Music Donated to IUP Jazz Bands Library

Posted on 8/8/2017 3:50:33 PM

The complete library of music composed and arranged by IUP alumnus and former faculty member John Morris was recently donated to the IUP Jazz Bands library.

Ralph Morris, brother of John, presented Kevin Eisensmith, director of the IUP Jazz Ensemble, with over 200 works composed and arranged by John Morris, who graduated from IUP in January 1966 and who taught at IUP from 1978 until his death in 1987.

Michael Bodolosky, Kevin Eisensmith, Paul Walker, Ralph Morris, and Jim Lozenski Morris was the founder of the Johnstown Jazz Workshop. Until recently, many of his works were not cataloged and were unavailable for study and performance. Through the efforts of Mike Bodolosky, Dick Gardenhour ’69, and others, Morris’s music for big band has been reassembled and donated to the IUP Department of Music.

Pictured are music alumni Michael Bodolosky ’72, ’78, Kevin Eisensmith, Paul Walker ’65, Ralph Morris ’69, and Jim Lozenski ’69, along with a few of the hundreds of scores presented to the IUP Jazz Bands. A concert featuring the music of John Morris is planned for the coming school year. Proceeds will benefit the John Morris Scholarship Fund.