Trumpeter Pharez Whitted '82 to Celebrate "Rebirth" of His HS Alma Mater

Trumpeter Pharez Whitted '82 to Celebrate "Rebirth" of His HS Alma Mater

September 10, 2009

Pharez Whitted sc 2009.jpgSeptember 10, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Pharez Whitted, jazz trumpeter and 1982 graduate of DePauw University, will perform tomorrow night as part of a celebration for alumni of Indianapolis' Shortridge High School. A story in the Indianapolis Star notes that Whitted will play at a reception at the Sheraton Hotel at Keystone at the Crossing.

"I feel so honored to be part of the festivities surrounding the re-emergence of my alma mater as a high school," Whitted, a 1978 Shortridge graduate, tells the newspaper. "It was such a great place to go to school, and I want to help celebrate its rebirth."

As Dan McFeeley writes, "They will be coming from all over the world. Shortridge High School alums -- hundreds are expected -- will gather this weekend not only to enjoy a big multiclass reunion, but also to help officially inaugurate the new high school. Shortridge reopened last month as a magnet school for students interested in law and public policy ... The 145-year-old school at 34th and Meridian streets was closed in 1981 and reopened in 1984 as a middle school. It will be rededicated at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Caleb Mills Auditorium. Building tours will be offered."

Whitted states, "When the school was closed, my friends and I never thought we'd see the day that it would be a high school again. We lived through the many attempts to close the school that we loved so much. It is exciting to see its reincarnation."Pharez Whitted 9-2008.gif

The article points out, "Whitted leads the acclaimed Pharez Whitted Sextet and has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival and the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, along with other venues in both cities. Whitted has worked with such renowned artists as Wynton and Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Kirk Whalum, The Temptations, Lou Rawls and Ramsey Lewis."

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Learn more about Pharez Whitted in this previous story.