This year, we have selected another great crop of clinicians from all around the country.
Dr. Vern Sielert, trumpet – University of Idaho
Vern Sielert is Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at the University of Idaho. From 2001-2006 he was Director of Jazz Ensembles at the University of Washington, and he has also served on the faculties of Baylor University, Illinois State University and Millikin University. Sielert has also directed jazz ensembles at Normal Community West High School in Normal, Illinois. He holds BM degrees in jazz studies and music education, and a MM degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas, and a DMA in trumpet performance from the University of Illinois.
Sielert has been a student of Jack Adams, Keith Johnson, Don Jacoby, Michael Ewald, and Ray Sasaki. He has performed with artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Freddie Hubbard, The Spinners, The O’Jays, Bobby Shew, Don Lanphere, Gerald Wilson and Ralph Carmichael, and in such diverse settings as the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Chamber Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Walt Disney World. Vern was also a member of the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band, which has recorded several of his compositions and arrangements.
Vern maintains an active performing schedule with groups such as the Jim Knapp Orchestra, Emerald City Jazz Orchestra, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and the Jay Thomas Big Band. He can be heard on recent recordings by Kelly Wright, the Emerald City Jazz Orchestra, and Phil Kelly’s Northwest Prevailing Winds. Vern is also an active clinician and adjudicator, and has appeared at schools and jazz festivals throughout the US, and at conferences of the Washington Music Educators, MENC Northwest Division, and the International Association for Jazz Education.
His jazz trumpet solo transcriptions have appeared regularly in the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild since 1998, and he was host of the 2005 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition at the University of Washington.
Dave Snider, bass – Washington State University
Dave Snider has played both string bass and electric bass for over 45 years. He is comfortable playing everything from classical, jazz, blues, rock & roll, free jazz, to funk. During the 60’s and 70’s he performed in jazz combos, rock groups, the Monterey County Symphony, and many commercial groups throughout the San Francisco Bay area. In 1978 he joined the United States Air Force band program and performed and directed jazz bands, jazz combos and rock groups all over the world. He has performed with many of the jazz greats to included Jon Faddis, Gabe Baltazar, Marvin Stamm, and Bobby Shew. Besides performing Dave was a staff arranger for the Air Force band and arranged hundreds of charts. Many of his big band charts and little big band charts can be purchased through Walrus Music. After retiring from the Air Force band Dave received a Master’s Degree from Washington State University where he currently teaches, jazz history, rock history, private bass lessons, and directs and performs with the faculty group Jazz Northwest.
Patrick Sheng, saxophone – Long Beach City College
Patrick Sheng is a jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger, currently serving as the Director of Instrumental Jazz Studies at Long Beach City College. He received his Bachelors and Masters of Music from Washington State University, under the direction of prominent saxophonists Greg Yasinitsky, Horace Alexander Young, and David Hagelganz.
As an educator, he has taught jazz and saxophone courses at McNeese State University, Clark College, and Washington State University. He has served as the president of the Louisiana Association for Jazz Education, and works regularly as a conductor, clinician, organizer, and adjudicator for honor bands and jazz festivals.
As a performer, Patrick has played all over the world as a professional musician, and has shared the stage with jazz artists such as Joey DeFrancesco, Wycliffe Gordon, Tom Scott, Jeff Coffin, Andy Narell, Wayne Wallace, and many others. He has also performed with the Spokane Symphony Pops, Washington-Idaho Symphony, The Harry James Orchestra, and has been featured on recordings and articles in Jazziz Magazine. Patrick’s most recent recording project, Let Go (January 2015), is a collection of original music and jazz standards, co-led by bassist Joe Butts of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Adaron Jackson, piano – Lindenwood University
Pianist, arranger and composer Adaron Jackson has performed as a sideman as well as with his own ensembles throughout the U.S. and Europe. "Pops" as he is known locally as well as nationally has performed and worked with such diverse artists as Willie Akins, Ron Carter, Conrad Herwig, John Riley, Harry Allen, Frank Morgan, Victor Mendoza, Steve Houghton, Clay Jenkins, Tom Kennedy, Kim Richmond, LaVerne Butler, Red Holloway, Wallace Roney, and Dave Scott.
Having started the piano at the age of 9, Adaron has dedicated his life to music. Adaron attended East St. Louis Lincoln Sr. High School where he was a part its legendary jazz band. While in High School, Adaron had the opportunity to perform consistently throughout the U.S., as well as with Ellis Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Greg Tardy, and Slide Hampton to name a few.
Adaron has also toured throughout the U. S. with Grammy award winning Motown legend, The Temptations and with I Get A Kick Out Of Cole a Live Onstage Production. Adaron has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the St. Louis Blues and Heritage Festival, the Smoky Hill River Festival, and the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival.
Whether the style of music is Jazz, Funk, Gospel, R&B or mainstream Pop, Adaron always brings a solid groove element to the music. Drawing on the influence of such legendary pianists as Red Garland, Herbie Hancock, and Oscar Peterson, Adaron Jackson's focus is to always play from the soul, so the music speaks to the heart of the listener.
Dr. Matt Hoormann
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