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PRESS RELEASE - UG’s Artist in Residence Programme Hosts Music Masterclass with Internationally-acclaimed Grammy and Tony Nominated Trumpeter and Jazz Musician; Reggie Pittman

Thursday, April 18, 2024 - 09:23

University of Guyana / Greater Georgetown / Guyana / Wednesday, April 17, 2024

UG’s Artist in Residence Programme Hosts Music Masterclass with Internationally acclaimed Grammy and Tony Nominated Trumpeter and Jazz Musician; Reggie Pittman

The University of Guyana’s Artist in Residence Programme recently held an Exclusive Music Masterclass, with Internationally acclaimed Grammy and Tony nominated trumpeter and jazz musician, Mr Reggie Pittman.
The event which was held at the university’s Education Lecture Theatre (ELT), Turkeyen Campus, saw several persons in the creative industry, including UG students, members of the Theatre Guild, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Steel Orchestra, representatives of the National Drama Company EdYou FM and Woodside Choir among others benefitting from the expertise of the international musician.

With over thirty years of experience in the music industry, Mr Pittman shared his musical journey and techniques for performing, networking and collaborating on the international stage. In encouraging the artists to hone their craft, he said: “If you want to become great, you must practice every day and it will become part of you.” He explained that sometimes an artiste must practice thirty hours to perfect a technique for a piece that will only last for three minutes.

Reggie Pitman

Internationally Acclaimed Grammy and Tony Nominated Trumpeter and Jazz Musician, Mr Reggie Pittman


Some of the participants at the Music Masterclass showcasing their talent

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The University of Guyana in Brief
The University of Guyana, the national University of Guyana, now in its 60th year, was founded in October 1963, three years before Guyana became independent. “UG”, as it is fondly referred to, offers over 160 distinct programmes in over 60 disciplines, from certificates, Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s Degrees to Ph.D.’s. These programmes are offered online, face-to-face or in blended formats. UG delivers through a Guyana-based system across eight campuses. This includes its 35-year-old community-based Institute for Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE) and the second major campus at Tain in Berbice celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2025. The University of Guyana’s student population is over 11,000.

Through its eight (8) Faculties, including an accredited College of Medical Sciences, School for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation and the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences which is ranked # 5 globally. “UG” has provided education, training and research for over 60,000 alumni over its 60-year history with significant national and global impact. Other faculties include the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, the Faculty of Natural Sciences, the College of Behavioural Sciences and Research, the Faculty of Education and Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The University is also home to ten (10) Research Institutes including the internationally important Centre for Biodiversity, the Institute for Food and Nutrition Security, the Institute for Innovation, Research and Entrepreneurship, the Institute for Energy Diplomacy, the Green Institute, the Institute for Human Resiliency, Strategic Security and the Future, and the International Centre for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.

The mission of the University of Guyana is to discover, generate, disseminate, and apply knowledge of the highest standard for advancement of communities, the nation, and mankind within an atmosphere of academic freedom, transparent accountability, pragmatic innovation, and universal respect.

UG’s forward-thinking Blueprint 2040 is currently setting the course for the University’s future design and institutional response to the changing needs of Guyana, the region and the world. UG is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary with a renewed focus on becoming the leading teaching and research University in Guyana. Visit UG at