Trumpeter John Zappa

John Zappa works as a trumpeter and a drummer in a variety of styles with a variety of ensembles. He is a full-time Lecturer of Jazz Trumpet and Theory at Northern Kentucky University, where he teaches trumpet, Jazz Theory, Arranging, Jazz History and Jazz Appreciation. John performs regularly with his trio, Tony’s Hitmen, The Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz […]

Drummer Jim Leslie

Jim Leslie is an Artist in Residence and the Percussion Area Coordinator at the University of Dayton, where he has taught since 1999. In addition to overseeing all percussion lessons, classes, and ensembles, Mr. Leslie is also the Associate Marching Band Director and directs the University Jazz Band. He appears frequently on faculty recitals, and […]

Saxophonist Brent Gallaher

Brent Gallaher is a Cincinnati, Ohio based saxophonist and has resided there since 1988. He is an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati—College Conservatory of Music and was featured on their album Carnival of Life—1994, Alissa Records. While attending the CCM, Brent took a brief hiatus to join the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He toured with […]

Trombonist Scott Forney

Scott Forney lives in Dayton with his wife and two kids. In 2007, he received his Bachelors degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in music education. While at CCM, Scott studied with Marc Fields, David Vining and Tim Anderson. In 2010, he received his Masters degree from Capital University where he completed […]

Saxophonist Garin Webb

Garin Webb, an adjunct faculty member of the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, leads a vibrant professional life as a performer and educator in the Cincinnati area. He has performed with such luminaries as Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Ray Charles, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Temptations, trumpeters Bobby Shew and John Faddis, the Cincinnati Pops […]

Saxophonist Jeremy Long

Dr. Jeremy Long is Associate Professor of Music in Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Miami University (OH). Also a performing artist, he is a versatile and critically acclaimed saxophonist who regularly performs as a soloist and with renowned artists and orchestras in many genres. His debut recording as a leader, In Suspension (Innova), was considered […]

Trombonist Gary Langhorst

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Gary Langhorst has played bass trombone in the Blue Wisp Big Band since 1980. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University where he studied with Lewis Van Haney, David Baker, and Dominic Spera and later toured nationally and internationally with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Returning to school […]

Trombonist Clarence Pawn

Clarence Pawn is a founding and current member of The Blue Wisp Big Band. For years he has been among the most sought-­after, go­-to Cincinnati musicians—one who can fit the bill in any situation. After studying trombone at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music with Miles Anderson and Ernest Glover, he began a […]

Saxophonist Joe Gaudio

Joe Gaudio studied music at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1958. He later attended the University of Cincinnati in 1964 to complete a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. In 1977 he was awarded a Master of Music Education degree from Xavier University (Cincinnati). Joe taught for […]

Trombonist Jeff Owen

Jeff Owen has been a freelance musician and music educator in the Greater Cincinnati area since 1973. He holds Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Paul Piller, Frank Brown, and Betty Glover. Jeff worked as a music […]