2017 Jazz Band of America
2017 Jazz Band of America

2017 Jazz Band of America

Part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 8-11, 2017

The Jazz Band of America features members selected by recorded audition from music programs across the nation. The 2017 Jazz Band of America members first came together Wednesday morning for three days of rehearsals before tonight’s concert. The Jazz Band of America members represent the best high school jazz musicians in America.

Mike Tomaro RA8 mbW1 400x400Michael Tomaro
2017 Conductor
Director of Jazz Studies, Duquesne University

Mike Tomaro has been the Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, since 1997. Tomaro earned his B.S. degree in Music Education from Duquesne University and his M.A. degree in Saxophone Performance from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Prior to his appointment at Duquesne, he lived in the Washington, D.C. area for seventeen years and performed as a member of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, a unit of the prestigious “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band.
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Andy Martin
Guest Artist

Coming from a musical family, trombonist Andy Martin launched his career as a teenager, quickly establishing himself on the Los Angeles music scene with his technique and virtuosity. As an instructor, Martin has influenced countless young players by appearing as a guest artist and clinician at colleges and universities throughout the country.
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Concert Program Selections

Musical program to be selected from:

Black Orpheus ......................................................................................................arr. Tom Kubis
Footprints ....................................................................................Wayne Shorter/arr. Mike Tomaro
Four Seasons Suite ...................................................................................................Mike Tomaro
Imagine What a Change Will Do .................................................................Carol Jolin/arr. Tom Kubis
Ode to St. Cecillie ......................................................................Mary Lou Williams/arr. Mike Tomaro
Señor Mouse ......................................................................................Chick Corea/arr. Mike Tomaro
There Will Probably Never Be ....................................................................................arr. Tom Kubis
Suite for Three ................................................................................................... Bob Brookmeyer

2017 Jazz Band Members

Ensemble members listed alphabetically.

Alto Saxophone
David Mason – Gibbs H.S., FL
Austin Zhang – Plano West H.S., TX

Tenor Saxophone
Solomon Alber – Amador Valley H.S., CA
Griffin Ross – Cedar Ridge H.S., NC

Baritone Saxophone
Duncan McElman – Rio Americano H.S., CA

Trumpet
Sam Butler – Fairhope H.S., AL
Summer Camargo – Dillard H.S., FL
Eric Gonzalez – Osceola County School for the Arts, FL
Joe Sandholtz – Timpview H.S., UT
Bennett Phan – Newbury Park H.S., CA

Trombone
Spencer Gonzalez – Howard W. Blake H.S., FL
Leo Markel – Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, FL
Jacob Melsha – Kirkwood H.S., MO
Jonah Paquette – Charleston County School of the Arts, SC

Bass Trombone
Joshua Hernandez – Hanks H.S., TX

Bass
Gabriel Rupe – Denver School of the Arts, CO

Guitar
Liam Hughes-Butler – Denver School of the Arts, CO

Piano
Phillip Taylor – Oxbridge Academy, FL

Vibraphone
Christopher Brady – Millard West H.S., NE

Drumset
Gabriel Carpenter – Rio Americano H.S., CA

 

Vandoren Emerging Artist, Guest Soloist
Tim Struven, Saxophone

Past Jazz Band of America Members

 Conductor and Guest Artist Biographies

Mike Tomaro RA8 mbW1 400x400

Michael Tomaro
2017 Conductor
Director of Jazz Studies, Duquesne University

Mike Tomaro has been the Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, since 1997. Tomaro earned his B.S. degree in Music Education from Duquesne University and his M.A. degree in Saxophone Performance from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Prior to his appointment at Duquesne, he lived in the Washington, D.C. area for seventeen years and performed as a member of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, a unit of the prestigious “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band. While a member of this group, he served as its Enlisted Musical Director and performed for Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, as well as heads of state from around the world. He also composed and/or arranged much of the Army Blues repertoire and was featured as a soloist on several of the group’s albums and CDs.

Tomaro has four nationally released recordings under his own name that showcase his talents as both performer and writer – “Forgotten Dreams” (Seabreeze Jazz),  “Dancing Eyes” (Seabreeze Jazz), “Home Again” (Positive Music), and “Nightowl Suite” (Seabreeze Jazz). Additionally, Tomaro has also been featured on many other CDs as performer and/or arranger, including Nancy Wilson’s last two Grammy Award winning releases, “Turned To Blue” and “RSVP,” and recordings by the Bob Mintzer Big Band and the 21st Century Swing Band, all on the MCG Jazz label.

Tomaro’s music has been performed by the likes of jazz greats David Liebman, Wayne Bergeron, New York Voices, Allen Vizzutti, and many more, as well as high schools, colleges, and universities around the world. His orchestral arrangements have been performed by the Pittsburgh and National Symphony Orchestras.

As a performer, he has worked with such diverse artists and groups as Rosemary Clooney, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Terry Gibbs, Dizzy Gillespie Tribute Big Band, Woody Herman Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy Band, and he has performed with guitarist Joe Negri, Pittsburgh Symphony, River City Brass Band, Pittsburgh Ballet, and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. Tomaro leads his own small groups, as well as the Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra, which he co-founded. He is a member and co-artistic director of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, the city’s premiere big band. He is artistic director of the National Jazz Workshop at Duquesne University and co-artistic director of the PJO Youth Band, a group comprised of 19 talented high school musicians from the local area.

Tomaro co-authored the textbook Instrumental Jazz Arranging: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide (Hal Leonard Publications) with his long-time mentor, Dr. John Wilson, who was Director of Jazz Studies at Duquesne University from 1972-1996. It has been internationally recognized as one of the prime resources on this subject.

He is affiliated with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Jazz Education Network, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, from whom he has received numerous ASCAP Plus awards. Since his wife’s passing from pancreatic cancer in 2010, he has dedicated much of his time to organizing, arranging, and performing yearly concerts designed to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN).

Andy Martin
Guest Artist

Coming from a musical family, trombonist Andy Martin launched his career as a teenager, quickly establishing himself on the Los Angeles music scene with his technique and virtuosity. As an instructor, Martin has influenced countless young players by appearing as a guest artist and clinician at colleges and universities throughout the country.

A world-class jazz musician, Martin is featured as leader or co-leader on twelve albums that showcase his collaboration with other top jazz artists such as the late Carl Fontana, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, and Eric Marienthal. He has also collaborated as a sideman with jazz greats such as Stanley Turrentine and Horace Silver. Martin had a long association with British bandleader and jazz promoter Vic Lewis, and was the featured soloist on many of Vic’s CDs.

Martin is well known for his work as a lead player and featured soloist with virtually every big band in Los Angeles, Calif., Martin is the lead trombonist and a featured soloist with both Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and The Tom Kubis Band, and he was a featured soloist for the Bill Holman Big Band for 15 years. He has appeared in bands led by Jack Sheldon, Louis Bellson, Quincy Jones, Matt Cattingub, Bob Curnow, Patrick Williams, and Sammy Nestico, among others.

Martin has long been one of Los Angeles’ most prominent trombonists for commercial recordings, television and motion picture soundtracks, and live theater. He has contributed on albums for many popular artists, including the Pussycat Dolls, Coldplay, and Michael Bublé. His television credits include the Grammys, the Emmys, the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Martin has been the lead trombonist on television shows “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol,” and has appeared regularly on the soundtracks of major television series such as “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” and “King of the Hill.” His motion picture credits span the soundtracks of over 150 major films.

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