DAN GAILEY won the Down Beat magazine award for Original Composition for three years, winning in 1985 for Bossa For Wayne, in 1986 for Twice In, Twice Out and in 1987 for Hey Mama, Your Samba's on Fire. Gailey also received a down beat Outstanding Performance Award for Jazz Instrumental Soloist in 1986, and the 1987 Down Beat magazine award for Best Blues/Pop/Rock Instrumental Soloist. His professional experience includes performances with the Matt Catingub/Tom Kubis Big Band in Hawaii in the summers of 1986 and 1987. Gailey was the Associate Director of Jazz Studies for the 1986-87 school year at the University of Northern Colorado, where he was also the lead tenor saxophonist in UNC's Jazz Lab Band I and a member of the award-winning UNC Vocal Jazz I. He is the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
TIM CLARKE received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and is a candidate for a Master in Music Theory from the University of Oregon School of Music. He won the 1990 Original Composition Song Award from Down Beat magazine and won the Outstanding Composer/Arranger Award that same year at the West Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival. His music has been performed by many high school and college jazz ensembles and marching bands across the nation. Clarke has studied jazz composition and arranging with Steve Owen at the University of Oregon and from Fred Sturm at the Eastman School of Music. Currently, He is employed by Dynamix Inc. as a staff composer for their interactive computer software and by Marching Percussion Northwest as a staff composer/arranger.
MICHAEL ABENE is a composer, arranger, keyboard player and record producer. Michael joined the Maynard Ferguson band while still a teenager and was responsible for writing some of the band's most requested arrangements. Michael produced the Grammy winning projects Digital Duke, and The GRP All-Star Big Band - All Blues. He also produced the Grammy nominated GRP All-Star Big Band and The GRP All-Star Big Band Live, and was nominated in the arranging category for all three records. Michael is the musical director for cabaret performer Karen Akers, and was the producer, arranger, and pianist on her most recent recording, Under Paris Skies, and her previously released Unchained Melodies. Other projects he has produced are The GRP Christmas Collection - Volumes 1, 2, and 3, Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown, two projects for Billy Taylor, ... It's a Matter of Pride, and Homage, plus projects for Billy Cobham, Eddie Daniels, and Dave Valentin. Michael has composed/arranged for Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Liza Minnelli, Charles Aznavour, and Chris Connor and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. He was commissioned by NARAS to compose a piece for the Grammy All-American High School Jazz Band and Chorus. Because of the response worldwide, Abene has made his compositions and arrangements available to schools and bands and serves as a clinician.
MATT HARRIS has toured nationally and internationally as a pianist for both Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich. He currently resides in Hollywood where he is active in both playing and writing.
LARRY ENGSTROM is Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Nevada-Reno. He is a graduate of North Texas State University and California State University-Fresno. At North Texas, he was jazz trumpet soloist with the One O'Clock Lab Band. Engstrom is principal trumpet with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, co-leader of the Reno Jazz Quintet and performs regularly in the show bands of northern Nevada.
JASON RAHN received his Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Northern Colorado and currently resides in Greeley, Colorado. He is a member of the UNC Jazz Lab I and does freelance work in the Colorado area. As a composer, Jason has also written and arranged music for various small jazz ensembles and trumpet choir.
BRIAN WILLIAMS has written extensively for various jazz groups as well as for recording, video and film projects. He studied jazz composition with Herb Pomeroy at the Berklee College of Music, graduating in 1984. He is active as a composer/arranger and performs regularly in the Los Angeles/Orange County area.
CHUCK TUMLINSON is Director of Jazz Studies at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He is a graduate of North Texas State University and Wichita State University. While at North Texas, Chuck performed as the jazz trumpet soloist in the One O'Clock Lab Band. He has also performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Mark Murphy, Louis Bellson and Steve Gadd.