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The Real Group The Real Group, a cappella | March 31

A groundbreaking vocal group based in Sweden. With the voice as their sole instrument they have created a unique musical expression in the field between jazz, pop and Nordic European choir music The group has been touring the world for more than 28 years. The combination of perfection and personal touch along with original songs have made them accessible to music enthusiasts in general as well as to the more demanding ear. Read more >
Brian Lynch, trumpet Brian Lynch, trumpet | April 1

A vital force and emergent legend within both the hardcore straight ahead and Latin Jazz communities, Grammy© Award Winner Brian Lynch is as comfortable negotiating the complexities of clave with Afro-Caribbean pioneer Eddie Palmieri as he is swinging through advanced harmony with bebop maestro Phil Woods. A honored graduate of two of the jazz world’s most distinguished academies, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Horace Silver Quintet, he has been a valued collaborator with jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Charles McPherson; Latin music icons as diverse as Hector LaVoe and Lila Downs; and pop luminaries such as Prince. As a bandleader and recording artist he has released 19 critically acclaimed CDs featuring his distinctive composing and arranging, and toured the world with various ensembles reflecting the wide sweep of his music. He currently is Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Frost School Of Music, University of Miami as well as conducting clinics, residencies and workshops at prestigious institutions of learning the world over. Read more >


Steve Barnhart Dr. Steve Barnhart

Before joining the faculty of the University of Wyoming, Dr. Barnhart taught at Washburn and Baker Universities in Kansas, the University of Central Arkansas, and in the Lawrence, Kansas public schools. He served with the U.S. Army Europe Band and has appeared as a clinician and/or performer in the U.S., Bolivia, Europe, and Taiwan, as well as, with the Arkansas, Kansas City, and North Carolina Symphonies. His performance experience includes popular, ethnic, and classical genres. Barnhart studied conga drumming in Cuba, Indian tabla at UCLA, and holds the DMA degree from the University of Kansas, MM from North Texas State University, and BME from Texas Tech University. Author of the Greenwood Press publication, Percussionists: A Biographical Dictionary, Barnhart also serves as Wyoming state chapter treasurer of the Percussive Arts Society.
Doug Bull Doug Bull

Douglas Bull presently serves as the Music Department Chair, directs the Bands, Brass Ensemble and Studio Brass classes at Casper College in Wyoming. He received a B.A. degree in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from Towson University. Graduate work at Towson University, seminars, private study, seminars at The Peabody and University of Maryland and recital performances culminated in Advanced Professional Certificates. He has studied with Dominic DiGangi, Raymond Moore, and Emerson Head. Bull started his music career in the very early 60’s with the RCA Recording rock band “The Lafayettes. They enjoyed success as a live performance group as well as having top–forty recordings that included “Life’s Too Short”, “Caravan Of Lonely Men”, “Nobody But You” and others. Doug served in the United States Army as a lead trumpet player and soloist in Europe. While pursuing a professional performance career, he has played, conducted or recorded for: The Baltimore Symphony, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Barbara Streisand, Andy Williams, Robert Goulet, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Rosemary Clooney, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Phil Collins, The Spinners, Tom Jones, musicals, original cast albums, movie soundtracks, commercials and many other credits too numerous to mention. Bull has also performed at five Presidential Inaugural Balls. He was the trumpet soloist for the Haydn Festival Orchestra concert commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the composer’s death. For his work as a conductor/musical director in musical theater Doug has won multiple Critic’s Choice Awards for Best Musical Direction and Show of the Year. While doing all of this he taught in public schools and his students generated more than one hundred Music scholarships. In 2006 he accepted the position at Casper College. Doug is an endorsing artist for Phaeton Trumpets, makers of custom trumpets. Doug frequently performs regionally and nationally as a guest soloist and clinician.
Dan Jones Dan Jones

A trumpeter, composer, and educator, Dr. Daniel Jonas is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where he directs the Jazz Ensemble and the Wildcat Pep Band. He also teaches Music Theory, Jazz History, and Trumpet. His prior teaching experience includes Sacramento State University (Jazz Trumpet, Jazz History, and Jazz Pedagogy), Cosumnes River College (Trumpet), and McLaughlin Studios (Brass).

A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Jonas received his D.M.A. in Jazz Studies from the University of Colorado in 2013, where he studied with Brad Goode and Dr. John Davis. While a student at the University of Colorado, Dr. Jonas was chair of the Coalition for Creative Music, a student group that presented concerts featuring notable jazz artists including Dave Douglas, John Swana, Jane Ira Bloom, Gretchen Parlato, and many others. In 2005, Dr. Jonas earned a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from DePaul University and studied under Dr. Robert Lark, and in 2007 he earned a Performance Certificate with a focus in Jazz Composition, studying with Thomas Matta. Dr. Jonas graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2003 with a Bachelor’s in Trumpet Performance, studying with Glenn Kostur and Jeff Piper.

In addition to his educational pedigree, Dr. Jonas has shared the stage with many famous musicians during his career as a performer. He has performed with and accompanied Maria Schneider, Dave Liebman, Jon Faddis, Nnenna Freelon, Andy Laverne, Nick Smart, Bobby Shew, Butch Miles, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Jim McNeely, Denis DiBlasio, Steve Wiest, James Moody, Marvin Stamm, Randy Hamm, Walter White, Ernie Watts, Dave Pietro, Jeff Jarvis, John Fedchock, Chris Vadala, The New York Voices, Jim Pugh, Shelly Berg, Ed Soph, Maynard Ferguson, Aretha Franklin and many others. A lead trumpeter and soloist, Dr. Jonas has performed with numerous professional groups around the country, including the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, the Cunha Big Band, the Mike Butera Big Band, the Colorado Composers Big Band, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, the Buddy Project Big Band, the Michael Lerich Orchestra, Bob Lark’s Alumni Big Band, and the Andrew Stonerock Quintet. He has also performed as a featured guest artist at the Kinser Jazz Festival, the New Mexico Music Educator’s Association All-State Conference, and the Telluride Jazz Festival, and he has performed internationally, touring northern Italy with the DePaul Jazz Ensemble in 2005 and touring Guatemala as part of the Guatemala Jazz Festival in 2015.

Among Dr. Jonas's recording credits are several albums released on the Jazzed Media label, including the albums Reunion and Sweet Return by Bob Lark and his Alumni Big Band, and That Being Said by the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble featuring Jim McNeely, which includes Dr. Jonas's composition "Platitude." Other albums on which Dr. Jonas has appeared include Swingchronicity by the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble with Phil Woods and Fandango by the University of New Mexico Wind Symphony featuring Phil Smith and Joe Alessi. Dr. Jonas can also be heard on the album Pavlov's Waterfall by the Andrew Stonerock Quintet. He continues to maintain an active career as a composer, including an arrangement that can be heard on the album The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble with Jeff Hamilton Salutes Woody Herman.
Nicole Lamartine Dr. Nicole Lamartine

Dr. Nicole Lamartine became Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wyoming in 2008. She conducts the Collegiate Chorale, Singing Statesmen, advises the male a cappella Happy Jacks, and teaches music education curriculum, conducting, and applied voice. Under her leadership, the UW Singing Statesmen have performed at the 2012 NW American Choral Directors Association conference and performed as the featured choir for the 2011 Wyoming Music Educators Opening Night Concert. The Collegiate Chorale was selected to perform at the 2011 Northwest MENC conference in Bellevue, WA and at the 2011 National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) national conference. Her choirs at the University of Wyoming have enjoyed collaborations with the New York Voices, Tonic Sol-Fa, The Yale Whiffenpoofs, Denmark a cappella group BaSix, and Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.

Dr. Lamartine is in demand as a conductor and clinician, guest conducting and adjudicating across the United States and the UK. Her expertise in various vocal styles has allowed her to lead workshops in vocal jazz and bluegrass/folk singing. She taught singing workshops for the 2012 Montana Fiddle Camp.

As a professional vocal musician, Lamartine enjoys an active performing career, including solo recitals and professional choral singing. She can be heard on six choral CDs on labels including Harmonia Mundi and Chandos. Furthermore, her love of jazz, blues, and country music has led to various gigs including singing back-up for Barry Manilow and Linda Ronstadt.

Dr. Lamartine is the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Ellbogen Award for Meritorious Classroom Teaching and the 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Extraordinary Merit in Teaching Award.
Amy Murphy Amy Murphy

Amy Murphy is the Managing Producer of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival and Co-Director of the UNC Jazz Camp at the University of Northern Colorado, where she directs the beginning and intermediate vocal jazz ensembles, Vocalese & Verve. She served as a judge for both the Colorado All State Choir and All State Jazz Choir, as an adjudicator at festivals and for classical and jazz choirs across Colorado and Wyoming. Amy also taught voice at the Rocky Mountain Vocal Jazz Camp and at Front Range Community College, where she directed choirs and founded Front Range Community College's first Vocal Jazz Ensemble. In 2010 Amy was a national finalist in classical voice for a Fulbright grant to study in Germany. She spent a year there studying at the Goethe Institut and the Universität Leipzig. In Germany, Amy performed as a guest soloist for festivals and concerts in Schwäbisch Hall and Bremen, and sang with the BachChor, Leipzig. In 2012 she was selected as a finalist in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition. Amy currently sings in the Colorado Bach Ensemble, and with UNC colleagues and founding members of the Vertical Voices, Kerry Marsh and Julia Dollison. Amy received her B.M. in Vocal Performance and M.M.E. from the University of Northern Colorado.
Chris Smith Chris Smith

Based in New York City, Chris Smith has performed with a diverse group of jazz musicians including the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dick Oatts, Frank Wess, Ryan Kisor, Jay Anderson, Donny McCaslin, and Tony Malaby. His drumming has been featured in venues such as The Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Telluride Jazz Festival, and Smalls. Chris maintains a performance schedule in NYC while also performing throughout the country.

Dedicated to jazz research, his latest book The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis is available in hardcover and e-book through the University of North Texas Press. The View from the Back of the Band presents a refined model for biographical jazz research. It is a comprehensive resource for study, combining meticulous biographical information, a discography of each recording mentioned in the text, musical transcriptions and analyses, substantial use of original interviews, and never before published photographs and memoirs.

In addition to being a performer and author, Dr. Chris Smith is also an active educator. He has higher education experience teaching undergraduate and graduate level drum set, jazz history, music business, jazz pedagogy, rhythm section workshop, jazz ensembles, percussion ensemble, and orchestral percussion. Working as a clinician and guest lecturer is also a high priority, with past appointments including the American Library in Paris, Eastern Washington University, University of Wyoming, Luther College, and University of Montana. In 2012 he earned his D.A. in Jazz Studies, with a secondary emphasis in Percussion Pedagogy, from the University of Northern Colorado.
Andrew Stonerock Andrew Stonerock

Andrew Stonerock grew up in Nashville, Tennessee where he was introduced to music at a high level from an early age. As a teenager he realized that he wanted music to be his career. He continues to dedicate himself to being a multi-talented musician with proficiency on saxophone, flute, clarinet, and oboe. He is equally comfortable performing and teaching in all styles including, but not limited to, classical, jazz, rock, funk, swing, and dixieland.

As a classical saxophonist he has performed with the Colorado Symphony, Ft. Collins Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, The Boulder Philharmonic, among other symphonies. He is currently the alto saxophonist with the Chautauqua Saxophone Quartet. He has recorded with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Colorado Saxophone Quartet and various university ensembles. He has presented solo and chamber recitals and/or masterclasses at the University of North Texas, Oklahoma State University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Oklahoma Christian University, University of Central Oklahoma, and Casper College.

As a jazz/commercial saxophonist Andrew has performed with Boyz II Men, Steve Vai, Natalie Cole, John Fedchock, Marvin Stamm, Nenna Freelon and Brad Leali, among others. While living in Denver, he regularly played with the Legacy Jazz Orchestra and the Ninth and Lincoln Big Band and was a member of the Colorado Saxophone Quartet, a saxophone quartet that performs jazz music. Andrew runs his own jazz group (Andrew Stonerock Jazz Quintet). This group has been featured at the Kinser Jazz Festival and will be releasing a CD in March of 2015. Andrew serves on the faculty at the Guatemalan-American International Jazz Camp, an International Jazz Camp in Guatemala through the Guatemalan-American Cultural Exchange Program. There, he directs the big band, jazz combos, as well as teaches masterclasses.

He is also in high demand as a woodwind doubler. Andrew has played over 40 different shows at various theatres including the Buell Theatre, the Arvada Arts Center, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Colorado Light Opera, Actors Guild Playhouse, and Theatre Coppell, among others. While living in Dallas, Andrew was in especially high demand playing in over 20 productions in 4 years, including Beauty and the Beast, Footloose, Seussical, and Cabaret.

Andrew is an award winning teacher, having been a three-time recipient of the Silver Medal “Best Should Teach” award, an award recognizing outstanding graduate teaching at the University of Colorado. His students have received music scholarships to universities, won chairs in honor bands and received superior ratings at both local and regional solo and ensemble contests.

Currently, Andrew is an Assistant Professor of Woodwinds and Director of Jazz at Cameron University. He teaches private lessons in jazz and classical saxophone and clarinet, and also teaches courses in Music Literature, Aural Skills, American Popular Music, and Woodwind Methods. As the Director of Jazz at Cameron University, he oversees all aspects of the Cameron University Jazz Program, including directing the Cameron University Jazz Ensemble, directing jazz combos, and teaching courses in jazz theory and improvisation. He has previously taught at Casper College and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, his Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas in Saxophone Performance with a secondary emphasis in Jazz Studies and his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theory from Ohio University. His primary saxophone teachers include Tom Myer, John Gunther, Jim Riggs, Eric Nestler, and Matt James.
Andrew Stonerock Donna Wickham

Donna Wickham holds a BM in vocal performance and an MM in conducting from the University of Denver. She is the head of the Vocal Jazz program at the Lamont School of Music and teaches music history courses for Colorado Community Colleges Online. Her diverse professional activities include work as a jazz composer, arranger and performer, conductor, keyboardist and electric bass player in genres that range from early music to rock, jazz and avant-garde. Donna's performance credits include work with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, The Playground, Colorado Music Festival, Santa Fe New Music, the Denver Concert Band and the Colorado Art Rock Society. She recently released two albums over the course of one month. Her classical quartet named Firesign released an album featuring the world premiere recording of Terry Schlenker's Mass for Four Voices along with William Byrd'sMass for Four Voices. She followed that with a jazz album featuring her own compositions, entitled Myth and Memory. To learn more about Donna, visit her website at

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