MSU Billings Jazz Festival
January 26, 2018
Festival Details & Adjudication Registration
MSU Billings will supply guitar amps, bass amps, drum sets, pianos, music stands and chairs in all performance venues. Vibes may also be available. Please contact John Roberts if there are other needs at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ensembles will receive an allotted time to play and receive immediate feedback from clinicians. Directors may use this time as they desire.
- The Jazz Festival will begin at 8:30 AM and conclude at 5:30 PM. The evening concert will begin at 7:00 PM in Petro Theatre.
- Improvisation and Instrumental Clinics TBA.
- Band Adjudication Registration fees ($150/ensemble) can be paid online via credit card. To register and pay by check, contact email@example.com or call 406.896.5890.
- General Admission Concert Tickets available for $10. Reserve yours today!
- Please call the MSU Billings music office to buy concert tickets by check, cash or will call, or for other information. 406-657-2350
Festival Adjudicators & Clinicians
SEE ALSO: MSUB Jazz Adjudication Form
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/low-brass performer.
Among the varied palette of artists with whom Alex has performed and/or recorded are: Joe Cocker, James Horner, Henry Mancini, Alan Jackson, The Tonight Show, Hans Zimmer, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Johnny Mathis, Lalo Shiffrin, Natalie Cole, Danny Elfman, Ray Charles, Trevor Rabin, Harry Connick Jr., Robbie Williams, Terence Blanchard, John Williams, and Prince. He 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 Hairspray.
He has toured as lead and solo jazz trombonist with the Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson big bands [with whom he has recorded twice]. Today, he performs and records as a regular member of many of the top big bands and jazz groups in the L.A. area including Bob Florence's Limited Edition, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, The Tom Kubis Big Band. He has also recorded and performs with the The Bill Cunliffe Sextet and The David Roitstein Group.
Alex is a trombone and jazz instructor at California Institute of the Arts and California State University, Northridge. He appears frequently as a recitalist, guest soloist, and clinician with schools and organizations throughout the United States, including Indiana University, Oklahoma State University,the Disney Magic Music Days Program and his "alma mater," the Disney All American College Band.
Brennan Baglio is the Director of Choirs at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, where he directs the Studio Singers, Collegiate Chorale, and teaches second year music theory and aural skills classes. Brennan is a native of the Seattle area and previously taught choir, piano, voice, and music technology courses at Bellevue College. Brennan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting, both from Central Washington University.
Brennan is the baritone and tour manager in the professional vocal jazz septet Groove For Thought. With Groove For Thought, he has had the opportunity to perform on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” open for Jay Leno, and perform throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Groove For Thought performed at the 2014 Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in Dallas, TX, has been asked to perform at the 2016 JEN Conference in Louisville, KY, and has performed at American Choral Directors Association Conferences, the Polyfolia World Choral Symposium, the Europa Contact Festival, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the University of Northern Colorado/Greeley Jazz Festival, the Gold Company Invitational, and many other Jazz and Choral Festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Groove For Thought is a previous winner of the Harmony Sweepstakes Competition and has won numerous Contemporary A Cappella Society awards in recent years.
In addition to teaching and performing, Brennan maintains a busy schedule as a studio singer, producer and mix engineer, and arranger. He enjoys arranging for his own ensembles, has published several of his arrangements, and has sung on radio jingles, commercials, and other vocal projects. Brennan also assists in producing and mixing all Groove For Thought videos and recordings.
Scott Jeppesen is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Montana State University Billings teaching Music Theory, Ear Training, Music History, Jazz Combo, and private lessons on saxophone, clarinet, and flute.
Prior to accepting the position at MSUB, Scott lived in Los Angeles for seventeen years. In that time, he performed with Maria Schneider, Bobby McFerrin, Burt Bacharach, Lalo Schifrin, Alan Pasqua, Bill Watrous, Shelly Berg, Manhattan Transfer, Stevie Wonder, Nancy Wilson, Artie Shaw, Bob Mintzer, Dave Brubeck, Natalie Cole, Louis Bellson, Al Jarreau, Steve Miller, Randy Brecker and James Moody…just to name a few. Scott has composed and arranged for many different artists including Steve Miller, Ramsey Lewis, Natalie Cole, Ruben Studdard, Dave Koz, Ledisi, Burt Bacharach, Monica Mancini, Scott Martin, and the PBS Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, which aired in the spring of 2007.
In 2009, he cofounded Cultivating Creative Minds along with his wife, Roxanne, which provides arts instruction to elementary school aged students throughout Santa Clarita, CA.
Scott has also performed clinics for many colleges, high schools, and middle schools around northern and southern California including University of Southern California, Cal State University Sacramento, Brubeck Institute at University of the Pacific, Cal State University Northridge, Cal State University Sonoma, American River College, West Ranch High School, Canyon High School, and Saugus High School. In addition to clinics, Scott is in demand as a featured guest artist. In 2014, Scott was the featured artist with California State University Sacramento jazz ensembles where they performed the music of the Joe Henderson Big Band. In the same year, Scott was the guest artist for the SuperJazz at the Ranch festival in Stevenson Ranch, CA where he performed a duo set with Russell Ferrante of the legendary Yellowjackets.
Bob Bowman, a native Kansan, learned to play the piano and clarinet before beginning to play bass at age 12. He won a scholarship to the Stan Kenton Jazz Clinic as a high school freshman, followed by study at North Texas State University.
In 1976, he joined the famous Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, touring and recording several albums, including the Grammy award-winning “Live in Munich.” Bob continued his performing and recording career by joining the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabakin Big Band in Los Angeles in 1979. He recorded numerous albums as a member of this band, many of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. Bob also had long musical relationships with pianists, composers and arrangers Dan Haerle and Frank Mantooth.
Bob has toured and recorded with many artists including the legendary Carmen McRae, Pat Coil, Freddie Hubbard, Bud Shank, Karrin Allyson, Dan Haerle, Steve Houghton, Steve Allee, Bill Mays, Clay Jenkins, Danny Embrey, Todd Strait, Bob Sheppard, Rod Fleeman, John Stowell, Jerry Hahn, Bobby Watson and others. Bob moved to Kansas City in 1988 where he has been a vibrant part of the jazz scene there. He was a member of the University of Missouri at Kansas City Faculty Jazztet, and leads legendary Kansas City group INTERSTRING.
Bob spends a good part of his time in Montana where he first visited when he was 5 years old, enjoying playing music and the beautiful country year around.