- About COTA
In 1981, the 4th year of the festival, Pat Dorian responds to Phil Woods' letter about establishing a jazz band made up of young musicians. Of twenty-six high school band directors queried, he's the only one to do so; and the COTA Cats are born. A big band comprised of local high school students, the Cats come together through the continued efforts of Dorian and Woods, and will become a major feature of each festival.
PHIL WOODS ENTERPRISES ~ THE PHIL WOODS QUINTET ~ MUSIC DuBOIS
May 13, 1981
This year will be the Fourth Annual Celebration Of The Arts and we would like to enlist your help in forming a Jazz band of the outstanding young musicians in the area. The band would meet for rehearsal after Labor Day weekend and perform at the Festival the following Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13.
I, along with other professionals in the area, will rehearse the band. We also hope to commision new works for this young ensemble and debut them at the Festival. We urgently need your help in this matter. Could you please post the enclosed sign in a conspicuous place and pass the word to interested young musicians?
First Edition of the COTACats with "ringers" Rick Chamberlain and Jim Daniels in foreground 1981
Photo: Walter Bredel