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.
Christina Johnson Prior to coming to south Florida, Christina Johnson lived and completed her music education in Maryland. She started out playing flute in her elementary and middle school band, going to state solo and ensemble festivals by the time she was in 7th grade. In the middle of her 8th grade year, Christina switched to trombone due to a need for it in the band and has never looked back since. In high school, she marched flute her freshman year and then trombone for the rest of her high school career. She also was the principal trombonist in her high school jazz and symphonic bands. When she entered college, Christina had originally wanted to become a Veterinarian due to her love of animals. When she was a freshman in college, she realized that she also wanted to share her passion for music with others, and therefore, entered the music education program.
In 2009, she received a B.A. in music with a minor in education from McDaniel College, graduating with Cum Laude honors. In college she served as vice president for Beta Alpha Chi (music honors society) for two consecutive years. She also was the principal trombone player in the college's top jazz and concert band. She studied privately with Dr. Jim Ryon. She also studied instrumental and choral conducting under Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick and Dr. Margaret Boudreaux. In addition to trombone, Christina also picked up the electric bass and studied with the late Stephen "Bo" Eckard. She was able to participate in the school's electric bass ensemble (The only one on the East Coast besides Miami) for three years. In 2010, Christina started her Masters Degree in Music Education at Towson University. She has a thesis and one credit left for the program. At Towson, she studied jazz with Jim McFalls and classical trombone with Dr. Natalie Mannix.
Since 2013, Christina has been the band director at Wellington Landings Middle School. The symphonic band has earned superior ratings for four consecutive years under her direction. Recently, all three bands (Concert, Jazz, and Symphonic) received superior ratings at the 2018 FBA D14 Music Performance Assessment. Her students are also very active in District 14's Solo and Ensemble festival every year.
On her days off, she likes spending time at the beach with family, friends, and her black Labrador Retriever, Holly. Christina is currently a member of Florida Bandmaster Association, National Association for Music Education, and Florida Music Educator's Association. She has also been nominated by the supervisor of Arts Education in Palm Beach County, Edrick Rhodes, to participate in the FMEA's leadership conference this summer in Orlando.
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.
Drummer, Frank Derrick, has led a multifaceted national and international music career. He is a virtuoso performer, composer, and educator. In addition to his many theatrical credits, he has performed with numerous legends including Eubie Blake, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, Ann Hampton Calloway, Keely Smith, The Louis Armstrong Legacy Band, and Regis Philbin to name a few. He toured worldwide with Cab Calloway for 10 years and was the drummer for “The David Letterman Show” on NBC. Frank was also the drummer, assistant conductor and personnel manager for the Palm Beach Pops and currently is an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College.
He is the respected author of FOCUS ON TECHNIQUE FOR DRUMMERS, the Drumset Editor for Percussive Notes, and appears with his band following the release of his jazz-chart busting CD, THE BEAT GOES ON on the Jazzed Media label.
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.
Frank 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.
Kevin Cripanuk is a South Florida native, born in Boynton Beach, Florida. Kevin is a graduate of Florida State University where he earned a Bachelors of Music Education. During his time at FSU, he studied classical and jazz idioms with trombone professors Dr. John Drew and Paul Mckee and performed in ensembles led by world renowned conductors and educators. Kevin is currently the Jazz Band Director at Bak Middle School of the Arts, and a brass consultant schools across the area. As a performer, he is a sought after freelance trombonist with groups all across the state of Florida.
Matthew Nichols is a percussionist currently performing in and around South Florida. He maintains the percussion studio, teaching privately, directing the percussion ensemble, instructing the percussion pedagogy class, and being on staff as the percussion caption head for the Marching Owls.
Before living in Florida, he spent time working as an instructor at multiple high schools and middle schools in the Greater Richmond area while also maintaining a successful studio of private students. As a performer, he performed with the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, Richmond Wind Band, School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC), and was invited as a guest soloist for the Richmond Symphony's Youth Orchestra 50 year Gala Celebration. He also performed with many jazz ensembles, show choirs, and pop music groups, such as Moruza and McBeth.
While in South Florida, Mr. Nichols has had the opportunity to work with the Miami Symphony Youth Orchestra and perform with the Miami Symphony, the South Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Grand Opera, Nu Deco Ensemble and the New World Symphony.
Mr. Nichols holds a Bachelors degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied under Justin Alexander, Peter Martin, Jim Jacobson, William Messerschmidt, Brian Jones and Tony Martucci. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Miami, where his teachers were Svet Stoyanov, Matthew Strauss, and John Yarling.
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.
Born in Macedonia and raised in the United States, Nick Nikolovski has enjoyed many successes over an involved career as a performer, teacher, and clinician. He was awarded a full scholarship to both Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida and to Oberlin College and Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio, graduating with honors.
During his career, Mr. Nikolovski has won fifteen national and international concerto competitions, performs with the Palm Beach Symphony, Macedonian Opera and Orchestra, and other professional orchestras, wind ensembles and brass quintets.
He is passionate about sharing the knowledge he has gained as a student and professional performer to his students. He has also performed with the World Youth Orchestra at Interlochen, European Youth Orchestra, All-State Band, National Trumpet Competition, and was featured on the NPR show “From The Top”. As a conductor and director, his wind ensembles and marching bands have received straight superior ratings during their Music Performance Assessments. Under his direction, the Santaluces High School marching band has also placed competitively. Mr. Nikolovski’s students have been representatives at concerto competitions, all-state and multi-state bands, and have gained recognition as principal chairs at John Philip Sousa National Honor Band.
Mr. Nikolovski strives to teach students while also actively performing. He hopes to inspire his students to be music lovers, life-long learners, and to lay the musical and instrumental foundations that lead to success.
Mr. Manuel A. Camacho hails from the University of Miami, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. He studied the Euphonium with John Olah and trombone with Tim Connor and performed in all of the major ensembles at UM. After graduating, he was offered a Graduate Assistantship in Instrumental Conducting at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, under the tutelage of Eric Rombach-Kendall and continued his Euphonium studies with Karl Hinterbichler. Once he earned his Master of Music Degree, he moved back to Miami.
Mr. Camacho started his career as a band director at Kenwood K-8 Center in Kendall, FL. His program flourished and earned Superior ratings. He earned the “Rookie Teacher of the Year” Award at Kenwood as well as a Conducting Fellowship Grant from the College Band Directors National Association to study conducting at the Hartt Conservatory Summer Program. After four years of teaching middle school band, his career continued at Miami Coral Park High School.
The “Band of Gold” at Miami Coral Park SHS grew in ability and size over the course of the four years that Mr. Camacho lead the program. The Wind Ensemble earned the very prestigious Otto Kraushaar Award for earning straight Superior ratings at the Marching Band Assessments, District and State Concert Band Assessments in 2011. His program was also awarded a Grammy-in-the-Schools Designation along with Grant monies. The Marching Band and Jazz Band flourished and earned Superior ratings in their district evaluations as well. He then moved to Palm Beach County where he taught at Santaluces HS.
Mr. Camacho taught at Santaluces HS for three years, where the Marching Chiefs and the Concert Jazz Band earned Superior Ratings at district evaluations. His jazz band earned a Superior rating at the State evaluations by his third year in 2014. After Santaluces HS he worked as an Educational Representative with Music Man, Inc. and oversaw the Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River county schools. He started teaching again at Independence Middle School in 2016. He has served as a Principal Euphonium and Baritone player with the Orchid City Brass Band and serves as a Board Member for the organization. He also performs with various local jazz bands and orchestras as a bass trombone performer.
He has a wonderful family with his wife Josephine. Their children are named Giacomo, Annabella and Marina and they live happily in west Lake Worth.