Birch Creek Jazz II Program

Birch Creek’s Jazz program offers students a unique learning experience at levels of jazz performance not found in most other jazz programs in America. Our program gives students an effective combination of experiences to help them master the fundamentals of jazz while establishing professional attitudes by playing side-by-side with some of today’s top performers and educators. The only differences between the Jazz II and Jazz I sessions are the dates and the faculty. The curriculum and performance opportunities are the same, and both sessions are under the guidance of Program Director Jeff Campbell.

Jazz II Academy Session

July 28 – August 10, 2019  |  Tuition: $2,100

Need-based and merit scholarships are available.

Applications for Trombones are being accepted. All other sections are filled for this session. Applications to be wait listed will be accepted.

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Detailed admissions information, including AUDITION RECORDING REQUIREMENTS can be found in the Application Instructions document on the Apply Now page. NOTE: Returning students are not required to send in an audition unless applying for a scholarship. $100 Application Fee due upon registration, applied to tuition.

2019 Jazz guitar instruction is supported in part by a grant from the Les Paul Foundation.

Areas of Study

Instrumental Technique
Classes are given by master teachers three times per week and cover the fundamentals of effective playing skills and efficient practice.

Jazz Combo
Classes cover improvisation skills from basic to advanced. Performance opportunities are provided.

Jazz Performance Workshops
Workshops incorporate music theory and improvisation into the Combo rehearsals and use repertoire from the Combo as curricular material for study.

Large Ensembles
Directed by outstanding professional educators. Ensembles rehearse daily and perform regularly during the evening concerts. Audition required.

Advanced Student Combo
Made up of advanced students and serves as Birch Creek’s ambassador to the community. This combo performs widely throughout Door County and is featured at numerous Birch Creek concerts. Audition required.

Seminars & Business Workshops
Provide role-playing experiences in different aspects of the music business.

For detailed admissions information, including AUDITION RECORDING REQUIREMENTS, go to the Apply Now page:

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Birch Creek Jazz – Jack Mulvey

Jack Mulvey, Trumpet, speaks on his experience with the Academy.

Faculty

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Jeff Campbell
Program Director & Academy Jazz Orchestra Director | Bass

Rochester, NY

2019 marks Jeff Campbell’s 31st year at Birch Creek and his 22nd as Jazz Program Director. Mr. Campbell is an Associate Professor and Chair of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music. Campbell has carved out an impressive career as bass player of extraordinary artistry, fluent in both the jazz and classical idioms. As a jazz bassist, he has performed with Marian McPartland, Gene Bertoncini, Rich Perry, Trio East, Harold Jones, and the Eastman Jazz Quartet featuring Harold Danko, and has appeared on McPartland’s Piano Jazz program on National Public Radio. In high demand across the globe, Campbell has performed at such prestigious European musical events as the Nice, Montreux, North Sea, Riga, and Parnu jazz festivals and has also appeared in the former Soviet Union and the Baltic Republics. Additionally, he is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra bass section. Campbell has numerous CDs to his credit.

Website: Jeff Campbell

David Bixler
Alto Saxophone

Bowling Green, OH

Mr. Bixler has performed and toured with the orchestras of Lionel Hampton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Duke Ellington and Bobby Sanabria. Since 2000, he has been a member of the Grammy-nominated Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. He is Director of Jazz Activities at Bowling Green State University. His latest recording is “The Nearest Exit May Be Inside Your Head.” 2019 marks Mr. Bixler’s 20th year at Birch Creek.

Website: www.davidbixler.com

Tanya Darby
Trumpet

Bloomfield, NJ

Tanya Darby is an educator, bandleader, musician, and clinician Tanya Darby who joined the brass department at Berklee College of Music as its chair in the Spring semester 2019. Darby currently works as an assistant professor of lead trumpet at University of North Texas, and has previously held adjunct faculty positions at Temple University and The New School University of New York City. As an educator, Darby regularly teaches master classes and has been a clinician and adjudicator at numerous festivals, both domestic and abroad. She received her master’s degree in jazz performance from Rutgers University in 2012, and a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music in 1998.

Rick Haydon
Guitar

Edwardsville, IL

Mr. Haydon is Director of the Jazz Studies program, Professor of Music and Head of the guitar program and the recording studio at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Mr. Haydon is a faculty member of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Band Director Academy. He has numerous CDs to his credit.

Website: www.rickhaydon.com

Clarence Hines
Trombone

Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Hines is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville where he teaches arranging and trombone. Dr. Hines has appeared in festivals including recently the North Sea Jazz Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival and Jacksonville Jazz Festival. He has performed with Diane Schuur, Maceo Parker, David Sanborn and other artists. This is Hines’ 13th year at Birch Creek.

Website: www.clarencehines.com

Steve Horne
Trombone

Glenview, IL

Mr. Horne spent 15 years in Las Vegas, Nev. performing with a wide array of nationally acclaimed stars and personalities including Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra and many others. He now freelances in the Chicago area. He serves as a clinician and adjudicator and maintains a private studio. He has numerous recordings to his credit. This is Horne’s 18th year at Birch Creek.

Website: www.acmebone.com

Adaron "Pops" Jackson
Piano

St. Louis, MO

Mr. Jackson holds teaching positions at St. Charles Community College, Jazz St. Louis, and is currently and adjunct professor at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He has performed as a side-man and with his own ensembles throughout the United States and Europe. Jackson has performed and worked with such diverse artists as Ron Carter, Conrad Herwig, John Riley, Harry Allen, Frank Morgan, Victor Mendoza, Steve Houghton, Clay Jenkins, Tom Kennedy, Kim Richmond, LaVerne Butler, Red Holliway, Ellis Marsalis, Arturo Sanndoval, Greg Tardy, Slide Hampton, Wallace Roney, and Dave Scott. Mr. Jackson has also toured throughout the U. S. with Grammy award winning Motown legend, The Temptations and with I Get A Kick Out Of Cole a Live Onstage Production. This will be his 6th year at Birch Creek.

Clay Jenkins
Trumpet

Rochester, NY

Clay Jenkins earned his master’s degree jazz studies from the University of Southern California. He has taught at many schools including the Foundation for the Junior Blind, the University of Southern California, California State University at Northridge and the California Institute of Arts. Jenkins has performed and presented at clinics all over the United States and Canada, as well as in Japan, Italy, Korea, Germany, Portugal, Russia and South Africa. He currently is Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Eastman School of Music. Jenkins performs with the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Joe La Barbera Quintet, Trio East and the Eastman Jazz Quartet. He is a professional artist for the Edwards Instrument Company located in Elkhorn, WI. This is Jenkins’ 14th year at Birch Creek.

Website: www.clayjenkins.net/

Dennis Mackrel
Drums

Woodstock, NY

Mr. Mackrel is a noted jazz drummer and highly respected composer/arranger and conductor whose work has been recorded and performed by the Count Basie Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, the WDR Radio Big Band from Germany, the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw from Holland, the Klüvers Big Band from Denmark, and the McCoy Tyner Big Band, whose Grammy winning CDs included Mackrel’s arrangements.

Nic Meyer
Jazz II Studio Band Director

Chicago, IL

Nic Meyer serves as Director of Jazz Ensembles at New Trier High School, where he oversees a comprehensive jazz program consisting of four large jazz ensembles and six jazz combos. Under his direction New Trier’s Jazz Ensemble 1 has opened for Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland in NYC, Delfeayo Marsalis and his Uptown Jazz Orchestra at Snug Harbor in New Orleans, along with many other artists at New Trier’s annual Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival, this year featuring The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra with special guest Joey DeFrancesco. Prior to joining the New Trier faculty, Meyer was the jazz program director at Midwest Young Artists. He plays an active role in the educational programming for the Jazz Education Network, and continues to perform as a saxophonist throughout the Chicago region. This is Meyer’s 8th summer leading a band at Birch Creek.

Marty Robinson
Advanced Combo (Ambassadors) Director | Trumpet

Appleton, WI

Dr. Robinson is associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, directs the jazz ensembles and teaches jazz history in addition to applied trumpet students. He holds degrees from Lawrence University (B.M. in trumpet performance), the Eastman School of Music (M.M. in jazz studies), and Florida State University (D.M. in composition). Prior to his appointment at Oshkosh for the fall of 2004, Dr. Robinson served for 10 years as Associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, where he was recognized as “Teacher of the Year” in 2001. Robinson’s interests cover the broad spectrum of music as a performer, composer, musicologist, and educator. This is Robinson’s 19th year at Birch Creek.

Website: www.uwosh.edu/music/faculty/robinson

Steve Sveum
Jazz II Lab Band Director

Sun Prairie, WI

Mr. Sveum is the Director of Bands at Sun Prairie High School in Sun Prairie, WI, where jazz ensembles under his direction have been selected 12 times as finalists in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Essentially Ellington” national jazz competition, placing third three times. Sveum has been a faculty member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director Academy and has worked as a clinician at festivals around the United States. He was also a 2014 recipient of the DownBeat Jazz Education Achievement award. This is Mr. Sveum’s 17th season as a faculty member at Birch Creek.

Mardra Thomas
Vocalist

DeKalb, IL

For years, Vocalist/Actress Mardra Thomas has painted a musical and historical picture on stage of the life and legacy of Billie Holiday. Mardra was recently nominated for Chicago’s Black Theater Alliance’s 2018 Lena Horne Award: Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Evanston, IL production of “Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” Her sultry voice is well suited to showcase Holiday’s sculptured phrasing that stamped a signature style on jazz singing. You’ll see her in theaters, concert halls, jazz festivals and premier clubs. Her music career was sparked in the St. Louis area when she performed for the opening of Dizzy Gillespie’s 70th Birthday Concert. Shortly thereafter she found herself trading scat solos with world-class trumpeter Clark Terry while performing with the East St. Louis Lincoln HS Big Band led by Ronald Carter. Mardra can be heard in radio and TV spots as well as educational and musical recordings.

 

Reggie Thomas
Bass

DeKalb, IL

Pianist/Organist Reggie Thomas for four years has been Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University, after three years as Professor of Jazz Piano at MSU and 20 years as Professor of Music at SIU-Edwardsville. Reggie fronts his own groups including the Mardra/Reggie Thomas Ensemble, OGD on Hammond organ and with other artists including Vincent Gardner, Will Matthews, Ann Hampton Callaway and Carl Allen/Rodney Whitaker. He is on faculty for Carnegie Hall’s Inaugural Jazz National Youth Orchestra and a member of The Count Basie Orchestra, and a rhythm section accompanist for the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competitions. Reggie has been a longtime consultant/clinician for Jazz at Lincoln Center for the Essentially Ellington Program and Band Director Academy. His most recent recording is “Matters Of The Heart”(MRTJazz).

 

Todd Williams
Tenor Saxophone

McCordsville, IN

Mr. Williams is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Indiana Wesleyan University where he serves as director of the IWU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, among many other teaching responsibilities. He is pursing his doctoral degree in music education from Indiana University in Bloomington. Williams has recently been honored to be a regional Essentially Ellington festival adjudicator and artist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was a recent featured artist with the Christian McBride Big Band in its New Jersey Performing Arts Center Concert. He was also a featured artist with the Herlin Riley Band at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola (NYC) in April 2018 and is sought as a saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist and clinician.

Jeff Campbell
Program Director & Academy Jazz Orchestra Director | Bass
David Bixler
Alto Saxophone
Tanya Darby
Trumpet
Rick Haydon
Guitar
Clarence Hines
Trombone
Steve Horne
Trombone
Adaron "Pops" Jackson
Piano
Clay Jenkins
Trumpet
Dennis Mackrel
Drums
Nic Meyer
Jazz II Studio Band Director
Marty Robinson
Advanced Combo (Ambassadors) Director | Trumpet
Steve Sveum
Jazz II Lab Band Director
Mardra Thomas
Vocalist
Reggie Thomas
Bass
Todd Williams
Tenor Saxophone

Faculty subject to change.

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