Echoes (Jazz Quartet) Summer Tour

by Echoes (Jazz Quartet)

Impact Area: Music

Campus Area: Conservatory

Funding for this Project ended on 2015-05-02


Raised out of $1,000




Days Remaining

How will your project impact Oberlin?

A world-class musical performance is a more compelling advertisement than any pamphlet or brochure sent through the mail. Members of our band and most students at the conservatory remember a performance by an Oberlin ensemble at their school as the deciding factor that brought them into our community.

Oberlin's Jazz department is one-of-a-kind because it allows students (not teachers) to decide the membership of their ensemble. This means that Oberlin produces not just great musicians but great bands. Many of these bands stay together for their entire Oberlin career, and some continue to make music together after graduation. We, the members of Echoes, want to do the same. Before we make that leap we need to see how we function as a band in the real world. We need to perform together regularly outside Oberlin. We need to tour.

This tour also provides the opportunity for alumni to connect. Using Oberlin's extensive alumni network, we can facilitate connections between Obies that might never have happened previously. What could be more Oberlin than connecting over a great performance of music?

Representing all that is best in Oberlin's jazz department, members of Echoes are winners of awards from Downbeat Jazz Magazine, Berklee School of Music, and Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington Competition. With support and guidance from great faculty members like Robert Ferrazza, Peter Dominguez, and Gary Bartz, we have honed our skills as musicians. In fact, recently three of the four members of Echoes were chosen as finalists in Oberlin's jazz composition contest.

Our fundraising goals are modest but the potential benefits to the Oberlin community at large and for Oberlin College are amazing. So send us on the road to make great music and more Obies!

We would like to offer the following:

With a $5 donation, get a free song download of our upcoming LP.
With a $25 donation, get a free download of the entire LP.
With a $50 donation, you'll be on the guest list for one of our upcoming performances.
With a $150 donation, you get a free concert in your home assuming you live in or around the area of our tour between June 20th and July 19th.

We will be touring through these locations:

Boscawen, NH
Boston, MA
Hartford, CT 
Stamford, CT
New York, New York 
Washington, D.C.
Pittsburgh, PA 
Cleveland, OH
South Bend, IN 
Chicago, IL

  • avatar-male
    Jordan McBride


  • avatar-male
    Chase Kuesal


  • avatar-male
    Matt Dibiase


  • avatar-male
    Max Bessesen


$ 50


Follow your dream

$ 25

Marguerite Reiter

Good luck Max Bessessen that's an ambitious tour.

$ 50

David A Reiter

Hey Max! This sounds really nice! We're in Baltimore and Jeannie would love to catch you guys if you make it out to DC. Much love, David and Jeannie Reiter

$ 100

martina m schulte

Enjoy the tour.

$ 25

Amy A James

Great sound, cool project. Best of luck on the tour and thanks for the LP! Family of Jake Ford, '18

$ 10

Sarah Vail

You guys sound amazing. Happy to help support your tour.

$ 100

William Eliot Gurski

Have a great summer Max Bill and Becci

$ 150

Andrea Lehman

We live in Trenton, NJ (not far from where Jordan lives, we think). A house concert sounds like a great idea. Good luck on your tour, and thanks for connecting Obies. We look forward to hearing from you.

$ 50

Rosemarie DiBiase

Look forward to hearing you in Boston!!

$ 25

Brooke Bessesen

Sounds like a meaningful journey... on so many levels. Enjoy! Brooke & Kevin

$ 25

Lawrence E Dunn

Love this project and the great music you are making.

$ 200

julie haeger

Love the music! Good luck!

$ 40


This money is specifically for Max. My hope is that he will one day be able to afford a horn so that he doesn't have to just play a mouthpiece during performances.

$ 100

Michael Pagliassotti

Good luck with tour

$ 25


$ 10

Cathleen P Strauss

$ 18

Jan Miyake

$ 10


Yeah, baby!

Thank you!!

July 1, 2015

Thank you so much for supporting us! 

For updates on where we're headed, visit: