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Cleveland, Ohio - The Roberto Ocasio Foundation today announced a free public concert on Friday, July 21 at 7pm in the theater of the Fine & Performing Arts Center at Lake Erie College (391 West Washington Street, Painesville, Ohio). The concert marks the finale of the Roberto Ocasio 2006 Latin Jazz Music Camp on the Lake Erie College campus July 19-21.

The concert lineup includes special guest, Bobby Sanabria, renowned jazz and Afro-Cuban drummer/percussionist, composer, educator, and multi-Grammy-nominated recording artist; the Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz "Youth" Project (RO Camp students, ages 12-17); and Roberto Ocasio's Latin Jazz Project. Musicians from the Latin Jazz Project are carrying on the Ocasio legacy of music entertainment and education, now doubling as camp instructors and leaders of the concert along with Sanabria, who is also artist in residence for the camp, advisor and Honorary Trustee of The Roberto Ocasio Foundation.

This year's students, attending from greater Cleveland, central Ohio and Michigan, have musical backgrounds from classical to gospel to jazz, blues, and rock with many already winning competitions and performing in bands, combos, and school ensembles. They will present their new Latin-jazz skills on piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, drums, string bass, violin, guitar, and voice. Vocal instruction for Latin arrangements is a new camp offering this year.

This is the second summer for the growing music camp and concert established in honor of the late Roberto Ocasio. There are no reservations or tickets required. For more information and directions to Lake Erie College, call 440.572.2048 or 800.533.4996.

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The Roberto Ocasio Foundation was established in 2004 to perpetuate Roberto Ocasio's music and to further his efforts on behalf of music education, diversity, and young people's achievements. The Foundation provides a program of events and educational clinics, lectures, and demonstrations throughout the year in honor of Roberto. Roberto's lifetime of music began at the age of ten with later formal training in NYC and at Boston's Berklee College of Music. He performed locally and across the U.S., opening or sharing the stage with national artists and taking his talents to schools and colleges, teaching and strenuously promoting knowledge of Latin music and its roots. His award-winning band, Roberto Ocasio's Latin Jazz Project, established in 1997, achieved wide popularity throughout northeast Ohio and is continuing to perform Roberto's legacy of original compositions. Roberto Ocasio passed away tragically on January 31, 2004. ( (

Lake Erie College, founded in 1856, today offers 26 undergraduate majors and master's degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs, international internships, and study trips abroad. (

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