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Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Music Camp for Latino music students scheduled

Cleveland : The Roberto Ocasio Foundation has announced that it will hold a Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Music Camp on July 28 and 29, 2005, on the campus of Lake Erie College in Painesville , Ohio . 

Open to northeast-Ohio music students in grades 9-12, the program will include instruction and practice; hands-on study related to the history, instrumentation, Afro-Cuban rhythms, composition and improvisation of Latin jazz; and a concert-performance experience before the public.  

A Foundation subsidy and a $50 student fee will cover overnight accommodations, meals, instruction, and social activities.  Limited scholarship assistance is available.

Information and an application form are available on-line at www.latinjazzproject.com, www.littlefishrecords.com, and laprensatoledo.com, or by contacting The Roberto Ocasio Foundation, at 440.572.2048 . 

Applications must be received by July 5.  Enrollment is limited, and participants will be selected and grouped according to experience levels by professional instructors, which will include musicians from Roberto Ocasio’s Latin Jazz Project.  

“We are very pleased that The Roberto Ocasio Foundation accepted our invitation to bring its Latin-jazz camp to our campus,” said Sue Dreitzler, interim president of Lake Erie College .  “The enthusiasm and commitment is high to help build this into a success for 2005 and beyond.” 

This is the first summer music program established by the foundation in honor of the late Roberto Ocasio.  The program will include inspiration for personal and professional achievement, promotion of understanding and friendship between diverse cultures, and a special focus on experiencing the fun and enjoyment of the music—all of which Roberto Ocasio vehemently championed through his musical entertainment and teaching. 

The Roberto Ocasio Foundation was established in 2004 to perpetuate Roberto Ocasio’s music and to further his efforts on behalf of music education, diversity, and young people’s achievements.  

Roberto’s lifetime of music began at the age of ten with later formal training in NYC and at Boston ’s Berklee College of Music.  He performed locally and across the U.S., opening or sharing the stage with national artists and taking his talents to schools and colleges, teaching and strenuously promoting knowledge of Latin music and its roots.  

His award-winning band, Roberto Ocasio’s Latin Jazz Project, established in 1997, achieved wide popularity throughout northeast Ohio and is continuing to perform Roberto’s legacy of original compositions. Roberto Ocasio passed away tragically on January 31, 2004 [See La Prensa’s “Tragedy strikes the Latino community with loss of Roberto Ocasio,” February 4, 2004.]  

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