Artistas invitados

Los artistas profesionales visitan frecuentemente MHS para actuar para los estudiantes, brindar instrucción e inspirar a nuestros estudiantes músicos.

El programa de Banda y Orquesta de Middleton High School agradece sinceramente a sus artistas invitados.

Ali Jackson - May 18, 2018


​Multitalented composer, arranger, music educator, and jazz percussionist Ali Jackson is the ultimate modernist drummer of our times. He is considered to be one of the most versatile and innovative musicians of our times. From performance stages in the U.S., to historic concert halls in Europe, and outdoor venues in Canada, Asia, or Africa, he has gained a reputation of performing with remarkable technique, originality, and deeply felt passion. Jackson is known to create a strong portrait of emotions through his playing—with vivid dynamism, energy, intensity and technique. The rhythm of music is all around us, beating and vibrating in everything that we encounter. It informs who we are as citizens of a global community. With this in mind, Jackson, uses the compelling and pulsating sounds of bebop, swing, funk, ballet, gospel, and classical influences to make us feel music in everything that we do. This 2012-13 season marks his 7th year as principal drum chair with the internationally recognized Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He continues to follow in the tradition of important drummers to bring a deeper, fuller expression of music and life, sound and rhythm to audiences across the world.




Victor Goines - December 16 & 17, 2019


Saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and educator, Victor Goines is a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993, touring throughout the world and recording over seventy releases including Marsalis' Pulitzer Prize winning recording Blood on the Fields (Columbia Records, 1997) and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis' The Music of John Lewis featuring Jon Battiste (2017) and The Abyssinian Mass (2016) from Blue Engine Records, Congo Square (JALC, 2007) and the soundtracks for Ken Burns' acclaimed documentaries, Jazz, 1999; Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, 2004 and The War, 2007. He can be heard on Ted Nash's Grammy Award winning Presidential Suite (Motéma Records, 2016), Bria Skonberg's So Is The Day (Random Act Records, 2012), Delfeayo Marsalis' Sweet Thunder (Troubadour Jass Records, 2011), Herlin Riley's Cream of the Cresent (Criss Cross Records, 2005), Wycliffe Gordon's The Joyride (Nagel Hayer Records, 2003) and Ruth Brown's A Good Day for the Blues (Bullseye Blues & Jazz, 1999) to name a few. He is an acclaimed solo artist and leads his own quartet and quintet. As a leader, Goines has ten recordings including his latest release, A Dance at the Mardi Gras Ball, (2016) as well as Twilight (2012) and Morning Swing (2011) from Rosemary Joseph Records as well as Love Dance (2007) and New Adventures (2006), both from Criss Cross Records. ​A gifted composer, Goines has more than 100 original works to his credit. In 2000, he was commissioned by Juilliard's Dance Division to compose a musical work in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. The composition Base Line premiered in 2002 to support the original choreography by Juilliard alumnus Robert Battle. In 2008, the University of Scranton Department of Music commissioned him to compose two pieces, O Lord, Help Us Find Our Way for choir and Three Sketches for Band. In 2014 Jazz at Lincoln Center commissioned Goines to compose Crescent City to feature Branford Marsalis and in 2016 Untamed Elegance.

​Goines has recorded and/or performed with many noted jazz and popular artists including Ahmad Jamal, Terence Blanchard, Ruth Brown, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ron Carter, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Chick Corea, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Green, Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, B.B. King, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, James Moody, Dianne Reeves, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Marcus Roberts, Stevie Wonder and a host of other renowned musicians and ensembles. Additionally, he can be heard on the film scores for the motion pictures Undercover Blues, When Night Falls on Manhattan, and Rosewood as well as on music videos featuring Eric Clapton, Chick Corea, Garth Fagin, Bobby McFerring, Taj Mahal, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts and Linda Ronstadt.

​Throughout his career, Goines has been deeply committed to the field of Jazz Education. In November 2007 he was named director of jazz studies and professor of music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Prior to that appointment he was the artistic director of the jazz studies program at the Juilliard School, and a faculty member teaching saxophone and clarinet. During his tenure at the Juilliard School, the jazz studies program expanded its curriculum from a collaborative program with Jazz at Lincoln Center to include a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Artist Diploma. He has also served on the faculties of Florida A & M University, the University of New Orleans, Loyola University in New Orleans, and Xavier University.

​A native of New Orleans, he began studying clarinet at age eight. He received a bachelor of music education degree from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1984 and a master of music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 1990.

Victor is a Buffet Crampon and Vandoren Artist - March 2017. Courtesy of www.VictorGoines.com




Akropolis Reed Quintet - January 24 & 25, 2019


On January 24 & 25 Akropolis was in Middleton working with MHS, Kromrey M.S. & Glacier Creek M.S. students as well as performing live at the PAC on Friday, January 25 at 7:00 pm. Students had an opportunity to work directly with the members of Akropolis in preparation for Solo & Ensemble. Akropolis inspired students by sharing their musical experiences & perspectives about careers in music. The Akropolis Reed Quintet was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and is the first ever ensemble of its makeup to win a Fischoff Gold Medal (2014), Grand Prize at the Plowman and MTNA national competitions, and 6 national chamber music prizes in total. Hailed by Fanfare for its “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality,” Akropolis has performed from Juneau to Abu Dhabi and has won juried showcases at six national conferences. www.akropolisquintet.org




Anthony Di Sanza - February 28, 2019


On February 28, Anthony Di Sanza visited the band students to perform a masterclass for the MHS Percussion Class and provided instruction for the Chamber Wind Ensemble. Anthony Di Sanza, a recognized international performer and educator, has performed, presented master classes, and held residencies in North America, Europe and Asia. He has appeared as a visiting artist at over 50 colleges, universities and conservatories, and has performed as soloist and chamber musician in some of the world’s most important concert halls. Anthony can be heard on over 15 internationally distributed CD recordings with various artists, including; Sole Nero-Piano and Percussion Duo, Mark Hetzler Chamber Ensemble, Linda Maxey with Galaxy Percussion and Keiko Abe and the Michigan Chamber Players. In review of his 2011 solo CD release, On the nature of…, All Music Guide writes; “Di Sanza dazzles not only in the assurance and polish of his playing but in his tremendous vitality and spontaneity.” In 2015 Anthony’s recording of Michael Udow’s multiple percussion concerto Moon Shadow was released on the Equilibrium label.. Anthony has performed with numerous orchestras as timpanist or percussionist and currently serves as principal percussionist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. He has performed/presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) on fifteen separate occasions and studies/performs music from Brazil and the Middle East. Anthony is regularly involved in the premiering of new works from a wide variety of composers, including with Akira Nishimura, Maki Ishii, Kaoru Wada, Nebojsa Zivkovic, Keiko Abe, Michael Udow, Dave Hollinden, Laura Elise Schwendinger, Les Thimmig, Joseph Koykkar, Payton MacDonald, Jonas Tamulionis and Dennis Wilson. Also a percussion composer, Di Sanza’s 1st concerto for darabukka (Middle Eastern goblet drum) and percussion quartet has been performed internationally and his second concerto, titled Time’s Arc, was premiered in 2013 at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He has works published with Alfred, HoneyRock and Tapspace and his book Improvisational Practice Techniques is published by RGM music. Anthony has a line of signature marimba mallets distributed by Encore Mallets and Black Swamp Percussion produces the Di Sanza Triangle Trigger, which he designed in collaboration with Black Swamp. Anthony earned the bachelor of music education degree from Youngstown State University and graduate degrees in percussion performance from the University of Michigan. Currently professor of percussion at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Anthony is an endorser of Encore Mallets, Black Swamp Percussion, Sabian Cymbals and Remo Drumheads, as well as an educational endorser of Pro-Mark Drumsticks. Biography from www.music.wisc.edu/faculty/anthony-di-sanza/




Laura McLaughlin - April 3, 2019


Laura McLaughlin will visit Middleton High School to teach a clarinet masterclass and clinic for all interested students. She is currently on faculty for clarinet and music at University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and Carroll University. Laura McLaughlin is an active soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, and educator. Her playing has been described as “powerful” … “plays with lots of conviction”…“brilliant entertainer” and continues to establish herself as a virtuosic clarinetist.

Laura joined the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Carroll University music faculties this fall and and is a member of Carroll's resident professional ensemble, the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, and Lakeshore Rush, a Chicago-based Pierrot ensemble she co-founded this past year. Laura has also performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Madison Symphony Orchestra (WI), Lansing Symphony Orchestra (MI), Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, Capitol City Band (WI), and College Light Opera Company (MA). She performed at the International Clarinet Association's 'Clarinetfest' (2008), and has performed with the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble in residence at Northeastern Illinois University (2013 & 2014). Laura completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison in clarinet performance with a minor in music education. While attending UW, she was a recipient of the prestigious Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, awarded to outstanding graduate performance majors and determined by a committee of performance faculty. Laura was also a winner of the woodwind-piano duo Shain Competition (2012), and received the James R. Smith Orchestral Leadership and Service award. Laura has a Master of Music degree from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastern Michigan University. Her primary teachers include Dr. Linda Bartley, Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, and Dr. Kimberly Cole-Luevano.

Her doctoral project, titled "A Guide to the E-flat Clarinet: Etudes, Repertoire, Performance", includes an original performance method book, interviews with internationally renowned E-flat clarinetists, and an annotated bibliography of commercially published solo music for E-flat clarinet. Within the method book, Laura composed original etudes designed to help a clarinetist make an effective transition to the mastery of the E-flat clarinet. These etudes are in the process of being published.

Visit www.laurakmclaughlin.com for more information Biography from LakeShoreRush.com





Carl Allen - April 28, 2019


MHS Jazz is excited to Welcome Carl Allen to Middleton HS for a percussion masterclass and Jazz Clinic. Carl Allen: The pursuit of knowledge, experience, and ever-present swing is a recurring theme in the life of drummer/composer and Milwaukee native Carl Allen. It's a theme that began to take shape when, as a teenager, he performed with such greats as Sonny Stitt and James Moody, and it's a theme to which he held fast as his musical quest took him to The University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (1979-81) and New Jersey's William Patterson College (1981-83). While at William Patterson, he pursued his life-long dream -- the drum chair in trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's band. He got the position in 1982 and remained with Hubbard for eight years - also serving as the trumpeter's musical director and road manager.

Allen says, "my ultimate goal is to get to a level like Art Blakey, Art Taylor, Elvin Jones, and Billy Higgins and these cats who, every time they sit down behind a set of drums it's swinging. The power of swing is something else, and once I get to that level, everything else falls into place."

In a true Messenger (as in Art Blakey) state of mind, Allen began to extend Blakey's ideals into his efforts outside of Hubbard's band. In 1988, Allen co-founded Big Apple Productions (with altoist Vincent Herring), which through its production of several albums for labels in Japan (Alfa, King, Venus, Keystone Music International, and others), introduced now rising stars like Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton and Cyrus Chestnut.

Allen maintains an exhaustive schedule of recording and touring. He remains active as a leader (most recently leading his New York All-Star Band on a month-long U.S./Japan Tour and upcoming dates with The Carl Allen Quintet) and as an in-demand sideman (recent recordings with Terence Blanchard and Joe Henderson, Eric Reed, Vincent Herring, and many others). Learn more at www.CarlAllen.com




Wayne Bergeron - May 17, 2019


We are thrilled to announce that Wayne Bergeron, trumpeter, will be the guest artist for Jazz Tracs 2019. Mr. Bergeron is arguably the most well-known lead trumpet player in the world, performing with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band and on numerous big-budget movie soundtracks including Disney's The Incredibles and Frozen. He will work with all four jazz bands and perform at Jazz Tracs on May 17, 2019. Biography from www.WayneBergeron.com Wayne Bergeron is enjoying a career as one of the most sought-after musicians in the world. Studio sessions, film dates, international touring, jazz concerts, guest appearances, and clinics keep him busy not only in his hometown of Los Angeles, but worldwide. Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1958, Bergeron came to Los Angeles at age one, so considers himself a native Californian. Originally starting on French horn, he switched to trumpet in seventh grade and found he had natural upper register ability. Bergeron credits his junior high and high school teachers, Ron Savitt and Bob Smith, for molding his talent into practical working skills. Bergeron first caught the ear of many when he landed the lead trumpet chair with Maynard Ferguson’s band in 1986. Bergeron can be heard on Maynard’s recordings of “Body and Soul,” “Big Bop Nouveau,” “Brass Attitude,” and “The One and Only Maynard Ferguson.” Bergeron demonstrates daily why Maynard remarked, “Wayne is the most musical lead trumpet player I’ve had on my band.” As a sideman, Bergeron’s list of recording credits reads like a who’s who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles to Green Day. Other names include Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand, Michael Buble, The Dirty Loops, Seth MacFarlane, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Seal, Diana Krall, Tito Puente, Christina Aguilera, Dianne Reeves, Michael Bolton, Earth Wind & Fire, The Pussy Cat Dolls, My Chemical Romance, The Mars Volta, INXS, Chicago, Rosemary Cloony, Diane Schuur, Barry Manilow, Lee Ann Womack, Lou Rawls, Eric Marienthal, Kenny G., and David Benoit. Bergeron has worked on over 400 TV & motion picture soundtracks. A partial list of film credits include The Incredibles 2, Wreck it Ralph 2, Crazy Rich Asians, The First, Smallfoot, The Predator, Sing, Moana, Frozen, Bridge of Spies, Get On Up, Toy Story 3, Monsters University, Planes, Despicable Me 1 & 2, Cars 2, High School Musical 3, Pink Panther 2, Marley & Me, Get Smart, Superman Returns, The Simpson’s Movie, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Mission Impossible 3, Ice Age 2, Spiderman 1 & 2, Team America, Catch Me if You Can, and South Park. Bergeron’s featured trumpet solos can be heard on the motion pictures La La Land, Rough Night, Ted 2, Minions, Jersey Boys, The Incredibles, Rocky Balboa, The Green Hornet, The Interview, Smurfs 2, Despicable Me 2, Duplicity, Leather Heads, Princess & the Frog, The Perfect Game, High Crimes, Rounders, Fled, Hey Arnold (the movie), The Life Aquatic, The Rat Pack, Child Star, Illegal Tender, Aladdin King of Thieves, Foolproof, and Two Days in the Valley. Numerous TV credits include Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, SAG Awards, NBC, ESPN & TNT sports themes, American Idol (2001-02), Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy’s, Family Guy, American Dad, Simpson’s, The Cleveland Show, Jeopardy, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Will and Grace, Green Eggs and Ham, Phineas & Ferb, Emperor’s New School, Mouse Works, Have a Laugh, House of Mouse, King of the Hill, Futurama, Buzz Lightyear, Hercules, Disney Mickey Mouse Shorts, and Hey Arnold. Bergeron’s passion for big bands has led to his inclusion in some of Los Angeles’ most well-respected bands. He has recorded and played with Quincy Jones, Gordon Goodwin, Arturo Sandoval, Pat Williams, Sammy Nestico, Jack Sheldon, Chris Walden, Tom Kubis, John La Barbara, Bob Florence, Ray Anthony, Bill Watrous, and Bob Curnow. After being behind the scene for so many years, Bergeron stepped out on his own with his first solo effort, “You Call This a Living?” This debut project earned him a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble, as well as rave reviews from fans and press worldwide. Bergeron’s second CD, “Plays Well With Others,” released on the Concord Jazz label in 2007, was met with the same acclaim. Bergeron is excited about his latest release, Full Circle, Full Circle was released in January of 2016. Bergeron feels this is his best work to date. Bergeron has been principal trumpet at the Pantages Theatre for over 15 years and is regularly featured with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He has done guest appearances with the L.A. Philharmonic, The New York Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Bergeron is a National Artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America and is co-designer of the YTR-8335LA trumpet and YFH-8315G Flugelhorn. Bergeron also designed a series of trumpet mouthpieces with Gary Radtke of GR Technologies that are available through Bergeron’s website. Bergeron was mentored by legends like Uan Racey, Bobby Shew, Warren Luening, Gary Grant, Rick Baptist, and George Graham. He hopes to inspire a new generation of young players and enjoys his work as a clinician and educator. “Nothing makes me feel more accomplished than hearing a young musician say that I inspired them or had a positive influence on their life. For me, that’s the real payday.” Bergeron is currently on faculty at California State University Northridge. Maybe Grammy winning composer and bandleader, Gordon Goodwin said it best, “Wayne is a once in a lifetime lead trumpet player.”




Tatum Greenblatt - April 3, 2019


From TatumGreenblatt.com Known to most for his work with Richard Bona and The Mingus Big Band, Tatum Greenblatt has established himself as one of the most versatile and in-demand trumpet players on the New York City scene. He can currently be heard nightly on Broadway in the orchestra for the TONY award-winning show, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, and serves on faculty at The Juilliard School, Rutgers University, and is Associate Director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra. Named by Wynton Marsalis as one of his favorite up-and-coming young trumpeters, Greenblatt has performed with Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, as well as Blood Sweat & Tears, Rene Marie, Maria Schneider, Roy Hargrove’s Big Band, Dr. John, George Gruntz, Toshiko Akiyoshi, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Reggie Workman, Orrin Evans, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, among many others. Having earned his Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School, Tatum has spent more than five years touring worldwide with The Richard Bona Group and Mingus Bands, performing in more than 60 countries on 6 continents, and can be heard frequently around New York City with such groups as The Mingus Big Band, George Gee Swing Orchestra, The Fat Cat Big Band, Birdland Big Band, and Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra. Tatum has also appeared on dozens of recordings with a wide variety of artists, including The Captain Black Big Band, George Gruntz, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Grizzly Bear’s Shields, and the soundtrack to the motion picture The Longest Week, for which he also co-composed the main theme. His latest album, Imprints, his third as a leader, was released to critical acclaim in March, 2012, earning a “Critic’s Pick” from DownBeat Magazine. Tatum also appeared in the 2011 film New Year’s Eve, directed by Garry Marshall, as a member of Jon Bon Jovi’s band. Alongside his career as a performer, Tatum believes very strongly in the importance of music education, and over the course of more than a decade he has served in a wide variety of educational roles. In addition to the positions he currently holds at Juilliard, Rutgers, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Tatum has performed numerous big band workshops and clinics at Jazz at Lincoln Center for visiting High Schools, as well as adjudicating Regional Essentially Ellington Competitions all over the US. With The Mingus Big Band, he has served in residency at The University of Vermont, lead clinics at The Mingus High School Competition, and conducted a brass workshop at The Reno Jazz Festival and Competition. Under his own name, Tatum has performed Clinics and Workshops at numerous schools, including Rutgers University, Newark Academy, Foxboro High School, Roosevelt High School, and taught ensembles at The New School and Temple University. A private instructor for more than fifteen years for trumpet players of all levels, Tatum’s students have been accepted at such prestigious institutions as Berklee School of Music, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and The New School. He also spent five years in the classroom with Midori and Friends, teaching music fundamentals to inner-city High School students in Manhattan. Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Tatum grew up in a musical family, and thrived in the internationally recognized local music programs at Washington Middle School and Garfield High School. At the age of eighteen, Tatum moved to New York to attend The New School, where he had the opportunity to study with the likes of Laurie Frink, George Garzone, Terell Stafford, and Joe Magnerelli. It was also during this time that he forged lasting musical mentorships with Jeremy Pelt and Wynton Marsalis. After graduating from the New School, Tatum spent a year gigging in and around New York and begun teaching with Midori and Friends, before accepting a full scholarship to attend Juilliard for his Master’s Degree. Here Tatum studied with Mark Gould and Chris Jaudes, while outside of school he toured with the legendary Swiss composer, George Gruntz, began working regularly with The Mingus Big Band, and continued his classroom teaching. In the Fall of 2009, Tatum received his first opportunity to play with internationally acclaimed bassist and singer, Richard Bona, and since January of 2010 he has been a member of The Richard Bona Group, performing in more than sixty countries on six continents. Photo by Gulnara Khamatova




Allen Vizzutti - March 22, 2018


Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Allen Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, 'Doc' Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen Of Note, the Army Blues and Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, Japan’s NHK Orchestra and the New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, , the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Leipzig Wind Symphony and the Kosie Wind Orchestra. Performing as a classical and a jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Tokyo, Germany, St. Louis, Seattle, Rochester N.Y., Syracuse, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Phoenix, Croatia, Slovenia, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg to name a few. Music lovers in Germany, Poland, England, Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Australia and the United States have heard his brilliant sound over the airwaves of national television. Allen's status as an artist has led to solo performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Teton, Vail, Aspen and Brechenridge Music Festivals, the Charles Ives Center and Lincoln Center in New York City. From his home in Seattle Washington, Allen’s current career activities embody an impressive schedule of recitals, concerts, recording and composing. His continued commitment to music education and the value of music in everyday life results in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. “Beautiful…lyrical…stunning…stupifying.”
“Trumpet player supreme.”
-Syracuse Post Standard Allen's solo jazz recordings include CDs such as, "Ritzville", (Village Place Music), and “Trumpet Summit” and “Skyrocket” from Summit Records. Classical CDs currently available from DeHaske Music Publishing Recordings are “The Emerald Concerto and Other Gems”, with the Budapest Radio Orchestra, “Vizzutti Plays Vizzutti” and “Vizzutti and Soli On Tour”. His “High Class Brass”, (available on iTunes), is a wonderfully unique classical and jazz blend co-produced and performed with fellow trumpet artist, composer and conductor, Jeff Tyzik along with a 90 piece studio orchestra. Also of interest are “Baroque and Beyond”, from Sony, “The Carnival of Venus”, (Summit Records), and “A Trumpeter’s Dream, (Ludwig Music Publishing). As Artist in Residence, Allen has taught at the Eastman School of Music, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas State University, Ohio State University, West Texas State University, the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and the Trompeten Akademie of Bremen Germany. He is currently Artist In Residency at the University of South Carolina. His extensive treatise, “The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method” and his “New Concepts for Trumpet”, (Alfred Music Publishing), have become standards works for trumpet study world wide. Many more of Allen’s jazz and classical books, play along recordings, and student and recital compositions are published by DeHaske/Hal Leonard, Southern Music, Village Place Music and Ars Nova. His writing includes solo pieces for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, tuba, and harp, chamber groups, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and symphony orchestra. Allen’s love of expression through composition has led to premier performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Nuremberg Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, London Symphony, the renowned Summit Brass and others. After the world premier of his “Emerald Concerto” with the Syracuse Symphony Allen’s writing was described in review: “The Emerald Concerto sparkles!...a vivacious treatment which speaks well for both his dramatic instinct and technical prowess as a composer.” “Finely tuned wind, easy control, polyharmonic wit, orchestral penmanship, punctuated spiritual warmth…rarely do so many qualities find themselves in one musician.”
-Chick Corea While growing up in Montana, Allen was taught by his father, a self taught musician and trumpet player, until he left home to attend the Eastman School of Music on full scholarship. There he earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, a Performer’s Certificate, a chair in the Eastman Brass Quintet faculty ensemble, and the only Artist’s Diploma ever awarded a wind player in Eastman’s 85 year history. While living in Los Angeles during the 80’s, Allen performed on over 100 motion picture sound tracks, (such as Back To The Future and Star Trek), as well as countless TV shows, commercials and recordings with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Chick Corea, the Commodores and Prince. His soaring sounds can be heard on recent projects including the movies "Furry Vengeance", “40 Days and 40 Nights”, “Unfaithfully Yours”, Gridiron Gang”, “Scary Movie Four”, and the “Medal of Honor", "Gears Of War 3" and “Halo” video games. ALLEN VIZZUTTI IS A YAMAHA PERFORMING ARTIST. To learn more about Mr. Vizzutti, please visit www.vizzutti.com




Andreas Oeste - December 13, 2019


On Friday, December 13, 2019, Andreas Oeste will visit the Middleton High School Band Program to work with double-reed students. From the University of Wisconsin Mead Witter School of Music Website: Andreas Oeste, oboe, is an active performer and chamber musician, originally from the small town of Conway, Arkansas. He began his musical studies on the clarinet and cello, but was allowed to switch to the oboe when his band director noted that he was “nerdy enough.” Andreas has held several positions with orchestras across the United States, and is currently principal oboe of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (PA) and Battle Creek Symphony (MI), as well as second oboe and English horn with Lexington Philharmonic (KY). He also performs frequently with the new music ensemble ÆPEX Contemporary Performance (MI), which is dedicated to the performance of music by living composers. As a soloist, Andreas holds prizes from several prominent international competitions: most notably, he was awarded third prize at the International Barbirolli Oboe Competition (2017), received honorable mention at International Double Reed Society’s Hugo-Fox Gillet Competition (2017), and was the only American oboist invited to compete in the Muri International Oboe Competition (2016). Andreas is regularly featured as an orchestral soloist, performing with ensembles such as the Ann Arbor Camerata, Conway Symphony, and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Andreas graduated with two bachelor of music degrees from the University of Central Arkansas, in both oboe performance and music composition. He received his master of music degree in both oboe performance and chamber music from the University of Michigan, where he is also finishing his doctorate of musical arts.




Timothy Hagen - December 13, 2019


On Friday, December 13, 2019, Timothy Hagen will visit the Middleton High School Band Program to work with double-reed students. From the University of Wisconsin Mead Witter School of Music website: Timothy Hagen is an internationally acclaimed flutist, praised for his “technical virtuosity and musical sensitivity” (NewMusicBox). He has been a prizewinner at multiple major competitions, including the Myrna Brown Artist Competition, Australian International Flute Competition, and Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition. As a soloist, Dr. Hagen has appeared at New York’s 92nd Street Y and Lincoln Center in addition to multiple concerto performances with the Missouri Symphony. He was principal flute of the Missouri Symphony from 2009-2016 and has performed with orchestras across the country, including the Minnesota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Eugene Symphony, and Dallas Wind Symphony. His experience as a chamber musician includes fellowships at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Atlantic Music Festival, and his compositions are performed by professional musicians throughout the United States. Before joining the faculty at UW-Madison, Dr. Hagen taught at Oklahoma State University and the University of Texas at Austin, as well as in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Education, and Dallas Symphony. He holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, University of Southern California, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts, in addition to a professional studies certificate from the Colburn School




Kenny Rampton - November 5, 2019


From the Jazz at Lincoln Center website, www. jazz.org Kenny Rampton joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2010. He also leads his own sextet in addition to performing with the Mingus Big Band, The Mingus Orchestra, The Mingus Dynasty, George Gruntz’ Concert Jazz Band, and The Manhattan Jazz Orchestra (under the direction of Dave Matthews). In 2010 Rampton performed with The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra at the Edinburgh International Festival, and was the featured soloist on the Miles Davis/Gil Evans classic version of Porgy and Bess. He toured the world with The Ray Charles Orchestra in 1990 and with the legendary jazz drummer Panama Francis, The Savoy Sultans, and The Jimmy McGriff Quartet, with whom he played for 10 years. As a sideman, Rampton has performed with Mingus Epitaph (under the direction of Gunther Schuller), Bebo Valdez’ Latin Jazz All-Stars, Maria Schneider, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Charles Earland, Dr. John, Lionel Hampton, Jon Hendricks, Illinois Jacquet, Geoff Keezer, Christian McBride, and a host of others. Most recently, he was hired as the trumpet voice on Sesame Street. Some of his Broadway credits include Finian’s Rainbow, The Wiz, Chicago: The Musical, In The Heights, Hair, Young Frankenstein, and The Producers.




Victor Goines - November 12, 2018


Saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and educator, Victor Goines is a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993, touring throughout the world and recording over seventy releases including Marsalis' Pulitzer Prize winning recording Blood on the Fields (Columbia Records, 1997) and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis' The Music of John Lewis featuring Jon Battiste (2017) and The Abyssinian Mass (2016) from Blue Engine Records, Congo Square (JALC, 2007) and the soundtracks for Ken Burns' acclaimed documentaries, Jazz, 1999; Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, 2004 and The War, 2007. He can be heard on Ted Nash's Grammy Award winning Presidential Suite (Motéma Records, 2016), Bria Skonberg's So Is The Day (Random Act Records, 2012), Delfeayo Marsalis' Sweet Thunder (Troubadour Jass Records, 2011), Herlin Riley's Cream of the Cresent (Criss Cross Records, 2005), Wycliffe Gordon's The Joyride (Nagel Hayer Records, 2003) and Ruth Brown's A Good Day for the Blues (Bullseye Blues & Jazz, 1999) to name a few. He is an acclaimed solo artist and leads his own quartet and quintet. As a leader, Goines has ten recordings including his latest release, A Dance at the Mardi Gras Ball, (2016) as well as Twilight (2012) and Morning Swing (2011) from Rosemary Joseph Records as well as Love Dance (2007) and New Adventures (2006), both from Criss Cross Records. ​A gifted composer, Goines has more than 100 original works to his credit. In 2000, he was commissioned by Juilliard's Dance Division to compose a musical work in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. The composition Base Line premiered in 2002 to support the original choreography by Juilliard alumnus Robert Battle. In 2008, the University of Scranton Department of Music commissioned him to compose two pieces, O Lord, Help Us Find Our Way for choir and Three Sketches for Band. In 2014 Jazz at Lincoln Center commissioned Goines to compose Crescent City to feature Branford Marsalis and in 2016 Untamed Elegance.

​Goines has recorded and/or performed with many noted jazz and popular artists including Ahmad Jamal, Terence Blanchard, Ruth Brown, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ron Carter, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Chick Corea, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Green, Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, B.B. King, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, James Moody, Dianne Reeves, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Marcus Roberts, Stevie Wonder and a host of other renowned musicians and ensembles. Additionally, he can be heard on the film scores for the motion pictures Undercover Blues, When Night Falls on Manhattan, and Rosewood as well as on music videos featuring Eric Clapton, Chick Corea, Garth Fagin, Bobby McFerring, Taj Mahal, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts and Linda Ronstadt.

​Throughout his career, Goines has been deeply committed to the field of Jazz Education. In November 2007 he was named director of jazz studies and professor of music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Prior to that appointment he was the artistic director of the jazz studies program at the Juilliard School, and a faculty member teaching saxophone and clarinet. During his tenure at the Juilliard School, the jazz studies program expanded its curriculum from a collaborative program with Jazz at Lincoln Center to include a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Artist Diploma. He has also served on the faculties of Florida A & M University, the University of New Orleans, Loyola University in New Orleans, and Xavier University.

​A native of New Orleans, he began studying clarinet at age eight. He received a bachelor of music education degree from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1984 and a master of music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 1990.

Victor is a Buffet Crampon and Vandoren Artist - March 2017. Courtesy of www.VictorGoines.com




Viet Cuong - March 2020


Mr. Cuong will visit the 10th and 11th grade band students via Skype. He will be working with them as they prepare to perform his piece, "Diamond Tide." To learn more about Mr. Coung, please visit his website vietcuongmusic.com From vietcuongmusic.com: Called “alluring” and “wildly inventive” by The New York Times, the “irresistible” (San Francisco Chronicle) music of American composer Viet Cuong (b. 1990) has been performed on six continents by musicians and ensembles such as Sō Percussion, Eighth Blackbird, Alarm Will Sound, Sandbox Percussion, PRISM Quartet, Albany Symphony, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Minnesota Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and Dallas Winds, among many others. Viet’s music has been featured in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Library of Congress, and his works for wind ensemble have amassed hundreds of performances worldwide, including at Midwest, WASBE, and CBDNA conferences. In his music Viet enjoys exploring the unexpected and whimsical, and he is often drawn to projects where he can make peculiar combinations and sounds feel enchanting or oddly satisfying. His recent works thus include a percussion quartet concerto, tuba concerto, snare drum solo, and, most recently, a concerto for two oboes. Viet is also passionate about bringing different facets of the contemporary music community together, and he will have opportunities to do so with two upcoming projects: a concerto for Eighth Blackbird with the United States Navy Band and a Sousa-inspired work for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This fall he will begin his tenure as the California Symphony’s 2020-2023 Young American Composer-in-Residence, where he and the symphony will develop three new orchestral works together over the next three years. Viet is currently finishing his PhD at Princeton University and was recently appointed the 2020 Early-Career Musician-in-Residence at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. He holds degrees in music composition from the Curtis Institute of Music (Artist Diploma), Princeton University (MFA), and the Peabody Conservatory (BM/MM). His mentors include Jennifer Higdon, David Ludwig, Donnacha Dennehy, Steve Mackey, Dan Trueman, Dmitri Tymoczko, Kevin Puts, and Oscar Bettison. During his studies, he held the Daniel W. Dietrich II Composition Fellowship at Curtis, Naumburg and Roger Sessions Fellowships at Princeton, and Evergreen House Foundation scholarship at Peabody, where he was also awarded the Peabody Alumni Award (the Valedictorian honor) and Gustav Klemm Award. A scholarship student at the Aspen, Bowdoin, and Lake Champlain music festivals, Viet has been a fellow at the Orchestra of St. Luke’s DeGaetano Institute, Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute, Mizzou International Composers Festival, Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, Cabrillo Festival’s Young Composer Workshop, Cortona Sessions, and Copland House’s CULTIVATE workshop. Viet has held artist residencies at Copland House, Yaddo, Ucross, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and his music has been awarded the Barlow Endowment Commission, ASCAP Morton Gould Composers Award, Theodore Presser Foundation Award, Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composers Award, Cortona Prize, New York Youth Symphony First Music Commission, Boston GuitarFest Composition Prize, and Walter Beeler Memorial Prize.




Randy Sabien - March 9, 2020


From www.randysabien.com Randy Sabien is a bluesy, rockin', swingin', funky, jazz violinist. With an intensely rhythmic, vibrant and inventive style, he has captivated audiences worldwide, playing with scores of bands and musicians of all stripes. He was planning to be a drummer when he set out on his musical path, but fate stepped in when the conductor of the high school orchestra persuaded him to play the violin in fourth grade. So with a bow in his hand instead of drumsticks, he began studying classical violin by day and playing along to records of his favorite 60s rock bands by night. Having immersed himself in these two musical forms he went on to college hoping to further his musical education and the dream of playing and touring with a band. This is when lightening struck in the form of a vinyl record by legendary jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. Hearing Grappelli and the other virtuoso violinists from the swing era opened up a new world of possibilities which, after nine years of playing the violin, Randy never knew existed. Not only did he find his voice, he went on to create a place in education where this music would be a prominent part of the foundation for any aspiring string student who came his way. Only two years later at age 21, he founded and chaired the string department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since then he has gone on to teach internationally and is co-author, along with Bob Phillips, of the acclaimed Jazz Philharmonic Series, his teaching method for alternative strings -- available at Alfred Music Publishing. With Randy's growing reputation as a pioneer in modern string education, performances are almost always coupled with a workshop or a visit to a nearby string department. In fact, with more than 30 years of hands-on experience, he is reprising his role of starting a college level alternative string department. This time it's at McNally Smith College of Music in St Paul, Minnesota where his students receive Bachelor and Master degrees in alternative string education from an extraordinary working musician and a gifted teacher who's been there and back.





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