- Allen, Mark
- Broschak, Michael
- Brumbach, Glen
- Cain, Bill
- Capolupo, Dr. James
- Chodoroff, Art
- Cossetti, James
- Darrohn, Jeff
- DiDonato, Ron
- Dressler, Chuck
- Drobish, Mike
- Farr, Chris
- Gallagher, Matt
- Greenwald, Bruce
- Henderson, Joe
- Hood, Michael
- Hyzer, Matt
- Jacoby, Marc
- Kapralick, Randy
- Kaufman, Tonia
- Kenney, Dave
- Kerber, Ron
- Kinsey, Alan
- Kosmaceski, Frank
- Leland, Tim
- Lugiano, Robert
- Marrella, Joe
- Melton, Ken
- Meyers, Edward
- Muller, Danny
- Phillips, Earl
- Powers, Bill
- Pursell, Dr. John
- Pusey, Bill
- Rodgers, Kevin
- Scannella, Joe
- Shanefield, Drew
- Smith, Terrell
- Stimson, Ed
- Twiford, Jeff
- Uibel, Steve
- Villella, Dr. John
- Wagner, Bob
- West, Tom
- Wetzel, Neil
- Whittemann, Wilbur
- Wolfe, Tim
- Yatauro, Brian
Saxophonist and multi-woodwind player Mark Allen has been an active member of the Philadelphia music scene for over a decade. Upon graduating with his Master’s Degree from the University of the Arts, Mark was asked to join the faculty, where he currently teaches saxophone, jazz history, and theory. He has had the privilege of studying with Joel Frahm, Ben Schachter, Chris Farr, and Ron Kerber. In addition to co-leading several ensembles, Mark is an active member of The Philly Pops, The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Fresh Cut Orchestra (Ropeadope Records), and several other Philadelphia/New York ensembles. He has shared the stage and/or recorded with luminaries such as Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, George Garzone, Marcus Belgrave, Wycliffe Gordon, Dick Oatts, Orrin Evans, R Kelly, Lady Gaga, and Tony Bennett, among others. Mark is also active in the Philadelphia theater scene as a woodwind player, performing on saxophones, flutes, and clarinets.
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Mike Broschak retired as the band director at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School in Whitehall, PA in June, 2010. He taught instrumental music in the district for thirty six years in both the high school and middle schools. During his tenure he directed the high school marching band, concert band, jazz ensemble, pit orchestra, and the middle school 7th & 8th grade concert band, 5th & 6th grade concert band, and the jazz lab band. Mr. Broschak received a BS in Music Education from West Chester University in 1974, and his M. Ed. in Music in 1981. He furthered his education with post graduate studies in music composition, jazz arranging and film scoring at Berklee College of Music in 1985-’86. In addition to his career in public education, Mr. Broschak has worked as a free lance marching band and jazz ensemble arranger. He has been a marching band adjudicator and clinician from 1976 to the present, and a jazz adjudicator from 1990 to the present. Mr. Broschak has composed works for middle school concert bands. He has additionally worked as a composer in creating radio commercial jingles, and composed the music for the stage musical “Abracadabra” in association with playwright, William Marley.
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Dr. Brumbach recently received his PhD in Music Education from the University of Maryland. His dissertation entitled “The Effects of Practice-based and Theoretical-based Pedagogical Approaches on Jazz Improvisation Performance Achievement by High School Musicians” is accessible through Google Scholar. Currently he supervises student teachers for UMD. He has given presentations on jazz improvisation and performance pedagogy at the National Association for Music Education’s National In-service Conference, Research Conference, PMEA Annual In-service conference, the Society for Music Teacher Education Biennial Conference and the American Educational Research Association Conference. Prior to teaching at UMD he taught at Boyertown, Muncy, Muhlenberg, and Reading school districts. Dr. Brumbach’s Jazz Ensembles, consistently have been awarded Superior ratings and many section awards. Among most prestigious awards and honors include being selected to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s convention in 1997 and 2001 and 2011, NAFME All Eastern 2009 Conference, seven times winner of the Winchester Cup outstanding overall Jazz band award at the Shenandoah Apple Blossom festival, Winner of the Inaugural Steel Stacks Festival and the first jazz band to perform in the Piazza del Signora in Florence Italy as well as Prague, Czech Republic and Salzburg and Vienna Austria. His bands have opened for the Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton Alumni Band, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as well as performed with Wynton Marsalis, Terrell Stafford, Jim Snidero, Dave Stahl, Chris Vadala, Randy Brecker, Al Chez, Leigh Pilzer, and Larry Kerchner. Mr. Brumbach is a graduate of Mansfield University receiving a Bachelor’s in Music Education and a Master’s in Music. Additional studies include Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Band Director Academy and the IAJE teacher training institute. He previously served as the original Jazz Vice President of the Music Educators of Berks County and was responsible for forging the relationship with the County All Star Jazz Band and the Berks Jazz Fest. As a performer He has been a past member of the Dave Stahl Big Band as well as serving as co-director of the Boyertown Director’s Big Band which was formerly known as the Arlen Saylor Big band. Awards include Cavalcade Band Director of the year in 1999 and Reading Buccaneers Hall of Fame. He also has been published in the PMEA Journal, the Maryland Music Educator’s Journal, the Connecticut Music Educator’s Journal and the Vermont Music Educator’s Journal.
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Bill Cain is a percussionist in the Philadelphia area who performs with many local ensembles and artists who visit the area. He has 35 years of experience as a middle school band director at the Wissahickon Middle School where he started and developed the jazz band and the marching band programs. Some of his students have gone on to become professional musicians and teachers and it makes Mr. Cain very proud to call them colleagues. Mr. Cain has had the opportunity to perform with many great musicians in settings such as the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and the Lincoln Center and Radio City Music Hall in New York City to name a few. He lives in Willow Grove with his wife Debbie and their two golden retrievers. Mr. Cain has always enjoyed working with young musicians and is happy to be here to share this musical event.
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Capolupo, Dr. James
This is Dr. Capolupos’ 40th year celebration with Cavalcade. He started as a band director in the organization then was the Music Caption Chief for two terms then he was the Judging Coordinator for two terms. Dr. Capolupo started his jazz music career by playing Lead Alto in the West Chester Criterions Jazz Ensemble. He went on to perform from New York to South Carolina with various jazz bands. He directed several award winning high school jazz ensembles and was director of the Cabrini College Jazz Band; the Lincoln University Jazz Band and the Princeton University Jazz Band. He will also be conducting the America Music Abroad Bronze Tour of Europe this summer for the 29th year. Dr. Capolupo was the co-founder of the Pennsylvania All State Jazz Band. He served as the President of the Pennsynsyvai Chapter of the National Association of Jazz Educators. Besides his career in Instrumental Music, Dr Capolupo has served as a Coordinator of Fine Arts, Principal, Director of Elementary Education, Director of Teaching and Learning and Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Capolupo was named the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year by The National Association of School Superintendents and named the 2015 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators. Dr Capolupo has recently co-authored a book on school leadership and is presenting workshops in several State Conferences and National Conferences around the country. In addition to judging jazz festivals, he also judges Marching Band festivals, the Miss America Pageant Parade and the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia. Over his career, he has judged over 1000 musical events. Dr. Capolupo recently was appointed Associate Dean of the College of Education at West Chester University
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After 42 years as a music educator, Arthur D. Chodoroff became Emeritus Professor of Instrumental Music and Director of Bands in the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University when he retired from that position in June 2011. He was associated with the Temple Bands for 39 years. In addition to conducting the Wind Symphony, Professor Chodoroff served for ten years as Chair of the Department of Instrumental Studies and then as Area Coordinator for Woodwinds and Brasses. He also served as director of the Temple Diamond Marching Band for 19 years and Jazz Ensemble for 15 years. In addition to teaching courses in instrumental conducting and woodwinds methods, Professor Chodoroff also conducted concerts with the Temple University Sinfonia Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Chamber Winds. Professor Chodoroff was director of the Temple University Jazz Ensemble from 1976-1991. Included during that time were concerts by the Jazz Ensemble with many featured soloists including Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods, Michael Pedicine, Jr., Mel Lewis, and Larry McKenna. Under his direction, the Jazz Ensemble’s performances included the PMEA and Eastern MENC Conferences, the Glassboro State College (now Rowan) and Villanova University Jazz Festivals, 6ABC television, the Ambler Music Festival, and on tours throughout the eastern United States. During that time, Prof. Chodoroff also co-founded the Temple University Greater Philadelphia High School Jazz Festival. Among his other activities, for the past thirty years he has been an active adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the area and around the country. Past-president of the Eastern Division of the College Band Directors National Association, Mr. Chodoroff has received awards from Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and the Temple University College of Music Alumni Association. He was selected as one of the 10 outstanding music educators in the nation for 1986-87 by the School Musician Director/Teacher magazine and has been awarded the PMEA District 12 Citation of Excellence in Teaching award for higher education.
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Jim Cossetti began his study of trumpet and music theory in 1958 with Anthony Marchione in Philadelphia, where, during his high school years, he was lead trumpet in marching band, dance band. dance band, show band and orchestra. He also was student teacher and conductor and sang with two a cappella R&R groups in Germantown (Phila.) area. After graduation he continued to perform with several R&R groups, small jazz trios and quartets in the Philadelphia and Wilmington areas, while continuing studies with Mr. Anthony Mattarese. In the mid-seventies to early 80’s he continued trumpet studies and played with Mr. Richard Garrick, president and principal trumpet of the New Jersey Brass Quintet. During this time he also taught and played with several brass ensembles. From 1993 to 2004 he was part of the music staff at Coatesville Area Senior High School, where he was instructor, technical advisor to and occasional performer with the “Coatesville Brass” ensemble. He has performed with many local groups and with Doc Severinsen. In October 2002 he assisted with formation of an international comedy singing group, “The Castaways” and became musical arranger and conductor. He is also a member of both the International Trumpet Guild and International Association of Jazz Educators. Currently he is a performing member of The Music Express mixed brass ensemble and is a music adjudicator with the Cavalcade of Bands Association. He teaches all brass instruments at all levels out of four studios in Chester County.
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Mr. Jeffrey Darrohn is a composer, arranger, recording artist, saxophonist, conductor and educator in both the United States and United Kingdom. In 2006 he was signed to Jazzed Media Records which recorded and released his album Jeff Darrohn, T-Bird ’60 featuring his jazz compositions and arrangements for six saxophones, piano, bass and drums. Released in 2007, it aired on jazz radio stations throughout the US and BBC Radio in the UK for four straight months and now is gaining airtime throughout Canada, Australia and New Zealand. As a bandleader, his group SAXON-UK and SAXON-USA have performed in both the US and UK, including the 2007 International Saxophone Symposium-Washington DC and the 2008 London International Jazz Festival. As a saxophonist and woodwind player he has freelanced in the UK with the famed BBC Radio Jazz Big Band, Pete Cater Big Band, Buddy Rich Tribute Big Band, Glenn Miller UK Orchestra, Miles Davis Project Band, Jacqui Dankworth, Kanye West, and the Ronnie Scott Big Band. In the US he has performed with Phil Woods, Urbie Green, Buddy DeFranco, Lou Rawls, Mel Torme, and Robert Merrill. Mr. Darrohn’s compositions for school jazz bands have been published by Alfred Music’s Belwin Jazz division since 2007. He also composes and arranges music for school bands, universities, professional organizations and various vocalists. He has delivered workshops, clinics and lectures concerning instrumental music instruction, jazz improvisation, composition and orchestration. Mr. Darrohn has taught for over twenty years in both the US and the UK including the Richmond Adult Community College Jazz School and Roehampton University. He has a Bach. of Music and Music Education from the University of the Arts and a Master of Music Education from Boston University.
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Ron DiDonato is a graduate of West Chester University. Over his 30 year teaching career, he served as Director of Bands at both the high school and middle school levels. He has had award winning ensembles and musicians in many of the organizations under his direction. He has also directed several district, conference and honors ensembles as well as the All Region jazz band. As the conductor of those groups, he worked with then student musicians Adam Blackstone, Nick Marchione and Earl Phillips. Mr. D has been an active member of SJBODA, NJAJE, NJ Percussive Arts Society and others. Ron was also involved in the planning and preparation of a series of jazz festivals and clinics serving thousands of local music students over the last 20 years. He is recently retired from public school education but continues to work with music students through his affiliation with Music and Arts as an instructor and through his adjudication of local jazz festivals including Cavalcade of Bands events Mr. D has performed in the tri state area for over 40 years. He has played drums and percussion for the Lakewood Jazz Ensemble, now Wilbur Wittemann Big Band for the past 27 years. Ron has also been a part a concert series affording him the opportunity to work with legendary jazz musicians such as Arturo Sanduval, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Lou Tabackin, Bill Watrous, Phil Woods, Louis Bellson, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Dave Wekle, Dennis DiBLasio, Wayne Bergeron and others. . He has also performed with great local jazz musicians such as John Allred, Doug Elliot, Kai Hansen, Bob Gravener and others. Performing with and working in clinic with those musicians was an invaluable experience and helped to shape Ron as a musician and educator. He continues to share his experiences through his performances, clinics, lessons and adjudication
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Chuck Dressler is quite involved in the field of jazz education. Besides judging area jazz festivals and doing clinics, he is the past president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association of Jazz Educators. Chuck also served as the director of the Al Grey Jazz Camp and is the retired director of bands at Pottstown High School. In 2011 he conducted the Berks County All Star High School Jazz Band for the Berks Jazz Fest. As a professional trombonist Mr. Dressler has performed with the following: The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Ralph Carmichael Orchestra, The Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra, Bill Watrous, Conrad Herwig, The Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Natalie Cole, Simone, Perry Como and Johnny Mathis. Chuck performs regularly with The Rob Stoneback Big Band from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
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Mr. Michael Drobish is an instrumental music teacher at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia. Prior to this, he held positions at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School, Bensalem High School and William Tennent High School. Mr. Drobish holds a Bachelor’s in Jazz Performance and Master’s in Music Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. A saxophone major and woodwind doubler, Mr. Drobish has studied with Frank Mazzeo, Ron Kerber, Eric Nestler and Charly Salinger. Mr. Drobish has performed with LHJO and the Monday Blues Jazz Orchestra, in addition to several local cover bands and pit orchestras. He is also the President of the Doylestown Symphonic Winds, a charter member of the Philadelphia Wind Symphony, and a frequent member of the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony, a group he has guest conducted. Mr. Drobish maintains a small studio of private woodwind students, some of who have made it to the state level in PMEA. He is happy to be part of Cavalcade and proud to call himself a music educator.
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Saxophonist Chris Farr graduated from University of the Arts in 1994 with his Bachelors degree in music
and then continued on to finish his Masters degree in Arts and teaching in 1995. Since then he has been a
highly sought after performer and educator. Chris is currently a full time professor at the University of the
Arts, where he serves as the undergraduate instrumental division head. Chris is also a clinician and endorser of Andreas Eastman saxophones. Over the past 20 years, he has performed, toured and recorded with the likes of Blood Sweat & Tears, Elvis Costello, Jill Scott, Sting, John Legend, The Roots & Maynard Ferguson.Back To Top
Matt Gallagher – Short Bio Matt Gallagher is enjoying a career as one of the most sought after lead trumpet players in Philadelphia, PA and on the east coast. Gallagher earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from West Chester University in 1997 and earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in 2001. Matt is a National Trumpet Artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America and is also a full time university professor. Matt is the prototypical lead trumpet player with extensive credits with professional bands and orchestras up and down the east coast. He has performed with several Broadway show productions and artists including The Philadelphia Orchestra,The Boston Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, Diana Krall, Hugh Jackman, Michael Buble, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Randy Brecker, TheTemptations, The Four Tops, Lou Rawls, Bernadette Peters, The O’Jays, The Stylistics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, and many others. Matt is currently the principal trumpet player for The Philly Pops and has been a featured lead trumpet player with The Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition, Matt is a studio lead trumpet player at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ, and has recorded for Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, R. Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, and LL Cool J. He is also the lead trumpet player for Chico’s Vibe, a local band that features a 4-piece horn section and performs over 100 dates per year. In 2010, Matt formed The Philly Big Band where he is featured as both a soloist and lead trumpet player. Matt is equally committed to both performing and teaching. Matt is the chair of the trumpet department, chair of instrumental studies, “Z” Big Band director, and music education professor at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
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Bruce Greenwald is a jazz saxophone and clarinet player with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from West Chester University. He founded the Audubon Jazz Explosion Big Band and the Dixie on the Side Dixieland Band, directing and performing in both groups for over ten years. With two album credits to his name, Bruce was the executive producer of the Audubon Jazz Explosion “Debut” and “Summertime” CDs. On the classical side, he has been the assistant director and principal clarinetist of the Audubon Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Bruce has performed with the Philadelphia Legends of Jazz Orchestra, the Main Street Sound Big Band, the 22 Park Avenue Big Band, and the Pennsylvania Dance Swing Band. With a passion for performance in musical pit orchestras, Bruce has been seen in over 45 musical stage productions. Bruce’s teaching experience included elementary and middle school instrumental, general, and vocal choral music. He now enjoys the mature level of talent he hears at the high school level while adjudicating with the Cavalcade of Bands organization.
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Joe Henderson is currently the band director at Kingsway Regional High School in Woolwich Township, NJ. He has taught instrumental music in the district for 12 years and has taught in the south jersey and Delaware areas for the past 18 years. During his tenure, he has directed high school marching band, concert band, symphonic band, jazz ensembles, and has also taught courses in music theory and electronic music. Mr. Henderson received a BS in Music Education from West Chester University in 1998 as well as a minor in jazz studies. During his time at West Chester University, he was a four year member of the criterions jazz ensemble and had the opportunity to perform with Ernie Watts and Matt Neiss. Mr. Henderson also studied jazz improvisation and arranging with Larry McKenna and Peter Paulsen. Following West Chester University, Mr. Henderson completed graduate course work at the University of the Arts studying under such notable educators such as Ed Lisk and Stephen Melillo. Mr. Henderson is demand as a marching band music arranger and has designed for fine programs in the tri state area as well as the mid-west. Most recently, Mr. Henderson has served as a marching adjudicator and is a consultant for marching bands and jazz ensembles in the greater Philadelphia area.
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Mr. Hood has been the Director of Instrumental Music at Wissahickon High School in Ambler Pa since 1997. While there, he has conducted and directed the Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Pit Orchestra, String Orchestra and developed it’s Jazz program from 5 students and one Big Band in 1997 to 60 students, three Big Bands and two small groups in 2011. The Wissahickon Jazz Band has won the Cavalcade of Bands Championship in 2002 and 2008 with numerous superior ratings and soloist awards. In addition, Mr. Hood was elected Jazz Director of the Year in 2002. Mr. Hood holds a Bachelor of Music in Trombone and a Master of Teaching in Music from the University of the Arts as well as an Associates Degree in Korean Language and Culture. He is also a member of the 1989 Downbeat Magazine All-Star Band. While in the Service, he performed with the 7th Division Army Band, The 8th Army Band and the 307th Reserve Band. An active performer from the age of 14 until the present, Mr. Hood has performed and recorded with many national acts including, the Tempations, the Four Tops, Marah, Billy Paul, Bobby Rydell, The Captain and Tenille and Chuck Mangione. Locally, he has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra, The Tony Gairo-Gary Rismiller Jazz Orchestra, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, the Bucks County Symphony and many other local acts. In 1996, he organized Philadelphia’s only Post-Modern New Orleans Brass Band; the Hoppin’ John Orchestra which performs original compositions, transcriptions and arrangements by Mr. Hood and can be heard regularly in our area. Mike also has a Masters degree from Rutgers University.
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Matt Hyzer graduated with honors from of The University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, PA, with Piano Performance and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees. He recently earned a Master Certificate in Theory, Harmony & Ear Training from Berklee College of Music. His piano teachers have included Philadelphia legend Trudy Pitts and Jamar Jones. He has shared the stage with many great musicians including Rick Kerber, Chris Vadala, Bill Watrous, R&B artist Vivian Green and Tower of Power’s Dave Garibaldi. As a free-lance composer/arranger has has contributed over 20 books to the catalogs of Alfred Publishing, Hal Leonard, The Lorenz Company, Shawnee Press and Word Music. He is currently a music teacher and assistant band director at Moorestown High School in NJ.
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Dr. Marc Jacoby is an Associate Professor of Music at West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he serves as Jazz Studies Coordinator and teaches in the Applied Music and Music Education programs. He currently directs the Criterions Big Band and Latin Jazz Ensemble. Before joining the faculty at WCU, Jacoby was on the faculty of the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL. While in Chicago, he played with many of the regions top salsa and latin-jazz groups including the Grammy nominated Orquesta 911 mambo big band. He also co-founded the Orquesta Dos Claves, a latin-jazz big band and workshop for Chicago area youth. The ensemble has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Illinois Music Educator’s Association Conference, Hot House’s Jazz en Clave Festival, Chicago Historical Society, Harold Washington Cultural Center, and school jazz festivals around the region. Jacoby is the co-creator and contributor to TheMusicInteractive.com web site that distributes music games and activities designed for interactive whiteboards. In addition to his own titles, Jacoby has developed educational multimedia including games for Yamaha / PlayinTime Productions, Mark Wessels Publications, and CD-ROM’s for Rowloff Productions. Dr. Jacoby is a certified Apple Pro Apps trainer, an artist/clinician for the Yamaha Corporation and Vic Firth, Inc., a Sibelius Ambassador, and is on the Educational Advisory Committee for Latin Percussion, Inc. He holds degrees from the Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, and Northwestern University.
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Randy received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami School of Music and a Master of Fine Arts in Music Composition from Vermont College of Fine Arts. After completing his undergraduate degree, he was hired to play lead trombone for the legendary Motown group, the Four Tops. Randy toured the United States for 5 years playing with the Four Tops, the Temptations, the Spinners, Aretha Franklin, Frankie Valli, KC & The Sunshine Band and Mary Wilson. Throughout his career, Randy has also had the chance to perform with Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Gerry Mulligan, Dave Liebman, Maria Schneider, and Bill Watrous. In addition to the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, Randy can currently be seen playing with a variety of exciting ensembles in Philadelphia including Norman David & The Eleventet, Slowburn, and The Larry McKenna Jazz Orchestra. Randy is Coordinator of Ensembles and Chair of the Trombone Department at University of the Arts where he also teaches Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Theory, and Musicianship. Randy directs the University of the Arts Rick Kerber Tribute Ensemble, which features diverse programming ranging from traditional big band repertoire to newly commissioned material.
Tonia Asel Kaufman is the band director at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and the Choral/Instrumental Coordinator in the Colonial School District, a NAMM Best Community for Music Education and Grammy Signature School Semi-finalist. She was awarded a Citation of Teaching Excellence from the Pennsylvania Music Educator Association and has been recognized as a Master Teacher by the Colonial School District. Under Kaufman’s leadership, the PW Band Program has won over 20 championships and is regionally acclaimed for being a highly creative band program. She has had groups perform at and has presented at the PA Music Educator Association State Conference. In addition to serving as high school band director, she has worked in a variety of roles including adjunct professor of music education, concert band guest conductor, jazz adjudicator, marching band consultant, show designer, drill designer and musical arranger and has taught a wide variety of music electives from elementary to high school. She was the Cavalcade of Bands Secretary from 1997-98 and Cavalcade Jazz Liaison from 1998-2009. Kaufman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and Music Performance from Slippery Rock University, a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from Temple University and National Board Certification in EA/YA Music.
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Dave Kenney is uniquely qualified by virtue of his talent, expertise, and experience to educate both students and teachers, and to evaluate the quality of their performances and programs. He has performed professionally on tenor saxophone and piano with the Glenn Miller Band, Jay and the Techniques, Marie Osmond, Shirley Jones, Clark Terry and Bobby Rydell. He has also recorded for NFL Films. Mr. Kenney studied piano with the legendary jazz artist, Jimmy Amadie. He currently directs his own jazz trio, and also freelances with many local artists in the greater Philadelphia area. For the last 18 years, Mr. Kenney has been the principal pianist for the Brian Pastor Big Band. He has also been featured with the Dave Stahl big band. Mr. Kenney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in Performance, both from West Chester University. Mr. Kenney retired from the Quakertown Community School District after a career in which he taught every grade level of instrumental music. He is recognized as the founder and ‘architect’ of the very successful Jazz Band program in the Quakertown School District. His Jazz and Concert bands were renowned for their consistently high levels of performance. Mr. Kenney is one of the founders of the Bux-Mont Intermediate Honors Band for students in grades seven and eight. His greatest legacy, though, may be the number of his former students who now direct successful music programs throughout the country.
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Ron Kerber is one of Philadelphia’s first call musicians, with a career that has crossed genres and styles. He was formerly saxophonist, composer and producer for Blue Note recording artists “Pieces of a Dream”. He has also recorded with Jimmy Bruno, Phil Woods, Gerald Veasley, Jim Ridl, Melody Gardot, Patti LaBelle, Vanessa Williams, Lou Rawls and Teddy Pendergrass among others. He has toured with Burt Bacharach, Rod Stewart and Diana Ross and performed with Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Ben Folds, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Tony Bennett, Lang Lang, Manhattan Transfer, Randy Brecker, Rufus Wainright, Michael Buble, Jane Monheit, New York Voices, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations and Johnny Mathis to name a few. Ron has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Orchestra 2001, The Royal Ballet, and The Russian National Orchestra. He is a member of The Philly Pops, and has played in the orchestras of the Forrest, Walnut Street, and Merriam Theaters, Ron is Associate Dean of Performing Arts at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has served on the Board of Trustees of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and as President of the Philadelphia Chapter. He continues to be active in the Grammy process serving on several committees for the Academy. Ron is a D’Addario Woodwind Artist and plays Silverstein Ligatures.
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Alan Kinsey is in demand as a clinician, teacher and adjudicator. He has an in-depth and varied career in jazz performance and education as demonstrated by his engagements with Bob Brookmeyer, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Gary Foster, and Frank Mantooth. Alan has also worked in concert with Tori Amos, Joel Grey, Maureen McGovern, the New York Voices, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Harry Connick, and Toni Tenille. He has also performed with road productions of the shows 42nd St, Chicago, and Cats. ! ! Mr Kinsey has directed many ensemble appearances and has presented clinic’s at music educator’s conventions, in Kansas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and jazz festivals, such as Notre Dame Jazz Festival, North Texas Jazz Festival, University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival, and the University of the Arts Jazz Festival.! ! A native of Souderton Pennsylvania, Alan has completed both Undergraduate, and Master’s Level degrees from Temple University, Philadelphia PA both in percussion performance. Alan holds a DA in Jazz administration and percussion performance, from the University of Northern Colorado. He holds a certification to teach K-12 music in New Jersey public schools. Alan is currently advising several districts in New Jersey both in percussion and Jazz performance.! ! Alan Kinsey is active in Percussive Arts Society, Jazz Educator’s Network, New Jersey Music Educator’s Association and the Technology Institute of Music Educators.
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Frank Kosmaceski is a woodwind specialist who is in wide demand in the Greater Philadelphia area as a professional Broadway musical woodwind specialist. He has played for professional entertainers such as Liberace, Sergio Franchi, Sammy Davis and Nelson Sardelli. Kosmaceski was also the lead alto saxophone player and director of the jazz band for the 307th Army Band for 18 years and the lead alto saxophone and leader of a big band, “The 66er’s”, specializing in “Big Band” music from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. Mr. Kosmaceski holds a Bachelor’s Degree in performance/education from Temple University and is a retired instrumental music teacher from the Centennial School System.
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Tim LeLand comes to us as widly known Sxaophone performer. He has played with The New York Voices,Devon Gardner (Singer from the Duke Elington Big Band), The University of the Arts Big Band, The Rick Kerber Tribute Ensemble, Gerald Veasley, Chris Farr, Pat Martino, Bill Waltrouss, Dennis DiBlasio and Jeff Jarvis just to name a few. Tim Leand holds a Master of Music in Education and is currently teaching in the Gibbsboro
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Robert Lugiano Lugiano received his Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Wilkes University and received his Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from the Brooklyn Conservatory at Brooklyn College. Growing up playing in Salvation Army brass bands, Lugiano studied with Phil Smith, principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, who is associated with the Salvation Army. Lugiano also studied trumpet with William Teubner and Douglas Hedwig, associate trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera. Over the past 20 years, Lugiano has been an active freelance musician, composer, arranger, clinician, adjudicator, band director and private instructor. His past duties include trumpet professor and director of the Wilkes University Jazz Ensemble. For 16 years, Lugiano worked at a college preparatory school directing two jazz ensembles and three concert bands as well as his duties as department chair of Fine and Performing Arts. His jazz ensembles were selected to play at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Convention in 2008, 2010 and 2012. From 2001-2011, Lugiano worked for Pittston Area’s marching band as composer, arranger, music instructor and brass instructor for the award winning “Marching Patriots”. As a trumpeter, Lugiano is an active freelance musician playing both classical and jazz gigs. He has worked with artists such as Phil Woods, Lew Soloff, Max Roach, Milt Hinton, Joe Morello, Steve Fidyk, Marco Marcinko, Denis DiBlasio, Gram Breedlove, Tom Heinze, Dave Jumper, Katie Miller, Neil Wetzel and Mike Williams. His R&B band, Souled Out, was also the opening act for Aretha Franklin on tour.
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Joe Marrella has over twenty-five years judging experience involving musical performers. He has been asked to adjudicate groups in all parts of the United States and Canada. Joe was an individual Snare Drum Champion and has also instructed five National Champion Percussion Ensembles. He has been engaged to consult on various musical groups and has conducted seminars for music educators throughout the country. Further, he has conducted training for judges associations and assisted in the evaluation of them. Locally, Joe has taught workshops at West Chester University for music educators as they earn credits for their advanced degrees. He is a former member of the Advisory Council for the University of the Arts, located in Philadelphia. He has also written articles for musical publications that have been distributed to 35,000 high schools in the United States. He has also been selected as a Hall of Fame Instructor, Arranger, and Judge. He was inducted into the Cavalcade of Bands Hall of Fame in 2006. In addition to playing, judging and consulting in the musical arena, Joe has directed 22 theatrical musicals as well as being nominated for Best Direction twice by the Perry Awards of New Jersey. Joe has served for three years as a television color commentator for the broadcast of various competitions involving musical groups and served as the Cavalcade of Bands Education Director for four years.
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Melton, Ken Ken Melton is an experienced and sought after jazz guitarist. He has played with such groups as Dave Stahl, and the Squib Pharmaceuticals Tonight Show Band. Melton is well known in the area for his performances in musicals, weddings and studio work. Mr. Melton received his Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Jazz Performance from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music. Mr. Melton is a member of the International Association of Jazz Educators. He was formerly the Director of Instrumental Music at Harry S Truman High School where he directed a highly respectable jazz ensemble known for its unique adaptation of improvisational techniques. Melton wrote and arranges all or most of the music for his jazz and marching bands. He was also named Who’s Who of American Teachers numerous times during his tenure as music director. He was a guest conductor for the American Music Abroad Tour. He now serves as the Assistant Principal of Neil Armstrong Middle School located in Fairless Hills, PA. Outside of school he teaches trumpet and guitar at Music and Arts and he is the lead guitarist at Cavalry Church of Marlton, in NJ.
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Edward Meyers studied Bass Trombone at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School. His private teachers include members of the Philadelphia, Boston, Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Symphony Orchestras as well as the New York Philharmonic. He has also studied arranging and composition with Hank Levy. Instructor, arranger, and drill writer for many marching bands and drum and bugle corps competing in the Drum Corps International, Drum Corps Associates, Cavalcade of Bands, Tournament of Bands, and USBands marching circuits. After a freelance career in both the United States and Europe Mr. Meyers is currently a band and orchestra director for Baltimore County Public schools in Maryland.
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Danny Muller is an accomplished saxophone performer who has played with the Philadelphia Boys Choir, pianist Joanne Brackeen, trumpeter Randy Brecker, saxophonist Michael Brecker, Ralph Bowen, guitarist Jimmy Bruno, drummer Greg Fields, singer Wayne Newton, alto saxophonist Greg Osby, singer Dennis Rowland, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, trumpeter Bobby Shew, bassist Gerald Veasley, saxophonist Grover Washington Jr, as well as performances in the Philadelphia, Atlantic City and New York areas. Danny Muller attended the University of the Arts and received a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance and a Masters Degree in Music Education Danny was the 2001 Philadelphia High School Grammy Band Assistant Director and was with LaSalle College High School for Boys teaching jazz improvisation and woodwinds since 2002. He has also been at the University of the Arts teaching saxophone since 2003.
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Mr. Phillips is a graduate with honors, of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Trombone Performance (’04), a Masters Degree in Music Education (’05) and a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance from Rowan University (’11). As a professional bass trombonist, Mr. Phillips has had the pleasure of performing with such jazz greats as Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Robin Eubanks, Kurt Elling, John Fedchock, Jeff Jarvis, Tim Hagans, Denis DiBlasio, Jim McFalls, Patti Austin, and Gregg Field. Mr. Phillips has also had the pleasure of recording with some of today’s largest pop stars, most notably Kid Cudi, Boyz II Men, John Legend, and Will Smith. His session with John Legend was part of an album (So Amazing: A Tribute to Luther Vandross) that won 2 Grammy Awards in 2005. Earl also directs and acts as the chief composer/arranger for the Earl Phillips Big Band. Look for the EPBB’s first CD, “Something To Say,” to be released in early 2012. Aside from the EPBB, several high schools and Universities in the Tri-State area have performed Earl’s charts. Rowan University performed 12 of Earl’s compositions and arrangements for their November 2010 concert dedicated to his music. Mr. Phillips is a published author having articles printed in both the ‘Jazz Education Journal’, and ‘Downbeat Magazine’, as well as a published composer/arranger through Northeastern Music Publications. From 2005-2007, Mr. Phillips was the director of the Philadelphia Grammy Band, the director of the 2008 All-South Jersey Jazz Ensemble, and since 2009 has been a clinician and manager with the New Jersey All State Jazz Ensemble. Earl, currently, is one of two band directors at Cherokee High School in Marlton, NJ where he directs two Jazz Ensembles and the Music Technology department. He has been a frequent guest clinician with numerous high schools throughout the Tri-State area. He resides in West Deptford, New Jersey with his beautiful wife Jennifer.
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Bill Powers is a retired music educator who taught elementary, high school, and college bands from 1974-2009 at West York Area School District, Gettysburg College, and Hempfield School District. Additionally, he served as the Hempfield K-12 Music Supervisor from 1987-2009, where he led a coordinated and comprehensive Music Education program. He holds degrees from Gettysburg College, Penn State University, and Millersville University. He has served as a guest conductor, clinician, program analyst, and adjudicator in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Virginia. Professional affiliations to his credit include PMEA, NAfME, the National Band Association, the American Federation of Musicians, and Phi Beta Mu national honorary bandmasters fraternity. He served as the Cavalcade of Bands president from 2000-2008, where he oversaw a reorganization of Cavalcade’s administration and a growth in membership from 28 to 65 bands. He is the recipient of the Cavalcade of Bands Director of the Year award (2007-2008) and was a 2008 inductee into the Cavalcade Hall of Fame. He is a former member of the Bill Dayton Orchestra and the Dave Stahl Big Band, and currently performs with the quartet Saxology. Mr. Powers resides in Landisville, PA, with his wife Leigh-Ann.
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Pursell, Dr. John
Dr. John Pursell is retired from his position as the Senior Ceremonial Trumpeter with the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. Today he performs nationwide as a trumpet artist and clinician for the Yamaha Music Corporation. He has performed with artists such as Ann Jillian, Lou Rawls, Peter Nero, James Earl Jones, and Roy Clark. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet from the University of Maryland and has published numerous articles on trumpet pedagogy in national journals. He is the author of “What I’ve Learned- The Freelance Trumpeters Guide to Professioanl Music.” Dr. Purcell is currently the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Gettysburg College.
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Bill Pusey is a graduate of the Philadelphia Musical Academy in 1974 ( U. OfArts) with a Bachelor of Music. He has toured with the Glenn Miller, BuddyRich Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Big bands along with headliners Burt Bacharach, Anthony Newley & Ben Vereen.Pusey has also toured Europe, Australia & South America in the ’80’s with various European big bands performing, recording and tv performances with Dizzy Gillespie,Dave Holland, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman & Howard Johnson. Bill Pusey has been first trumpet in Philadelphia, NY & Atlantic City performing for Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Doc Severinsen, Johnny Mathis, Louie Bellson, Natalie Cole. Mr. Pusey has performed on broadway as well as Philadelphia.theatres with shows such as: Grand Hotel, Cats, Meet Me In St. Louie, Fosse, Saturday Nite Fever A Chorus Line, Kismet & Bubblin’ Brown Sugar. He was First Trumpet with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops for 3 yrs.He is co-producer,arranger & contractor for the Musical Christmas Tree performing in phila. for 12 yrs. He is presently lead trumpet & house contractor for Caesars Hotel in Atlantic City and teaching privately at the NJ School of Music.
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Kevin Rodgers has performed as an accompaning musician with Johnny Mathis, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Nancy Wilson, The Temptations and a wide variety of notable performers. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Ocean City “Pops” Orchestra, The United States Army Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble, Abstract Truth, and the Jazz Ensembles of Temple University and University of the Arts. As an Educator, he has conducted Jazz and Concert Ensembles at The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, St. Joseph’s University and Swarthmore College. He is currently serving in his tenth year as a Cavalcade of Bands adjudicator.
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Joe Scannella is an educator and trumpet performer who has played with Aretha Franklin,Tony Bennett, The Temptations, Rosemary Clooney, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme. He was the also Lead Trumpet Player, Resorts International Hotel and Casino, Sands Hotel and Casino, Harrahs Hotel and Casino, Trump Plaza Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey. In addition, Joe played with Kenny I Orchestra, Somers Point, New Jersey Perform, arrange and choreograph all types of musical Performances for weddings, corporate parties, and cast parties including the Sopranos’ Cast Party. His club appearances include . Variety Club Telethon, the Jerry Lewis Telethon and numerous A&E specials with such stars as Donna Summer, the Temptations, Shirley Bassey and Frankie Valli. Joe Scannella holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the College of New Jersey and is a Private instructor to trumpet students, performs instrument demonstrations for Regional Music in Millville, provides trumpet Instruction to High School Jazz Bands, including Cherokee High School, Shawnee High School and Pennsauken High School and provides judging expertise for Local High School Jazz competitions
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Drew Shanefield currently serves as both an instrumental music teacher for the School District of Haverford Township, where he directs the Jazz Ensemble, and as a faculty member in the Department of Music and Dance at Swarthmore College where he teaches jazz theory, history, jazz composition as well as directs the Jazz Ensemble. Drew maintains a busy schedule as a composer and arranger for ensembles across the United States, Europe and Japan. He is a frequent presenter of sessions at annual conferences across the country. Recent sessions and premieres include the 2008 Midwest Clinic, the Bands of America Summer Symposium, numerous state MEA conferences, the Texas Band Masters Association, well as clinic appearances with ensembles across the country. Recent commission projects include compositions for the University of Houston, Eastern Kentucky University, Swarthmore College, the Vivace Women’s Brass Band of Tokyo as well as numerous public school commissions. His compositions are published by Northeastern Music Publications Inc., the Neil A. Kjos Music Publishing Company, and Marching Show Concepts Inc. Drew graduated from New York University in 1992. He received a Masters in Music Education degree from Queens College and a Masters in Music Performance from West Chester University. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Widener University. He is a member of the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Additionally, Drew is a performing artist/clinician for Yamaha band instruments
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Terrell Smith of Laurel, MD, is a graduate of Kutztown University (BS Music Education) and has enjoyed many years of success as an adjudicator and clinician for several judging circuits along the East Coast. He is also a music arranger, and program designer for many middle, high school, college band programs and drum and bugle corps. Currently the owner of Drum Studio AWESOME! (Laurel, MD), Director of Marching Percussion at the University of Maryland, Education Director of Thunder Brigade Drumline (Laurel, MD), and Director of Percussion/Composer at Fusion Drum & Bugle Corps (Dover, NJ), Tee maintains a very active lesson studio, where he specializes in jazz drum set and rudimental percussion. Before moving to Maryland, Terrell was the Director of Bands at Royal Palm Beach Community High School, Royal Palm Beach, FL. While there, he taught jazz, concert, marching and beginning band classes. Additionally, he taught brass, woodwind and percussion technique classes and Music Appreciation. He is excited to share his love and passion for music and diverse performance experiences with the Cavalcade of Bands community.
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Tabulator – Ed has been developing the Cavalcade tabulators recap programs for many years since Cavalcade started using lap computers. He retired from the Colonial School District (Plymouth Whitemarsh HS) after 32 years. Currently is web master of Cavalcade of Bands.
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Mr. Twiford served as director of the Methacton High School Jazz Band, Fairview Village, Pennsylvania, from 1973 to 1984. The band won many awards in local, national and international festivals, including first place in the 1979 International Music Festival in Toronto. The ensemble was also honored by being selected to perform at the 1979 conference of the National Association of Jazz Educators (now IAJE). Presently, Mr. Twiford performs regularly with the Jazz Duo “Joyful Noise” throughout the Philadelphia area. He served as Army Bandmaster, director and trombone soloist of the 276th Army Band, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, from 1971 to 1984 and was recognized as an “Outstanding Jazz Educator” in 1979 by the National Association of Jazz Educators. Mr. Twiford received his jazz education at Penn State University, Beaver College, the United States Navy School of Music, and with Hank Levy and Dick Shearer at the Stan Kenton Jazz Clinic. From 1984 to 2007 Mr. Twiford was a school administrator in the Souderton Area, North Penn, and Boyertown Area School Districts. He is now retired from public schools and is the Preschool Director at Storehouse Church in Plymouth Meeting. He has judged high school jazz festivals since 1980 and served as the Cavalcade of Bands Association Jazz Judging Coordinator 2007-2015.
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Bio – Steve Uibel Steve Uibel has been an educator and free lance musician in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania for the last 35 years. Upon graduating from Towson University (Md) where he studied in the jazz program under Hank Levy, Mr. Uibel served for13 years as a high school band director in the Willingboro and Lenape Regional School Districts in New Jersey. His high school duties included jazz, concert and marching band. He directed jazz bands that participated in NJ state finals on multiple occasions. For the past 23 years he has served as the Haddonfield (NJ) Middle School instrumental music teacher and as thedepartment chair for the district music program. He has served as a jazz band adjudicator at both the local and state level in New Jersey for the past 20+ years and completed a Masters in Education Administration at Rider University in 1990. Mr. Uibel’s free lance trumpet experience includes a wide variety of ensembles throughout the tri-state region over the past thirty years. He has performed with a wide range of artists and performers including Manhattan Transfer, Allen Vizzutti, Phil Woods, Patti Austin, Linda Eder, Bill Watrous, Marvin Hamlisch, the rock group YES, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and the Lakewood Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Wilbur Wittemann. He resides with his family in Marlton, New Jersey.
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Villella, Dr. John
Dr. John Villella is the Chief of Staff and Executive Deputy to the President at West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he has been a member of the administration or faculty for over thirty years. Prior to this appointment served seven years as the Associate Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts. During his teaching tenure Dr. Villella directed the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Marching Band. His other duties included working in the music education department as a supervisor of student teachers and instructor of instrumental methods and techniques. His jazz performance experience includes membership in the Criterion Jazz Ensemble at West Chester University and at one time he was the student director of the second jazz ensemble the Statesman. In addition, he serves as an adjudicator for jazz festivals in the Mid-Atlantic region and as an adjudicator of instrumental ensembles for Festivals of Music and Music in the Parks. Dr. Villella holds a B.S. and M.M. in Music Education degrees from West Chester University and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Widener University. Dr. Villella is also the President of Vivace Productions, Inc. The national leader of summer camps including Band Leadership Training and the Marching Band Workshops. He frequently serves as a guest conductor, adjudicator, guest lecturer, and director of music festivals in the United States, Canada, and Europe. In addition, he reviewed new band music for each issue of the Pennsylvania state music education magazine, PMEA News from 2006 to 2015. His professional affiliations include membership in the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National and State organizations, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma, and Sigma Alpha Iota.
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Over the past 25+ years, Bob Wagner has maintained an active schedule as a freelance trumpet performer, recording artist, and bandleader. In addition to his music career, Bob has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and spent the first 18 years of his career traveling the globe in sales and marketing roles for fortune 500 technology companies. In 2011, Bob set aside corporate life and decided to concentrate full-time on music. Since then, Bob and his piccolo trumpet have traveled the country and performed to standing ovations at the nation’s most prestigious concert halls including Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, & New York’s Carnegie Hall. This past year, Bob released the critically acclaimed solo recording: Toot Suite for solo trumpet and jazz trio, a collection of six elegant and jazzy pieces written by french composer Claude Bolling. Locally, Bob is the director and trumpet soloist for the 18 piece Jump City Jazz Orchestra, as well as crossover chamber ensemble The Hickory Brass. With his unique professional experience, Bob frequently serves as a guest speaker and clinician to secondary, collegiate, and professional audiences covering a broad range of topics in music, business and career guidance. Bob maintains a strong commitment to service by volunteering with Bugles Across America an organization dedicated to providing live performances of Taps for the families of deceased veterans.
Thomas J. West is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over twenty years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz band and jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, orchestra director, private instructor, and freelance composer/arranger. He is currently the instrumental music teacher and online fine arts learning coordinator at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, a unique school which is part of the innovative Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School. Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. He is a member of NAfME, PMEA, the Jazz Education Network, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
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Dr. Neil Wetzel is Associate Professor of Music at Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA) where he directs the Moravian College BIG Band, teaches saxophone and is Director of Jazz Studies. Having earned both a BM (Jazz Perf.) and MAT degrees from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, he also completed a doctorate in music education (EdD) at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. His dissertation focused on teaching jazz improvisation. His text for teaching beginning jazz improvisation, Learning Jazz Language, has been accepted for publication by Northeastern Music Publications. As founder and music director of Moravian College’s summer music camp, July Jazz Getaway, Mr. Wetzel has worked and played with Clark Terry, Al Grey, Terrell Stafford, Milt Grayson, Stanley Turrentine, and Bobby Watson. He has backed many great performers including Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, Bernadette Peters, the Temptations and the Four Tops. He has recorded with the Philly Pops Orchestra and singer Patti Page in Carnegie Hall; this CD won the 1999 Grammy for best Pop Traditional Performance. He can also be heard on four CDs with jazz pianist Eric Mintel: Live, Hopscotch, Dynamo and Four on the Floor. Dr. Wetzel has also played and taught at the Karel Velebny Summer Jazz Workshop in Frydlant, Czech Republic and the Lana Jazz Festival in Lana, Italy. He can also be heard on the CD Simone on Simone (released on Koch Records) featuring the jazz singer, Simone with the Rob Stoneback Big Band. Wetzel’s first solo CD as leader, Misunderestimated, was released in January 2010. He has also recorded and toured with the Rosta Fras—Skip Wilkins IQ, the International Quintet. The group’s first CD, Frydlant Nights, was recorded and released by the Czech Radio Prague label in 2010. He is also a Pennsylvania Jazz Collective Artist and board member.
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Director of Bands at Georgian Court University for 24 years. In 2001 Georgian Court University named Wilbur as its Director of Jazz Studies. Conducted bands and performed on trumpet with many world famous musicians and orchestras: Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sanduval, Urbie Green, Slide Hampton, Louis Bellson, Bill Watrous, Allen Vizzutti, Steve Turre, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Bob Mintzer, Lew Tabackin, Randy Brecker, Red Rodney, Dave Weckl, Jose Feliciano, Little Anthony, The Platters, Shari Lewis and the Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras. Wilbur is conductor of orchestras with the string sections from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Trenton Symphony and the Philly Pops. Ranging in size from 3 to 40 musicians, Wilbur Wittemann Orchestras perform all styles of music. Wilbur performs on cornet, trumpet, and flugelhorn with his Bourbon Street Dixieland Band, Musicology, Wilbur Wittemann Revue, and The Lakewood Jazz Ensemble. He has been arranging and coordinating various concert series and jazz festivals for over 25 years. Wilbur has received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the NJ International Association of Jazz Education. Selected as Teacher of the Year two times. Recently he has been selected as Citizen of the Year by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and elected to the Alumni Hall of Fame. Wilbur is one of the tri-state areas most requested clinicians and festival judges. In the month of July Wilbur directs a very successful summer music camp for musicians of all ages.
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TIM WOLFE, JR. keeps a busy schedule as a performer, recording artist, and educator. A mainstay on the jazz scene in the South-Eastern and Central Pennsylvania area, he is equally comfortable on double bass and electric bass and has played in a variety of settings and styles all along the Eastern seaboard and internationally. Tim has performed with Tim Warfield, John Swana, Andrew D’Angelo, Denis DiBlasio, George Rabbai, Bill Goodwin, Jimmy Bruno, Ron Thomas, Steve Rudolph, The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, The Electric Farm, Berks Opera Company Orchestra, Lehigh Valley Saengerfest, Hershey Theatre Apollo, and many others. After graduating from Lebanon Valley College, Tim moved to Philadelphia to attend The University of the Arts, earning his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies. In addition to keeping a busy performing schedule, he is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Lebanon Valley College, where he teaches upright bass, electric bass, jazz studies, and directs the Small Jazz Ensemble and the New Music Ensemble. Working with students of all ages, Tim also teaches workshops, clinics, and master classes at high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools in Pennsylvania and Maryland, as well as keeping a private teaching studio. Many of his private students have won performance awards and been accepted to major music programs at well known colleges and universities. As a bassist, bandleader, and composer he self-produced and independently released his debut CD, Topics of Conversation, in 2014. A new duo album with his brother, guitarist Matt Wolfe, is currently in the works, due for release in 2018.
Brian received his Bachelor of Arts in Education and Percussion performance from the College of New Jersey. Following his undergraduate studies, he continued his education at the College of New Jersey receiving a Master of Arts in Education. Brian has over 35 years of professional musical experience as a music educator and performer. Having studied with local professionals such as Tony DeNicola (Harry James Band) and Joseph Nero (University of the Arts) he began performing professionally while in college as a drummer and vibraphonist. Performing in his own jazz combo and playing in area big bands he continued working throughout Philadelphia, Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore circuit. After college, he spent a decade teaching in public school education while maintaining a large group of private percussion students and continued to perform with a diverse group of professional players in a variety of music genres including Jazz, Rock, Funk, and Latin. Brian’s career has brought him to the national music company “Music & Arts Centers” where he works as a School Services District Manager throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Known for his versatility as a performer he has been closely involved with New Jersey music educators as an adjudicator and clinician for their jazz ensembles. Over the years Brian has given numerous workshops on percussion repair and clinics in percussion performance. Highly regarded as a drummer and percussionist when time allows he continues to perform with a diverse group of musicians ranging from vibraphone duos and horn bands, through to combo and big band jazz.