Bluegrass Meets Jazz in Leap Day Concert

Posted on 2/24/2012 11:19:07 AM

As the next event for the inaugural season of the Ovations! series, the Lively Arts at IUP will present the the DePue Brothers Band. With a rousing mix of bluegrass, jazz fusion, classical, and rock, the concert will be presented Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, located in Sutton Hall. A reception will follow the concert.

The group, originally hailing from northwest Ohio, is now based out of Philadelphia. Brothers, Wallace and Jason DePue will be joined by fellow musicians Mark Cosgrove, Don Liuzii, Michael Munford, and Kevin MacConnell. Each member contributes to the collective bluegrass experience in their own way.

DePue Brothers BandThe DePue Brothers have been quoted as playing the violin “effortlessly.” Wallace DePue serves as the assistant concertmaster for the Philly Pops and has served as co-concertmaster for two of John Williams’ “Star Wars” Orchestra tours. His voice has no limits as he sings from rock to bluegrass and even to a bit of yodeling.

Jason DePue is currently a member of the first violin section for the famed Philadelphia Orchestra, recently completing his eleventh season. He has also served as concertmaster of the New York String Seminar and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.

Cosgrove has won the U.S. National Flat-picking Guitar Championship as well as the Doc Watson Guitar Championship.

Liuzzi has been the principal timpanist of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 22 years. His previous orchestral position was as a percussionist with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Munford is known as one of the top and most creative banjoists of his generation, while MacConnell, bass, has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philly Pops, and the Mann Center Orchestra.

The program will be filled with original tunes, traditional melodies, and unique arrangements.

Tickets for the event are available now online at, by calling the Hadley Union Building box office at 724-357-1313, or purchasing them at the Hadley Union Building on campus. Reserved tickets are $23 for regular admission, $18 for senior citizens, and $12 for students and children. Any seats remaining will be available at the door starting at 7:15 p.m. the night of the concert.

The Lively Arts is produced by the College of Fine Arts and is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association in addition to a group of over forty local, regional, state, and national partners, including organizations, businesses, and institutions.

In addition to various sponsors, funders, and partners for the Ovations! series, funding for this project has also been provided by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour.


DePue Sextet 200

DePue Brothers Band

February 29, 2012
8:00 p.m.

Gorell Recital Hall, second floor of John Sutton Hall (previously scheduled in Fisher Auditorium)

Combining bluegrass with jazz, rock, blues, and classical, this is an audience-energizing group composed of violinist brothers and three of their talented friends.

This event is over.

For more information, visit DePue Brothers Band, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.