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.

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.

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.

Garrett Smith moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to attend USC where he studied with Terry Cravens and Bill Watrous.  Since graduating in 2002 he has had a busy freelance career which has led him to perform on the Grammys, the Emmys, the Kennedy Center Honors, American Idol and the Voice.  He was a member of the house band on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno for a number of years and has toured extensively with Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera. He joined the faculty of the Los Angeles College of Music in fall of 2017 and lives in South Pasadena.

Ramsey Castaneda is an award-winning performer, educator, researcher and composer in Los Angeles, California. As an in-demand musician and advocate for performer-scholar education, Ramsey has performed in Carnegie Hall with Paquito D’Rivera and at LA recording studios for television shows, commercials, and movies. He has also presented research at California AllState Music Education Conferences and at the 2018 Jazz Education Network Conference. Ramsey has been a Gluck Fellow, Teaching Mentor, Teaching Assistant, and is currently the director of the Los Angeles Youth Jazz Ensemble at the University of Southern California, where he is completing Doctoral course work in Jazz Studies with fields in Music Teaching and Learning and Collegiate Teaching. Ramsey is a strong supporter of critical engagement and reading of current philosophical, qualitative, and quantitative research in music and music education, and incorporates the latest research in his teaching methodologies. In addition to completing his DMA, Ramsey is taking classes at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering where he is studying web technologies and applications and aims to bring the web and music studies together in creative ways. Ramsey has taught jazz combos at the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach., private lessons at USC, and saxophone lessons, big band, wind ensemble, chamber groups, and advanced theory/aural skills at the Los Angeles College of Music. Ramsey holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas and a Masters of Music from CSULB

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