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J.H. Derojas, via flickr

An iconic performer and proponent of free jazz, George Garzone has influenced generations of players at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, while maintaining a constant touring schedule and a now legendary (45-year) standing gig with his trio, The Fringe. As a student, Andrew Rathbun, professor of saxophone at Western Michigan University, successfully applied to the New England Conservatory in order to study with Garzone. They talk to Cara Lieurance about Garzone's approach to improvisation, and how working with top-level students has pushed him to greater levels of mastery. 


John Lacko

It can be hard enough to portray real animals on stage. But how do you bring a creature to life that doesn’t exist? This weekend is the world premiere of Western Michigan University’s original play Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. The play runs for two weekends, March 10-19.


WMU Student Satellite Nearer Orbit

Mar 6, 2017
WMU College of Engineering

A team of engineering students at Western Michigan University is still trying to get their satellite into earth orbit.

The Western Aerospace Launch Initiative, or WALI (“Wally”), began working on the design of the "CubeSat" in 2016.

Emmanuel Huybrechts, Wikimedia Commons / Wikimedia Commons

Western Michigan University Political Science Professor Kevin Corder says “when Wall Street is the villain” everyone is on board for financial reform. He says bankers don’t seem to be the villains now.


Earlene McMichael | WMUK

At a time when some community read programs have shut down, Kalamazoo Public Library Director Ann Rohrbaugh says her institution's Reading Together will be reaching its 15th milestone anniversary in March. She says picking books with potential for lively discussions, often around social issues, is its winning formula. This year's selection is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's "Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White," a book of essays about race relations. He'll speak in Kalamazoo on March 14.


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