Department Head,Brass & Woodwinds Dept.

Trumpeter, writer and educator Bryan Lipps is on a mission to play, create, and share as much music as physics will allow. From his time in the Joe LaBarbara quintet to his tenure as international touring soloist for multi Grammy recording artists Michael Buble and John Mayer, he has been featured on nearly every continent, every major entertainment TV show, and every major jazz festival in the world.

Bryan’s recording studio credits include a sizable list of RIAA multi-platinum and Grammy winning records, and as a writer, he penned the chart-topping lead single and album title track “Nobody But Me” for Michael Buble’s 2016 Reprise release. As an active Los Angeles studio/jazz musician, he has worked closely with RIAA multi-platinum record producers David Foster, Bob Rock, Steve Jordan, and Umberto Gatica. Mr. Lipps has been a band member for the Kim Richmond Jazz Orchestra, Jack Sheldon Orchestra, and Kurt Elling small group, to name a few.

Beliving first hand in the transformative power of music, Mr. Lipps is committed to nurturing the developing muscian. He has taught at the premire West coast arts high school, L.A.County High School for the Arts since 2001, and has seen many of his students receive top prize at the Monterey Jazz Festival “Next Generation” competition, “Spotlight,” “DownBeat,” and Grammy Foundation honors. He has presented master classes across the globe and has contributed in his role as a consultant and educator to innovative Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz programs including Jazz In America, Jazz In The Classroom, and BeBop To Hip-Hop.

Bryan was handpicked by Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter as one of five musicians worldwide selected to participate in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz international Fellowship Program, a two year post graduate fellowship where he had the honor of learning from and playing with the patriarchs of modern jazz, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, Barry Harris, and Terrence Blanchard. Mr. Lipps holds a B.M. from North Carolina School of the Arts, a M.M. From Manhattan School of Music, and an Advanced Performers Certificate from the Thelonious Monk Institute at the University Of Southern California.

Advisory Chair,Brass & Woodwinds Dept.

Having amassed 21 Grammy nominations, four statues and three Emmy wins, Gordon Goodwin is the most decorated big band leader in the 21st century. He is leader of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, an internationally known ensemble with a reputation as one of the most exciting large ensembles in jazz.

The BPB has released seven critically acclaimed records, its most recent being Life in the Bubble, which garnered four Grammy Nominations, and won the Grammy for “Best Large Ensemble Album.”

Gordon’s composing for film and television has garnered him three Emmy Awards. He has written and worked with artists like Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Johnny Mathis, John Williams, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, and Quincy Jones, to name a few. His charts are played all over the world, and along with his method books and CDs, have been a robust source of inspiration and learning for thousands of young musicians.

Goodwin is the host of a popular new radio program called “Phat Tracks with Gordon Goodwin,” airing weekends on KJAZZ, America’s jazz and blues station. His newest recording “An Elusive Man” is due for release in fall 2016.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Barb Catlin has become one of the Southwest’s leading jazz educators and pianists. Her extensive touring, cruise ship, and show playing include work with top entertainers including Smokey Robinson, Ben Vereen, Lou Rawls, Bobby Vinton, Michael Crawford, and Wayne Newton. Barb’s performances have gained her local and national recognition; her trio was voted as an “Arizona Favorite” by KJZZ’s Listener’s Poll and Barb was named by Downbeat Magazine as a “Player to Catch.”

Barb majored in music education on woodwinds at California State University at Fresno, Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Grand Canyon University, and completed her Master’s in Music Education with an emphasis in Jazz Studies on piano from Arizona State University.

Barb recently returned to her home state of California, where she is currently teaching at California State University Northridge and Pomona College. During her 18 years in Arizona, Barb was the Director of Jazz Studies at Mesa Community College in the Phoenix-metro area and had eight highly successful years as Musical Director of the award-winning youth honor jazz program, The Young Sounds of Arizona. Her students have been featured in the Grammy Jazz Band in Los Angeles, Wynton Marsalis’ All-American Jazz Ensemble, the Dave Brubeck Institute, and the Mancini Institute. Barb was the clinician for the Arizona High School All-State Jazz Clinic Band at the Arizona Music Educator’s Conference in 2009. Her enthusiasm for playing, “real-life” approach to education and expertise in the rhythm section has made Barb a popular clinician and adjudicator at the high school and college levels. Barb was a featured clinician and guest artist at Fred Sturm’s acclaimed Lawrence Jazz Festival in 2010. Barb will be the director for the 2012 Central California Honor Jazz Band, as well as a featured clinician at the Northern Arizona University Jazz Festival and Kris Berg’s Collin Jazz Festival in Texas. In 2011, Jazz in Arizona awarded Barb their “Lifetime Achievement Award” for her outstanding contribution to jazz education for the state of Arizona.

Craig Gosnell is a freelance bass trombonist and vocalist currently residing in the Los Angeles area. In 1997 and 1998 he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music with an emphasis in instrumental performance from the University of Northern Colorado. In 2003, he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami. He was born near Miami, Florida and attended public schools in Palm Springs North, FL. as well as Littleton and Lakewood, Colorado. He currently teaches trombone in the L.A. area, and doubles on other low brass instruments.

Gosnell has studied with Buddy Baker, Jack Robinson, Dante Luciani, Pat Blodgett, Anita Valdez, and Joy Cayler. He has been performing as an instrumentalist and vocalist since 1985. His performance experience includes concerts with numerous ensembles including but not limited to: Opera Pacific, the Bill Holman Big Band, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bob Florence Limited Edition Big Band, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, the 1995 Disneyland All-American College Band, and the Henry Mancini Institute’s Orchestra, Big Band and Chamber Orchestra. His television credits include “The Academy Awards,” “The Primetime Emmy Awards,” ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” NBC’s “Grease: You’re the One that I Want,” NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” His movie credits include “Alice in Wonderland,” “Sex and the City 2,” “Public Enemies,” “Bolt,” “Hairspray,” and “Rocky Balboa,” among others

He has also performed and/or recorded with artists including Barry Manilow, Quincy Jones, Kevin Spacey, Celine Dion, John Williams, Ray Charles, James Taylor, Peter Gabriel, Paul Anka, Andy Williams, Nancy Wilson, Randy Newman, Julio Iglesias, James Brown, Tom Jones, Tony Bennett, Burt Bacharach, Pat Boone, Dionne Warwick, Michael Bublé, Keely Smith, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Lionel Richie, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Queen Latifah, Debbie Allen, Mary J. Blige, Arturo Sandoval, Roberta Flack, James Ingram, Diane Schuur, Seal, Beyoncé, Lyle Lovett, Kurt Elling, Patti Austin, Aaron Neville, Billy Crystal, Gwen Stefani, The Four Tops, Peabo Bryson, Jennifer Hudson, John Pizzarelli, Jewel, Randy Brecker, Gunther Schuller, Clare Fischer, Vince Mendoza, Bob Brookmeyer, James Newton Howard, Lennie Niehaus, Jorge Calandrelli, Russell Watson, Annie Ross, Maria Schneider, Bob Mintzer, Sir James Galway, Billy Preston, Usher, Nelly Furtado, Josh Groban, Carrie Underwood, Joss Stone, Korn, Billy Ray Cyrus, Natasha Bedingfield, Eliane Elias, and Christian McBride, among others.

In 2003, Gosnell was inducted into the national music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and has been a member of the International Trombone Association since 1993. He placed second in the Donald Yaxley International Memorial Bass Trombone Scholarship Competition, and is a recipient of three DownBeat Student Music Awards during his time performing with the University of Miami’s “Jazz Vocal I” and the University of Northern Colorado’s “Jazz Lab Band I” and “Et Cetera.”

Wayne Bergeron

Wayne Bergeron is enjoying a career as one of the most active players in the world. With studio dates, International touring, jazz concerts, guest soloist appearances and clinics, he has no intention of slowing down. Born in 1958 in Hartford, Connecticut, Bergeron grew up in Southern California where he started on French horn before switching to trumpet in the 7th grade. Although a difficult instrument to play, Bergeron took to the trumpet quickly. “I found I had natural ability for playing the trumpet in the upper register at an early age.” Bergeron credits his junior high school band director and first trumpet teacher, Ron Savitt, for molding his natural abilities into practical working skills. In 1986, Bergeron landed the lead trumpet position with the Maynard Ferguson Band. He can be heard on such MF recordings as “Body & Soul,” “Big Bop Nouveau,” “Brass Attitude” and “The One & Only Maynard Ferguson.” Remarking on the talented trumpet player, Maynard Ferguson had this to say during a radio interview: “Wayne is the most musical lead trumpet player I’ve ever had on my band.”

As a sideman, Bergeron’s list of CD credits reads like a who’s who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles to Green Day. Other stellar names include Beyoncé, Michael Buble, Seth MacFarland, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Seal, Diana Krall, Tito Puente, Christina Aguilera, Dianne Reeves, Barry Manilow, Michael Bolton, Gwen Stefani, 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., Brian Culbertson and David Benoit.

Bergeron has worked on 300 plus TV & motion picture soundtracks. A partial list of film credits include Toy Story 3, Pixie Hollow Games, Despicable Me, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Charlie St Cloud, 2012, Percy Jackson, Cats & Dogs, Surrogates, The informant, G-force, Star Trek, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, High School Musical 1 & 3, Race to Witch Mountain, National Treasure 1 & 2, Bedtime Stories, Pink Panther 2, Marley & Me, Role Models, The Mummy 3, Get Smart, Enchanted, Hancock, Horton Hears a Who, Semi Pro, Superman Returns, Pirates of the Caribbean 1,2&3, Ratatouille, The Simpson’s Movie, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Ice Age 2, Spiderman 1 & 2, Fantastic Four 1 & 2, Team America, Anchorman, Catch Me if You Can, South Park, Flubber and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Alex Iles

Trombonist Alex Iles has enjoyed a varied and successful career in many musical settings. He is an active member of the musically diverse Southern California freelance performing and recording community.

Alex began his musical career while a student at UCLA, as a member of the Disneyland All American College Band. He has studied trombone privately with Roy Main, Ralph Sauer, Byron Peebles and Per Brevig. Since graduating from UCLA, he has gone on to enjoy his musical life as an in-demand trombonist/lowbrass performer.

Among the varied palette of artists with whom Alex has performed and/ or recorded are: Joe Cocker, James Horner, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alan Jackson, Zubin Mehta, The Tonight Show, Hans Zimmer, Johnny Mathis, Lalo Shiffrin, Natalie Cole, Danny Elfman, Ray Charles, Trevor Rabin, Harry Connick Jr., Robbie Williams,Henry Mancini, Josh Grobin, John Zorn, Terence Blanchard, John Williams, Fallout Boy, Johnny Mandel and Prince.

He has toured as lead and solo jazz trombonist with Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson. Today, he performs and records as a regular member of many of the top big bands and jazz groups in the Los Angeles area.

He has performed on The Motion Picture Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, The People’s Choice Awards and hundreds of television series and motion picture soundtracks.

Alex has played in the pit orchestras of numerous Los Angeles productions of Broadway shows including: “The Lion King”,”Phantom of the Opera”, “Chicago”, “West Side Story”, “The Producers” and “Wicked”.

In the summer of 2001, Alex was one of sixteen trombonists from an international field chosen to participate in a 10 day orchestral/solo seminar hosted by New York Philharmonic Principal trombone virtuoso, Joe Alessi.

And in October, 2002 Alex was appointed principal trombonist of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as alto, tenor and bass trombonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and The LA Chamber Orchestra.

Alex has been a faculty trombone and jazz instructor at the California Institute of the Arts . Azusa Pacific College and California State University, Northridge. He has appeared as a recitalist, guest soloist, and clinician at the with schools and organizations throughout the United States, including Indiana University, Oklahoma
State University, The University of Southern California, and has been a featured artist at the International Trombone Festival. He is also an educational consultant and clinician for the the Disney Magic Music Days Program and Disney All-Amercican College Band Program.

Jon Lewis

Now one of the top studio players in Los Angeles, Lewis grew up in Falls Church, Virginia and began playing the trumpet at age nine. His first teacher was Pat Mastroleo, former 1sttrumpet in the United States Army Band in Washington, D.C. After graduating from Falls Church High School in 1977, he attended the University of Kansas under Roger Stoner (1977-81), receiving a bachelor of music degree. Subsequent study was with Thomas Stevens, James Stamp, Armando Ghitalla, and Anthony Plog. After college, Lewis moved to Los Angeles and began a career as a freelance and studio performer. Over the years, he has performed over one thousand soundtracks for feature films including playing 1st trumpet on such films as Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2, Smurfs 2, Oz, the great and powerful, Epic, Mr Go, The Wolverine, Oblivion, We’re the Millers, Kick Ass 2, Percy Jackson 2. Television credits include Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, Next Generation, Voyager, and many others. He is also principal of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Santa Barbara Symphony, and is a charter member of the Los Angeles Chamber Brass Quintet. In addition, he often performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena Pops Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Lewis was a featured artist at the 2003 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Jay Mason
Jay Mason attended California State University, Long Beach, studying saxophone with Leo Potts and flute with John Barcellona. He was a member of that school’s top-rated windensemble, jazz ensemble and orchestra. In 1981 he was a featured soloist at the North American Saxophone Alliance national convention, and in 1983 a saxophone quartet in which he played soprano saxophone were finalists in the Coleman Competition for Small Ensembles.

After graduating Jay began his freelance career in Southern California. His performance credits include appearances with The Rockettes, Barry White, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Michael Feinstein, Suzanne Somers, Maureen McGovern, Kenny Rogers, Scott Record, Joel Gray, Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Newhart, Bob Hope, Donny Osmond, Johnny Mathis, Tom Harrell, Don Rickles, Cirque Du Soliel, Michael Bolton, and many others.

Jay is a member of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, and also appears regularly with many other Southern California bands including Bill Watrous, The Bill Elliot Swing Orchestra, Wayne Bergeron Big Band, and the Tom Kubis Big Band. He has been a member of the Long Beach Municipal Band for seven seasons and the Walt Disney Distinguished Service Awards Orchestra for many years. Previously he was a member of the Disneyland Band, and performs with the Pacfic Symphony and the Desert Symphony.

He is active in the Southern California musical theatre scene, performing at venues such as the South Coast Repertory Theatre, Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Ahmanson Theatre. Shows have included such recent hits as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Light in the Piazza, The Drowsy Chaperone, and The Full Monty as well as numerous revivals of classic Broadway shows.

Recording credits include Patti Austin, Chick Corea, Eddie Daniels, Take 6, John Lithgow, The Lettermen, Alan Jackson, and Steve Allen. Soundtracks for motion pictures and televsion include Just Like Heaven, Payback, The Paper, Alladin, King of Thieves, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Tower of Terror, Dragon Tales, The Howie Mandel Show, and The Gilmore Girls.

He is active in music education, serving on the faculties of CSU Long Beach and Concordia University-Irvine, and is sought after as a clinician, judge and masterclass presenter. He also directs the critically acclaimed California State University, Long Beach Saxophone Ensemble. Jay is also a Vandoren Reed Artist and Clinician, and a MusicMedic/RooPads endorser and artist.

Dave Pozzi

Dave Pozzi has been a Los Angeles based free-lance artist since 1979, recording and playing with artists like: Henry Mancini, Mel Torme, Celine Dion, David Foster, Johnny Mathis, Jeff Hamilton, Rich Little, Charlie Shoemake, Melissa Manchester, Marvin Stamm, Bobby Shew, Pete Christlieb, Don Menza, Roy McCurdy, Bob Cooper, Jeff Berlin, Diana Krall, Billy Childs, and others. Big band credits include Ray Anthony, Bob Crosby, Bill Watrous, Louie Bellson, Bob Florence, and Doc Severinsen. Dave is featured as a soloist on recordings with John Patitucci, Nick Brignola, Dick Berk, Bob Magnusson, Ray Pizzi, and Milcho Leviev. Other recording work includes radio and TV commercials, TV shows like The Osbournes, and numerous demos and record dates.

Howie Shear

After receiving a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, Howie moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a musician/composer/arranger. He soon took a slight detour to go on the road where he played lead trumpet with the Woody Herman Orchestra. After two years, he moved back to LA, and has since performed on countless TV and movie soundtracks, commercials, Broadway shows and recordings. Howie has performed with Tony Bennett, George Benson, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Natalie Cole, Linda Ronstadt, and Mel Torme, to name a few. In addition to performing, Howie has been an active composer/arranger/orchestrator getting his first big break as the musical arranger for the Joan Rivers late night talk show, where he composed for a 16-piece big band 5 nights a week. Howie has also scored several movies. He received his doctorate in music from the University of Southern California in 2002.

Steve Suminski

Steven Sumniski, trombone, regularly performs with professional orchestras  throughout the state of California as well as working as an active  freelance trombonist in the greater Los Angeles area.  He is currently  the principal trombonist with Symphony Silicon Valley in San Jose, The  Riverside County Philharmonic, Ballet San Jose and the Santa Monica  Symphony. In addition Suminski has appeared with many other groups  including the San Francisco Opera, Santa Barbara Symphony, Fresno  Philharmonic, Berkeley Symphony, and the San Bernardino, and Redlands Symphonies.  Steve is also a founding member of the award winning chamber music group, Brass Pacifica.  Brass Pacifica currently performs in over 50 venues a year working as performing artists for The Music Center of Los Angeles and the Orange County Performing Arts Center.  Steve has performed with his group all over the country including a nine-month residency in Bar Harbor, Maine that was sponsored by Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts.  With such an eventful career playing the trombone, in his free time Steve is content to just slide through life.