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'Mr. Trombone' to Headline Campus' Birthday Celebration

7/5/2010 —

DuBois – Harold Betters, also know as "Mr. Trombone", is slated to entertain the crowds at the Penn State DuBois Community Carnival and campus 75th birthday celebration on July 17. 


With a career as a jazz trombonist spanning over four decades, Betters has over a dozen albums and CD's to his credit. He can be heard on jazz radio stations and continues to be a favorite of sports fans by playing regularly at Pittsburgh Steeler games.  He credits his success to his parents who owned and operated one of the area's hottest jazz spots in his hometown of Connellsville, Pennsylvania.


Betters has performed with artists such as Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt, Slide Hampton, Ramsey Lewis, and Urbie Green. The Harold Betters Quartet toured with Ray Charles and appeared with comedian, Dick Gregory, at New York's Apollo Theater.

He has guest starred on several television shows including The Tonight Show, as well as on local TV programs in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and San Francisco.

Betters received his formal musical training at Ithaca College and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. He gives back to music education by conducting jazz clinics, seminars, and workshops at universities including Penn State and Pitt. 

The carnival celebrating the 75th birthday of Penn State DuBois is planned for 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 17.  There will be fun summer activities for each member of the family, including carnival games, food, a petting zoo, prizes, and Penn State DuBois birthday cake. Betters will take to the stage to perform two sets of classic jazz beginning at 6:00 p.m.

For more information on the day’s events, call (814) 375-4764, or visit http://dubois.psu.edu/birthday

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