Nick Patsis (Cornet) has been an active music educator in the Palm Beach County schools for over thirty years. He received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Florida Atlantic University, a Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University, and an Associates of Arts in Music from Palm Beach Community College. Mr. Patsis began his teaching career at Jupiter High School, where he served as Interim Band Director for a semester. In 1978, he accepted the position of Director of Bands at Congress Community Middle School, where he taught until 1987. In the fall of 1987, Mr. Patsis became the Director of Bands at Christa McAuliffe Middle School.
Mr. Patsis is the Co-Director of the Palm Beach County Band Camps, which he co-founded in 2001. While a full-time music educator, he maintains an active career as a freelance trumpet player. He has performed with Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Symphony, Orchid City Brass Band, Florida Wind Symphony, Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater, Jupiter Theater, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, Holliday on Ice, The Boca Pops, and numerous other professional and community organizations.
David Gibble has been teaching at Palm Beach State College since the fall of 1995 and in his role as Associate Professor of Instrumental Music he directs the Concert Band, Tuesday Nite Big Band, 12 O¹clock Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos and Brass Ensemble. Outside of his teaching duties at Palm Beach State, he freelances as a trumpeter all over South Florida, appearing regularly with the Bob Hoose Orchestra and the Jazz Rats Big Band. He also has performed with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Jaco Pastorius Big Band and the Capitol Bones Big Band. In the classical vein, Mr. Gibble continues to play with the Brass Renaissance quintet as principal trumpet and has also appeared with the South Florida Wind Symphony and Palm Beach Opera Orchestra. Prior to his arrival in Florida, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Chester University (Pa.) with a B.S. in Music Education. After graduation, he taught instrumental music in the Eastern York School District in Pennsylvania to a variety of grade levels for eight years before returning to school to receive his M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas where he play with the world-renowned One O¹clock Lab Band. For the past several years Mr. Gibble¹s arrangements for jazz ensemble have been published through UNC (University of Northern Colorado) Jazz Press.
Ms. Jamie M. Groves’ career in music education began in her hometown of Morgantown, West Virginia where she attended West Virginia University. While at WVU, she performed as a flautist in Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Chamber Wind ensembles. She was active in the “Pride of West Virginia” Mountaineer Marching Band for four years and served as piccolo section leader, rank leader, and was awarded the title of “Outstanding Senior” for 2005-2006. She had the great pleasure of playing under the direction of Mr. Don Wilcox, Mr. John Hendricks, and Mr. Lawrence Christianson. She studied flute with Joyce Catalfano and conducting with Dr. Kathleen Shannon. In addition, she was president of the WVU chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota and was an active member of MENC. In 2005, she received level one certification in Orff-Schulwerk at The Eastman School of Music.
Shortly after graduating from WVU, Ms. Groves began teaching in Prince William County Virginia. In Prince William County, Ms. Groves taught general music, strings, percussion ensemble, and chorus. In 2008, Ms. Groves moved to Palm Beach County, Florida where she was the director of bands at Palm Beach Gardens High School for four years (2008-2012).
At Palm Beach Gardens High School, Ms. Groves successfully grew the program from 12 students to 80+ in two years. Under her leadership, Palm Beach Gardens High School earned superior ratings in Marching and Concert Band assessment. In 2011, Ms. Groves received the Tom Bishop Award from the Florida Bandmaster’s Association for rebuilding a struggling band program in a short amount of time.
Currently, she is in her 6th year as Director of Bands at Bak Middle School of the Arts. Under her leadership, the Bak MSOA Band has received straight superior ratings at District 14 Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessment and various Worldstrides Heritage Festivals throughout the country. Ms. Groves is active in the Florida Band Master’s Association as District 14 Secretary. She is an FBA adjudicator for Solo and Ensemble and Concert Band throughout the state of Florida. Ms.Groves actively plays flute and piccolo through-out Palm Beach County, teaches private flute lessons, and serves as a woodwind /concert band clinician.
Michael Egan holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from The Ohio State University and is currently the band director at Eagles Landing Middle School in Boca Raton. Mr. Egan taught in the Columbus parochial schools before moving to Los Angeles, spending 10 years there as a free-lance trombonist, doing road tours with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Les Brown, Harry James, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and Alvino Rey, and numerous recording "sessions". Upon arrival in Florida some twenty years ago, Mr. Egan has performed with the Palm Beach Symphony, the New Duffy Jackson Big Band and in numerous "pit" orchestras for many southern Florida theaters.
Eric Rucker is a performing percussion educator, composer and arranger based in Palm Beach County, Florida. During his early years, Eric studied with Paul Moore II (Cincinnati Orchestra, Cincinnati Conservatory). During this period, Eric performed on percussion and piano for over 75 professional theatrical productions with the Charleston Light Opera Guild.
After completing high school, Eric attended West Virginia University on a full scholarship for Music Education. During this time, he studied with George Willis (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) and Al Wrublesky (Pittsburgh Ballet and Opera). Eric was active in the WVU Wind Symphony, orchestra and percussion ensembles. He was also a four year member and section leader for the Sudler Trophy winning Pride of West Virginia Marching Band drumline.
After college, Eric spent 6 years teaching and writing music in public schools in Prince William County, VA and Palm Beach County, FL. During this time, he was nominated for teacher of the year in both cities. In 2011, left his teaching position at Plumosa School of the Arts to focus on percussion education in Palm Beach county.
Eric is currently the percussion instructor at 6 schools throughout Palm Beach county. When Eric is not in the role as an educator, he can be found performing with the Maltz theater, the Florida Wind Symphony, the Orchid City Brass Band, and other local groups. Eric is proud to be an Innovate Percussion Educator and clinician. His music is published at www.fiveightstudios.com Eric also owns and operates the educational percussion blog, www.TotalPercussionist.com.
Neil Bacher has been playing Jazz Guitar for more than 40 years. He grew up in Miami studying and playing Jazz professionally with the best Jazz Musicians in South Florida for his entire adult life. He lived in and toured throughout Central Europe for more than 10 years. He has also played in South America, Central America, Japan, as well as throughout the United States with many renowned Jazz greats as well as leading his own groups. He is currently living in West Palm Beach and is teaching Jazz Guitar, Ensembles, and Combos at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth.
Karl is a native Ohioan who has called South Florida home for the past 25 years. While attending Capital University in Columbus, Karl performed with local jazz artists Rusty Bryant, Hank Marr and the Vaughn Wiester Big Band. After earning a degree in Jazz Performance from Capital, Karl hit the road with the “Glen Miller Orchestra” under the direction of Larry O’Brian. Following his road stint he joined Carnival Cruise Lines where he became the Musical Director of the Celebration Orchestra. Karl eventually settled in South Florida, where he continues to lend his talent to a variety of musical settings. He has appeared with Jazz artists Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Rosanna Vitro, Richie Cole, Zoot Sims, Eddie Higgins, Dolph Castellano and Jesse Jones. Theatrical and variety show credits include performances with Elaine Paige, Joe Piscopo, Roberta Peters, Anthony and Will Nunziato, Tony Sandler, Lesley Gore and the Shrine Circus. A lifelong student, Karl continues in his pursuit of musical development and appreciates every opportunity to share his talent.
John Michalak has toured and recorded with artists such as KC and The Sunshine Band, Ricky Martin, Julio Iglesias, Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine, David Lee Roth, Jon Secada and Engelbert Humperdinck.
As well as the many great experiences performing internationally with top pop acts, John has also been fortunate to have shared the stage with some of the worlds great Jazz artists. At age twenty, John was invited by Guitarist, Hiram Bullock (of Brecker Bros./David Sanborn fame) to perform with him at a one-night only, sold-out show at the Musician's Exchange in Ft Lauderdale, FL. John was a part of legendary drummer, Duffy Jackson's small groups and big bands for several years. He has also performed with Nat Adderley, Joshua Redman, and for several years with Dr. Lonnie Smith. John also wrote and recorded with NY session Bassist, Don Payne on Don's debut CD, "Rhapsodic Echoes" which included legendary pianist, Don Friedman. In 2005, John recorded "and Sammy Walked In" with Latin Jazz Percussionist Sammy Figueroa (also of Brecker Bros. David Sanborn fame, as well as Miles Davis, Mariah Carey, David Bowie and Chaka Khan). This recording and Sammy's follow-up recording, "The Magician", were both nominated for GRAMMYS.
John is currently working on his debut CD, which will consist of most original music that will contain elements of acid jazz as well as funk, Latin Jazz, and World Music. To be notified when John's CD will be available, please visit his website at WWW.SAXJAM.COM.
Now at the ripe age of 45, pianist and keyboardist Stephen Scott has secured his membership in what author Stanley Crouch calls, “the inventive elect .” Scott’s recordings, Something to Consider,Aminah’s Dream, Renaissance, The Beautiful Thing and The Vision Quest all written, arranged and produced by Scott, document his evolution as a pianist, composer, band leader and 'one of the leading lights not only of his generation but also of the mainstream jazz renaissance.’
With a career that spans over 30 years, he has performed and or recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Sonny Rollins, Roy Hargrove, Freddie Hubbard, Pieces of a Dream, Dr. John, Ron Carter and many others. He began his career at age 14 performing with former ‘Basie' trumpeter Dave Burns and soon after at age 18, landed the gig with Vocalist Betty Carter. He spent nearly ten years as the pianist with saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Among the many recordings he has been involved with are the Grammy Award winning recordings of Betty Carter’s LOOK WHAT I GOT, Joe Henderson’s LUSH LIFE, and THIS IS WHAT I DO and WITHOUT A SONG: THE 9/11 CONCERT both with Sonny Rollins.
Scott has appeared on ”THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, numerous live performances for various BET ON JAZZ programs and the movie CAFÉ SOCIETY. Scott’s compositions and arrangements have been played and or recorded by many other artists. JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER, recognizing his talents as a composer commissioned him to compose a musical work. The piece entitled POSTCARDS FROM HOME was performed by the Lincoln Center orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis and premiered in the winter of 1996.
Over the years Mr. Scott participated in many master classes, lectured at many universities and music/jazz education programs around the world including Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center's Jazz Ahead program. He is presently a clinician at the Dillard Center for the Arts, Artist in Residence at Broward College
David Tomasello has been performing as a professional musician for more than 25 years and has performed as a sideman for artists such as jazz vocalist Mark Murphy, saxophonists Richie Cole, Ira Sullivan, and Tom Scott, flügelhorn player Chuck Mangione, and steel pan player Othello Molineaux. He also teaches acoustic and electric bass as a private music instructor. He studied music at Palm Beach Community College and Florida Atlantic University.
DFrank Bermudez received his undergraduate degree in Music Theory and Composition from the State University of NY/College at New Paltz. After working for two years in arts administration he completed education core classes at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida to become a teacher. He received his National Board Certification in 2004.
Mr. Bermudez is currently the band director at Tradewinds Middle School in Greenacres. He has taught music in the Palm Beach County School District for over 22 years. During that time his students have enjoyed a great deal of success at local music assessments and community performances.
Mr. Bermudez is also a free-lance French Hornist and has performed for many local organizations, churches and community bands.
Dr. Jerri Goffe currently teaches at Jupiter Middle School of Technology, where her responsibilities include Chorus, Keyboard, and Beginning Band. She also maintains a private studio in Jupiter where she teaches saxophone, voice, and piano. Dr. Goffe is also a freelance performer, and is frequently heard as a soloist at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea and Temple Shaarei Shalom in Boynton Beach. She has also performed with the the South Florida Wind Symphony. Dr. Goffe is highly sought after as an accompanist, and has performed with literally hundreds of students soloists throughout her more than thirty years of public school teaching. She has also accompanied numerous choral ensembles through Florida. In addition to her work in Florida, Dr. Goffe served for twelve summers on the staff of the Interlochen Arts Camp, where she was employed by the Michigan All-State Choir.
Dr. Goffe was educated in the public schools of Palm Beach County (Greenacres Elementary and J.I. Leonard High School), where she was a member of the District Honor Band (Concert and Jazz) , District Honor Choir, Florida All-State Concert Chorus, and Florida All-State Chorus. She earned the Bachelor of Music Education and Ph.D. in Music Education with high honors from THE University of Florida, where she studied saxophone with Frank B, Wickes and clarinet with Terence Small. . She holds memberships in numerous professional organizations and honor societies, including Music Educators National Conference, Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lamba, and Phi Kappa Phi.
Tammy Roggen is currently the band director at Watson B. Duncan Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Florida State University and a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In addition to teaching music, she performs as a freelance flutist throughout South Florida. She is currently the director and founder of the woodwind quintet, Palm Beach Winds, and performs with a flute choir, Flutopia
Harry Spyker is in his 43rd year as a music educator. A native of Ohio, Mr. Spyker studied clarinet performance and education at The Ohio State University where he ultimately received his Masters Degree. He has taught clarinet at all levels privately and throughout the years his students have consistently achieved the All-State level. Mr. Spyker taught high school band for 20 years and is now currently teaching at the middle school level at Congress Middle School in Boynton Beach.
James Yaques was appointed Director of Bands at Palm Beach Central High School in the summer of 2005. Mr. Yaques received his Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the Florida State University and a Master of Music in Conducting degree from Florida International University. His teaching responsibilities include the Wind Ensemble, Concert Winds, Marching Band, Concert Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Techniques, and AP Music Theory.
Since arriving at Palm Beach Central, Mr. Yaques has developed the Bronco Band into one of the most respected programs in the state. The band has achieved Superior ratings at District and State Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Concert Band festivals. The marching band has been crowned Grand Champions at the 2007 Port St. Lucie Tournament of Sound, the 2008 North Port Music in Motion, and the 2010 Lely Tournament of Bands. The marching band was also a 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 FMBC AAA State Finalist. The Concert Jazz Ensemble, under his direction, was selected to perform at the 2010 Florida Music Educators Association Conference. Mr. Yaques has been named the Wal-mart Teacher of the Year in 2008, which he was nominated for by his students. He was also awarded the Tom Bishop Award by the Florida Bandmasters Association for “the remarkable impact he has had on his band program.”
Prior to his appointment at Palm Beach Central, Mr. Yaques served as Director of Bands at Taylor County High School and South Dade Senior High School. Mr. Yaques was also a Graduate Assistant Director at Florida International University where he assisted with the Golden Panther Band in their Inaugural season, and directed the Basketball Band and the University Symphonic Band. He is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps Band, serving for four years as the Principal Tuba player for the Second Marine Division Band.
Mr. Yaques is active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, performer, and drill writer for Marching, Jazz and Symphonic Bands. He is currently the FBA District 14 Chairman and member of the State Executive Board. He also serves as the Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at Palm Beach State College. His professional affiliations include the Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, College Band Director National Association, National Association for Music Education, International Tuba and Euphonium Association, and Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Fraternity. Mr. Yaques enjoys spending time with his family, wife Tatiana, and daughters Katie, Samantha, and Lilah.
Jenn Mammino attended Florida State University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance. While at FSU, Ms. Mammino participated in the world-renowned Florida State University Marching Chiefs serving as the Head Drum Major and Horn Section Leader. She also performed in the Symphonic Band, Wind Orchestra, Philharmonia, and Symphony Orchestra while studying horn with Michelle Stebleton.
During her college years, she competed in prestigious concerto and solo competitions, placing first with her quartet at the 2010 Southeast Horn Workshop. In addition, Ms. Mammino was a member of CMENC (Collegiate Music Educator’s National Conference) and Tau Beta Sigma national honorary band service sorority. For four years, Ms. Mammino performed as a member of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps serving the last two years as Mellophone Section Leader and Soloist. During her final season, she won the Individual and Ensemble Competition on French horn. In the Crusaders’ 2010 winter season she worked as a member of the visual staff.
Currently, Ms. Mammino is the director of bands at Boca Raton Community High School and performs with the Orchid City Brass Band.
Mrs. J. “Chris”tine (Bowie) Murray was born in West Palm Beach and is a graduate of the outstanding band program at Jupiter Middle School under the direction of Randy Sonntag, as well as a graduate of Jupiter High School’s band and choral programs. She was selected for the All-State (4 times) and All-District Bands (5 times) on clarinet, participated in Solo and Ensemble Festival at the District and State levels routinely on clarinet and piano, was the student conductor at JHS, and received the Outstanding Musician Award for band. She went on to receive a full tuition scholarship at the University of Florida (GO GATORS!) where she also received the Outstanding Musician Award for Symphonic Band, was principal clarinet, section leader in the Gator Band, was selected as a Concerto Competition Winner and performed with the University of Florida Orchestra. Mrs. Murray graduated from The University of Florida in 1987 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree with High Honors, and an additional Performance Certificate on Clarinet.
Mrs. Murray began her teaching career at Southwest Jr. High School (7-9th grades) in 1987 in Lakeland, Florida, as Choral Director and Associate Band Director. In 1989, she assumed the Director of Bands position at Southwest. Mrs. Murray also taught in Broward County, Florida at Attucks Middle School (1992-93) and at Nova Middle School (1993-96). Shaun Murray was born in 1996, and the Murrays moved back to Jupiter! Shaun is now 21, Shannon Murray is 19, and Lindsey Murray is turning 16 this year. Mrs. Murray was fortunate to be able to teach music and band at The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach for many years while her children were young. In 2010, Mrs. Murray assumed the Band Director position at Independence Middle School. Mrs. Murray’s bands have always been very involved in the Florida Bandmasters Association’s Solo and Ensemble Festival, Concert Band Festivals, All District Honor Bands, and All State Bands. She has received 2 FBA Five-Year Superior Awards, one at Southwest Jr. High, and the most recent at Independence Middle School. She is also a certified FBA Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator and actively performs on clarinet in the band and orchestra at First Presbyterian Church in NPB, as well as in the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches.
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