Carolina Crown Presents NightBEAT: The PreSHOW

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Carolina Crown is proud to present NightBEAT: The PreSHOW

Featuring Joey Pero, Sabra Callas and Steve Shoaf

The CrownEVENTS committee is pleased to announce the PreSHOW lineup for NightBEAT ‘09. We have searched high and low to bring you exceptional entertainment featuring talent from both near and afar. If ever there was a reason to purchase VIP tickets to NightBEAT ‘09, this year you have it! As a privileged VIP guest, not only will you be treated to NINE spectacular drum corps performances, you will also receive an invitation to enjoy our special VIP reception, featuring the popular sounds of local sultry jazz duo Sabra Callas and Steve Shoaf.

Prior to the reception, prodigious trumpeter Joey Pero (fresh off the release of his debut album "Resonance") will conduct a free clinic before joining Sabra Callas for a mini-set, as an added treat at the VIP reception; and will follow up with a 30-minute finale of pre-show entertainment. Be sure to check out the review of Joey’s album at

Due to limited seating, this event will sell out. Order your tickets today at

See schedule below:

2pm-3pm Clinic with Joey Pero: FREE with purchase of NightBEAT ticket Location: TBA, Pre-Registration required

3pm-5pm Clinic with Carolina Crown: Open to all Location: Stadium

5-6:30pm VIP Reception held in the American Legion Post 34, Next to Stadium

Entertainment provided by Local R&B/Jazz Duo Sabra Callas and Steve Shoaf

Joey will also sit in with Sabra and Steve for a mini-set.

6:30-7pm Joey Pero LIVE in the Stadium

7PM-11pm NightBEAT

Joey Pero

Joey Pero is considered to be one of the preeminent trumpet talents of our time. Whether playing 16th notes at blinding speed or double Eb’s with ease and tonal perfection, Joey is at ease with his trumpet and embodies the definition of an “instrument acting as an extension of one’s self.”

Joey played second chair on tour with jazz legend Maynard Ferguson and the Big Bop Nouveau.

For a sneak preview of his album visit

"Joey is quite possibly one of the best players alive today"
-Wynton Marsalis

Joey began his career in 1993 when he began playing with Genesee Quest Drum and Bugle Corps at the age of 12. Joey has played as a featured soloist with Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni Corps, Ghost Riders Mini Corps, The Hitmen, and Empire Statesmen, and is very grateful for the support offered to him from this community. Joey was honored as the DCA Soprano Individual Champion in 2000, 2001 & 2002. He received the prestigious DCA Award for Best Showmanship (Vince Bruni trophy) in 2001 and Best soloist (Meg Russo award) in 2002 and 2004.

In 1999, Joey began studying at The Juilliard School at Lincoln Center in New York City. While at Juilliard, Wynton Marsalis took an interest in Joey’s musical ability and began teaching him privately for the next several years. Often, Joey is seen playing the gold brush, Monette trumpet that was a gift from his mentor, Mr. Marsalis. Upon leaving Juilliard, Joey attended The New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Charles Schlueter (First Chair of Boston Symphony). During that time, he won several positions with highly noted groups in Boston such as: The Berklee School of Music Tower of Power Ensemble, freelance positions with the Boston Philharmonic and the Albany Symphony.

Sabra Callas and Steve Shoaf

Sabra Callas, Guitarist-Songstress, is a regionally renowned entertainer and a fixture in the North Carolina music scene with a performance history that spans more than two decades. Callas, a native North Carolinian, began her music career at the tender age of 13, working in speakeasies in the rural parts of the Southeast, where she developed her soulful voice and began honing her guitar skills. As a seasoned entertainer, she brings an affecting, warm, approachable passion to the stage with her heart-felt renditions of popular standards that are recognizable by a diverse range of audience. Callas will be accompanied by fellow-musician and brilliant pianist, Steve Shoaf (also from North Carolina). Shoaf brings 30 years of experience to the stage not only as a keyboardist, but as a vocalist who also performs regularly with a local quartet. The musical dynamics between Callas and Shoaf create an alluring appeal as the synergy between the two emerges and empties into the presence of the listener.

Posted by on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009. Filed under DCI World.