-3103.