CAJ Jazz Education Lifetime Award Criteria:
- Served as a quality/competent jazz educator for over 20 years with consistency.
- Jazz groups/students visible in jazz community and of outstanding quality.
- Also worked as an: adjudicator/clinician/soloist/mentor/audition coach, festival host/camp instructor.
- Contributed as a state/regional/national officer for professional musical organization.
- Written or recorded either clinics, music or books on jazz.
- Retired from education.
- Nominated by the CAJ board.
CAJ Hall of Fame
Fredrick J. Berry
Fredrick J. Berry, jazz educator and professional trumpet player, is a member of the faculty of Stanford University, where he teaches Jazz History and is Director of the Stanford Jazz Orchestra. At Stanford University he instituted the visiting artist program in which world renown artists do mini residencies which culminate in performances with the Stanford Jazz Orchestra. He is Emeritus professor of Music from the College of San Mateo where he taught for thirty five years and founded the College of San Mateo Jazz Festival. He taught brass instruments at the Nueva Center for Gifted Children for ten years. He is also involved in Jazz education as a director, clinician, and adjudicator. Performance credits include artists such as Roscoe Mitchell, Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Benny Carter, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner and Nancy Wilson. He is actively involved in bay area music as a trumpeter, contractor, conductor, and band leader, and is presently musical director for vocalist and recording artist, Jaime Davis. He was musical director for the Northern California Louie Bellson Orchestra for five years. He is a charter member of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Music) and is an original member of the Roscoe Mitchell Quartet which became the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He is one of the few remaining musicians who played with the Basie orchestra when Count Basie was alive. His most recent 2015 performances include a two week Stanford Jazz Orchestra European tour of Jazz festivals with Jon Faddis, and a performance with Aretha Franklin at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, in which he contracted the horn section. He and his wife Quereda, were married in 1970 and reside in Redwood City, California.
Madeline Eastman has built her reputation as a bold and original interpreter of the jazz canon. Eastman, according to a broad consensus in the jazz press, belongs to that select group of living singers who are actual jazz musicians as well. Renowned for her wit and unpredictable stream-of-conciseness musical point of view, the LA Times called her “a consummate, inventive, endlessly entertaining artist at work.” Downbeat Magazine said “she is one of the most technically accomplished and soulful vocalists in jazz.” She has repeatedy been voted “Rising Star” Female Jazz Vocalist in DownBeat International Critics Poll (four times). And has been voted one of the Top Female Jazz Vocalists in DownBeat International Readers Poll. She has produced and recorded eight critically acclaimed CDs featuring such luminaries as Tony Williams, Cedar Walton, Phil Woods and Kenny Barron. Barron also joined Madeline on her upcoming album “The Abstract Truth” recorded in Amsterdam with the famed 50-piece Metropole Orchestra. Madeline has been Artistic Director for Jazz Camp West for 24 years. She developed and directs the Vocal Department for Stanford Jazz Institute since it’s inception 23 years ago, she designed a similar program in Glasgow, Scotland. Mad developed and directs her own program the VoiceShop Retreats (since 1995) and developed her one-on-one mentor program, Artist2Artist. Madeline’s past teachings include a two-year stint as Artist in Residence for Berkeley’s California Jazz Institute (formerly the Jazz School), an eight-year residencey with the Brubeck Jazz Colony, twelve years as the sole vocal clinician for The Monterey Jazz Festivals Traveling Clinicians Program and has taught and lectured all over the world including Finland, Scotland, Japan, Sweden, Brazil, Canada and more.
Perla L. Warren
Perla Warren was graduated from the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music in 1957 with a degree in Piano Performance with the highest honors. In the United States, she received two further degrees in Music History and Literature and in Choral Conducting at the Jordan Conservatory of Music, Butler University. Appointed to the faculty of the University and as a choral teacher at Pike High School for the next five years, she then accompanied her growing family to Sacramento, California in 1965. In 1974, she entered the faculty of the American River College as a choral conductor, voice teacher, and piano instructor. She was the conductor of both the American River College Chamber Singers (a classical repertoire ensemble) and the American River College Jazz Choir. In addition to her college choirs, she also acted at the interim Chorus Master of the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra in 1992-1993 and conducted Sacramento Master Singer during their director, Ralph Hughes, sabbatical in 2001. She was actively sought as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in jazz, chamber, and concert choir festivals, music conferences and workshops through the United States. For three decades, she conducted all-state honor choirs in local, state, and national arenas. She managed choral workshops at several universities and music conferences through the United States and the Philippines. Her Carnegie Hall debut occurred in May, 1994 when she conducted massed choirs and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra in the Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem.”
Her American River choirs received numerous awards and invitations to prestigious European music festivals in Ireland, England, the Philippines, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France and Holland. Her Jazz Choir performed at both the Montreaux International Jazz Festival and opened for Ray Charles at the North Sea International Jazz Festival in Holland.
Over the years, innumerable honors were awarded to Perla as well. In 1984, the students and faculty at American River College bestowed upon her the prestigious “instructor of the Year Award.” In 1989, she was voted by students, faculty, employees and local community representatives “the American River College Patron’s Chair.” In 1991, the Music Educator’s national convention honored her with the Eunice Skinner Award as “Outstanding Choral Director of California.” Her own California Music Educators Association Capital Chapter elected her one of the outstanding music educators in 1994. In 2001, she received the “Howard Swann Award” given by the American Choral Director’s Association for outstanding contribution to the choral arts.
After retiring from teaching she continued her efforts to keep music in the forefront of schools and community by involving herself in community organizations as varied as the Junior Music Sponsors, the American Association of University Women, a music professional sorority, Mu Phi Epsilon, the Sacramento Symphony League, and the Sacramento Medical Auxiliary; taking on many musical roles as lecturer, guest conductor, music advisor, and chairwoman.
Dr. Herbert (Herb) H. Wong
Herb achieved world recognition as a Jazz Critic, Historian, and Journalist. Besides writing hundreds of jazz liner notes, he was Chief Producer and President of Palo Alto Jazz Records and Black Hawk Records. He hosted “Jazz Perspectives” on KJAZ radio, and was their “Director of Education and Music Industry Relations” for 36 years. He loved producing 50 years of a special Holiday Jazz show on both KJAZ and KCSM collectively. Herb was also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Stanford Shopping Center Jazz concert series, which after his 13 years of producing is still on going.
Herb taught jazz history for 25 years and 75 courses, with live artists, never repeating a topic, for the Palo Alto Adult School. He was the co-founder of the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to jazz education and functioned as Artistic Director for their performances. Herb was a past President of the International Association for Jazz Education and elected to the Jazz Education Hall of Fame. He had the honor of having seven original jazz compositions written, named, and recorded for him.
Herb served in the Army during World War II. He was involved in the liberation of the Philippines and was the Chief Instructor of the U.S. Signal Corps in the occupation of Japan. He began his career on the airwaves with Radio Tokyo and the Armed Forces Radio Service.
Herb earned his Bachelor and Doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Zoology specializing in Ornithology and Science Education and his Masters in Science Education from San Jose State University. He was a Teacher, Administrator, and Professor both at Cal and Huxley College of Environment Studies, Western Washington University. In the early ‘70s, while a Principal and Professor in Berkeley, he forged an innovative environmental model at Washington School by dedicating a section of his school yard to fruit and vegetable gardening, composting, and exploring nature in diversified habitats. He was lauded by the United Nations for its forward concepts. This yard attracted countless people from around the world exploring and adopting its principles. He published several books including “Natural Learning” a title co-authored by Professor Robin Moore, his associate on this project. Additionally, Herb co-authored, with Dr. Matthew Vessel, numerous children’s books on science, including two environmental series that were adopted by the State Department of Education.
Concurrently, Herb pioneered jazz education and introduced interdisciplinary instruction into the entire elementary curriculum. His program included visitations and interactive performances by “jazz greats” including The Oscar Peterson Trio, Duke Ellington’s Orchestra, and many more. His approach went into the middle schools and eventually into Berkeley High School, putting Berkeley on the map for producing great jazz players including Joshua Redman, Peter Apfelbaum, and Rodney Franklin to name a few. The City of Berkeley has honored Herb for his contributions to Jazz Education. He was a mentor for many young musicians and promoted the careers of countless others.
Frank was born in Hayward, California October 14, 1939, to John and Hazel Sumares. He graduated from Hayward High School in 1957. In 1958 he joined the United State Marine Corps. He spent 4 years in the service mainly in San Diego and Japan. After leaving the service he returned home and worked as a food clerk and a beer driver!! In May 1963 he met and married Donna Lee. They were married 2 months short of 50 years.
EDUCATION AND TEACHING CAREER:
In 1975 went back to school, first Chabot College for AA. SJSU for BA in Music and the Cal State, Hayward for his MA in Music. While getting degrees he had a Special Teaching Credential and taught at Castro Valley High School and Diablo Valley College. Frank taught at Cal State Hayward 1979-80 and Chabot College from 1980 through 2006. He had award winning bands while there.
After retiring he taught 11 years part-time at SJSU part-time until his death in 2013.
He taught and adjudicated all over California and spent his summers teaching at Stanford Jazz Workshop and Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop.
He played solo piano at Kuleto’s Restaurant in San Francisco for 5 years and backed Carol Channing at local performances. He conducted the Count Basie Band for Ledisi in San Francisco and the Blue Note in New York and played all over the Bay Area.
Jerry Moore, Ph. D., supervises development of YI’s music curriculum, creates curriculum materials, provides professional development, and participates in arts-integrated model projects. Dr. Moore was awarded a Ph.D. from Kent State University in Music Education with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology. Earlier degrees were from Humboldt State University and Eastman School of Music. A member of the College of the Redwoods faculty from 1965 until 1999, Jerry was active through the years as a composer, conductor, workshop presenter and explorer of music systems around the world. Flute and piano are his favorite instruments when performing classical or jazz music.
For over 50 years Don has been actively busy in the Studios of Los Angeles and Chicago singing and playing woodwinds on thousands of TV and Radio commercials such as Budweiser, Schlitz, Allstate, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Oscar Mayer, Bud Light, State Farm, United Airlines, Kraft, KFC, Keebler and McDonalds. In addition to these he has recorded with Barbra Streisand, Paul Anka, Amy Grant, Celine Dion as well as recording movie themes.
He has also played in the bands of Les Brown, Ray Anthony and others. He was a member of the famed vocal groups The Hi-Lo’s and Singers Unlimited. He plays regularly at Vicky’s of Santa Fe with the group JazzTime each Sunday afternoon. He has also played at McCallum Theater with artists such as Michael Feinstein, Johnny Mathis, and Barbara Cook. Don also released the CD “Hear At Last” where he plays many woodwinds as well as singing on many selections.
GARY FOSTER (Woodwinds).
Gary Foster is a graduate of Kansas University. He lives in Los Angeles where he is a freelance musician performing on clarinet, saxophone and flute.
In live performance Gary has played with Laurindo Almeida, Mundell Lowe, Benny Goodman and Louis Bellson. He has performed and recorded with jazz groups led by Clare Fischer, Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz, Cal Tjader, Shelly Manne, Moacir Santos, Poncho Sanchez, Jimmy Rowles, Alan Broadbent, Jimmy Knepper, Mark Masters, Sammy Nestico, David Sills, Pete Christlieb, Kerry Strayer, Dan St. Marseille, Oliver Lake, Putter Smith, Gerard Hagen, Larry Koonse, Frank Bennett, Bill Cunliffe, Bobby Shew and Bill Dobbins.
Other CD recordings are with Barbra Streisand, Mel Torme, Toni Tennille, Natalie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Michael Feinstein, Liza Minnelli, Marni Nixon, Diane Schuur, Melissa Manchester, Joao Gilberto, Dr. John, Johnny Mathis, Michel LeGrand, Paul McCartney, Kenny Rogers, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, Stevie Wonder, Cristina Aguilera, Michael Boulton, Maynard Ferguson, Bette Midler, Vanessa Williams, Paul Anka, Prince, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Manhattan Transfer, Ray Anthony, Vince Gill, Diana Krall, Rein de Graaff, Wesla Whitfield, Linda Ronstadt, Robbie Williams, Lucie Arnaz, Ricky Lee Jones, Maureen Dechter, Steve Lawrence, Nina Simone, Tierney Sutton, Quincy Jones, Michael Buble, Susan Krebs, Lorraine Feather, Matt Dusk, Frank Sinatra Jr., Andy Williams, Mary Haskell, Debby Boone, Jane Monheit, Renee Oldstead, V.R. Smith, Madeline Peyroux, Russell Watkins, Sue Raney, Leslie Lewis, Thomas Quasthoff, Don Shelton, Melody Gardot, Michael Jackson, Placido Domingo and Glenn Frey.
Solo jazz recordings are on the Revelation, RCA Japan, Toshiba EMI, Concord, JVC, Insights Japan, TorrI and AJI labels.
From the late 1960’s to the present Gary has been a member of several hundred live and film television orchestras and has performed on more than five hundred motion picture soundtracks.
Gary has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, the L.A. Master Chorale, the L.A. Opera Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. From its inception in 1973 until 1982, Gary was a member of the award-winning Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band.
Tom Kubis was recognized in the middle 60’s as an outstanding saxophone and flute player. He performed on saxophone with such jazz greats as Frank Rosolino, Bill Watrous, Arturo Sandoval, Jack Sheldon, Pete Christlieb and Louis Bellson. After studying 20th century composition at Long Beach State, Tom’s interests turned towards jazz composition and arranging. In addition to motion picture and television assignments, the sought after composer/arranger has worked with many outstanding jazz artists and celebrities including long time commissions with Steve Allen (seven years) and Helen Reddy (five years). Among his television credits are arranging and conducting the CBS Jackie Gleason 30 year Reunion Special and The Bob Newhart 20 Year Anniversary show. Tom’s musical arrangements and those of Bob Florence, Roger Newman and Alan Broadbent were featured at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in Portraits of Jazz. This presentation was penned by famed composer Cy Coleman and Academy Award winners, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, with whom Tom has worked for many years. In 1993, Tom conducted his arrangements with Jack Sheldon at Carnegie Hall in New York, also his Big Band performed his arrangements for two nights at the Orange County Performing Arts Center with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Tom Kubis’s musical arrangements define the contemporary big band sound and have been performed at virtually every major jazz festival in the world including the Playboy Jazz Festival, the Montreaux Jazz Festival and theBerkeley Jazz Festival to name a few. His charts have been played in just about any place or city that has a big band. There are literally hundreds of CDs available where Tom’s arrangements can be heard from college to professional bands. Tom’s playing, arranging and sequencing skills have taken him all over the world for concerts and clinics. As the Los Angeles Times puts it, “His charts are crisp and swinging are finely crafted with superbly linked written passages that flow with tremendous urgency and drive”. Discography Silverware: Dimitri Pagalidis (Mark 56 Records, deleted) Another Place Setting: Dimitri Pagalidis (Mark 56 Records, deleted) Slightly Off The Ground: Tom Kubis Big Band (Seabreeze CDSB 109-2) At Last: Tom Kubis Big Band (Cexton CR21251) You Just Can’t Have Enough Christmas: Tom Kubis Big Band (Cexton CR21444) Reunion: Charles Rutherford Big Band (CD5B2044) Space Available: Bill Watrous Big Band (Double-Time Records DTRCD 124) Fast Cars, Fascinating Women: Tom Kubis Big Band (Seabreeze SB2079) Keep Swingin’:Tom Kubis Big Band (Seabreeze SB 2090) With A Lot Of Help From My Friends: George Graham Big Band (Seabreeze 2089) A Perfect Match: Bohuslan Big Band (Norway) Real Records RT 103- ￼
Bob MacDonald started the jazz program at L.A. City College in the late 1940’s. That band became it’s first college dance band officially. The Band in 51/52 won Metronome Magazine’s Contest for The Best Band and was rewarded by being recorded Capital Records. He was a master teacher. His mentor was Louie Armstrong and he wrote for Buddy Berigan. Bob was mild mannered and very respected among his students and all the L.A. local professional musicians . “With the establishment of its Commercial Music curriculum in 1946, LA City College became the first college in the nation to offer a degree in jazz. Indeed, numerous important jazz musicians attended LA City College, including Chet Baker, Irving Bush, Eric Dolphy, Bob Florence, Herb Geller, Jerry Goldsmith, Les McCann, Charlie Mingus, Lennie Niehaus, Tommy Oliver, Jack Sheldon, Julius Wechter and Hal Owen. Many talented musicians have studied at Los Angeles City College, including: David Alpert, musician/co- owner of A&M Records, Roy Ayers, jazz musician, Chet Baker, jazz musician, Robert Bradley, blues musician, Irving Bush, jazz musician, Eric Dolphy, jazz musician, Jean Fenn, Metropolitan Opera Company, Bob Florence, jazz musician/composer, Don Friedman, jazz pianist, Herb Geller, jazz musician, Jerry Goldsmith, composer, Academy Award® recipient, Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songwriters, M.C. Hammer, R&B musician, Grammy® recipient, Howard Leese, rock musician and producer, George London, opera star/ Director of the Kennedy Center, Lebo M, composer, Les McCann, jazz pianist/singer, Charlie Mingus, jazz musician, Lennie Niehaus, jazz musician, Odetta, folk singer, Tommy Oliver, jazz musician, Hal Owen, jazz musician, Dianne Reeves, jazz singer, Grammy® recipient, Robin Russell, drummer – member of New Birth/Nite-Liters, Jack Sheldon, jazz musician, Leonard Slatkin, conductor, Ed Thigpen, jazz musician, Russ Titelman, music producer, Grammy® recipient, songwriter, John Williams, Academy Award®–winning composer, and La Monte Young, composer. ! In this quote from noted jazz composer, Bob Florence, former student of Bob McDonald stated: “I had been heading toward becoming a concert pianist. I had been playing piano since I was 4, and had been performing concerts since age 7 or 8, though I also listened to jazz and pop music.” Then at L. A. City College, Florence needed additional units and serendipitously enrolled in a class in orchestration and arranging from Bob MacDonald, a noted Southern California music instructor who later directed the jazz program at Valley College in Van Nuys. To his surprise, Florence found that he had an affinity for jazz- based composition. “I discovered that writing was really fun,” Florence recalled. “There was a band at L. A. C. C., and I could hear my music played, and it was really rewarding. Later, I was able to learn by trial and error, hearing a band play my charts at the musicians union. So I just kept going.”
Rory Snyder is a Professor Emeritus from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, where he just retired as the Director of Jazz Studies. For 16 years he was the Director of Bands at Homestead High School and Jazz Director at Santa Clara University. He earned a B.A. from UCLA and an M.M. from the University of Northern Colorado, and is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, honor band director, and guest artist throughout the west. Rory recorded his first CD as a leader titled “New York Sessions” featuring Michael Wolff – piano, Wallace Roney – trumpet, John Patitucci – basses, and Victor Jones – drums. He held these leadership positions during his career: NorCal President of the CA Unit of IAJE for almost 10 years, CMEA State Jazz Representative, NorCal Vice President of MACCC, CMEA Bay Section Area V Representative, NorCal Representative of CAJ, and Music Department Chair at Homestead HS and Diablo Valley College. He is currently the Western States Representative of the Jazz Education Network. He founded the Jazz Program at Homestead HS in Cupertino, and built it up to be one of the top programs in CA. The Jazz Ensemble earned many Unanimous Superior ratings at CMEA Festivals, won many competitive festivals, and was selected 6 times as one of the top 10 Ensembles to compete at the Monterey Jazz Festival HS Festival. Most importantly a lot of his former students are now music teachers, professional musicians, and most continue playing music. At Diablo Valley College he also built the Jazz Studies Program to be one of the best in California. All of his performing groups played concerts, festivals, and achieved top notch reputations. The Night Jazz Band has won the Reno and Pacific Coast Jazz Festival, toured China, and recorded 3 CDs. The first one featured Phil Woods, the guest on the second was Toshiko Akiyoshi. The latest release is DVC Jazz Live at Yoshi’s and DVC featuring Bob Mintzer. Rory has led DVC and HHS Music tours to China, Paris, London, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Disneyland and Disneyworld. He has presented many major jazz figures as guest artists at all 3 schools he taught at including Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, Bruce Forman, Bill Watrous, Michael Wolff, Ed Shaughnessy, Wayne Bergeron, The Count Basie Orchestra, Richie Cole, Don Menza, Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Hutcherson and more. Rory performs professionally on saxophones, flutes and clarinet, and leads various groups including Rory Snyder’s Night Jazz Band. Appearances include the west coast’s premeire jazz club Yoshi’s, Jupiter, the Monterey, San Jose & Vallejo Jazz Festivals, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, UCLA, Cal State Stanislaus, and San Jose State University. Rory recorded 5 CDs with Dave Eshelman’s Jazz Garden Big Band, and 2 with the Mike Vax Jazz Orchestra. He has played countless gigs, shows, and appeared as a sideman with Johnny Mathis, Bob Hope, George Burns, Jack Jones, Eddie Fisher, Frankie Valli, Rosemary Clooney, The Temptations and many others. In retirement he is enjoying his favorite jobs as a sub DJ on KCSM 91.1 FM, the Bay Area’s Jazz Station, and director of his Night Jazz Band. Rory continues to play his favorite sports basketball and golf, adjudicate, give clinics, direct honor bands, and travel with his wife of 34 years Linda. He is honored and humbled to be inducted to the CAJ Hall of Fame with such a stellar group of great jazz educators. ￼
Ed Wolfe was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1946 and attended the Albuquerque Public Schools (graduated Highland HS, 1964) and the University of New Mexico (B.M.E.1968 and M.M. 1973). His musical background began on piano (age 5) and continued as a trumpet student (age 9). He was featured as a church soloist throughout Junior High and High School on trumpet and also sang in the church choir. At UNM, he began to learn other musical instruments (Horn, Trombone, Bass, Euphonium, Synthesizer) while working on his music education degree. Performance opportunities in APS included Band, Orchestra, Dance Band, Brass Ensemble and Piano. At UNM he performed with Band, Orchestra, University Chorus, Brass Quintet, Brass Choir, Jazz Ensemble and his own jazz groups and other jazz ensembles (Ed Wolfe trio, Kingsman, Moonlighters, Al Baca Quartet, Bill Paynter Jazz Quartet). After graduation in 1968, Ed began his music education career in Albuquerque while also continuing to perform on trumpet and bass. During this time in addition to his duties with APS, he founded and directed the Albuquerque Brass Quintet and the Albuquerque Heights Rehearsal Jazz Band. He also did occasional performances with the Albuquerque Symphony Orchestra. It was during this eight year period that he was elected NAJE historian for the state of New Mexico as well as NMMEA District 7 (Albuquerque) vice- president for music festivals. He also served on the ACLOA (Light Opera) board and was musical director on several shows, playing in the pit on others. Ed founded the Hummingbird Music Camp Jazz Week in 1975 with guest soloists and clinicians from APS as well as Bobby Shew and Robert Miller (ASU) as head clinicians. In 1977, Ed moved to California and began his 32 year tenure with the Bonita Unified School District teaching at 9 of the 13 public schools in the district. He became clinician for Jazz Ensembles and Concert Bands throughout Southern California and his ensembles traveled all over the US attending festivals and concert tours. Literally hundreds of performances during those 30 plus years earned high awards at SCSBOA festivals, Command Performances, Heritage Festivals and Festival of the States in San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Colorado Springs, Tempe, Washington DC and Boston. Ed’s Jazz Ensembles have had a wide variety of fine guest soloists over his 40 year teaching career including Clark Terry, Bobby Shew, Bob Miller, Arlen Asher, Bob Brown, Bob Farley, Fenton Katz, Ray Pizzi, Jim Linahon, Matt Catingub, Roger Burn and Shapes, Matt Politano, Tony Lujan, Dino Soldo, Milton Nelson, Todd Kreutzer and 2AZZ1 (Craig and Mary Durst). Ed most recently founded and directs the San Dimas Brass Ensembles (in which he plays trumpet, horn and euphonium books) and the San Dimas Jazz Workshop Reading Band (playing keyboard) featuring local and regional professional players as well as many former jazz students who now play professionally. Some of Ed’s professional former students include Tony Lujan, Milton Nelson, Roger Burn (deceased), Dino Soldo, Matt Politano, Mark Tschinkel, Peter Adam, and many more. There are also a large number of former students who have become educators in a variety of fields. Among the many awards and citations Ed has received in the last forty five years are: “Most Outstanding Teacher” – 1973-1974, 2005-2006, “MENC Nationally Registered Music Educator” – 1991, “MENC Nationally Certified Music Educator” – 1991, “Who’s Who in the West” – 1989-1990, 1992-1993, “Who’s Who in Entertainment” – 1992-1993, “Who’s Who in American Education” – 1992-1993, 1994-1995, 1996-1997, “Who’s Who in America” – 1997, “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” – 1996, 1998, 2000, “BRAVO Award” semi-finalist – 1994-1995, SCSBOA “Certificate of Appreciation” for presentation of “Developing and Sustaining Elementary and Middle School Jazz Programs” – 9/9/1995, San Dimas Juvenile Justice Commission “Youth Service Award” – 1984, 1993, 2001, BUSD “Teacher Hall of Fame” – 2006, BTSA “Award of Merit” – 2006, Heritage Festival Director’s Club – 2007, San Dimas Community Hero – 2007, SCSBOA “Veteran Teacher Award” – 2008, and San Dimas “Volunteer of the Year” – 2010. Ed is now retired from public music education, but is still a clinician, arranger, composer, director and performer of jazz and classical literature. He is also the Chairman of the San Dimas Senior Citizen Commission and volunteers his musical ensembles to perform for senior and city functions.
Richard Robinette has been an active part of San Diego’s music scene since 1953. While attending Mission Bay High School (1954-1958) he sat principal clarinet in several all-California and MENC national high school honor bands and was featured soloist with the La Jolla Civic Orchestra at age 16. He graduated with distinction in clarinet performance from San Diego State University in 1962 where he recorded Three Songs for Clarinet and Piano on The Contemporary Composers label with composer David Ward-Steinman on piano. He taught instrumental music at Crawford High School in San Diego from 1962 through 1967, where he introduced jazz to the curriculum and developed an award-winning jazz ensemble. He continued the jazz education tradition at El Cajon Valley High School from 1967 through 1969. Richard joined the faculty at Southwestern College in 1969 as the instrumental music director. He also continued the well-established tradition in jazz by coordinating he popular stage band festival, expanding it to include vocal jazz. He developed the jazz studies program by designing courses in jazz history, jazz improvisation, and commercial/jazz arranging. He further developed that program by introducing recording techniques and an introduction to commercial music course. These courses ultimately lead to an associate degree in commercial music. He also taught a highly popular course, The Contemporary Scene of American Popular Music, which focused on the influence of various jazz styles on the development of popular music. He subsequently wrote a text for the course, Historical Perspectives in Popular Music which, along with its companion set of CDs, was adopted by a number of colleges throughout the country. ! Under Mr. Robinette’s leadership the Southwestern College Jazz Festival brought such artists as Stan Kenton, Art Pepper, Don Ellis, Rich Mattison, Gary Pack, and Billy Fender. While at Southwestern College he served as clinician, coach and adjudicator for school music festivals. He retired from Southwestern College in 1999 as professor emeritus and currently performs as soloist and principal clarinetist with the San Diego Concert Band, Hillcrest Wind Ensmble, Tifefereth Israel Community Orchestra, San Diego Festival Orchestra, and the San Diego Clarinet Quintet. ￼ In his early years, legendary jazz bassist
Marshall Raymond Hawkins lived on Eaton and Howard Roads. His exposure to music began with Birney Elementary School and Douglass Junior High School glee clubs. He learned to play drums and piano and by age 16 was the organist for church services throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. He asserts that Frank Maxwell, Superintendent of Music in the DC Public Schools, influenced his ultimate choice of instrument, the upright bass. Marshall played with Shirley Horn for four years in DC, joined the Miles Davis Quintet, played with Eddie Jefferson, toured with Richie Cole in Europe and Japan, performed with Roberta Flack at DC’s Mr. Henry’s, and eventually formed his own Marshall Hawkins Quintet. He was inducted into the California Alliance of Jazz Hall of Fame in 2013. His classical credits include performances with the National Symphony as a guest soloist, His classical credits include performances with the National Symphony as guest soloist for a composition written for jazz bass and woodwind quintet; the San Jacinto Community College Orchestra, and the Idyllwild Arts Chamber and Festival orchestras. ! Marshall now lives in Idyllwild, California where he has established a Jazz Studies program at Idyllwild Arts Academy. Here he teaches Lifestyles of Jazz and brings other art forms to the next generation of aspiring artists. He is Co founder and Music Director of Jazz in the Pines Music Festival–in its 19th year- which raises scholarship money for students attending the Idyllwild Arts Academy. The Marshall Hawkins Jazz Building was so named to honor Marshall’s more than two decades of service to Idyllwild Arts Academy. He also was the first recipient of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation “Lifetime in Arts Achievement Award.” In 2008, he was selected by The Goethe Institute to serve as ambassador to the International Jazzahead Conference in Bremen, Germany, representing the United States, ldylwild Arts Foundation, and Jazz in the Pines. Seahawk Modern Jazz Orchestra (MOJO) is his latest venture. MOJO performs throughout Southern California raising money to promote jazz music and educational programs at elementary and secondary schools. ‘The world would ‘b-flat’ without music,” Marshall quips. Hawk is an avid tennis player and has received several awards for his competitive play. He says one thing is sure, ”I’m still East Coast, DC, and an Anacostia homeboy.”
Alto saxophonist Lanny Morgan has been on the scene here and abroad since 1960, playing every major jazz club and festival that exist and guesting as soloist/clinician at colleges and universities in nearly every state of the union. He has traveled the world as a soloist, as a member of Supersax, and with ensembles backing Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, and others. Notably, he became a frequent front-liner with British musicians throughout the U.K. ￼Morgan first came to prominence in New York City, as the young lead alto for Maynard Ferguson’s Big Band of the sixties, as well as the MF Sextet of the same era, and clubbing with his own group in the Big Apple. His signature sound has endured from his early years with Ferguson through decades in a career that has spanned an A-Z list of involvement with everyone notable in the recent history of jazz. A significant endorsement of his earned respect is his role in a program that pays tribute to revered alto saxman Charlie Parker. Featured at three jazz festivals since its debut in 2004, the show spotlights Morgan with symphony orchestra members, reproducing the famous recording of “Charlie Parker with Strings,” and in a quartet setting, playing famous Parker tunes. As a studio/jazz musician, he was tapped for 15 variety shows of TV’s heyday, along with movie soundtracks and recordings by everyone from Manhattan Transfer to Steeley Dan. He taught at the Bud Shank Workshop, Dick Grove School of Music and the Stanford Jazz Workshop and was an instructor for many years at Idyllwild Jazz Camp. Clinic and solo work at more than 100 colleges and high schools coast-to-coast inspired “Lanny’s Licks,” a book for beginning jazz improv students. The CD titled “6” The Lanny Morgan Sextet was performed live by the old master and his five old friends at the first annual conference of the California Alliance for Jazz (CAJ). Other Morgan-led recordings include: A Suite for Yardbird, Lanny Morgan interprets the compositions of Charlie Parker; Pacific Standard, The Lanny Morgan Quartet and It’s About Time.
Bob Babko was born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania (the same small, now boarded-up town where Vinnie Colaiuta was born) and began musical involvement with piano lessons at age 5. At one time or other, Bob has played junior high school drums, string bass (in the “dance band”), tuba, electric bass, guitar, clarinet (in college marching band) and ultimately/more lately trombone. He has also sung bass and tenor in high school, junior college, and university select ensembles. He has taught 17 years of choral music and 17 years of instrumental music. His degrees are in Music Theory and History (BA – UCSB) and Music Composition (MA- CSUN). He has also written jingles, televised commercial music, and many arrangements some of which were published by Warner Brothers. With all of that, the applicable constants for Bob have been a commitment to teaching and a passion for jazz. As a choral music teacher, Bob directed a select ensemble of singers “accompanied” by an 11 piece jazz band that scored superior ratings at the Reno Jazz Festival and a 1st place at one of the early Chaffey College Jazz Festivals. During that time, he also founded the first high school “pop choral” festival in California. Later, he also taught jazz singing at the JC level. Having found his real niche in instrumental teaching, his jazz bands have been consistently recognized as some of the very best, taking 1st place in festival in the heavy division, being invited to perform at CMEA Conference and at the Monterey Jazz Festival “Next Generation” festival, and placing very high at the Reno Jazz Festival. As an instrumental jazz educator, Bob founded the “Super Jazz” festival which for 13 years has brought top professionals as judges and clinicians into contact with high school and college jazz bands. Beyond his teaching, he has been influential in bringing jazz to those outside of his own classrooms by being Jazz Representative to CMEA, president of the California Unit of IAJE, and founding board member of CAJ. Bob was very honored to have been selected as the Walrus/CMEA Jazz Educator of the Year for 2006. Bob is most proud of having nurtured jazz interest and skills in so many students over the years, of his son Jeff, who is a highly sought-after professional pianist/keyboardist, and of having managed to stay married to his wonderful wife, Diane, through 45 years of marriage. And, he is extremely honored to be inducted into the CAJ Hall of Fame, especially as it is in the same year as Jeff Tower and Rich Watson, two jazz educators who have been of tremendous influence and inspiration to him for so many years.
Ernie Del Fante is currently active as a performing artist with several musical groups including his own Jazz combo and Jazz duo. Ernie is a native of California who grew as a musician in the greater Los Angeles area music scene. His credits include film, TV, recordings and literally hundreds of live jazz performances with top jazz artists including Dolo Coker,, Leroy Vinegar, Gabe Baltazar, Lanny Morgan, Tom Ranier, Shelly Berg, Baba Elefante, Chuck Flores, Luther Hughes, Joe Jewel, Larry Koonse, Ron Kobayashi, Mark Massey,, Tom Scott, Richard Simon, Kate Reid, Jules Day ,,, and many others. Ernie has performed in such international performance venues as The North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, ; and St. Marks Square (Venice, Italy), 1996. He is on staff in the music department of Fullerton College as instructor of jazz lab band, and jazz history . He also is in demand as a jazz clinician and adjudicator at schools and jazz festivals on the West Coast. Ernie taught Elementary Music In the Norwalk and La Mirada Districts in Orange County for many years. He has also served as a clinician and adjudicator for jazz festivals on the west coast, as well as teaching at the Idyllwild Arts summer jazz workshop.
Ladd McIntosh In a wide-ranging career full of accomplishments, Ladd has excelled as an orchestrator for Hollywood films, jazz educator, composer-arranger, and bandleader. He gained national recognition while still a student at Ohio State University where he organized, conducted, played in and wrote the entire libraries for two jazz ensembles. There was no jazz program at Ohio State at that time. During this time Ladd won outstanding composer awards at five major college jazz festivals including the Duke Ellington Award for best composition at the first American College Music Festival held in Miami, Florida (1967). His Ohio State band won the Stan Kenton Award for best big band at the same festival. Their performance was featured on an album released on Impulse Records which received rave reviews in The New York Times, Hi-Fi/Stereo Review and other publications. He received both his Bachelor of Music degree (composition and theory) and Masters of Music degree (woodwinds performance) from Ohio State University. Upon completion of his Masters degree (1970) Ladd turned down an offer to join Stan Kenton’s sax section to accept a position at The University of Utah’s new jazz program. Conceived by the legendary Dr. William L. Fowler and one of the very first jazz degree programs offered at a major university, the program attracted students from all over the U.S. and grew so rapidly that the more traditionally oriented music department terminated the program and Ladd’s employment after only two years. The jazz program was transferred successfully to nearby Westminster College where Ladd was Director of Jazz Studies for the next three years. Jimmy Lyons, the founder of the Monterey Jazz Festival, personally hired McIntosh as the first director of the California High School All-Star Band, a position he enjoyed from 1971 to 1976. He premiered new works at each festival and performed with guest artists Oliver Nelson, Clark Terry, Patrick Williams, Bill Watrous, Art Blakey and Gerry Mulligan. Ladd moved to Los Angeles in 1975 and taught full-time for 2+ years at The Dick Grove Music Workshops. He also taught summers at Disneyland and part-time at Long Beach City College during this time. From 1977-1996 Ladd taught improvisation, jazz arranging and jazz ensembles at California State University, Northridge. He taught jazz improvisation at The Henry Mancini Institute the last four summers of that program’s existence (2003-2006). McIntosh was active for many years as an adjudicator, clinician and soloist at college and high school festivals around the country. He was selected to lead the #1 band and teach jazz arranging at the 1969 National Stage Band Camps; presented a lecture on jazz arranging at the 1984 NAJE Convention and worked closely with the late Grant Wolf on many summer jazz camps in Arizona from 1972-1985. In the early days of jazz education, a series of twelve compositions by Ladd were made available thru Downbeat. He then signed with Mission Music who published several of his compositions in the early 1970s. From 1976-1990 he owned and operated Machu Picchu Music which published his works exclusively. Since 1991 his compositions have been available through Walrus Music. In addition to his many published big band compositions Ladd has written several pieces for various ensembles as well as a 90-minute rock opera. His Sonatina for Alto Saxophone and Piano was released by Doug Masek on Centaur Records. Ladd’s compositions or arrangements have been performed by Clark Terry, Eddie Daniels, Phil Woods, Marvin Stamm, Buddy Childers, Toni Tennille, Connie Stevens and Monty Alexander. Ladd currently leads two bands. His big band has been performing in the Los Angeles area since 1980 and has released four CDs to date. The jazz-oriented band is made up of seasoned pros playing McIntosh originals and arrangements. The Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra, only four years old, has been thrilling avid swing dancers in southern California. The 16 piece ensemble captures the magic of authentic swing music the way it was performed in the heyday of Swing. The library is a mix of faithful transcriptions by Ladd of the great swing classics and new arrangements by him on standard tunes of the era. Three CDs of this band are mixed and mastered awaiting release. Since 1992 Ladd has worked as an orchestrator on 120 motion pictures. He is currently the head orchestrator for two noted film composers: Harry Gregson-Williams and Heitor Pereira. Ladd’s credits as head orchestrator include: “Cowboys and Aliens,” “The Smurfs,” “Shrek Forever After,” “The Prince of Persia,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “The Town,” “Unstoppable,” “The Taking of Pelham 123,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” “Shrek the Third,” “Déjà vu,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” “Gone Baby Gone” and several other films. His orchestrations are also heard on “The Lion King,” “Speed,” “The Rock,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” “Face Off, “ “Crimson Tide,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Last Samurai,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Gladiator,” “Armageddon,” “The Thin Red Line,” “The Peacemaker,” “The Man in the Iron Mask,” “The Time Machine,” “Shrek,” “Antz,” “A League of Their Own” and many more. In 2007 he was named Alumnus of the Year by The Ohio State University School of Music. That same year he received the Citation for Music from The Ohioana Library along with commendations from the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives.
Dr. Jeffrey James Tower received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa and his Master of Music Degree in Trombone Performance at the University of Redlands. Mr. Tower was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from Pacific Western University for his accomplishments in Music Education. in 1985. Dr. Tower retired in 2008 after being the Director of Bands at Hemet High School in Hemet, California for 30 years. Under his direction the Instrumental Music Program maintained a fantastic reputation as one of the nation’s finest, appearing at the Rose Parade, the Aloha Bowl, the Montreux and Playboy jazz festivals. Hemet Bands also performed at multiple WIBC, Midwest and IAJE conventions, won many sweepstakes awards at various World of Music Festivals and was selected as a Grammy Signature Program., Mr. Tower also serves as The Chairman of Summer Jazz Studies at the Idyllwild Arts and has been doing so for 25 years. He continues his duties as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor at music festivals, conventions and camps all over the nation in both the Jazz and Classical venues. He serves as an Educational specialist and Trombone Artist for Conn/Selmer Musical Instruments, is a member of the University of Northern Iowa School of Music Advisory Board and American Band College Faculty. He is currently still on the Board of Directors for the California Alliance for Jazz, Sales Director of LMP Studios, and Music Coordinator at the San Jacinto Valley Academy. In his spare moments he has composed and arranged dozens of compositions this past two years for Band, Jazz and Percussion. Jeff is also the Musical Director with the Valley Jazz Orchestra in the Hemet Valley. As a professional trombonist, Jeff Tower has experience in all aspects of the music industry including symphony orchestras, movie soundtracks, broadway productions, TV commercials, recording projects, casuals and shows. He has performed with Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Bennett to name a few. Jeff has participated in over 300 recording projects as a performer, conductor or producer. He has served as President for the International Association of Jazz Educators in Ca., Ca. Alliance for Jazz and Jazz VP for the So. Ca. School Band Assoc. Special awards include being selected as an outstanding educator at the World of Music Festivals, Hemet Jaycee’s Teacher of the Year, National Band Association’s Outstanding Jazz Educator Award, Selection into the National Band Director’s Hall of Fame, W.I.B.C Phoenix Award, Mid-West Band and Orchestra Medal of Honor and being the recipient of Downbeat Magazines Jazz Education Achievement Award and The Sousa Legion of Honor. This year Jeff was inducted into the California Jazz Hall of Fame. Originally from Greene, Iowa, Jeff resides in Hemet, California with his children, Jonathan, Justin and Jamie, and his father David.
Richard Watson is a native Californian, born in La Jolla. He was the dirctor at El Dorado High School in Placentia, California for 36 years. He is currently retired from teaching but continues to do clinics and honor groups throughout Southern California. Rich received his BA degree in music from California State University Fullerton and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Azusa Pacific University. Rich has served as a percussion instructor at Fullerton College and CSUF. His private percussion study was with Walt Goodwin, Richie Lepore, Todd Miller, Frank McCarty, and Myron Collins. He has performed with the Pacific Symphony, California Wind Orchestra, Pageant of the Masters Orchestra, the Rams Band, and Tommy Dorsey Reunion Band. He also performed with Connie Stevens, Bob Newhart, Carol Lawrence and for five years was personal drummer for pianist Roger Williams. Since 1976, he has been performing at Disneyland in shows, special events, small combos, and with the Doc Anello Big Band. He did the U.S. tour of Disney’s “Symphonic Fantasy”. He currently assists in auditioning talent for the parades at Disneyland. Under Mr. Watson’s leadership, the El Dorado Band has won the Queen Victoria Days Parade in British Columbia, won the Sweepstakes Award four times at the Hawaii Invitational, and won the 6A SCSBOA Championships in 2006. In 2000, El Dorado was part of the 2000-piece band that performed at the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics in Sydney, Australia. On January 1st, 2005 and 2010, his band performed in the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade. His jazz bands are amongst the top performers at jazz festivals throughout Southern California, and was the overall winner of the 2006 Reno International Jazz Festival. His jazz band was selected to perform in 2010 at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, as well as opening for the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Many of Mr.Watson’s students are now professional musicians and educator’s, throughout the country. He is very proud of their accomplishments and success. Rich has received the Award of Distinction from the International Association of Jazz Educators, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District’s “Teacher of the Year” in 2005, and the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association “Honorary Life Member” award. In 2010 he was named the Outstanding Secondary music teacher for Orange County receiving the Irene Schopefle Award.
Isaac “Ike” Jenkins earned a double major degree in both vocal and instrumental music from Dana College. Like many Musicians he started as a young boy. He played piano and sang in his father’s church. In high school he added flute and bass and soon started his own Band. Ike has taught Jazz Bands and Jazz Choirs at all levels (Elementary, Jr. High, High School and College). Before moving to Santa Barbara Isaac taught in Nebraska, Iowa and Colorado. Presently in semi-retirement, he teaches a Jazz Choir and directs the Professional level Jazz Band at Santa Barbara City College. Ike began his work in Santa Barbara in 1971 at La Cumbre Jr. High. Dos Pueblos High School was his next assignment (1979 – 1989). During this time they won many Jazz Festivals and performed in the Worlds Fair in Canada. After DPHS, Ike taught bands at Santa Barbara High School (1989-2000). Then from 2000 to 2005 Ike went back to DPHS as the Jazz Choir and Vocal director. As a Band and vocal director, Ike’s Jazz Bands and Jazz Choirs received superior ratings at U.S. Jazz festivals consistently, such as Monterey, Reno, and North Texas State and were invited to all the major Jazz Festivals in Europe including North Sea, Montreux, Umbria, France, and Germany. There was another side to Ike’s life, which was that of a Professional Musical Conductor and Actor. He was Conductor of Musicals for the Lobero Theatre (1972-1976), and California Youth Theatre. Ike was Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Ike has also done voice over work for commercials and for Disney and was the voice for Hector the Bear in The Country Bear Jamboree. Awards include: Crystal Apple Award (the first awarded in Santa Barbara). The 1996 Santa Barbara Independent Local Hero Award, the 2004 HOPE Award for Education, and The 2005 Santa Barbara Educator of the year for 7th – 12th. Ike is a graduate of Dana College with graduate work at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Denver University, and the Meadowbrook School of Music. Ike continues his love for teaching and making great music in schools, for community events, and in Sunday church services and wherever he can, especially in beautiful Santa Barbara where he has educated and entertained for over 40 years.
Don Gunderson retired in June of 2000 after 41 years as a music educator in the public schools of Washington and California. His experiences encompass all areas of instrumental music ranging from elementary through university levels. In 1976, and again in 1990, Don was selected to conduct the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association’s (SCSBOA) Junior High School Honor Band. He directed the High School Honor Jazz Band in 1995 and the Junior High School Jazz All-Stars in 1998. Don has served as President of S.C.S.B.O.A. as well as First Vice President, Vice President of Honor Groups, and two terms as Vice President of Jazz Education. He remains active as a Field, Festival and Jazz Adjudicator and was presented the association’s highest honor, Honorary Life Membership, in 1984. Don’s wife, Judy, served as executive secretary of SCSBOA for 15 years. The Gunderson children have followed their parent’s footsteps into education. Kathryn is an Assistant Principal at Ramona High School near San Diego. Michael is the band director at Ponderosa High School near Placerville, CA and his brother Mark teaches instrumental music at Esperanza High School in Anaheim, CA.
Don Marino who earned a BA and MA at Cal State, Los Angeles had a career as a music educator that spanned 43 years from 1966 – 2010 when he retired. The first 19 years he taught middle school and high school and then was an Associate Professor at Marymount College for over 20 years. His most productive years as a jazz educator were at Palos Verdes High School from 1974 – 1985 where under his leadership the jazz band was highly respected by consistently winning top awards in the heavy division in the jazz competitions. In 1984, the band was the first high school jazz band to perform at the prestigious Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Also that year the group was honored and selected as one of the performing groups at the CMEA Convention. During that time he founded the night jazz band at El Camino College and backed such jazz artists as Eddie Daniels and Andy Martin. For 12 years, he was the musical director of the Southwest Youth Symphony Orchestra, which was recognized as one of the most outstanding youth orchestras in Los Angeles County. Amongst his many awards, in 1984 he was selected as one of 10 finalists, out of over 200 nominees, for the “Bravo” Award from the Los Angeles Music Center Education Division and in 1985, he was awarded “High School Teacher of the Year” by the school district. Next to teaching, Marino has enjoyed conducting concerts, musicals, operas and ballets in the Southern California area and has conducted at famous venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center, the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and Royce Hall at UCLA. Currently he is the music director of the Bravura Youth Symphony Orchestra in Temecula and also teaches part-time at Mt. San Jacinto College.
Dave Eshelman is Director Emeritus of Jazz Studies at California State University, East Bay. Dave led the CSU East Bay Jazz Ensemble on four European concert tours as well as one tour to Brazil. The band performed at the International Association of Jazz Education International Conference three times. He has conducted the California CMEA All State Jazz Band, the Northern California Grammy In The Schools All Star Big Band and numerous district and county honor jazz bands. As a trombonist he has been a featured soloist with the big bands of Ray Brown, Joe Henderson, Tito Puente and Gerald Wilson. His quartet CD release Mystique features John Abercrombie, guitar, John Patitucci, bass and drummer Peter Erskine. In the summer of 2002, Dave led an All-Star Big Band Tribute to West Coast Jazz in concerts at the Verona Jazz Festival in Italy and at the Vienne Jazz Festival in France. He has recorded four jazz albums in association with Ray Brown and five as leader-composer of the Jazz Garden Big Band. Dave was commissioned by the San Jose Jazz Society to compose, record, and perform Suite For Jazz Orchestra with his big band at the San Jose Jazz Festival. He has written, conducted and recorded three CD projects for Philippe Kahn Dave publishes with the Neil Kjos Music Company and Walrus Music. His compositions and arrangements have been recorded and performed by bands throughout the United States and Europe. Dave’s cd music and print music are available online. He teaches every summer at the Hayward-La Honda Music Camp. Since retiring in 2007 he has performed as guest soloist with many of the northern Ca. College Jazz Programs.
Chuck Wackerman received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Science in Music Education from the University of Southern California. He has taught elementary, junior high and high school band, orchestra and jazz bands in the Seal Beach and Los Alamitos school districts. For nine years Chuck directed the jazz combos for the Orange County High School for the Arts. At both the middle and high school levels he has developed award winning jazz ensembles. Beginning in 1970 Chuck started the Class Notes concerts, bringing prominent jazz artists to the community. Some of the artists who have performed are Frank Rosolino, Shelley Manne, Hampton Hawes, Carol Kaye, Ed Shaugnessy, Cat Anderson, Chuck Flores, Allan Holdsworth, Louie Bellson, Bill Watrous, Maynard Ferguson, Frank Capp, Tom Kubis and Bob Florence. Chuck has served as an auditioner, band manager and a director for the SCSBOA Junior High Jazz All Stars. He received the Irene Schoepfle award for his contributions to music education in Orange County. He also has been awarded the Jazz Educator of the Year from the Fullerton College Jazz Festival. Currently he is teaching jazz band at McAuliffe Middle School in Los Alamitos. Mr. Wackerman’s Jazz Groups have always been great musical examples at jazz festivals thru out Ca. His own Children are also entrenched in Musical Careers and Chuck has certainly a pioneer and role model for jazz education in California. Chuck is celebrating his fifty third year of teaching instrumental music.
H. David Caffey has served as Director of the School of Music and Professor of Music at the University of Northern Colorado since July 2005. Previously, he was Associate Dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences and Professor of Music at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Before arriving at Cal Poly Pomona in 2001 he was a Professor of Music at California State University, Los Angeles for seventeen years, teaching courses in jazz studies and directing the CSLA Jazz Ensemble. He served as Chair of the Music Department for eight years. Mr. Caffey’s work as a college professor spans more than 35 years and includes previous appointments at the University of Denver, Sam Houston State University, and Southern Oregon University. He is an internationally recognized jazz composer with many published compositions. He has won awards for musical composition from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and the National Association of Jazz Educators (NAJE). His articles have been published in the Journal of Jazz Studies and the Jazz Education Journal. Mr. Caffey is also well known as a music educator and served as President of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) from 2004 to 2006. He was President of the California Unit of IAJE for four years in the nineties. He has appeared as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor at music festivals, conferences, universities and schools throughout the United States, in Canada, and in Europe.
Shelly Berg is known for his collaborations with jazz vocalists, and he has performed, recorded and arranged for Patti Austin, Nancy Wilson, Bobby McFerrin, Kurt Elling, Monica Mancini, Dionne Warwick, Tierney Sutton, Lorraine Feather and Carmen Bradford. Shelly maintains a busy, worldwide schedule of jazz festival and club performances, and has performed and/or recorded with a “Who’s Who” of jazz legends including Ray Brown, Louie Bellson, Eddie Daniels, Peter Erskine, Jon Faddis, Woody Herman, James Moody, Arturo Sandoval, Tom Scott, Clark Terry and Bill Watrous, to name a few. Dave Brubeck raves, “Shelly Berg is a great jazz pianist who has a total command of his instrument.” Shelly’s composing and orchestrating for television includes ABC’s Fudge, CBS’s A League of Their Own, and HBO’s Dennis Miller Live. He has orchestrated for Chicago, Kiss, Carole King, Richard Marx, Joe Cocker, Elliott Smith, Lou Rawls, Steve Miller, and most recently was a featured orchestrator on Ray Sings, Basie Swings (a Ray Charles/Count Basie Orchestra collaboration) and Arturo Sandoval’s A Time for Love (Concord). Film orchestration work includes Warner Bros.’s Almost Heroes and For Your Consideration, Fox’s Men of Honor, and the NBC mini-series The ’60s. He has written for the Royal Philharmonic, the American Symphony, and orchestras worldwide. Shelly composed the theme song to the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival, and orchestrated Anniversary Concerto for the 10th anniversary of the Emperor’s coronation. His orchestrations are called “magnificent. . . incredible” by Johnny Mandel. A Steinway piano artist, Shelly Berg is the Dean of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He was previously the McCoy/Sample Professor of Jazz Studies at the USC Thornton School of Music where he was on faculty for 16 years. He is a past president of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE), and was honored as the 2003 “Educator of the Year” by the Los Angeles Jazz Society. In 2002, Shelly was the recipient of the IAJE Lawrence Berk Leadership Award and in 2000 the Los Angeles Times named him one of three “Educators for the Millennium.” Shelly was a finalist in the 1988 Great American Jazz Piano Competition and has appeared as a performer and lecturer throughout the United States as well as in Canada, China, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Japan, Romania and Venezuela. Shelly Berg has numerous compositions for jazz ensemble in publication, and his texts include the Chop-Monster improvisation series, Rhythm Section Workshop for Jazz Directors, Essentials of Jazz Theory (Alfred Publishing), and Jazz Improvisation: The Goal-Note Method (Kendor Music). He has also recorded over 30 disks for the Yamaha Disklavier piano.
Wayne Nelson moved to California from Duluth, Minnesota with his family in 1951. He attended elementary and high schools in the Long Beach Unified School District. He began playing trombone in the 5th grade-his first teacher was Robert Simmegran. He graduated from Lakewood H.S. in 1960 and enrolled as a music/social science major at CSLB, graduating in 1964. While at Long Beach State, he was drum major of the ‘49er Marching Band. The jazz portion of CSLB at that time was relegated to a “secret” practice room in the corner of the second floor of the music building. We gathered and talked and played. There was no formal program at that time. Wayne taught in middle schools and high schools in Orange County for 40 years, initiating jazz bands and jazz festivals at Katella H.S., Cypress H.S., and Esperanza H.S. Wayne is an honorary life member of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association- having served on their Board of Directors for 15 years in various positions, including President and Vice President of Jazz Education. He is an active judge and clinician for jazz, concert, parade, and field. Wayne has been the conductor for the SCSBOA Middle School Jazz All Stars three times and managed the SCSBOA and All State Jazz Bands six times. He was awarded the “Jazz Educator of the Year” Award from Fullerton Community College in 2006, the year of his retirement. He is currently the music director for the Leisure World Orchestra in Seal Beach, CA. He resides in Cyprus, CA with his wife Alice, where they dote on their seven grandchildren ages 3-11. Wayne is truly honored by his inclusion into the CAJ Hall of Fame.
Don Keller was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.He is 78 years old and has had a very music rich life. After graduating from high school Don joined the Air Force. He had the privilege of being in the Air Force band with great musicians. They were affectionately known as the “groundhogs”. Don met his wife Phyllis in the Air Force and has 5 children. When they started their family Mr. Keller decided to go into music education for the financial stability of his family. Don received a full scholarship at College of the Pacific (now University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.) Soon after graduation Don began teaching music for the San Joaquin County Schools. He inspired many starting at the elementary school level to enjoy, play and appreciate jazz music. He taught there for over 40 years. He then created a music program for Escalon High School and quickly lead them down an award winning path in jazz, on the marching band field and symphonic music. He continued to make sure jazz music thrived in California when he took on the challenge of turning “layed back” surfers into jazz musicians and enthusiasts at Aptos High School in Aptos, Calif. The kids and the community bought into devoting time, fund raising and the hard work that it takes to build an incredible jazz program. Mr. Keller and his devoted wife took the band to Europe several times and Japan to perform at the World’s Fair. Some of you might remember reading an article written by Don Keller in the NAJE Journal. While maintaining an exceptional program at Aptos High Don Keller continued to grace us all with his musical wisdom by giving clinics for Yamaha through the Monteray Jazz Festival. He later became a major force for the educational component of the Monteray Jazz Festival. Don and his wife also were the originators of the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival. This music festival continues to bring jazz to the Santa Cruz area. A unique approach that Don brought to Aptos was hosting musicians from Basie, Kenton, and Ellington’s bands. The professional musicians would sit next to students and play down Ellington charts. It became an incredible experience for the pros and a priceless education for the students. Don Keller retired in the early 90’s at Lake Tahoe. Retiring meant teaching private music lessons at least 4 hours a day 5 days a week. Don has dedicated his entire adult life to advancing jazz not only in California but the world.
Roger Letson, professor Emeritus from De Anza College, has been an internationally recognized educator for over forty years. Throughout that time, he has brought classical and jazz music to professionals and aspiring musicians alike in classrooms, workshops, and performances. Graduating with his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Montana, he began his teaching career as vocal and instrumental director at Park High School in Livingston, MT. Upon receiving the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance, he moved to California and took a position at San Luis Obispo High School as Director of bands and choirs. In 1969, the opportunity to move to the San Francisco Bay Area presented itself with the position as Director of Vocal Activities at Foothill College. It was there that he established the well-known Vocal Jazz program with the Foothill Fanfairs, in addition to presenting programs at state and national musical conferences with his chamber and concert choirs. He left teaching in 1975 for a position as Director of Publications at Hal Leonard Corporation. This position provided him the opportunity to work with many well-known classical and jazz composers and arrangers in instrumental and choral music. He was an industry representative to I.A.J.E. and presented frequent workshops and clinics throughout the United States and Australia. His work, publishing educational music for music programs of all levels, included recruiting and retaining composers and arrangers such as Woody Herman, Lennie Niehaus, and Sammy Nestico, Anita Kerr, Kirby Shaw, Gordon Goodwin, Dave Eshelman, and Don Menza. Producing audio recordings of professional quality for educators was also his responsibility. He returned to teaching in 1979 as Director of Vocal Activities at De Anza College. Well known for his expertise with vocal jazz ensembles and pedagogy for the solo vocalist, he founded the vocal jazz program there. It became one of the premier college programs in the nation. Under his direction, Vocal Flight was selected as winner of the Down Beat Magazine award for College and University Vocal Jazz Groups eleven times. Mr. Letson also directed the chamber choir, Vintage Singers, and taught jazz solo voice, music theory, and classical voice classes. His ensembles have presented performances at the national conventions of A.C.D.A. and I.A.J.E., and numerous C.M.E.A. and M.E.N.C. conferences. Former students have made careers of music including professional recording artists, recognized opera singers, and music teachers at the elementary, high school, and collegiate levels. The Vocal Jazz ensembles at De Anza performed at such places as Keystone Korner, Kool Jazz Festival, San Jose, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, and the Monterey Jazz Festival. Ten european performance tours brought performances at jazz festivals in Montreux and Neuchatel, Switzerland, and Megev, Bonneville, Valence, Toulon, Grenoble, Crest and Paris, France. Additionally, often touring with Vocal Flight throughout France and Germany, he has spent each summer since 1989 presenting vocal jazz workshops in Paris, Crest, Aix-en-Provence, Grenoble, Frankfurt and Køln. In 1991, Letson received the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award. In 1994 he was selected as one of two United States adjudicators for the 4th annual German Choir Competition in Fulda, Germany, and in 1999, he received the De Anza College President’s Award for outstanding professional contributions. After 40 years as a full time music instructor, Letson retired in 2007. Continuing to stay involved, in October and November of 2010, Roger was a featured jazz vocalist at the faculty jazz night at Contra Costa College, and in Paris at the Bleu Triton Jazz Festival. He continues this schedule and is also teaching the Jazz Solo Voice class at Contra Costa College. His golf game is improving. Well, each day is another challenge! My sincere thanks to the California Alliance for Jazz who have bestowed upon me the honor of election to the Hall of Fame for 2011.
Bob Curnow (born in Easton, PA) was a trombonist with The Stan Kenton Orchestra, In 1973, he began a four-year stint as the A & R Director, arranger, composer, record producer and general manager for Kenton’s Creative World Records. He produced over 30 LPs for Kenton, and his arrangements and compositions can be heard on six Stan Kenton albums. His company (Sierra Music) is the exclusive publisher of the Stan Kenton Orchestra Library, along with the music of many other great jazz artists/composers. Curnow had the great honor of being inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Association of Jazz Education in January, 1999. Curnow is a past-president of the International Association of Jazz Education. He served IAJE as an executive board member for fourteen years as treasurer, vice-president, president-elect, president and past-president. Bob is a graduate (1963) of West Chester State University (PA) and completed two Master’s degrees and all his doctoral studies at Michigan State University (1967). He has served as an adjudicator and/or clinician at jazz festivals in over 40 states and Canada in the past 30 years. From 1967 to 1973 Curnow was the Director of Instrumental Music at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. From 1976 to 1987 Curnow was the Director of Bands and Jazz Studies at California State University in Los Angeles Prior to that time, he taught at Michigan State University (1964-67) and Case Western Reserve University (1967-73). He spent 22 years teaching at the university level and left full-time teaching with the rank of Full Professor. He has been a guest conductor of symphony orchestras and All-State Jazz Ensembles throughout the United States. For eight years (1981-89), Curnow served as the director of the McDonald’s All-American High School Jazz Band, His more recent activities include conducting and arranging the widely-acclaimed big-band recording of Pat Metheny music. The CD is Bob Curnow’s L.A. Big Band, The Music of Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays. The CD has gotten consistent rave reviews from all over the world.. In August of 2006, Bob conducted a Stan Kenton Tribute Band at the Hollywood Bowl. Bob co-led the band with Peter Erskine. Bob lives in Liberty Lake, WA with his wife of forty five years, Darlene.
Robert Farrington– received his BA from UCLA and MA from Cal State East Bay; was Director of Bands and Orchestra from 1975-80 at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale where several of his students were selected to the State Honor Jazz Ensemble. After a year teaching at Pasadena City College, Robert became director of Bands at De Anza College in 1981 and was Northern California President of IAJE. During the 1980’s, the De Anza Jazz Ensemble received three unanimous superior ratings at the Pacific Coast Jazz Festival and performed at an IAJE convention in Los Angeles. The 29th Annual Herb Patnoe Jazz Festival was successfully completed at De Anza and Robert has directed jazz ensembles at Cazadero Music Camp in recent years. He has performed as a woodwind musician playing and recording five CD’s with Dave Eshelman’s Jazz Garden Big Band since 1979 and performed with Louie Bellson, the Count Basie Orchestra, Manhattan Transfer, George Shearing, Mel Torme, Natalie Cole, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles, and many others. He is proud of the fact that many of his students have become dedicated music educators.
Dr. Charles Argersinger…My early good fortunes in jazz began in January 1979, when I was asked to write an arrangement of Waltz for Debby for the Bill Evans trio, which they played with the University of Minnesota big band for a crowd of 5,000. It was an honor to get to know Bill and the trio. Around that time I also did some arranging for a show staged by Dick van Dyke in Phoenix. In subsequent years, I played for a wide range of stars at the Phoenix Playboy Club and at the Coliseum there, as well for numerous commercials in Chicago. In more modern times, I’ve been honored to write for a truly great a cappella vocal group, Voice Trek. And one of the things I’m most proud of as a jazz educator is having convinced Lewis Nash to get out of business school and become a professional drummer. Over the years, Jim Linahon, without whom I might have gone nowhere, has performed and recorded nearly 100 of my works. Then there is my dear friend Sunny Wilkinson. She has been my close confident for decades and has recorded my charts with the likes of Rob McConnell’s band. Finally, on the “legit” side of things, the Chicago Symphony has recorded several of my works, and in 1995, I won the United Nations Prize for a new brass quartet on the occasion of that organization’s 20th anniversary. It’s been a great life! Dr. Argersinger is a wonderful Pianist versed in all syles of music and had a fabulous jazz program at Cal state Bakersfield and Depaul Univ. In Chicago. His last teaching position was full professor at Washington State Univ. as a Composition Instructor.
Sammy Nestico at the age of 17, became the staff arranger for ABC radio station, WCAE, Pittsburgh, Pa. He received his B.S. degree in music education from Duquesne University, and has thrice been honored by the school with an honorary Doctor of Music degree, the Distinguished Alumni award, and in 1994, he was inducted into the “Century Club”. North Texas State also presented him with special music awards in 1978, 1979 and 1980. In 2005 he received an honorary doctor of music degree from Virgina’s Shenandoah University. As an educator, he has directed the music programs at Westinghouse Memorial High School, Wilmerding Pa., Pierce College, Los Angeles, Ca. and the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. Sammy joined the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. as staff arranger, and subsequently became the leader of the famous Airmen of Note. Following his 15 year tenure with the Air Force, he enlisted with the United States Marine Band in Washington, serving as chief arranger and director of the White House orchestra which performed for important judicial and congressional social functions during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. In the years between 1970 and 1984, Sammy was the composer/arranger for the Count Basie orchestra. He directed the recording of ten albums of original music, four of which won Grammy awards. During the same period he was also engaged by Capitol Records as arranger/orchestrator, co-writing the equivalent of 63 albums for that organization. Sammy has collaborated with Steve Allen, Stan Freberg, Bobby Troupe and Johnny Mercer in the songwriting field, and he has orchestrated for such major film studios as 20th Century Fox, Universal, Paramount, Warner Brothers, MGM and Columbia. He has also arranged and/or conducted albums for recording artists Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughan, Toni Tennille, Patti Austin, Nancy Wilson, Pia Zadora, Paul Anka, Pat Boone, Ronnie Milsap, Daniel Rodriguez and others. His television credits are too numerous to list. The United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C. sponsors a yearly award program entitled The Sammy Nestico Arranging Award. He has been honored by ASMAC (American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers) and BBAA (Big Band Academy of America) and in 1998-1999 was a professor at the University of Georgia, teaching commercial orchestration and conducting the Studio Orchestra. He is the author of the textbook The Complete Arranger, published in 1993, currently marketed throughout the world in four languages. His arrangements have been played by leading symphonies, and recorded by the Boston Pops and Andre Kostelanetz Orchestras; but he is most proud of the nearly 600 numbers published in the education field and played in the schools of America.
John Maltester received his Bachelors and Masters of Arts degrees from Cal-State University at Hayward. He has been a music instructor for over forty-two years, the last thirty-seven as Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, CA. He is also the Music Director Emeritus of the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, the Artistic Director for the Diablo Wind Symphony and the director of the Saint Mary’s College Jazz Band. Mr. Maltester brings a diversified background of abilities to the conductor’s podium. He directs bands, orchestras, jazz bands, and several chamber ensembles. Recognitions include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Parent Teacher Association, Outstanding Educator of the Year Award (1989-90) at Los Medanos College, the KABL Citizen of the Day award (1984), the President’s award for Lifetime Contribution to Education at Los Medanos College (1999), the Contra Costa County Regional Arts Council award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts (1999), the “Outstanding Music Educator” award from the CMEA Bay Section (2007/8) and the Generations in Jazz Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2008) . He has been listed in the “Who’s Who in Education” and He is involved in several community-oriented activities including the Contra Costa Arts Council as well as several advisory board positions. He is one of only two conductors to conduct both the California State Honor Band and Honor Jazz Band. His musical groups have performed at many local, regional, state, and national music conferences, as well as having performed at many international venues. He was the Director of the Los Medanos Jazz Festival for 35 years. He has been active in many professional organizations including the California Music Educators Association Bay Section (President, Treasurer, Area Representative, Conference Host, Festival Host), International Association of Jazz Educators (California President and Western Division Coordinator), Music Association of California Community Colleges (Special Projects Coordinator), College Band Directors National Association (Community College Representative and Past-President of the Western Division), and formerly the Executive Director of the Pacific Basin Band Festival in Hawaii. He is also active as a trombonist, rehearsal techniques clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor and lecturer throughout Australia, the Western United States, Hawaii, and Alaska.. He resides in Martinez, California with his wife and two daughters.
Woody James has been a full-time music professor in the Los Angeles Community College District since 1974. Prior to that time he attended the University of Mississippi, Louisiana State University and Michigan State University, receiving degrees from all three institutions, including the Ph. D. from Michigan State. Woody’s teaching specialties include Jazz Appreciation, Jazz Harmony, Jazz Improvisation and Jazz Ensemble (Big Band). After attending Michigan State, Dr. James taught full-time at Florence State College, McNeese State College, California State University Northridge, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Los Angeles City College and Los Angeles Valley College. As a graduate assistant, he taught at the University of Mississippi and Michigan State University. The Los Angeles Jazz Society presented Dr. James with the Outstanding Jazz Educator award for 1993. Woody James has been a part of the professional music community in Los Angeles since he joined Musicians’ Union Local 47 in 1972. As a music contractor he has assembled instrumental and vocal ensembles for recording, film, television and live performances. He has been a trumpet player for more than 50 years. Prior to coming to Los Angeles he played trumpet with the Les Elgart, Ray Anthony, Tommy Dorsey, Tony Pastor, Norman Lee, Eddy Howard, Jimmy Dorsey and Paul Neighbors bands and with the Baton Rouge, Lansing and Lake Charles symphonies. He has played trumpet for the Ringling Brothers and Shrine circuses and for the Walt Disney On Parade, Ice Capades and Holiday On Ice shows. He has toured with Elvis Presley and performed for lounge acts featuring Eddie Fisher, Hal Lindon, Bobby Rydell, Vaughn Monroe, Helen Forrest and many others For the past thirty-five years, Woody has directed 18-piece jazz bands at California colleges. Woody has played trumpet in the Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Lansing symphonies. As a jazz trumpet player and leader he has two albums to his credit, and his side musicians included Shelly Manne, Frank Strazzeri, Bob Maize, Phil Woods, Steve Wilkerson, Carl Fontana, Ted Richardson and arranger Bill Holman.
Joel Leach, Professor of Music, began his tenure at CSUN as director of its award-winning Jazz Band and the founding director of the Percussion major. During his 26-year tenure as director of the Jazz Band, he was named “Jazz Educator of the Year” (Los Angeles Jazz Society) and an “American National Treasure” (Los Angeles City Council). In 1994, Prof. Leach founded the Music Industry Studies (M.I.S.) major, presently the largest within the Department of Music. Shortly thereafter, he vacated his positions as head of the Jazz and Percussion areas so he could focus his energies toward the continued enhancement of the M.I.S. major. Under Professor Leach’s leadership, the Music Industry Studies major drew the attention of Mike Curb, founder of Curb Records. In 2007, Mr. Curb donated $1 million for the establishment of the Mike Curb Endowed Chair in Music Industry Studies. Prior to joining the CSUN faculty, Professor Leach taught at Texas Tech University (Jazz and Percussion), Michigan State University (Percussion), and in the Lansing, Michigan Public Schools (Instrumental Music). Prof. Leach is the author of four books: Percussion Manual for Music Educators (Warner Pub./Alfred Pub.), Music Copyright Basics, (Alfred Pub. Co.), Scoring for Percussion (Warner Pub./Alfred Pub.), and A Concise Guide to Music Industry Terms (Mel Bay Pub. Co.). As a composer/arranger, Mr. Leach composed and/or arranged more than 175 publications for Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Percussion. In addition, he has authored more than 250 magazine articles in the areas of Percussion, Jazz and the Music Industry. Mr. Leach founded and formerly served as President of two publishing companies: Studio 4 Music (performance music) and Studio 4 Productions (books, non-music), whose products remain available worldwide. Currently, he serves nationally as an Expert Witness specializing in the area of Music Copyright Infringement. He also serves as a Musicologist for motion picture studios, television studios, and recording companies. Mr. Leach is a Past-President of the International Association for Jazz Education (I.A.J.E.). He has also served on the Board of the Percussive Arts Society (P.A.S.).
Don Schamber was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to an army doctor and a registered nurse mother. I have lived and gone to school in Peking, China, Yokohama, Japan, Stuttgart, Germany and several US states. In 1959, after release from acitve duty in the US Marine Corps, I attended the College of San Mateo and was part of their great jazz program. I moved to San Jose and attended SJS and was again part of the jazz program that I would like to believe I helped start. I earned a BA in 1965 along with a teaching credential and obtained a Master’s in 1969 while teaching music in the San Jose Unified system. It was at this time that an instructor at San Jose State wanted to form a music publishing company named Mission Music Publishers. In 1969, I accepted a teaching position at a small Arizona community college located in Douglas, Arizona and I moved back to California in 1971 to accept the jazz position at Monterey Peninsula College. The college was and is important to the area and the Monterey Jazz Festival used our facilities and some equipment while donating funds to our scholarship fund. I became their educational coordinator in 1974 and had the position of directing the California High School All Star Band as well as running the high school competition held on our campus in the Spring. It was also during this time that Mission Music was dissolved and I created DVS Publications, publishing my own works. I retired from fulltime teaching in 1995 and am still involved with teaching two music classes at the school.
Dr. Lawrence Sutherland began his career in jazz education at the University of Missouri, where he started the school’s first jazz ensemble in 1963. Coming to California State University, Fresno in 1969, he assumed direction of the “A” Band for the next 30 years. During that time, the band performed yearly at the Pacific Coast Jazz Festival at California State University, Northridge and Berkeley, three times at the Seattle Opera House, as well as the Reno, Montreux, Ozone and North Sea jazz festivals. Many “A” Band alumni have gone on to teaching posts at major universities and schools across the world. Dr. Sutherland started his professional career while still at university, as a trombonist on the road with the Tommy Dorsey Band, directed by Warren Covington, and the Ralph Marterie and Ray Eberle bands. For the past fifty years, he has played with hundreds of pop and jazz musicians, including Clark Terry, Frank Rosolino, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Johnny Mathis, Mel Tormé, Joe Williams, Bobby Caldwell, Eartha Kitt, the Temptations and the 4 Tops, to name just a few. Dr. Sutherland served as the Western Coordinator of NAJE for eight years, and as president of the Southern Section of IAJE. He has directed the California All-State Jazz Band, among many other honor jazz groups.
Dr. Jack Wheaton Born: Denver, Colorado, 1932. My father was a well-known band-leader in Denver. I started playing trumpet at the age of 8, piano at the age of 9. I attended West High School, played in the All-City Orchestra and Band. I conducted the West High Jazz Ensemble. I graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Musical Arts and Ed. in 1953, started my own band, and then completed my Master’s Degree at the University of Northern Colorado in 1957. I then accepted a position as Music Director of the Bellflower High School Program in Bellflower, California (1957-1960). During that time I studied with top teachers in Hollywood on piano and composition, and played (briefly) with Buddy Morrow, Stan Kenton and Perez Prado. In 1960 I accepted a position at Cerritos College as Dept. Chairman. While there I was fortunate to be selected as the Director of the Stan Kenton Collegiate Neophonic Orchestra (’66-’73). We recorded to LP’s, taped 24 one-hour television shows for ABC-TV, one of which (“Neophonic Spring”) won an Emmy Award. I also became a Founding Member and later President of the International Assn. of Jazz Educators. After leaving Cerritos, I scored the music for several Hollywood Films, including “Guns and the Fury” with Peter Graves and Cameron Mitchell and was selected to direct the Monterey Jazz Festival High School Ensemble for 8 years. I completed my Doctorate at USC and UNC in the early ’70’s. I was the first American Jazz Educator to be selected to judge the All European Jazz Festival in Cologne, Germany. I served as Administrative Director of Jazz Studies at USC in Los Angeles from the late ’70’s – the early ’80’s. I completed my book, “All That Jazz, a History of Afro-American Music,” toured Europe with school Jazz Ensembles during the summers and wrote two other books while at USC. After retiring to San Diego in the late ’80’s, I taught briefly at USD and then was selected President of the Musicians Assn. (AFM) for 6 years. During that time and currently I am directing the (1) Stan Kenton Neophonic Orchestra for the LA Jazz Institute, (2) the Rancho Santa Fe Big Band and the San Diego Jazz Quartet. My new book, “The Amazing Power of Music,” is doing well and I’m trying to finish another jazz, book, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gig.” I’ve always tried to play music, write music and teach music……..I’ve been fortunate to be able to do all three.
Charles “Doc” Rutherford is probably best known for having organized the Orange Coast Jazz Festival held each year between 1969 and 1986. But his most lasting contribution to the jazz world undoubtedly has been as an educator. “He was very important to my musical development,” says Eric Marienthal. “He even helped me find the instruments that I needed when I was first out of high school,” Marienthal recalls. “Through him I met many of the musicians, like Don Menza and Louie Bellson, who helped me with my professional career. If it wasn’t for him, there probably wouldn’t be a program at OCC.” Brandon Fields, former saxophonist for the Rippingtons, says the chance to play in Rutherford’s ensembles was critical to his musical development. “There were a lot of great players involved, and I was exposed to a higher level of music than what I was used to.” Others who have participated in Rutherford’s Orange Coast jazz ensembles–such as composer, saxophonist, big-band leader and fellow instructor Tom Kubis–are just as complimentary. “He’s literally responsible for hundreds, if not thousands, of great musical careers over the years,” Kubis says. “He always pushed the right thing at the right time, like making the saxophone players pick up the flute and clarinet. I remember the day he brought in a Thad Jones recording and made us sit down and listen to it, saying this is the way things are going to be from now on.” “He was the first guy to say to me, ‘You write and we’ll play whatever you write,’ which gave us an opportunity to hear what we were actually doing. If he knew you could do something, he was on you all the time. He pushed hard but got good results.”
Dick Grove had a distinguished career as a professional writer and composer in Los Angeles and as a unique innovator in the field of contemporary music education. In 1973 he founded the world-renowned Grove School of Music in Los Angeles and guided this highly regarded institution into the top rank of leading contemporary music schools, mainly on the concepts and methods included in some 70 music education books he authored during this period. Dick Grove was very active in the music education field, creating many of the courses for the Dick Grove “School Without Walls”, as well as products for Grove/Rasch Music Education Systems. These products are based on his 20+ years of classroom experience in the fields of harmony & theory, keyboard, ear training, improvisation, composition, arranging, orchestration, songwriting and contemporary musical styles. Previous Teaching Experience: Westlake College of Music 1958 – 61 Cerritos College – 1972 Jazz International, Europe, 1972 various clinics and guest appearance instruction throughout the country 1970 – 73 Grove School of Music 1974 – 92 Grove Center of Contemporary Music 1992 Honors & Memberships: Grammy nomination, Best Jazz Composition “Little Bird” Jazz educator of the Year – 1988 Guest Artist – Norwegian Radio Orchestra – 1991 ASCAP – ASTHMA 1994 Recipient of the 3M Visionary Award for Producing the Liz Story “My Foolish Heart” Album for Windham Hill Records Performer, Conductor, Musical Director, Producer Free Lance Pianist – 1950 – 60 Free Lance arranger , composer, orchestration – 1960 – 1974 Musical Director: Channel 5 TV Variety shows 1960 – 63 Musical Director: Mavis Rivers 1965 – 70 Musical Director: John Gary 1968 – 71 Dick Grove Big Band: Leader, writer, conductor – 1960 – 1972 Producer: Liz Story, “My Foolish Heart” Windham Hill Records
Gary Gray, Clarinetist/Saxophonist, enjoys a versatile career as a concert artist, studio musician and professor in the UCLA Music Department. He was born and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he attended Warren Central High School and then the Indiana University School of Music, receiving his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Woodwinds. He also spent two summers at the Interlochen Music Camp and a summer at the Music Academy of the West, in Santa Barbara and the Aspen Music School…all on full scholarship. His clarinet teachers included Keith Stein, Henry Gulick, Robert McGinnis and Mitchell Lurie. Upon leaving IU he won an orchestral position with the St. Louis Symphony and after two seasons moved to LA to work on a PhD @ UCLA and freelance. He was appointed clarinet professor @ UCLA in the 1970’s and also taught saxophone and was the first Director of the UCLA Jazz Ensembles, from their beginning in 1976 until 1992. During his long career in Hollywood, he has played on more than 1,000 film scores and many TV series, with such composers as: John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, James Horner, Thomas Newman, Don Davis, Paul Chihara and many others. Professor Gray was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1989 for his Clarinet Concerto CD with the Royal Philharmonic of London…and the Copland Concerto from this recording was used as underscoring for Ken Burns PBS 2007 documentary “The War”. His jazz experience has included performing & recording with the big bands of: David Baker, Claude Thornhill, Alf Clausen and Clare Fischer. He’s presently playing TV underscoring for shows such as “Family Guy” and “Cleveland” and previously worked on “The Simpsons”, for many seasons. Gray’s performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with Herbie Hancock and Lang-Lang on the 2007 Grammy Award TV show was a recent musical highlight and seen by millions of viewers. His website is: clarinetbygray.com
Sid Lasaine – Taught instrumental music for the Los Angeles Unified School District for over 36 years. In 1987 he created the very successful jazz program at the Hamilton High School Academy of Music. In 1992 Downbeat Magazine awarded him their Achievement Award For Jazz Education, and in 1996 was selected into their Jazz educators Hall Of Fame as the very first high school jazz educator to receive this honor. The first recipient of the Mr. Holland’s Opus Award presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) has his name on it. Sid has conducted honor jazz ensembles for SCSBOA and the Iowa Bandmasters Association. Judging, clinicing, and encouraging young jazzers keeps this “retired” teacher busy. Received my BA, MA and teaching credentials from Los Angeles State College, now CSULA. Attended Lake Forest College in Illinois, Wisconsin State College, currently the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Kansas University and Westlake College of Modern Music, Hollywood CA (no longer in existence).
Jack Mason – Chaffey College, Alta Loma, California (Retired) B.M. and M.M. (Music Composition), Univ. of Arizona Mr. Mason, who developed the instrumental music program at Chaffey College in the 1970’s and 80’s is presently adjudicating music festivals and giving clinics as well as arranging tours for school music groups to perform in the major European jazz festivals. His clinic presentations have also taken him to Canada, Europe, Great Britain and Indonesia. He is a former guest director of the California State Honor Jazz Band (1981 and 1983) as well as the S.C.S.B.O.A. Honor Jazz Band in 1986. His Chaffey College Jazz Ensemble was awarded the National College Jazz Band “Recording Of The Year” in 1978 by Downbeat Magazine. He was the founder/director of the Chaffey College Jazz Festival, which, at one time, hosted 150 bands and combos. His jazz ensembles performed with many outstanding guest artists throughout the western U.S. and also made five performance tours to Europe and Great Britain as well as five tours to Canada and Hawaii.
Terry Summa – Was the Director of Bands at Foothill College for over twenty years. Prior to that time, he taught at San Rafael High School for eight years and Oceana High School for two years. Since his retirement from Foothill College, Mr. Summa has been active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the Western States. Recent awards include Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Jose Jazz Society, Outstanding Service Recognition from the Cazadero Music Camp, and he was inducted into the Californian Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in March of 2008.
Jeff Jeffries – BS Univ of Minnesota 1950 – MMEd U of AZ 1960, 1970-76 Jazz ensembles Scottsdale School District AZ 1971-76 re-organizes and co directed “Young Sounds of AZ” an all-star high school jazz band 1976-77 short stint at Southwestern College, thanks to Pro 13 Started a night band which is still in existence in San Diego 1977-1990 Jazz ED at San Diego City College 1995 moved to Los Osos and had a “kicks” band for a few years now a listener and still trying to play the game of golf where I’ve spent more time and years than in music ed.
Bill Vitale, Clarinet, Saxophone- A graduate of Western Michigan University with BM and MA degrees, taught all levels of instrumental music, ending his career at LaMirada High School where he organized the long- running LMHS Jazz Festival. In 1979 he received the California PTA Honorary Service Award. He served on the original committee to develop the Southern California Chapter of the National Association of Jazz Educators. Bill was an active adjudicator and clinician serving on the board of the SCSBOA as Vice President of Jazz Education where he received the Distinguished Member and Gold Award. Having a long association with Cerritos College, he administrated the Summer Music Camps, Music Conservatory and directed the college jazz ensemble.
Melvin L. Smith, Trombone — Smith graduated from Colorado State College (now Univ. of Northern Colorado) with a BA (’59) and an MA (’61) in Music Education. He taught music in South Dakota for four years before moving to Hemet, CA in 1963. In Hemet, Smith taught band at Hemet Jr. High School for 27 years, where he started a highly successful jazz program. He later became band director at West Valley High School in Hemet for 8 years, where he founded another successful program. Smith’s jazz bands were frequent major festival winners (in many years, winning all festivals entered), appeared at many prestigious events such as the Playboy Jazz Festival and the NAJE national convention, and were also the subject of attention by Downbeat magazine. Smith was one of the originators of Jr. High School jazz education in California. Many of Mr. Smith’s alumni went on to have careers as jazz educators or as jazz musicians working in professional and service bands.
Larry Mattox – Received his B.A. and M.A. Degrees in Music from the University of Northern Iowa. He taught instrumental music in Iowa for six years before coming to Hemet as the High School Band Director in 1962.At Hemet High School, he had a successful concert and marching band program winning top awards throughout Southern California. In 1969 he initiated the Hemet High Jazz program taking top awards in California and Reno Jazz Festivals. He has also taught at Mt. San Jacinto College and was responsible for organizing the Mt. San Jacinto Jazz Ensemble in 1974.Mattox is a professional woodwind musician and has performed with many artists and celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, Henry Mancini, and George Burns. For several years he played woodwinds in the Performance Riverside Orchestra and the Performance Riverside Big Band. In 2003 Larry received the first Lifetime Commitment to the Arts Award from the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce. Larry retired in 1993 and continued playing in local bands. He is still active as a professional musician and plays clarinet or saxophone in the Mt. San Jacinto Concert Band.
Terry Blackley, M.M.E. – University of Michigan, B.M.E. – Milliken University. Teaching experience includes high school instrumental and vocal music in Illinois and at Fullerton High School in California, director of jazz studies and director of bands at Fullerton College, CA. and served as the associate director of the All American College Marching Band for the opening ceremonies at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Leadership opportunities – Dean of Fine Arts, Emeritus, Fullerton College), chair of music department, founder and director of the Fullerton College Jazz Festival for 32 years (over 8,000 participants yearly), served as CEO and president of Forum Music Festivals, Inc. Organizational leadership – four years as U.S. Representative on International Association of Jazz Educators Executive Board, and also served for sixteen years in the capacity of Western Regional Representative, California State IAJE Board, and national chair for the Music Performance Trust Fund. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Reno International Jazz Festival (1989-1993), board of directors for Friends of Jazz (a support organizations for jazz education in Orange County), fifteen years experience with various state music organization boards. Honors – Downbeat awards (including outstanding college jazz album of the year), jazz bands featured at national conventions of IAJE and MENC, recipient of the Experienced Teachers Fellowship at the University of Michigan, published composer/arranger, experienced adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor.
Ken Lesight – Holds a B.S. Degree in Music Education From the Pennsylvania State University and a M.A. In Music From Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. Mr. Lesight Has Played First Trumpet With the U.S. Army Field Band, and was the “House” Trumpet Player in the Renowned chi chi club. Mr. Lesight Is a Veteran Trumpeter from the Bands of Les Brown, Buddy Morrow, Les and Larry Elgart, and Lee Castle. He taught in the Palm Springs at Nellie Coffman Junior High where he had one of the First great Jazz Bands at this level for 20 Years. Mr. Lesight Has Played a Key Role in the Jazz Music Education Field in Southern California for the Past 45 Years. Over the Years, If One Were to Compile an All Star Jazz Band From Southern California, Chances Are They Would Have, at One Time or Another, Played Under Mr. Lesight’s Direction. , Mr. Lesight Recently Retired From Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California Where He Served As Chairperson of the Music Department for the Past 25 Years.
Robin Snyder – Grew up in Iowa and had one of the first and best jazz bands in the state located in Jefferson, Iowa where he taught high school for 20 years. After military service he attended the University Of Missouri and northwest Missouri receiving his B.A. in music educ. and his masters in music ed. From Colorado University. Robin has played professional saxophone throughout his teaching career and still is teaching elem. bands in the Jurupa school district. Robin judged extensively throughout southern ca. and taught for twenty years at Bonita high school where his alumni reads as a who’s who in jazz today. Under Robin’s direction the Bonita jazz band was a consistent winner at the Monterey Jazz Festival and was a leader in the early jazz movement in California.
Larry Thornton – Was one of the leaders when the traditions of jazz education were just being established in Southern California; His bands from Hart High School in Newhall excelled and were consistent winners at many of those first festivals. Larry was born and raised in Bakersfield. From the time he was nine he was actively involved in the music programs of the schools he attended. He served in the army band at Fort Ord, and still considers this to be one of the best jazz educational experiences of his life. After leaving the army he continued his education, graduated from Fresno State and began his teaching career in Bakersfield. In 1965 he moved to the Newhall area and after spending four years at the junior high level, accepted the position as Band Director for the Wm.S. Hart High School. He retired from that position in1990 and from education in 1992. Many of Larry’s students have gone on to become highly regarded professionals in the jazz arena.
Leonard Gagliardi – Was one of the top high school jazz educators during the formation of jazz education in California. He started his teaching at Poly high school in 1953 and then to Reseda high from 1955-1985, when he retired from education. His all around program of band’s and orchestra was considered one of southern Ca. finest and many students went on to Valley College and Cal State Northridge to become professional musicians. Leonard continued to play saxophone professionally throughout his educational tenure in the valley. He went to college in the San Jose area and had a great working relationship with Bob Dilworth, his feeder program director at Sequoia junior high. Leonard and Bob both received Grammy lifetime educational awards for their contributions to music education in 2002.
Dr. Warren Balfour – Professor Emeritus at Cuesta College, in San Luis Obispo, California, remains on the faculty as an applied trumpet instructor. In 1992, he received the Outstanding Academic Faculty Award. He is active as an adjudicator and clinician at major jazz festivals throughout the western United States. He has guest directed the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Honor Jazz Band, the All-Arizona State Honor Jazz Band, the Bay Section CMEA Honor High School Jazz Ensemble, and most recently, the All-Nevada State High School Honor Jazz Ensemble in Reno Dr. Balfour has also served in various professional capacities over the years: Western Division Coordinator for the International Association for Jazz Educators; Treasurer of the California Unit, International Association for Jazz Educators; as well as President of the Music Association of the California Community Colleges.Under his leadership, the Cuesta College Jazz Ensembles (as well as Jazz Choir Ensembles) made ten European tours to perform in major summer jazz festivals in the Netherlands and Switzerland.He has received degrees from Los Angeles City College; Cal State, Los Angeles; Cal State, Long Beach; and a doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado
Ashley Alexander, Trumpet/Trombone/Euphonium – Was born in Oklahoma and was a fine young musician in his father’s High School Band. After teaching at Edison High School in Oklahoma, he attended North Texas State University where he ran his own Dixieland group. Alexander went on to become the Jazz Studies Director at the University of Northern Iowa, a nationally recognized jazz program. After many years at Northern Iowa, he became a nationally known clinician and soloist. His jazz program at Mount San Antonio College grew quickly and featured large jazz festivals and recording opportunities that attracted many students. In both California and nationally, he established himself as an im- portant jazz educator and adjudicator with his pro alumni big band and activities with the Matteson/Phillips Tuba Jazz Consort.
Rex Bonebrake, Clarinet – Attended the University of Kansas and was a member of the US Navy music program. He taught at Long Beach State and founded the jazz programs/festivals at La Mirada and El Toro High Schools, and Saddleback College. Bonebrake was one of the pioneers of High School jazz in southern California. As jazz coordinator for SCSBOA, he was always willing to share his knowledge and skills with others and was known as one of the best jazz adjudicators.
Richard Cruz, Trumpet – Cruz came from Fresno where he graduated from Fresno State. He was an outstanding trumpet player in jazz and in chamber music. He taught for many years at Fullerton College and received national recognition for his teaching and adjudicating. The Fullerton College Lemon Street Stompers were yearly finalists in the Southern Com- fort Dixie Jazz Contest/Competition and Cruz established one of the first college Dixie festivals. James Jorgenson, Trombone – A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Jorgenson was one of the first promoters of big band jazz on college campuses as well as an adjudicator and clinician at festivals throughout the southwest. He hosted the Kenton and Akioshi Bands in residence at the University of Redlands presenting clinics and concerts. His jazz groups and wind ensembles championed many new works in the music industry.
Bill Kirk, Bass – After graduating from Michigan, Kirk taught at Neff High School were devel- oped great bands and started one of the largest jazz festivals at that time. He continued his teaching career at Saddleback College and performed in many groups throughout the southland as highly respected bass player and leader.
Monty Labonte, Tuba – Labonte graduated from Long Beach State and taught at Excelsior and Norwalk High Schools. He went on to put Cerritos and Saddleback Colleges into the jazz spotlight. Labonte was highly respected as a top band and jazz adjudicator throughout the southwest. A fine music educator, he was revered by his many students and loved by his communities and peers.
Herb “Doc” Patnoe, Trumpet – Patnoe was one of the earliest jazz educators establishing the Foothill and De Anza College Jazz Programs in the mid 1960s. He was a leader in the California Community Colleges as a Jazz mentor and the Annual Herb Patnoe Jazz Festi- val at De Anza remains one of the California’s most successful jazz events. Patnoe was loved by students for his sense of humor. Many alumni of his bands have served in important professional big bands.
John Prince, Trombone, composer/arranger – A University of Redlands gradu- ate, Prince taught at Bellflower, Excelsior High School, Long Beach City, Santa Monica, LA City, Rio Hondo, and Cerritos Colleges before establishing the west coast’s first commercial music program at Long Beach State. His great personality and humor made him a favorite jazz teacher and adjudicator loved by all who knew him. Many professional and school bands play his charts.
Roger Rickson, Trumpet – Had a great career at Corona High School: a nation- ally known jazz power and one of the first high school bands to record. He became Director of Bands at Riverside City College, where he established a huge jazz program, as well as festivals and recording projects. While in Riverside, Roger directed the Riverside Winds and was considered one of the best clinicians & adjudicators. Roger served as conductor for many honor groups, the first and twentieth Anniversary SCSBOA Honor Jazz Groups, and was a huge mentor to young educators in bands and jazz venues.
John Rinaldo, Trumpet – A Graduate of the University of Illinois, Rinaldo taught at Eagle Rock High School and developed outstanding heavy class bands with many fine soloists. He established Sun- day Jazz Nights at Eagle Rock where many pro jazz players came and sat in with, or were featured along with the Eagle Rock bands. Rinaldo was also a fine jazz trumpet player in LA and authored the text Jazz Beginnings, a class method for teachers.
Rolland Sandberg, Trombone – Sandberg graduated From Nebraska, relocated to California and taught band, orchestra and jazz at Stevens Junior High School and 27 years at Wilson High School in Long Beach. His Bands were among the best heavy bands in the 1970s and he was highly respected by his students and colleges throughout the state for his commitment to music education and young people.
Paul Shaghoian, Trumpet- A Graduate of Cal State Fresno and North Texas State, Shaghoian quickly became an outstanding jazz Trumpet player, first call in the Fresno area and in the professional world. He taught at Cal State Fresno part time and fulltime at La Sierra Middle School and Buchanan High School in the Clovis district. Because of his dedication and talent his bands quickly became among the best. Shaghoian was recognized many times by Downbeat Magazine for top recording efforts and as Educator of the year. He founded the La Sierra Band Camp with his wife Laura and was in constant demand as an adjudicator and clinician. He also served on the staff for the Idyllwild Arts Jazz Workshop for many years. The Clovis Performing Arts Venue is named in his memory; he was loved by all who knew him.