2014 Jazz Faculty

Dr. James Ball--D.M.A., University of Missouri at Kansas City; Professor, Albion College, Albion, MI
Christian Berg--M.A. Theory and Composition, Montclair State College; Adjunct Professor, Otterbein College and Central State University, Wilberforce, OH
Paul Brewer--M.M.E., University of Central Oklahoma; Director of Bands, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI
Phillip Burkhead--M.Ed., Wright State University; Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies, Northern Kentucky University & University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
Max Colley, III--B.M.E., Central Michigan University; Events Coordinator - Jazz Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Dr. Robin Connell, D.A., University of North Colorado; Music Professor, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI
James Cooper--M.M. Jazz Studies, Northern Illinois University; Jazz Vibraphonist, Teacher and Composer, Fennville, MI
Dr. Scott Cowan--D.M.A. Jazz Composition, University of Miami; Professor, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Andrew Dunham--M.M., De Paul University; Teacher, Cheboygan Area Schools, Cheboygan, MI Timothy Froncek--Jazz Director, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, and Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, MI
Daniel Giacobassi--B.A., Western Michigan University; Freelance Saxophone and Flute Performer, Muskegon, MI
Walter Harris--M.M. Jazz Studies, Michigan State University; Freelance Musician and School Professional, Muskegon, MI
William Harris--B.A. Jazz Studies, Western Michigan University; Marshall Music, Traverse City, MI
John Hill--M.M., Central Michigan University; Teacher, Oxford Area Schools, Oxford, MI
James Hughes--M.M., Wayne State University; Self-employed Musician, Berkley, MI
Michael Hunter--B.M. Music Composition, Central Michigan University; Freelance Musician, Arranger, Composer; Retired Jazz Ensembles Director, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI
David Jensen--M.M. Trombone Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Teacher, Royal Oak Schools, Royal Oak, MI
Daniel Karlsberg--M.M. Jazz Studies Piano, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati; Freelance Musician, Composer, Private Studio Instructor, Cincinnati, OH
Joel Klamer--M.M. Jazz Studies, Youngstown State University; Band Director, Forest Hills Public Schools, Grand Rapids, MI
Eric Koppa--B.F.A. Saxophone Performance, Western Michigan University; Search Consultant, Prestige Executive Search, Reedsburg, WI
Gary McCourry--M.M. Jazz Studies and Woodwinds, Indiana University; Freelance Performer and Private Instructor, Wayland, MI
Joseph Oprea--M.M. Bass Performance, Western Michigan University; Orchestra Teacher, Lowell Area Schools, Lowell, MI
Dr. James Sawyer--Ed. D Curriculum & Instruction - Music Education, University of Nebraska--Lincoln; Band Director, East Kentwood High School and Pinewood Middle School, Kentwood, MI
Alexandra Signor--M.M. Trumpet Performance/Jazz Performance & Pedagogy, University of Missouri; Instructor, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Dr. Jeffrey Uban--D.M.A. Jazz Trumpet Performance, University of Illinois
Steven Whipple--B.A. Music, University of Cincinnati; Freelance Musician, New York, NY