George has enjoyed jazz music since the age of 5 when he first heard Maynard Ferguson. When he was young, he listened daily to recordings of groups such as the Four Freshmen, The Hi-Lo’s, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Frank Rosolino, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond. At the age of 12 he began writing for and directing his first jazz combo, and by age 13 he wrote his first large ensemble arrangements followed by his first big band arrangement at age 14. He then attended Hart High School under the direction of Larry Thornton, he wrote and composed music for his high school band while concurrently enrolled at College of the Canyons (COC) in Valencia, CA. Upon graduation he enrolled at CSU Northridge where he became a member of the Jazz Band. By age 18 he was leading his own big band and writing. Upon completion of his degree at CSU Northridge, he began teaching instrumental music at Hart High School. In 1996 he moved to the Central Coast of CA where he teaches Audio Technology at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA. His participation as a festival adjudicator and clinician has included the California Music Educators Association (CMEA), California Band Director’s Association (CBDA), Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), Buchanan HS, Dos Pueblos HS, Folsom HS, Westlake HS, Fresno City College, College of San Mateo, Monterey Next Generation Festival, Eastern Washington University, San Joaquin Delta College (CA), Fort Lewis College (CO) and Reno jazz festivals.
Roger Treece is a composer, arranger, producer, and singer who creates music that combines traditional classical elements with jazz, funk, gospel, and world. A vocal innovator, Roger tours worldwide as a performance artist, composer, conductor and teacher, guiding musicians of all ages and genres in improvisation, creativity, harmony, arranging, rhythm, and solo-vocal technique.
He has composed for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Culture, Danish Radio Symphony and Choir, Los Angeles Master Chorale and Chicago Children’s Choir. His film and television credits include music for the Discovery Channel, Disneyworld, Microsoft, McDonalds, ABC and The United Way, and he is author and singer of hundreds of commercials.
Roger Treece has been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards as an arranger, producer, singer, and engineer, and has won 14 DOWNBEAT awards as a soloist, ensemble member, director and arranger. In 2010, his arrangement of “Baby” (VOCAbuLarieS) was nominated for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals” : the first time in the history of the Grammy Awards that an a cappella arrangement has been nominated for an instrumental arranging award.
He has won numerous awards for his educational music for children, including a First Place at the Hollywood Film Festival (for his score to Through the Woods) and two PARENT’S CHOICE awards.
Roger also judges the Vocal Jazz category for the DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE Student Recording Awards.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Barb Catlin has become one of the Southwest’s leading jazz educators and pianists. Her extensive touring, cruise ship, and show playing include work with top entertainers such as Smokey Robinson, Michael Crawford and many others. Barb’s performances have gained her local and national recognition; her trio was voted as an “Arizona Favorite” by KJZZ’s Listener’s Poll and Barb was named by Downbeat Magazine as a “Player to Catch.”
Barb majored in music education on woodwinds at California State University at Fresno and completed her Master’s in Music Education with an emphasis in Jazz Studies onpiano from Arizona State University. Barb recently returned to her home state of California, where she is currently the director of the jazz ensembles at Pomona College and the California Institute of Technology, as well as the jazz piano instructor at Pasadena City College. During her 18 years in Arizona, Barb was the Director of Jazz Studies at Mesa Community College in the Phoenix-metro area and had eight highly successful years as Musical Director of the award-winning youth honor jazz program, The Young Sounds of Arizona. Her students have been featured in the Grammy Jazz Bands, Wynton Marsalis’All-American Jazz Ensemble, the Dave Brubeck Institute, and the Mancini Institute. Her enthusiasm for playing, “real-life” approach to education, and expertise in the rhythm section has made Barb a popular clinician and adjudicator at the high school and college levels. Barb has been a featured adjudicator and soloist at Fred Sturm’s Lawrence Jazz Festival, Kris Berg’s Collin College Jazz Festival and was director of the Arizona All-State Clinic Jazz Band and the Central California Honor Jazz Band. Jazz in Arizona awarded Barb their “Lifetime Achievement Award” for her outstanding contribution to jazz education in the state of Arizona.