Faculty, Guest Artists and Staff
University of North Texas Composer in Residence Alan Baylock is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most creative young voices in the music business today. He is in demand as a composer, arranger, conductor, producer, instrumentalist, and educator, and is the leader of the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra. Baylock’s music has been performed and/or recorded by jazz greats Maynard Ferguson, Freddie Hubbard, Michael Brecker, Phil Woods, David Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi, Bobby Shew, Kenny Werner, Paquito D’Rivera, Nnenna Freelon, Tierney Sutton, and many more. His eclectic talents have also led him to writing music for Roy Clark, Clint Black, Wynonna, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Spyro Gyra, Ronan Tynan, and symphony orchestras across the country and abroad. An inspiring educator, Alan continues to write music for high school and collegiate level jazz ensembles, much of which is published by Alfred Music. Click here to visit Alan's website.
DuQuesne University Composer in Residence Mike Tomaro has been the Director of Jazz Studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA since 1997. Prior to his appointment at Duquesne, he lived in the Washington, D.C. area for seventeen years as a member of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, a unit of the prestigious “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band. Mike has four nationally released recordings under his own name that showcase his talents as both performer and writer. Mike has also been featured on many other CDs. most notably on Nancy Wilson’s two Grammy Award winning releases, Turned To Blue and RSVP, the New York Voices, A Day Like This, A New Promise, by guitarist Sheryl Bailey and an upcoming release from the Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy Project, all on the MCG Jazz label. Click here to visit Mike's website.
Guest Artist Terell Stafford Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player, he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well defined musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads.. Click here to visit Terell Stafford's website.
Jazz is America’s music and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for over 40 years. Formed in 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world. The Commodores’ mission includes public concerts, national concert tours, ceremonial support in honoring our veterans, jazz education classes and clinics, and protocol performances for high-level military and civilian government officials. The Commodores are held in high regard nationwide by concert patrons and critics alike. The list of guest artists that have appeared with the Commodores reads like a who’s who of jazz and popular music: Ray Charles, Branford Marsalis, Clark Terry, Grover Washington, Jr., Chris Potter, Jerry Bergonzi, Eddie Daniels, James Moody and many more. They have appeared on television shows, played nearly all major jazz festivals and toured across the United States and abroad. Click
Dr. Darden Purcell is the Director of Jazz Studies, jazz voice instructor and director of the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble at George Mason University. An active featured soloist Ms. Purcell has collaborated with many of the world's top jazz artists including Jim Pugh, Chip McNeill, Chuchito Valdes, Dana Hall, Don Heitler, Glenn Wilson, Chip Stephens, Jeff Helgesen, Stockton Helbing, Byron Stripling, Bobby Watson, Joel Spencer, Darmon Meader, Chris Vadala, Jim Carroll, Kenny Rittenhouse, Shawn Purcell, SteveFidyk, Dave Detwiler, Joe McCarthy, James King, Wade Beach, Harold Summey, The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, the Naval Academy Big Band, Next Wave, The Airmen of Note and the American Festival Pops Orchestra (under Maestro Tony Maiello) performing at concert halls and clubs throughout the nation, including Blues Alley (Washington DC), Pops for Champagne(Chicago), The Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), The Blue Wisp (Cincinnati), The Sandler Center (back-up vocals for Ben Folds) and The Kennedy Center (back-up vocals for Mr. George Benson). Click here to visit Darden Purcell's website.
Andrew Herring leads "The Bees?” Drawing from the rock, jazz, funk, and new music idioms, Bees? is a truly unique collaboration amongst six young musicians with diverse musical backgrounds. Consisting of Nick Serbu (trumpet), Andrew D. Herring (tenor saxophone), Bronsen Euard (guitar/vocals), Natalie Ahearn (keyboard/vocals), Jake Pembelton (bass), and Daniel “DK” Kelly II (drum set), Bees? performs original compositions by Ahearn, Euard, and Herring. They aim to make their music a highly personal experience by placing an emphasis on improvisation, as well as audience interaction. Bees? Their premiere EP, Buzzkill, was recorded at The Cellar Recording Studio (Winchester, VA) and released in February 2016. Get stung by a band that jams!
Shenandoah Conservatory Professor Matt Niess is the director of The National Jazz Workshop. He is a former high school band director and has taught on the jazz faculties of Shenandoah, Towson and West Chester Universities. He is the founder and director of the Capitol Bones, a jazz trombone ensemble, which has received national recognition and has performed throughout the country. He has appeared as a soloist, clinician, and adjudicator at jazz festivals, schools, and universities throughout the country and has recorded and performed with numerous artists. Click here to visit Matt's website.
Shenandoah Conservatory Professor Craig Fraedrich has been on faculty at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia since 1989 where he has taught Jazz Theory, Jazz Arranging, Music Theory, Jazz Improvisation, Applied Jazz Lessons, coached Jazz Combos and directed the Conservatory Jazz Ensemble. A graduate of North Texas State University, (Bachelor of Music - Jazz Studies) and Arizona State University, (Master of Music - Instrumental Music) he has performed with artists such as Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell, Charlie Rouse, Wycliff Gordon, Marvin Stamm, Alan Vizzutti, Richie Bierach, Cecil Taylor, and Don Thompson. He has studied with Don Jacoby, Dennis Najoom, Leonard Candelaria, Wayne Cook, Dave Liebman and Kenny Wheeler. Click here to visit Craig's website.George Mason University Professor Matt Neff is a highly active performer, educator, and composer. He is currently Bass Trombonist with the United States Navy Commodores in Washington, DC, a position he has held since 1992. A versatile musician, he has performed with the National Symphony and National Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the Kennedy Center Ballet Orchestra. Other significant experiences include performances with several ‘off-broadway’ shows, various big-bands, Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd, Alan Baylock Orchestra, the New Columbia Swing Orchestra, and numerous studio recordings.
Visiting Artist Todd Harrison, born and raised in Houston, Texas, began his professional career at age 14 playing drums in local funk, R&B, rock, and jazz bands. After high school he studied jazz composition with Shelly Berg at San Jacinto College and percussion at Houston Baptist University. He is a versatile musician who has performed with a wide range or artists including Dick Oatts, Cold Sweat,TKOH!, Rita Moreno, El DeBarge, Clark Terry, Kirk Whalum, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, The Unified Jazz Ensemble, The Capitol Bones, Rick Perry, Andy Bey, Carl Filipiak, to name a few. He has recorded with The Alan Baylock Orchestra, Randy Runyon, The Victory Mass Choir, The Capitol Saxophone Quartet, multiple recordings with The Jazz Ambassadors, and many others. He also appears on numerous educational recordings produced by Alfred and Hal Leonard Publications. A current member of the world renowned Jazz Ambassadors of The U.S. Army Field Band, he tours the United States performing for thousands of concert goers each year. When he is not touring he is in demand as a clinician at educational events nation-wide and a favorite of producers and band leaders in the studio-club scene of the greater Washington, DC area.Wade Beach is widely respected for his harmonic sophistication and superb technique, which knows no stylistic limitations. He holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland. He entered the world of jazz as a protégé of Sir Roland Hanna and toured the globe many times over with the United States Air Force Band jazz ensemble, The Airmen of Note. Mr. Beach keeps an active teaching and performing schedule, performing with groups around the DC area, including The Jazz Update Band. George Mason University Professor Jim Carroll has a versatile background ranging from tours with Michael Jackson to Woody Herman and The Thundering Herd. Jim received both his Undergraduate and Graduate training from Indiana University under the tutelage of David Baker and Eugene Rousseau. He has taught at Butler University, Capital University and the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops. He has authored several volumes through Hal Leonard’s “Artists Transcriptions” series, including a collaboration with jazz legend Sonny Rollins.Mr. Carroll was a charter member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, in residence at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. He performed, recorded and toured with the group until 1999 when he assumed the position as Director of Jazz Studies at George Mason University. Mr. Carroll is the founder and artistic director of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Connection. He is passionate about spreading the word of the power of the arts to bring people together, change lives and do good in the world.
Visiting Artist Shawn Purcell graduated from Duquesne University in May, 1993 with a Bachelors of Music in Recording Arts and Sciences. As an undergraduate, he studied Jazz/Brazilian/Rock Guitar under the direction of Ken Karsh, Joe Negri, Mark Koch, Marty Ashby, and classical guitar under the direction of Tom Kikta. Studies also included Jazz Arranging and Jazz Composition with Dr. John "Doc" Wilson. While attending Duquesne, and upon graduating, Shawn played in Late Edition, a contemporary Jazz/ Fusion Band based in Pittsburgh. In November, 1993, he was called to tour with Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus as the Blue Units staff guitarist. This two year gig covered over 93 cities throughout the United States. Click here to visit Shawn's website.
George Mason University Professor Harold F. Summey, Jr., a Newport News, Virginia native has performed with many great artists and ensembles since completing academic studies at Hampton University, Eastman School of Music, and Howard University. The list includes James Ingram, Patti Austin, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Aaron Neville, Ray Charles, Arlo Guthrie, Whitney Houston, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Gary Bartz, Geri Allen, David “Fathead” Newman, Bobby Watson, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, The Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, and the Richmond Symphony. In 1992 he won first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
Shenandoah Conservatory Professor Bob Larson has been on the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory since 1982 and serves as the Director of Jazz Studies. He performs regularly in the greater Washington D.C. area and is the pianist on the critically acclaimed CD Two Seconds to Midnight, by The Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra. He produced two albums by the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble, in 1990 and 1998. He directed the band from 1988 – 2000, during which time the ensemble performed with Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Billy Taylor, Conrad Herwig, and many others. He has researched the early recordings of jazz pianist Bill Evans, and presented a paper at the 1989 National Association of Jazz Educators Conference, San Diego, CA. In 2008 he wrote an arranging book titled "Writing for the Small Jazz Ensemble." His doctoral dissertation focused on computer analysis of jazz rhythmic practices, particularly tonal onset, swing ratio, and accent.The Fairfax Wind Symphony Jazz Ensemble is in its third season now. The Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Anthony W. Aversano was formed as an extension of the Fairfax Wind Symphony, founded by and under the baton of director Stan Schoonover in the fall of 1999. Tony Aversano, originally from Massapequa, LI New York was the Director of Fine Arts Chantilly High School (26 years), adjunct instructor of the Shenandoah University Stage Band (3 years) , Three times recipient of the “Down Beat “ magazine 1st place Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Choir National Awards for Chantilly High School, Trumpeter, United States Navy Band Washington D. C. & Fairfax Wind Symphony.
Shenandoah Conservatory ProfessorGolder O'Neill is currently Associate Professor and Director of Music Production and Recording Technology curriculum at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University. Mr. O’Neill also teaches bass for the Jazz Studies program and is the director of Shenandoah University’s Ruebush Hall Recording Studio. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Audio Recording from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and a Masters of Music Education degree from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. He has over twenty years of professional teaching experience in both private and classroom settings. Hel has professionally produced and engineered a multitude of recording projects ranging from voice-overs, jingles, commercials, film soundtracks, to Classical, Jazz, and Rock CDs.
Guest artist The Capitol Bones is Washington DC's premiere jazz trombone ensemble. The Capitol Bones have played throughout the country to include performances at The International Trombone Workshop in Las Vegas-Nevada & Rochester- NY, jazz clubs, Universities and an annual appearance at The Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC. In addition to the standard arrangements The Capitol Bones have added several new works to the jazz trombone ensemble repetoire by such notables as Conrad Herwig, Mike Tomaro, Mark Taylor, Jim Roberts and Matt Niess. With their first two CDs, My Favorite Things and Epistrophy (available through Sea Breeze Jazz), you can experience the soloistic power and ensemble mastery of this group. With each performance these musicians create a fresh, new sound that is gaining in popularity every day. Click here to visit the website of the Capitol Bones.
Shenandoah Conservatory Professor Earl Yowell is the Director of Percussion Studies at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. He was appointed an Associate Professor of Music in 2007. In addition to his teaching duties, he also directs the SU(PER)cussion Ensemble. In his two years at Shenandoah he has co-founded the Ear Candy Contemporary Music Concerts, and been a co-chair of the planning committee of the Performing Arts Live professional concert series. He also presently serves on the Symphonic Committee of the Percussive Arts Society. Prior to his appointment at Shenandoah, he performed for 19 seasons as the principal timpanist and percussionist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He toured extensively with the SPCO throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He was a featured soloist with internationally famous percussionist Evelyn Glennie in the SPCO performances of Andrzej Panufnik's "Concertino for Timpani, Percussion and Strings" and was timpani soloist in the Chamber Orchestra's premier performances of Johann Carl Christian Fischer's "Symphony for Eight Obbligato Timpani." He was also a regular performer with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota where in 2001 he premiered, with cellist Yo Yo Ma, a concert of new chamber music works.
Joe McCarthy is a Grammy Award winning drummer, producer and bandleader whose diverse career has taken him from Symphony Orchestra and Big Band, to Afro Cuban, Bebop, and beyond. Joe is the leader/founder of Afro Bop Alliance, an Afro Cuban Jazz Ensemble based in the Washington DC area. The band's 2011 release, UNA MÁS, on OA2 records follows Afro Bop Alliance, released in conjunction with Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project on Heads-Up International, winner of the 2008 Latin Grammy for Latin Jazz Album of the Year and nominated for the 51st Grammy Awards in the same category. The band’s 2 previous releases, Encarnacion and Camino Nuevo have received critical acclaim, worldwide. Joe has performed and or recorded with: The Caribbean Jazz Project, Eddie Daniels, Slide Hampton, Pat LaBarbera, Wayne Bergeron, Linda Oh, Luis Perdomo, Antonio Hart, Poncho Sanchez, Dave Samuels, Arturo O'Farrill, Michael Mossman, Ray Vega, and many others. Joe is the Leader and Drummer for the United States Naval Academy Band's Jazz Ensemble, The Next Wave and Principal Percussionist of the USNA Band’s Wind Ensemble. Active in education, Joe is an Adjunct Professor of Drumset and Afro-Cuban Percussion Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax VA and Georgetown University in Washington DC. Joe is in demand as a clinician throughout the US and abroad. He has written for Jazz Improv Magazine, Latin Percussion’s “All About Rhythm” and has contributed to the educational websites of Zildjian and Innovative Percussion. Joe’s Afro-Cuban Big Band Play-Along Book/CD and DVD of the same name are published by Alfred Music and have received rave reviews. Joe proudly endorses Zildjian Cymbals, Yamaha Drums, Vic Firth, Lp Percussion and Remo Drumheads. Click here to visit Joe's website.
Shenandoah Conservatory Professor Alphonso M. Young, Jr. has been a professional musician for more than 20 years. His versatile and imaginative style of performance has not only charmed audiences around the world, but has lead such noted artists as Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, George Colligan, Giacomo Gates, Buck Hill, Etta Jones, Ira Sullivan, Othello Molineaux, Rebecca Parris, and Jon Secada to acquire his talent. He has also performed with trumpeter/composer Alan Baylock, World renowned DJ Kevin Yost, Smooth Jazz artist Brad Clements, Benny Powell, Miles Griffith and jazz diva Vanessa Rubin, as well as many other luminaries of the jazz world. Click here to visit Al's website.
Visiting Artist Graham Breedlove "has chops...and is the leader of a tight, forceful band," says Jazz Times Magazine. AllAboutJazz.com has called Graham Breedlove "A trumpet player with an exquisite tone and provocative harmonic ideas...Breedlove exhibits great control and cranks out some head-turning melodic ideas". The International Trumpet Guild's Journal raves "...quite creative--he bebopped all over the horn!". Also active as a composer, Graham’s work has been featured on NBC’s Today show, Food Network’s Emeril Live and the Washington Post has called it “...terrific... with luminous, fine-grained autumnal harmonies...”. Since taking up the trumpet at age twelve in his hometown of Lafayette, LA, Graham Breedlove has performed on four continents in more than twenty countries, with headliners representing more than fifty Grammy Nominations. Among these are: The Saturday Night Live Band, Ray Charles, Wynton Marsalis, Tito Puente, James Moody and Arturo Sandoval. As a leader, Breedlove is a Summit Records recording artist. When reviewing his debut CD "Coming Home", released in 2001, Amazon.com states "This CD is like a bottomless glass of good wine". As a sideman, Breedlove has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including back-to-back Grammy winning CDs in 2004 and 2005 with Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. For more information please visit www.grahambreedlove.com.
Visiting Artist Tony Nalker has performed with many musical talents including Doc Severinsen, Kathy Mattea, Kenny Loggins, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Kurt Elling, Stanley Turrentine, Clark Terry, and Louis Bellson. He has performed on more than 90 recordings in a variety of styles including three Grammy finalists (and one winner) in the children's music category. Tony also enjoys composition, having co-written a musical theater adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. Nalker has also written numerous works for dance companies and a variety of jazz ensembles. Tony’s musical endeavors also include teaching jazz piano at George Mason University. Currently, Tony is a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, serving as their pianist since 2005. He is also the pianist for Hal Leonard Publisher’s Jazz Play-Along series which now has more than 100 books/CDs in the series. Tony received his undergraduate degree in music at James Madison University and his M.A. in music from the University of Iowa.
George Mason University Professor Regan Brough began playing electric bass at age 11 as part of his family steel band called Pan Jam, which has been featured with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Gladys Knight and at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Brough’s father, a university percussion professor, had a profound influence on his musical development by exposing him to a wide variety of world and ethnic music in his early years. Throughout his teenage years, Brough received various outstanding soloist awards culminating at the 2005 International Society of Bassists Convention where he was awarded second place in the Jazz Solo Division. Soon thereafter he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brigham Young University with a bachelors degree in bass performance. An active composer/arranger, Brough was awarded with the Outstanding Instrumental Composition from the 2006 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival for his original composition “I Don’t Know Why” and continues to compose/arrange in a variety of genres. Click here to visit Regan's website.
Visiting Artist Joseph Henson attended the University of South Carolina as an undergraduate, where he studied with Bert Ligon and Roger Pemberton. He then completed his graduate studies at the University of North Texas where he played in the One O'Clock Lab Band for three consecutive years (1994-1997) and studied with Jim Riggs and Dan Haerle. His composition "Highlander" was featured on the album Lab '96 and "Syndrome" was featured on Lab '97. While a member of the One O'Clock Band, the band played concerts in Hong Kong and Japan. He now leads his own small group that plays acoustic and electric jazz. He is working on a forthcoming book called Saxophone Exercises for Technique and Melodic Vocabulary.
Guest Artist The US Army Blues, part of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Army. After beginning informally in 1970, this 18-piece ensemble became an official part of the Army Band in 1972. Comprised of exceptional jazz musicians from across the nation, the Army Blues strives to fulfill its mission through public concerts, educational outreach, and preserving the tradition of America’s unique art form: jazz. The Army Blues has performed at prestigious venues such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the famous Birdland jazz club in New York City, and the legendary Blues Alley club in Washington, DC. Click here to visit the band's website.
Alex Flanigan is a multi-instrumentalist and a recent graduate of Shenandoah. This is her 8th consecutive year attending NJW, and her 2nd year as head counselor. She was a founding member of the NJW All-Star Jazz Orchestra, and has attended the camp as either camper or counselor since its inception. Her professional music career began at age 15 when she first started playing bari sax with the Mon River Big Band in her hometown of Morgantown, WV, and has only grown since then to include venues such as Constitution Hall, where she performed as a featured soloist with Grammy award-winning artist Bebe Winans, the Strathmore Center, as a bassoonist and contrabassoonist in the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis's complete revised Blues Symphony, the Royal Irish National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland.
Tomas Jackson iis currently a junior attending George Mason University as a Jazz Studies Major with a concentration in Piano. Under the tutelage of former Airmen of Note pianist Wade Beach, his studies of Jazz have offered numerous opportunities to play and perform with artists such as Wynton Marsalis and Doc Severinsen. Performing groups consist of his peers and local ensembles such as The National Jazz Workshop All-Stars in 2014, 2015, and 2016, the George Mason Jazz ensemble, and several small groups playing local venues. Living in Fairfax, He intends to complete his Bachelors and Masters of music, and continue playing and performing in and around the Metro D.C. area.
Counselor and Audio Engineer
David Angell is from Pfafftown, NC and is approaching his junior year in the Music Production and Recording Technology program at Shenandoah University. David has played bass trombone in the Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra Symphony, and Wind Ensemble. In addition to his busy schedule recording, performing in ensembles, and playing with the pep band on campus, David also works as a sound engineer/trombonist/vocalist in the band Groove 11 Funk and a sound engineer for the Bright box Theatre (on the walking mall in downtown Winchester).
Andy Herring is returning to the NJW for the fourth consecutive year. Andy originally attended NJW to study arranging with Alan Baylock and Mike Tomaro. A student at Shenandoah Conservatory he studied composition with David T. Little and saxophone with Tim Roberts. He composed a choral work for the Shenandoah Conservatory Chamber Choir's May 2015 tour of Italy. Additionally, Andy received three student music awards from Downbeat Magazine for jazz composition/arranging in 2014, was named a finalist in the 2014 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Awards, and has received other compositional honors from the National Young Arts Foundation, MATA Jr., the Dallas Winds, Vox Novus, NAfME, and PMEA.
Henry Godfrey is a drummer and composer/arranger from Rockville, MD. Currently attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, Henry studies Jazz Composition under the direction of Scott Free, Bob Pilkington, Greg Hopkins and many other. Henry also performs with his peers around Boston and beyond, writing and playing everything from jazz to rock and soul. He credits NJW with giving him his first experiences writing for big band under the direction of Alan Baylock and setting him on his current path to become a composer/arranger.
Kelli Hess is a saxophonist from Boyertown, Pennsylvania, and has been attending NJW since 2013. She is currently a junior Music Education major with a jazz emphasis at Shenandoah Conservatory and studies with Luis Hernandez, who is a member of the Navy Commodores and the Grammy award winning Afro Bop Alliance. She is currently a member of the Conservatory Big Band, Shenandoah Saxophone Ensemble, and Jazz Combo and has performed under the direction of Craig Fraedrich, Dr. Robert Larson, Dr. Timothy Roberts, and Alan Baylock.Ben Borsche graduated from JMU 15’ with a BM in Jazz performance and is pursuing a graduate degree In Electronic music at Duquesne University. Ben Brosche has been playing piano since age three, composing various original pieces of music, and performing nationally and internationally. Recently Ben had performed with the Mid Atlantic Big Band under the direction of Ted Nash at Dizzy's club Coca Cola in New York City. He has been sponsored by the Yamaha Music Education Systems Corporate division to perform his original compositions in New Jersey, Washington DC, California (Biola), Arizona, Canada, and at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California.
Jan Knutson is a freshman at the Manhattan School of Music and a member of the NJW All-Star Jazz Orchestra. He won first prize in the 2015 Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Soloist competition and was named guitarist for the 2016 Jazz Band of America. This past summer he attended the elite Jazz At Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy and the Eastman School of Music Summer Jazz program. He recorded his first solo CD, “Out of Nowhere” at age 15. The recording was reviewed in Just Jazz Guitar magazine and has been played on radio stations nationwide. His second CD, “Looking Both Ways,” has just been released.
Nathan Davis is currently a senior at Shenandoah Conservatory pursuing a degree in Jazz studies. When he was in high school he studied with Airmen of Note lead trombonist, Ben Patterson and at Shenandoah, Matthew Niess, who is the lead trombonist of the Army Blues and Army Brass Quintet. As an active performer, he is the Lead Trombonist with the Shenandoah Conservatory Big Band and has appeared with the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. The Washington Post, DC Metro Theatre Arts, and Wynton Marsalis have recognized him for his improvised solo in the premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s “Blue Symphony” at Strathmore Music Center. “What about the thematic imagination of trombonist Nathan Davis and the genuine humanity in his sound,” says Wynton Marsalis.
Brett Orenstein is a Saxophonist from Olney Maryland majoring in Music at The Shenandoah Conservatory, after attending JAM Camp for 6 years he attended NJW in 2015. Brett played with the Jazz Academy Orchestra for 4 years playing with great artists such as Delfeayo Marsalis, Brian Lynch, Terell Stafford,Todd Simon, and Todd Marcus. Just finishing his first year studying Music Education with a jazz emphasis, he will study SU faculty member Luis Hernandez, also a member of the Navy Commodores.