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Adjudicators for 2012

Scott Prebys
Kevin Willms
Gord Foote
Paula Holcomb
Ardith Haley
Gareth Jones
Shelley Axelson
Robert Taylor
Angela Schroeder

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Adjudicators for 2011

Concert Band ..........

Thomas McCauley
Pat Hoenmans
Jeff Reynolds
Ardith Haley
Gareth Jones
Darrell Chrisp

Jazz Band..........

Steve Kaldestad
Paul Read
Campbell Ryga




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SCOTT PREBYS
Scott Prebys

Scott Prebys is a multi-instrumental percussionist with numerous performances in the jazz, classical, pop and ethnic-music genres. He recently completed a highly-successful career in higher education (37 years) and is a 2009 recipient of the North Dakota Governor’s Award for the Arts in Education. As a director/performer, he has made two appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and has served as a clinician in twenty states and three Canadian provinces. He recently composed and recorded the score for “The Enchanted Highway” (film) and has performed with numerous artists in the jazz and pop fields.

Scott can be heard on weekday mornings throughout North Dakota on Prairie Public radio as host of “Prebys on Classics”.

He serves as a clinician for the Ludwig Drum Company and maintains a torrid performance/clinic schedule. In addition, he hosts “Prebys on Music” which can be viewed on Dakota Media Access as well as on the internet. He holds performance degrees from the University of Colorado, Indiana State University, and has attended the Eastman School of Music for post-graduate study.


Kevin Willms
Kevin Willms

Kevin Willms is a native Calgarian. He received his Bachelor of Music and Teacher Certification from the University of Calgary. Mr. Willms has been teaching instrumental and choral music for the Calgary Board of Education for the last twenty 5 years. He currently teaches at William Aberhart High School. His bands and choirs consistently perform at “Superior” levels and have received much recognition for their outstanding performances at local and international music festivals.

Mr. Willms has been a director for the Westwinds Music Society for the past nineteen years. Originally responsible for starting the choral program, he is currently the director of the “Wednesday Gold Jazz Band”. He is entering his fifteenth year as Artistic Director of Westwinds. Westwinds is an adult community music organization with 5 concert bands, 4 jazz ensembles and four choirs for adult musicians of all levels of experience.

In addition to his duties at William Aberhart and with Westwinds, Mr. Willms is active as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator. He is the jazz coordinator for the Alberta International Band Festival (Calgary) and President of the Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education (CADME). Mr. Willms has received several nominations for the Pan Canadian Students’ Choice Awards as well as the “Alberta Excellence in Teaching Awards”. On February 25, 2003, Premier Ralph Klein presented Mr. Willms with the Tommy Banks Award, recognizing his long-term contribution to music education in Alberta. More recently, he was named “Educator of the Year” by the Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation (2006) and received the Elkhorn Award as “Band Director of the Year” (2006) from the Alberta Band Association.

Mr. Willms is proud of the many former students who have gone on to successful careers as musicians and music educators. He is equally proud that large numbers of students have developed a love of music and continue to participate in community bands and choirs long after graduation from high school.



Gordon_Foote
Gordon Foote

Gordon Foote is currently Associate Dean at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec. He is also an Associate Professor in the Jazz Studies Program, where he has served as Chair of the Jazz Area and as Chair of the Department of Performance. Gordon has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the first undergraduate and graduate university jazz studies programs in Canada.

Professor Foote is the coordinator of the McGill Jazz Orchestras, and directs McGill Jazz Orchestra I. Under his direction, the ensemble has performed throughout the United States, France, England, Ireland, Mexico and Canada. The ensemble has been featured on radio and television in Europe and Canada, and has released eight compact discs. This is what critics had to say about the band: “… the hands –down best college jazz ensemble I heard last year was Canada’s McGill University….no one could single tem out as anything other than a professional working band” Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

“Proof of the excellence of jazz education in Canada.” Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star. “If they come much better than this I simply won’t believe it…. McGill gets everything right” Jack Killoch, Nothing but Big Bands.

As a saxophonist and clinician for Conn-Selmer, Gordon has performed in Canada, Europe and the United States. Gordon has served as the Quebec representative to the IAJE, the Director of Education for IAJE Canada and as President of Jazz Canada. His studies at the University of Minnesota and the University of North Texas, combined with 35 years of performing and teaching experience, leave him as probably the most requested adjudicator, conductor, clinician and jazz educator/performer in Canada.

Gordon Foote
Associate Dean
555 Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E3
Canada
514 398-5407
514 398-1540 fax
gordon.foote@mcgill.ca



Paula Holcomb
Paula Holcomb

Paula Holcomb became Director of Bands at the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1999 after being Director of Bands for 20 years at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Under her direction at Central College, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band toured internationally to Canada, Europe, and Mexico and performed at Alice Tully Hall of New York City's Lincoln Center. At SUNY Fredonia, Dr. Holcomb oversees an extensive band program consisting of four concert bands while she conducts the Wind Ensemble and musicals. In addition, she initiated the Master of Music in Conducting degree program and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting. The SUNY Fredonia Wind Ensemble recently released its first CD, "Commissions and Concertos", toured China and New York and performed at State and Regional conferences. In addition, the Ensemble has hosted many guest soloists and conductors including Larry Combs, Gail Williams, Donald Hunsberger, Yu Hai, Chen Qian and Joseph Schwantner.

Highly sought after as a guest conductor, Dr. Holcomb has conducted bands and orchestras in 42 states, South America, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Mexico, Europe, and Canada. She has presented Conducting Symposiums in Canada, South America, China, Australia and the United States. Dr. Holcomb is former assistant horn of the Des Moines Symphony and past president of the Iowa Music Educators Association. Recently, she was presented with the A. Frank Miller award from Kappa Kappa Psi, served on the Council of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, is currently serving as Vice PResident of the board of the Conductors Guild and is Past President of the Northeastern Division of the College Band Directors National Association. In 2011, Holcomb's presentions include a series of conducting symposiums throughout China and Hong Kong, a conducting symposium at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and clinic session at the MidWest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2011.



Ardith Haley
Ardith Haley

Ardith Haley received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Education degrees from Acadia University, Wolfville Nova Scotia. She is the Arts Education Consultant for the Department of Education of the Province of Nova Scotia, responsible for the delivery of education programs in drama, visual arts, dance and music. As a part-time faculty member at Acadia University, Ardith conducts the Acadia Symphonic Band and teaches music education courses. She is the Director of the Acadia Summer Band Camps, New Horizons Band, and is active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. A passionate and widely respected music educator, Ardith is well-known for her innovative teaching strategies, and students as well as teachers, benefit from her engaging workshops and professional development sessions. She is a recipient of the Musica Viva Award, in recognition of significant and continuing contributions to music education in Nova Scotia. Before moving to the Department, Ardith enjoyed a 27-year teaching career, successfully teaching instrumental and choral music to students in elementary, middle and high school.






Gareth Jones
Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary and is the director of the University’s Symphonic Band as well as the Alberta Winds, Calgary’s professional wind ensemble. He was Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra from 1992 to 2007. Before that, he held the same position with the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. He has studied conducting with the renowned pedagogues Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Michael Haithcock, and Michael Jinbo. He has conducted ensembles from across Western Canada as well as Mexico and the United States. Mr. Jones’s musical activities are greatly varied. He has appeared as guest conductor with over two hundred orchestras and wind ensembles across Canada, been featured on Juno nominated blues CDs, appeared on CBC radio as a soloist and chamber musician, been a guest lecturer with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, been an adjudicator at music festivals across Western Canada, and written compositions and arrangements in a wide range of musical styles. He can be heard playing chamber music, jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues with various groups around Calgary. As a conductor he founded the Calgary Honour Band and the University of Calgary Brass Choir. He was also a founding member of the chamber ensemble “Rosa Selvatica” and has been a featured soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions. He studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux Institute and Canada’s National Arts Centre and received his Master of Music in conducting from the University of Calgary. He studied trumpet at Northwestern University, where he won the prestigious concerto competition and a scholarship for performing excellence.




Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor is Director of Bands at the University of British Columbia, where he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds, teaches instrumental conducting, and heads the brass division. Prior to his appointment at UBC, Dr. Taylor served as Director of Bands at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Eureka High School in northern California. Under his direction, the Eureka High Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band earned recognition for excellence by Downbeat Magazine, the Selmer Corporation, and Grammy Signature Schools, placing Eureka High among the finest school music programs in North America.

Dr. Taylor maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician. Past engagements include performances with the Vancouver Brass Project, Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Chicago-based contemporary music group, the Maverick Ensemble, in addition to collaborations with a wide range of international artists—from Allen Vizzutti, Gail Williams, and Ingrid Jensen, to Manhattan Transfer and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. As a passionate advocate of music in the schools, Dr. Taylor is in high demand as a rehearsal clinician and festival adjudicator and has made frequent appearances with young musicians, serving as principal conductor of the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble and guest conductor of numerous honour groups.

Dr. Taylor received the Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Trumpet and Music Education from Humboldt State University. His research has been published in GIA’s Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series and featured in presentations at several regional and national music conferences. He is a Jacob K. Javits Fellow, executive board member of the British Columbia Music Educators Association, and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Societies, College Band Directors National Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and National Association for Music Education.




Dr. Angela Schroeder
Angela Schroeder

A native of Alberta, Dr. Angela Schroeder completed undergraduate studies in Music at University of Calgary, majoring in Secondary Education, with performance studies in piano and trumpet. She also completed the Diploma of Fine Arts in Wind Band Conducting at University of Calgary under the supervision of Glenn Price. After years of teaching at various secondary schools in the Calgary area, she entered the Long Term Residency program at The Banff Centre, where she studied and performed on piano, trumpet and as a conductor. Angela entered the Master's program in Wind Conducting at Northwestern University in 2002, where she studied with Mallory Thompson and earned the Master of Music in Conducting. In 2007, she completed the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting at the University of North Texas, under the supervision of Eugene Corporon.

Dr. Schroeder is currently Assistant Professor of Music in the Department of Music of the University of Alberta. She is the Director of Bands, the area coordinator for the Winds and Percussion, and conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and academy Winds and Percussion. She teaches courses in conducting and wind band education, and works with Graduate students in Wind Band conducting. She previously taught conducting at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Angela was recently appointed as conductor of the St. Albert Community Band, taking over the ensemble in their 41st concert season..

Angela Schroeder is well known in the Alberta music education community, not only through her teaching and conducting both in schools and in community music organizations, but through her involvement as an executive director of the Alberta Band Association for several years. Angela has performed on cornet with the Mill Creek Colliery Band and is the Principal Trumpet for the Concordia University Orchestra. Angela has guest conducted and adjudicated numerous ensembles and school bands in festivals and clinics throughout Western Canada. She is a contributor in six volumes of the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series, which profile wind literature for all levels of instrumental instruction, published by GIA. She is also joyfully married to husband Geoffrey and mother to two brilliant sons, Joshua and Jonah.




Shelley Axelson
Shelley Axelson

Dr. Shelley Axelson is currently Assistant Professor of Music Education at Montclair State University in New Jersey where her responsibilities include conducting the Campus Band and teaching courses in instrumental music education. Before coming to New Jersey, she held a similar position at the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Axelson was also the Director of Bands at Central College in Pella, Iowa, Pasco Middle School in Dade City, Florida (co-author of the Secondary Music Curriculum) and Richardson Junior High School in Richardson, Texas.

Dr. Axelson has appeared as a guest conductor, clinician or adjudicator throughout much of the United States and Canada. She received an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida, a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Michigan and the Doctor of Music degree in Conducting from Northwestern University. Her principal conducting teachers are Mallory Thompson and H. Robert Reynolds.


Thomas McCauley
Dr. Thomas McCauley

Thomas McCauley is currently the Director of University Bands in the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey where he conducts the Montclair State University Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. He has held similar positions in the states of Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois in addition to teaching high school instrumental music in Nevada for nine years. While the Director of Instrumental Music Activities at the University of Indianapolis, Dr. McCauley founded the University of Indianapolis Chamber (later Symphony) Orchestra. During his time in Indiana, Dr. McCauley hosted and taught the University of Indianapolis Instrumental Conducting Workshop with such notable guest clinicians as Eugene Corporon, Jerry Junkin, Craig Kirchhoff, Felix Hauswirth, and Mallory Thompson. He founded a similar symposium at Montclair State University called the Weekend Wind Conducting Symposium held each November with special guest clinicians from around the world. Composers including Karel Husa, David Gillingham, Joseph Turrin, Robert Aldridge, and O’Neal Douglas have praised his work. Dr. McCauley was recently appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Imperial Brass, a British-style brass band comprised of professional performers and music educators.

Thomas McCauley earned a Doctor of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University where his primary teacher was Mallory Thompson, and holds a Master and Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has been mentored by such notable conductors as Larry Rachleff and Stanley DeRusha. Ensembles under McCauley’s direction have appeared at national and regional conventions and conferences. In 1998, he appeared as guest conductor with the renowned Northshore Concert Band on their summer concert series and later appeared as Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Brass Choir at the 15th International Congress of the International Society for the Investigation and Promotion of Band Music in Lana, Italy in the summer of 2002. From August 2002 – December 2003, Dr. McCauley was also the creator and host of Music Education Matters, a 30-minute radio talk show heard weekly on WICR in Indianapolis.

Dr. McCauley has been published in The Instrumentalist magazine and most recently in the second edition of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Vol I published by G.I.A. publications. In 1995, the Nevada Music Educator’s Association named Dr. McCauley Music Educator of the Year and in 2006, the Indiana Music Educators Association honored Dr. McCauley with an Outstanding University Music Educator Award.


Patrick Hoenmans
Patrick Hoenmans

Patrick Hoenmans graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with degrees in Arts and Music Education and studied conducting with Dwaine Nelson and David Kaplan. He has had a successful career teaching elementary, junior and senior high school bands in Estevan, Lumsden, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan and in Brooks, Alberta and has conducted community bands in Lumsden and Lloydminster. In addition, he held positions as Music Coordinator in the Humboldt School Division and Music Specialist at Baden Intermediate School in Germany (Dept. of National Defence). Mr. Hoenmans has been a guest conductor at several Saskatchewan Band Association Junior and Senior Summer Band Camps, and at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts. He has also been an adjudicator for the Saskatchewan Music Association and the Moose Jaw International Band Festival. Patrick was the recipient of the SBA (2001) and CBA (2002) Distinguished Band Director Award and is a Past President of the Saskatchewan Band Association. He continues active (retired) membership in that organization. Mr. Hoenmans is currently an Educational Sales Consultant with Long & McQuade Music and is the conductor of the Comox Valley Concert Band in Courtenay, BC.



Jeffrey Reynolds
Jeffrey Reynolds

Jeffrey Reynolds is Co-ordinator of Performance at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and conductor of the Wind Symphony as well as instructor of trumpet and conducting. As a trumpeter he has performed and recorded with the Calgary Philharmonic, Hamilton Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Hannaford Street Silver Band and the Stratford Festival Ensemble among others, as well as playing many theatre and commercial engagements. He regularly conducts student, community and professional ensembles, including the York Region Honour Band, and the Durham Schools Honour Band, as well as the Southampton Festival Winds and the Toronto Wind Orchestra. In 2007 he appeared as guest conductor at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic with the Oregon Symphonic Band. Jeff Reynolds received his Ph. D. from the University of Toronto, after degrees from York University, the University of Calgary and the University of Victoria. Dr. Reynolds is a founding member of the Canadian Wind Band Repertoire Project, and is active as a guest conductor, clinician, journal contributor and adjudicator across the country.



Ardith Haley
Ardith Haley

Ardith Haley received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Education degrees from Acadia University, Wolfville Nova Scotia.  She is the Arts Education Consultant for the Department of Education of the Province of Nova Scotia, responsible for the delivery of education programs in drama, visual arts, dance and music.  As a part-time faculty member at Acadia University, Ardith conducts the Acadia Symphonic Band and teaches music education courses.  She is the Director of the Acadia Summer Band Camps, New Horizons Band, and is active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator.  A passionate and widely respected music educator, Ardith is well-known for her innovative teaching strategies, and students as well as teachers, benefit from her engaging workshops and professional development sessions. She is a recipient of the Musica Viva Award, in recognition of significant and continuing contributions to music education in Nova Scotia. Before moving to the Department, Ardith enjoyed a 27-year teaching career, successfully teaching instrumental and choral music to students in elementary, middle and high school. 






Gareth Jones
Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary and is the director of the University’s Symphonic Band as well as the Alberta Winds, Calgary’s professional wind ensemble. He was Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra from 1992 to 2007. Before that, he held the same position with the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. He has studied conducting with the renowned pedagogues Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Michael Haithcock, and Michael Jinbo. He has conducted ensembles from across Western Canada as well as Mexico and the United States. Mr. Jones’s musical activities are greatly varied. He has appeared as guest conductor with over two hundred orchestras and wind ensembles across Canada, been featured on Juno nominated blues CDs, appeared on CBC radio as a soloist and chamber musician, been a guest lecturer with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, been an adjudicator at music festivals across Western Canada, and written compositions and arrangements in a wide range of musical styles. He can be heard playing chamber music, jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues with various groups around Calgary. As a conductor he founded the Calgary Honour Band and the University of Calgary Brass Choir. He was also a founding member of the chamber ensemble “Rosa Selvatica” and has been a featured soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions. He studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux Institute and Canada’s National Arts Centre and received his Master of Music in conducting from the University of Calgary. He studied trumpet at Northwestern University, where he won the prestigious concerto competition and a scholarship for performing excellence.

Darrell Chrisp
Darrell Chrisp

Darrell Chrisp currently teaches Middle School Band at St. John's Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She previously taught at Ecole Golden Gate Middle School for 8 years prior to the birth of her two children. Darrell has adjudicated at the Level One Festival in Winnipeg as well as at the Manitoba Solo and Ensemble Festival. She has directed honour bands both within as well as outside the city of Winnipeg including the 2004 Junior Provincial Honour Band. Darrell has directed Winnipeg's Fort Garry Summer Band Camp for the past 4 years and loves to share her passion for music making with young people. She is looking forward to adjudicating at the Optimist Band Festival in Regina.






Paul Read
Paul Read

www.paulread.ca

PAUL READ is a pianist, saxophonist, bandleader, composer, arranger, and educator. In addition to earning graduate and undergraduate degrees in music and education at the University of Toronto, he studied arranging and composition with Gordon Delamont and composition with John Beckwith. He also attended Berklee College of Music in Boston studying saxophone with Joe Viola and arranging with Ted Pease.

Read leads the 18-piece big band PRO (Paul Read Orchestra) as its primary composer/arranger. He has recorded with Barry Elmes, Kieran Overs, and Scott Robinson playing piano and composing with that ensemble (REACO Records). He has also been pianist and arranger for the (vocalist) Trish Colter Groups since 1992. He was the long-time leader of the award winning University of Toronto’s 10 O’Clock Jazz Orchestra.

His compositions and arrangements are published with Boosey & Hawkes, Belwin, UNC Jazz Press, Beldriana, and Alfred Music, and several of his compositions appear in the Canadian Jazz Fakebook.

One of the country’s most respected jazz educators, Paul Read was a member of the Humber College Music Faculty from 1979 to 1991. In 1991, he founded the degree programs in jazz at the University of Toronto (Mus. Bac., M. Mus. and DMA) where he was a long-time Professor of Music and Director of Graduate Jazz Studies, Toronto. He was Canada’s Representative on the Board of the International Association for Jazz Education from 2002-2008, and is founding Director of National Music Camp (NMC) Jazz Camp (1987 to 2006). He has adjudicated at festivals and presented workshops throughout Canada since 1975, and was for many years on the summer jazz faculty of Saskatchewan’s Summer Band Camp at Fort Qu’Appelle and the Prairielands Jazz Camp.

Steve Kaldestad
Steve Kaldestad
www.stevekaldestad.com

Born in Mississauga, Steve waited for his parents to move to Regina before he took up the saxophone.  After 7 years with the Regina Lions Junior Band, Steve left high school with a General Motors Award of Excellence to attend McGill University, where he studied with trumpet great Kevin Dean and Montreal bebop legend pianist/drummer André White, graduating with high distinction in 1994.  That same year, Steve attended the Banff Jazz Workshop with Kenny Wheeler, Mick Goodrick, Pat LaBarbera and John Clayton.

  After spending 1995 in Toronto, Steve set up in Montreal again, recording a television special with singer Denzal Sinclaire as part of the 1996 Montreal Jazz Festival, and performing a concert with Maria Schneider at la Salle Gésu in 1997.  He then spent a year in New York, taking lessons with jazz legend Lee Konitz and playing afternoon sessions with many great New York musicians.

  Steve returned to Montreal in summer 1998 and enrolled in McGill University’s Masters Degree in Jazz Performance, this time studying with composer/pianist Jan Jarczyk.  A highlight of this period would be when Steve was joined by guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel for a weekend at Upstairs Jazz Club.

  Steve moved to London, England in September 2000, where he played with many of the UK’s finest musicians, like Jamie Cullum, Humphrey Lyttelton, Mike Carr, Jim Mullen, Matt Wates, Tommy Whittle, Dave Cliff, Kate Williams, to name more than a few.  Steve was also a member of the renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra for 6 years and worked often with the BBC Big Band as well as the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

Steve is now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he is actively involved with  the Jodi Proznick Quartet.  The quartet was named “Best Acoustic Jazz Group” at the 2008 Canadian National Jazz Awards and their album, “Foundations” on the CellarLive label won “Album of the Year”.   “Foundations” was also nominated for Best Traditional Jazz Album at the 2008 Juno Awards.

In December 2009, Steve released his first CD as a leader, recorded over three nights at the Vancouver Jazz Cellar in May 2009.  The CD features Montrealers André White on piano and Kevin Dean on trumpet, and Vancouver talents Jesse Cahill and Jodi Proznick on drums and bass respectively and is available on the Cellar Live Label.

Currently on faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Steve is very active in the field of jazz education.



Campbell Ryga
Campbell Ryga
www.campbellryga.com

Campbell Ryga - Jazz Saxophone

Campbell Ryga was honored the Jazz Report Magazine Award of 'Canada's Alto Saxophonist of the Year 2000' presented to him at the annual Jazz Report Awards Ceremony held in Toronto in May of the year 2000. The two former recipients of this award were Moe Koffman and PJ Perry.

Mr. Ryga has received 3 Juno Awards, with two additional nominations, a Grammy nomination and has twice received the Western Canadian Music Award in the Jazz category. Campbell Ryga has toured internationally on 26 occasions, primarily to Western Europe and to Latin America, notably to the Havana International Jazz Festival, where he has been invited to perform for six consecutive years.

Mr. Ryga is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Hugh Fraser Quintet, an All Star multiple Award Winning Canadian Jazz Quintet to which Campbell has had a long term association. Campbell's affliation with Hugh Fraser and the Quintet began in 1981.

On top of his International touring schedule, Campbell has also been involved in cross country Canadian touring on 24 separate occasions, and has performed week long engagements at the famed Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in Soho - London, on 4 separate occasions.

Campbell has contributed to 72 Jazz Recordings inclusive of his four current releases as a leader, 'Coastal Connection' and two years later 'Spectacular' which was released in December of 2001 and was nominated for a Juno Award. Both of these releases were handled by Radioland/Universal Records.

More recently, Campbell recorded a release with the great New York pianist Renee Rosnes for CBC Records entitled Deep Cove which features Neil Swainson on bass and Rudy Petchauer on drums, recorded by CBC Records and is distributed by Universal. Deep Cove was nominated for a Juno Award for 2005. This recording received the Western Canadian Music Awards award for Most Outstanding Jazz Recording for the Year 2005.

In 2008 Campbell collaborated with the great Canadian Jazz Alto Saxophonist PJ Perry to record his most recent release 'Joined at the Hip' a live recording with Ross Taggart on Piano, Neil Swainson on Bass and Terry Clarke on Drums - available on Cellar Live Records.

Mr. Ryga continues to maintain a busy schedule as a Clinician, in association with Yamaha Canada. Campbell also maintains an active Adjudicators' Schedule and has enjoyed on going affiliations with Jazz intensive workshops, including those presented by the Courtenay Summer Jazz Weeks (CYMC), the Kwantlen Jazz Week in Langley, British Columbia and the Banff School of Fine Arts.

Campbell has sat on the Jury Boards for The British Columbia Arts Council and The Canada Council for the Arts. Campbell Ryga is on faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Langley, British Columbia.

Mr. Ryga has received the honor of having been placed on the British Columbia Secondary School District 67 - Wall of Fame - for excellence in his field. In 2010, Mr. Ryga has been inducted to the Envisions Jazz Festival 'Hall of Fame' in honour of his accomplishments as a Performer.

Campbell Ryga is a Yamaha Canada Saxophone Artist




Adjudicators for 2010

Concert Band ..........

John Wa Neidlinger, Downers Grove, Illinois, U.S.A.
Denise Grant, St. John's Newfoundland
Connie Turner, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Bill Wahl, Medicine Hat, Alberta

Jazz Band..........

Steve Kaldestad, Vancouver, B.C.
Jon McCaslin, Calgary, Alberta.
Gordon Foote, Montreal, Quebec.


Gordon_Foote
Gordon Foote

Gordon Foote is currently Associate Dean at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec. He is also an Associate Professor in the Jazz Studies Program, where he has served as Chair of the Jazz Area and as Chair of the Department of Performance. Gordon has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the first undergraduate and graduate university jazz studies programs in Canada.

  Professor Foote is the coordinator of the McGill Jazz Orchestras, and directs McGill Jazz Orchestra I. Under his direction, the ensemble has performed throughout the United States, France, England, Ireland, Mexico and Canada. The ensemble has been featured on radio and television in Europe and Canada, and has released eight compact discs. This is what critics had to say about the band: “… the hands –down best college jazz ensemble I heard last year was Canada’s McGill University….no one could single tem out as anything other than a professional working band” Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

“Proof of the excellence of jazz education in Canada.” Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star. “If they come much better than this I simply won’t believe it…. McGill gets everything right” Jack Killoch, Nothing but Big Bands.

  As a saxophonist and clinician for Conn-Selmer, Gordon has performed in Canada, Europe and the United States. Gordon has served as the Quebec representative to the IAJE, the Director of Education for IAJE Canada and as President of Jazz Canada. His studies at the University of Minnesota and the University of North Texas, combined with 35 years of performing and teaching experience, leave him as probably the most requested adjudicator, conductor, clinician and jazz educator/performer in Canada.

  Gordon Foote
Associate Dean
555 Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E3
Canada
514 398-5407
514 398-1540 fax
gordon.foote@mcgill.ca



Denise Grant
Denise Grant

Denise Grant has earned respect and praise as a conductor and educator of great musical depth and artistic sensitivity. She has guest-conducted ensembles across Canada, the Pacific Northwest, and Southeast Asia, and in 2004 she was the Music Director for the National Youth Band of Canada. She returned to Asia last year to conduct the Southeast Asia Honour Band in Indonesia and deliver conducting workshops in Malaysia and will be conducting the same honour band in Taiwan this fall.

A native of Nova Scotia, Denise earned her doctorate in music education and conducting at the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Craig Kirchhoff. She has also worked with noted conductors in intensive workshops and audited the Tanglewood Music Center Conducting Fellow Program. She has held conducting positions at the University of Toronto, University of Regina, and Portland State University in Oregon. During her tenure, she founded the University of Toronto and University of Regina Wind Band Teaching and Conducting Symposiums, served as co-founding editor of the Canadian Band Association journal, Canadian Winds, and has premiered many new works for wind ensemble. She is a strong advocate for the creation and performance of new music and of supporting Canadian and women composers. Ensembles under her direction have been lauded for artistic performances grounded in the composer’s intent.

Denise is currently Associate Professor of instrumental conducting and conductor of the Wind Ensemble at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland. She has a strong commitment to music education in Canada and her professional activities reflect that commitment - she is in demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and conducting teacher.

Dr. Denise Grant
Conductor, Wind Ensemble and Concert Band
Associate Professor of Instrumental Conducting
Memorial University
St. John's, NL. A1C 5S7
709.737.4487



Steve Kaldestad
Steve Kaldestad

Born in Mississauga, Steve waited for his parents to move to Regina before he took up the saxophone.  After 7 years with the Regina Lions Junior Band, Steve left high school with a General Motors Award of Excellence to attend McGill University, where he studied with trumpet great Kevin Dean and Montreal bebop legend pianist/drummer André White, graduating with high distinction in 1994.  That same year, Steve attended the Banff Jazz Workshop with Kenny Wheeler, Mick Goodrick, Pat LaBarbera and John Clayton.

  After spending 1995 in Toronto, Steve set up in Montreal again, recording a television special with singer Denzal Sinclaire as part of the 1996 Montreal Jazz Festival, and performing a concert with Maria Schneider at la Salle Gésu in 1997.  He then spent a year in New York, taking lessons with jazz legend Lee Konitz and playing afternoon sessions with many great New York musicians.

  Steve returned to Montreal in summer 1998 and enrolled in McGill University’s Masters Degree in Jazz Performance, this time studying with composer/pianist Jan Jarczyk.  A highlight of this period would be when Steve was joined by guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel for a weekend at Upstairs Jazz Club.

  Steve moved to London, England in September 2000, where he played with many of the UK’s finest musicians, like Jamie Cullum, Humphrey Lyttelton, Mike Carr, Jim Mullen, Matt Wates, Tommy Whittle, Dave Cliff, Kate Williams, to name more than a few.  Steve was also a member of the renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra for 6 years and worked often with the BBC Big Band as well as the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

Steve is now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he is actively involved with  the Jodi Proznick Quartet.  The quartet was named “Best Acoustic Jazz Group” at the 2008 Canadian National Jazz Awards and their album, “Foundations” on the CellarLive label won “Album of the Year”.   “Foundations” was also nominated for Best Traditional Jazz Album at the 2008 Juno Awards.

In December 2009, Steve released his first CD as a leader, recorded over three nights at the Vancouver Jazz Cellar in May 2009.  The CD features Montrealers André White on piano and Kevin Dean on trumpet, and Vancouver talents Jesse Cahill and Jodi Proznick on drums and bass respectively and is available on the Cellar Live Label.

Currently on faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Steve is very active in the field of jazz education.



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Dr. Erica J. Neidlinger

Dr. Erica J. Neidlinger joined the faculty at DePaul University in the fall of 2007 as conductor of the Wind Symphony. Additional responsibilities include teaching conducting, wind history/repertoire, and instrumental music education courses. Before coming to DePaul Dr. Neidlinger served as Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she conducted university ensembles and directed the Marching Mavericks. She completed her doctorate at the University of Minnesota under the supervision of Professor Craig Kirchhoff.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Neidlinger was a member of the band and music education faculty at The Ohio State University. She has also served as conductor of the Nebraska Wind Symphony. Under her direction the ensemble was selected to perform for the 2005 Association of Concert Bands National Convention and the 2007 Nebraska State Bandmasters Conference. Neidlinger holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Kansas and a Masters degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She began her teaching career as director of bands in the Piper School District, Kansas City, Kansas.

An active guest conductor and clinician, Dr. Neidlinger has conducted across the United States and in Europe. She served as an adjudicator for the 2009 Singapore Youth Festival concert bands and is returning in April 2010. She has also served as a guest conductor for the 2009 International Music Camp. Presentations at national and international conferences include the 2007 World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference in Killarney, Ireland and the 2007 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Neidlinger is a recipient of the Kappa Kappa Psi Silver Baton Award and has served as concert band chair to the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association. She is a member of Music Educators National Conference, College Music Society, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, and World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.



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Connie Turner

Connie Turner teaches conducting and music education at the University of Manitoba and was a founding member of the teaching faculty of the Canadian Wind Conductors’ Development Program offered each summer in Winnipeg. Connie also founded and conducted the U of M Concert Band for ten years.

Connie Turner completed her formal music training in North Dakota, receiving a Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Dakota. Connie had an illustrious career as a music educator in the public school system for 34 years, developing highly acclaimed and nationally recognized ensembles in both instrumental and choral music.

Connie is in demand as an adjudicator and guest conductor throughout Canada and the United States. She presents workshops and professional development sessions to music educators across the country, and works as a music education consultant for Long & McQuade Music. Connie has most recently been appointed to the position of Teachers’ Professional Development Program Coordinator at the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival held each spring in Banff, Alberta.

A member of the Board of Directors of the International Music Camp, Connie served as its Canadian Representative for nine years and as a guest conductor for several summers. She conducted the Manitoba Summer Band Camp for fifteen years.

In recognition of her career achievements as an educator and conductor, Connie Turner was awarded the Manitoba Band Association Award of Distinction for Outstanding Contribution to Music Education and in 2007 was recognized for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Manitoba.



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Brian Uzick

Brian Uzick grew up in Melville, Saskatchewan. He played bass clarinet and clarinet in school band and saxophone in the jazz band. He attended University of Saskatchewan and received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He taught band and choir at Palliser Heights School and Central Collegiate in Moose Jaw. During this time, he went to the University of British Columbia and received a diploma in Counselling Psychology. He taught at Western Canada from 1991-2006 and was the Fine Arts Curriculum Leader. The band at Western grew from 60 to over 210 students. Brian is in his forth year at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School teaching grades 7-12 band and jazz band, as well as the fine arts curriculum leader. He teaches clinics, workshops and has adjudicated throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. He is pleased to be returning to Saskatchewan to adjudicate the Optomist Festival in Regina.



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Bill Wahl

Bill is fourth generation Band Conductor. He is a graduate of the MELAB program [Music Education Laboratory] of the University of Alberta, has a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon, and a Diploma of Fine Arts in Advanced Wind Band Conducting from the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Alberta Band Association, and the Phi Beta Alpha chapter of the International Music Fraternity Phi Beta Mu. The Alberta Band Association has recognized Bill as one of Alberta’s Most Outstanding Band Directors’, and Phi Beta Mu has presented him with the David Peterkin Award for Outstanding Service to Band Music. He has also been nominated twice for recognition through Alberta Learning, and has most recently been given the Vondis Miller Legacy Award by the Alberta Band Association and a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Bill has been guest conductor and clinician at numerous band camps, and over the years has been a mentor to education practicum students from the University of Lethbridge and the University of Saskatchewan. In 2006 he was conductor of the Central Ontario Honor Band hosted at Wilfred Laurie University. In 2007and 2009 he was a Resident Conductor of the Peterkin Ensembles of MusiCamp Alberta . Bill has been very involved with the Alberta Band Association Festival of Bands and the Alberta Adult Band Workshop program.

He is retired after completing 33 years with the Medicine Hat School District #76, 32 as the full time music director of the Crescent Heights High School Instrumental Program. Over the years, hundreds of Medicine Hat youth have experienced wind and percussion music through his teaching. His Bands have represented Medicine Hat at International Festivals across Canada and have participated in seven festival and concert tours to Europe visiting England, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy.

Bill is active in community music, conducts the Bands of the Medicine Hat Concert Band Society and is part of the Medicine Hat Big Band.



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L. John White

John White is an Honours graduate of the University of Calgary (Bachelor of Music). He received his Master of Education degree from the University of British Columbia. His teaching experience includes positions as instructor of strings and woodwinds at the Calgary Conservatory of Music, music teacher at F.H. Collins Secondary School in Whitehorse, Yukon, and roles as an itinerant band teacher and District Resource Teacher in the Langley School District. He also worked as Instrumental Consultant for Northwest Musical Services (Vancouver) before he assumed a position in the Kamloops School District as District Fine Arts Coordinator. The position was followed by time in Coquitlam School District as Program Coordinator for Visual and Performing Arts. Mr. White recently retired after twenty-one years as a Director of Instruction for School District 41 Burnaby - a schools system with approximately 24,000 students.

During the first period of time that Mr. White spent in the Lower Mainland, he was Music Director for the New Westminster and District Concert Band, an ensemble he now, once again, directs. He has also conducted a number of other community groups including the Kamloops Choristers. Mr. White has served as a Director of the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association Provincial Honour Band on two separate occasions, the Saskatchewan Provincial Honour Band and has many years experience as a performing musician. He has served extensively as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor throughout British Columbia, Yukon , Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. He has also served as a judge for Canada’s Juno Awards on numerous occasions.

A Past-President of the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association, the British Columbia Choral Federation, the British Columbia Administrators of Arts Education, the Pacific Coast Music Festivals Association, and Art Starts in Schools, John White is also a Past Chairman of MusicFest Canada: Canadian Concert Band Festival. He served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Music Educators’ Association, the Western Canada Theatre Company and the British Columbia Festival of the Arts. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Michael J. Fox Theatre Society, and the Coalition for Music Education in Canada.

John White has been recognized as an Honourary Life Member by the BC Music Educators’ Association and as a life-member of the Willan Council by the BC Choral Federation.





JONATHAN McCASLIN

Recognized as one of Canada’s leading jazz drummers, drummer and educator Jon McCaslin represents an uncompromising and dynamic voice on the Canadian Jazz scene.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan Jonathan began playing the drums at the age of nine progressing through the Regina Lions Junior Band and the music program at his high school, Campbell Collegiate, soon developing a passion for playing the drums and jazz. Ultimately, Jon's interest in music led him to enroll in the Jazz Studies program at McGill University, graduating with distinction in 1999.

While at McGill Jon had the opportunity to study with some of the finest jazz educators in the country including Gordon Foote, Kevin Dean, Jan Jarcyzk, Chris McCann, Andre White, Michel Lambert and Dave Laing. He also attended the prestigious summer jazz workshop presented by the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1997, where he performed with Canadian jazz greats Hugh Fraser, Pat LaBarbera, Don Thompson and Kenny Wheeler.

Jon has also been fortunate to have performed with many of Canada's jazz elite including Charlie Biddle, Brian Hurley, Louise Rose, Alaister Kay, Mart Kinny, Gary Guthman, Mike Rud, Hadley Caliman, Greg Clayton, Chase Sanborn, Andre White, Tilden Webb, John LaBelle, Kevin Dean, Dave Turner, Ralph Bowen, Don Thompson, Dionne Taylor, Jim Vivian, Kelly Jefferson, Ian McDougall, Brad Turner, Jim Brenan, The McGill Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Johnston, Lorraine Desmerais, Steve Amirault, Hugh Fraser, Chucho Valdes, Kieran Overs, The Altsys Jazz Orchestra, Pat LaBarbera, The Regina Symphony Orchestra and The Montreal Jazz Big Band.

In the spring of 2002 McCaslin completed his Master's in Jazz Studies at McGill University where he studied jazz drumming, improvisation and composition.

In January 2003 Jon released his debut CD, “McCallum’s Island”. Featuring his quintet, the CD contains an exciting collection of McCaslin’s original compositions, featuring himself and his band. The release of this CD was followed by a twenty-day tour of Western Canada, performing to enthusiastic, capacity audiences. During March of 2003 Jonathan was the recipient of a fellowship from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and attended the “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” residency in Washington, D.C. Along with twenty other distinguished young jazz artists, McCaslin was featured with such jazz icons as Terence Blanchard, Carmen Lundy, Winard Harper, Curtis Fuller and John Clayton.

McCaslin’s quintet performed at the 2003 edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival and was nominated for the General Motors Grand Prix du Festival (awarded to the most outstanding Canadian group). From 2004 until 2006, Jon toured North America, Asia and Europe with the high-energy, critically acclaimed music production troupe “Barrage”. Featuring a cast of seven world-class fiddlers and a four-piece band, this dynamic show featured high-energy music and fiddle traditions from around the world set to upbeat choreography and movement.

McCaslin is a Doctoral Candidate through the University of Toronto and is currently completing his dissertation on the topic of the conceptualization of jazz time keeping. He is currently based in Calgary, Alberta where he maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule.