Since moving to the US in 2005 Eddie Severn has established himself as a leading musician on the Pennsylvania scene.
Eddie’s versatility is evident from his extensive work as a lead trumpet player in the commercial music world to his innovative performances as a soloist playing his own compositions. Severn has performed with many well-known musicians including Maria Schneider, Dave Leibman Big Band, Clay Aiken, The Temptations, Kenny Rogers, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and the English Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being the former lead trumpet player with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for 6 years, he has also performed and recorded music for television, radio and theatre, as well as on numerous pop sessions and touring shows. Eddie is currently a member of the COTA Jazz Orchestra directed by saxophone legend Phil Woods and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Salford in Manchester, England and is currently Director of Jazz Studies at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania.
Dale Orris, an alumnus of Susquehanna University, is well-known throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania as a music educator and performer. He is a former lead trumpeter and jazz soloist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Buddy Rich Big Band. Presently, he is teaching in the Lewisburg Area School District at Donald Eichorn Middle School. He also holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Bucknell University and Lycoming College. In addition to his teaching positions, Mr. Orris performs with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet and is a member of the Commonwealth Brass Quintet and the Columbia Brassworks Quintet. He also performs with many jazz groups throughout Central-Eastern PA, New Jersey, and Maryland. Over the years Mr. Orris has had the opportunity to play behind great artists including Natalie Cole, Mel Torme, Bill Watrous, Aretha Franklin, Burt Bacharach, Tony Bennett, The Temptations, Mannheim Steamroller, and many many others. Mr. Orris is active as an adjudicator and clinician and is a former Pennsylvania State President of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE).
Jazz musician and educator Barry Long was the inaugural Samuel Williams Professor of Music at Bucknell University and the first to receive a doctoral degree (DMA) in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music. A recent fellow at Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, his scholarship studies the intersections of jazz and social justice, particularly during the Civil Rights movement. His recent performative project, Freedom in the Air, incorporates iconic Civil Rights photography by Charles Moore, James Karales, and others with spontaneously improvised reactions to their powerful images. As a trumpeter and flugelhornist Long has performed with such artists as Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, John Clayton, Eliane Elias, Benny Carter, Jim McNeely, and Clark Terry. His research activities include grants from the Brubeck Foundation and the NEH, and publications for Oxford, McFarland Press, IAJE, VH1, and an upcoming jazz appreciation text, Listen to Jazz, for Prentice Hall.
Brian lives in Elysburg, PA with his wife, Dyan, children, Tommy and Amelia, and dog, Bowser. He plays trumpet semi-professionally and performs with Into The Spin, The Dave Stahl Big Band and Sacred Orchestra, The Zeropoint Big Band, The Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra and also free lances throughout PA. He received a B.S. in Actuarial Sciences and a B.A. in Music from Mansfield University, spent two years in the Jazz Studies program at The University of North Texas, and then received his teaching certification through Susquehanna University. He has studied trumpet with Sam Rovito while attending Mount Carmel Area Jr./Sr. High School, Dr. Michael Galloway while attending Mansfield University, Jay Saunders while attending The University of North Texas, and has also taken lessons with Dave Stahl, Eddie Severn, Joe Mosello, and Vaughn Nark. Brian is currently a mathematics teacher at Danville Middle School and also teaches private trumpet lessons from his home.
Jeff Smith is currently the Band Director at Danville Area High School and the Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet at Bloomsburg University. As a performer, Jeff has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He is currently a member of the Clickard Consortium, the Seasoned Big Band, and the Centre Brass Quintet.
D. Michael Damiani
Michael is a freelance Trombonist in the Williamsport area. Earning a Bachelor of Arts from Moody Bible Institute in Trombone/Church Music, he has performed widely with ensembles in Chicago, Allentown, Philadelphia, and Williamsport. Michael has performed with widely varying ensembles, from the Chicago Brass Choir, to Barret Deems Big Band. Currently in addition to the Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra he performs with the Hill to Hill Brass Quintet, the Billtown Brass, the Pennsylvania Trombone Consortium, and Penn Central Wind Band. Michael is an Avid Pilot and flies antique and WW1 and Golden Age aircraft with the Golden Age Air Museum.
William Ciabattari is the director of Bands at Lycoming College and conducts the concert band, jazz ensemble, and pep band; while teaching courses in instrumental conducting, music theory, and music education. In addition to teaching and conducting, Dr. Ciabattari has performed with many professional orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, Canton Symphony, Charleston Symphony (SC), North Arkansas Symphony, the Case Symphonic Winds, the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, the Brass Band of the Western Reserve, and the University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble.
Kevin Henry is an active trombonist and educator in central Pennsylvania. He teaches trombone at Susquehanna University and instrumental music in the Williamsport Area Public Schools. He earned a B.M. with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music and M.Ed. from Penn State. He has performed with many organizations throughout the northeast.
Mark Lusk is the Professor of Trombone at Penn State University. Prior to his appointment, he enjoyed a varied career with such diverse groups as the Woody Herman Thundering Herd, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players. As a member of the Woody Herman Alumni Band, he has performed throughout the United States and abroad. Professor Lusk has performed on Broadway in many shows, including the most recent production of Little Women. His successful career on Broadway has allowed him to play such memorable shows as Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Victor/Victoria, Miss Saigon, and Beauty and the Beast.
Kate Anderson is a saxophonist under the tutelage of David Stambler and Dan Yoder at the Pennsylvania State University. She is a current member of the two premiere ensembles: Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Centre Dimensions in Jazz. In the past, Kate has been a featured artist with Mike Vax's Stan Kenton Alumni Big Band and the U.S. Marine Quantico Jazz Ensemble.
Adam Write is the high school and middle school band director at Montoursville Area School District. He has been singing and playing the saxophone in the area for the past 10 years with many different groups. He is a graduate of Penn State's saxophone studio.
Richard Adams has been active on the Central Pennsylvania music scene for over 20 years. A founding member of Jazzin', he performs regularly and is a guest artist/clinician for Dickinson College, Lock Haven University, Bloomsburg University, and numerous area high schools. Richard studied jazz under Ed Tomasi and Herb Pomeroy at Berklee, and was a private student of jazz legend, Phil Woods. As a concert saxophonist, he has performed with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and is co-founder of the Valley Saxophone Quartet. Richard is an applied saxophone instructor at Lycoming College.
Diana McLaughlin Bailey
Diana McLaughlin Bailey is a graduate of Susquehanna University. She has done graduate work at Indiana University of Bloomington, Indianna University of Pennsylvania, and Boston University. Diana has taught music at all levels in public schools of Montoursville, Danville, South Williamsport and also Lycoming College. She currently teaches in the Canton Area School District where she serves as instrumental teacher of bands and orchestras grades 5 - 12. Diana is a member of the Penn Central Wind Band, Repasz Band, Williamsport Symphony, and Williamsport Saxophone Quartet and freelances in both jazz and classical genres in the area.
Laura Garside has been a band director in the Williamsport Area School District since 2004 and is currently teaching at the Williamsport Area Middle School. She is a graduate of Mansfield University where she participated in Wind Ensemble, Marching Band and Jazz Band for all four of her years there. Laura can be seen, (or rather heard), playing in the pit for many of the area's high school musicals. Her husband, Marc, is the percussion instructor for the Williamsport Marching Millionaires, Penn State University Indoor Percussion, the Hawthorne Caballero's and has recently opened EPIC Percussion Studio in downtown Williamsport. Laura thoroughly enjoys being a part of the WCJO.
Pianist, organist, composer, and arranger, Steve Adams has been performing throughout central Pennsylvania since he moved to the area from Philadelphia in 1979. An original member of the David Rose Band, he has also performed with Cruel Four Days, Jazzin’ and Transcendants, Bop Top, Daddy-O and the Sax Maniacs, The Clickard Consortium, The Zero Point Big Band, The Dave Stahl Big Band, VJQ, the Ann Kerstetter Band, Adams, Stetz & Haynes, the Hammond Brothers, and the Jay Vonada Trio. Steve’s performed with international artists Dave Liebman, Jim Pugh, Virginia Mayhew, Gary Thomas, Tim Warfield, Her Robertson, Eddie Severn, Josh Davis, Nelson Hill, and Paul Smoker.
Tim Breon studied guitar with Ben Sher (NYC) and local guitar legend Dave Brumbaugh (Uptown Music Collective Founder). Mr. Breon is a graduate of the PA Governor's School for the Arts and is the instructor of guitar and electronic music at Lycoming College. From classical to rock, jazz, and country, Tim has shared the stage with some of music's biggest names, and many of today's emerging artists.
Matthew Radspinner has studied music education at Penn State and Mansfield Universities, and Shenandoah Conservatory. Matthew has been a string education specialist for the Williamsport Area School District since 2005 and is a member of the music education faculty of Susquehanna and Bucknell Universities. Radspinner currently serves as the orchestra director at Williamsport Area High School where he directs three orchestras as well as the Millionaire Strolling Strings. Radspinner received the 2009 PADESTA (Pennsylvania/Delaware String Teachers Association) Outstanding Young String Teacher Award. He resides in Williamsport with his wife, Anna, and their daughters, Megan, Elizabeth (Libby), and Nina.
Bobby Leidhecker performs both as a concert and jazz percussionist throughout Pennsylvania and nationwide. Appearing with the world renowned Empire Brass Quintet from 1986 to 1994, he has played on two concert tours of Japan and has performed with the Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Detroit, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Cincinnati, Rhode Island, and Rochester Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed at the South Street Seaport and Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Boston Esplanade, as well as with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Bobby has recorded with The Empire Brass, Andy Otto, The Buzz Jones Big Band, and The Rooke Chapel Choir with Linda Russell.