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The Forefront presents a work demonstrating the evolution of the trumpet section. Composed by Bobby Lewis under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the piece contains differing jazz styles and types of trumpet-ensemble writing, from King Oliver, early Duke Ellington, Count Basie, swing, and be-bop, to the present. Forefront members are Bobby Lewis, Arthur Hoyle, George Bean, Jerry Coleman, Russ Iverson, and Rufus Reid.

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With the launch of this website, the MCA has created a platform for archiving and publishing images and stories from our 50-year history. Though many pages currently lack descriptions or illustrations, we’re committed to a program of ongoing research that will fill in the blanks over time. If you have information about past MCA Stage events, we’d be delighted to hear from you.