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Meet the Musicians

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The following outstanding young musicians have been members of the CFJB:
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pixKevin Marshall played drums with the band in 1989 while a student at Fairmont Heights HS.
pixAndy Mason played clarinet, and tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, with the band in 1994-95. Andy studied music composition at Virginia Commonwealth U. He later played in the Tom Cunningham Jazz Orchestra.
pixTom Mason played piano with the band in 2008-12 while a student at Lake Braddock HS and Northern Virginia Community College.  He also played in the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra.  Tom also plays guitar and harmonica.
pixRachel McCarthy (now Rachel Erickson) played piano with the band in 1989-92 while a student at Langley HS and George Mason U., and rejoined for 1996-98. Rachel was selected for a spot in the band at Kings Dominion theme park. She later became a member of the board of directors of the Potomac River Jazz Club, then served as its President in 1995-6. Rachel is a Certified Public Accountant, and held the piano chair with Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra for several years.  She is married to CFJB alumnus Dave Erickson.
pixDave Miller played drums with the band in 1991. Dave graduated from Earlham College.
pixJim Misa played trombone with the band in 1989-91 while a student at American U., majoring in Music Composition. Jim went on to teach music at a local school, and then continued his teaching in Colorado.  Jim first met his wife on a CFJB band trip.
pixRon Mitchell played banjo and guitar with the band from 1992-97. Ron studied at the Guitar Institute of Technology.  Ron also performed with the LaSalle Dance Orchestra, New Columbia Swing Orchestra and the Sunshine Skiffle Band.
pixMike Mosley played trombone with the band in 1996. Mike was chosen from area-wide auditions to perform in a major jazz concert at Lisner Auditorium. He went on to play in the 296th USARJ Army Dixie Band in Japan.
pixMark Mossey played trumpet and piano with the band in 1995-96 while a student at George Mason U.  Mark later organized traditional jazz gigs in Charlottesville, VA while studying medicine at the U. of Virginia.  Other CFJB alumni frequently showed up on Mark's gigs.   He went on to play with the Hot Jazz Seven in Ohio. Mark is now a Doctor of Medicine and lives in Maryland.
pixMatt Musselman played trombone in the band in 2001-2004 while a student at Walt Whitman High School and Montgomery College. Matt was named to the All-County and All-State Jazz Ensembles. He also performed with King James and the Serfs of Swing, the SingCo Rhythm Orchestra, the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, and the Celestial Sliphorns. A recipient of the Hank Levey Outstanding Soloist Award and a Chantilly Jazz Festival All-Star award, Matt wrote arrangements for the Air Force's jazz ensemble, the Airmen of Note. Matt went on to tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and has performed in New York with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, the Baby Soda Jazz Band, and the Grand Street Stompers.  He currently leads his own traditional jazz band in New York, Grandpa Musselman and the Syncopators, which was selected for the prestigious Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy program and has headlined at Dizzy's Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  Matt graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and then earned a Master's at the Juilliard School of Music. He has worked at the Louis Armstrong House and Museum.
pixDwayne Nitz played drums with the band in 1996-97. Dwayne is also an actor, and has appeared off-Broadway and in films.
pixPaul Olenick played trombone with the band in 1991-93 while a student at Seneca Valley HS.  Paul was a winner of the national Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship awarded by the International Association for Jazz Education, and was also a winner of the East Coast Jazz Festival's Fish Middleton Scholarship, as well as receiving a Thad Jones Memorial Scholarship and a National ARTS Scholarship.  Paul went on to study jazz at the U. of North Texas.  He is now a freelance musician in New York City, performing on trombone and guitar with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Billy May Orchestra and many others.  Paul has toured extensively in North America and Europe, and has performed for broadway shows and films.
pixGabe Osborne played trombone with the band in 2004-2005 while a student at Montgomery Blair HS.  He was named to the All-County Jazz Ensemble and the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra.  Gabe went on to graduate from the U. of Tennessee, where he majored in Jazz Studies. Since then his work has included engagements with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
pixJack Ozment played piano with the band in 2009 while a student at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  Jack was a winner three times in the DC Public Schools Piano Competition, and has played in venues in Barbados and the Bahamas.  He went on to pursue jazz studies at Temple U.
pixKevin Palacky played banjo and guitar with the band in 1991. Kevin studied jazz at Capital U. and the Eastman School of Music, and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth U.  He performed in show bands at Walt Disney World, and went on to play in the Florida-based swing band Swingerhead, which toured nationally.
Nate Panning played drums with the band in 2000-01.  Nate studied at Virginia Polytechnic U.  He was a winner of the Woody Herman Jazz Award.  Nate went on to teach at Seton Junior-Senior High School. He has played in the SingCo Rhythm Orchestra and the Mark Brandt Trio.
pixJohn Paul played piano with the band from 2002-2005 while a student at American U.  John previously studied at New School U. in New York, and went on to continue his studies in Paris.  John's own jazz group Sanga Equation, featuring CFJB vocalist Lena Seikaly, toured in France.  John also played in the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra.
pixChris Pincock played trombone with the band in 1995 while a student at Wootton HS, and rejoined for 1997. Chris went on to study composition at the U. of North Texas, New England Conservatory of Music, and Manhattan School of Music. Now based in Seattle with a master's in music, he has performed with Bob Brookmeyer, Bobby Shew, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Gunther Schuller, David Liebman, and Slide Hampton, and has taught jazz at the U. of New Mexico, Long Island Conservatory, and public schools. He currently divides his time between composing, performing and teaching.
pixAlex Poetzschke played clarinet and alto sax in the band from 2006-2007 while a student at Quince Orchard HS, and rejoined for 2012-13.  He was named to the All-State Jazz Ensemble, and twice to the All-County Jazz Ensemble.  Alex also played in the Jazz Academy of Music All-Stars.  He holds a degree in music from the U. of North Carolina.
pixLiz Prince played tuba in the band from 2003-8 while studying tuba performance and music history at the U. of Maryland.  Liz formerly played in a trad jazz combo at Roosevelt High School.  Liz went on to play gigs in New York City with bands such as Grandpa Musselman and the Syncopators.

pixPete Reardon-Anderson, while a student at Walt Whitman High School, played clarinet and tenor sax in the band from 2001-3, and rejoined for 2005.  He was named to the All-County and All-State Jazz Ensembles, was nominated for the All-Eastern Jazz Ensemble, and was a finalist in the East Coast Jazz Festival's Fish Middleton Scholarship competition.   He won a Down Beat Student Music Award for High School Outstanding Jazz Soloist.  Pete was selected to study with top artists at the Dave Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, and was a winner of the national Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship awarded by the International Association for Jazz Education.  Pete went on to study at the Juilliard School of Music, and was selected for the Kennedy Center's prestigious Jazz Ahead program.  He now freelances in New York City, including gigs with the Baby Soda Jazz Band, the EarRegulars, Dan Levinson, Stan Rubin, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Pete has performed at Blues Alley, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and such New York venues as Carnegie Hall, Village Vanguard and the Blue Note.  He performed in Brazil with Bob Wilber's All Stars, and can be heard playing early jazz on the Grammy-winning Boardwalk Empire soundtrack CD. Pete and his brother Will tour together with their own group all over the U.S. and Japan, playing traditional jazz and later styles, and have produced their own CDs.

pixWill Reardon-Anderson, while a student at Walt Whitman High School, played clarinet and alto sax in the band from 2001-3, and rejoined for 2005. He was named to the All-County and All-State Jazz Ensembles, was nominated for the All-Eastern Jazz Ensemble, and was a second-place winner in the East Coast Jazz Festival's Fish Middleton Scholarship competition. Will was selected to study with top artists at the Dave Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, and won a Down Beat Student Music Award for High School Outstanding Jazz Soloist.  Will went on to study at the Juilliard School of Music, and was selected for the Kennedy Center's prestigious Jazz Ahead program.  He now freelances in New York City, including gigs with the Baby Soda Jazz Band, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, Dan Levinson, Stan Rubin, David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Centennial Band, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.  Will has performed at Blues Alley, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and such New York venues as Carnegie Hall, Village Vanguard and the Blue Note.  He performed in Brazil with Bob Wilber's All Stars, and can be heard playing early jazz on the Grammy-winning Boardwalk Empire soundtrack CD. Will and his brother Pete tour together with their own group all over the U.S. and Japan, playing traditional jazz and later styles, and have produced their own CDs. 
pixChris Riegger played clarinet, and alto, tenor and soprano sax, with the band in 1997-98 while a student at George Mason U.  Chris also performed with Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra and the New Columbia Swing Orchestra.  He went on to study jazz at the U. of North Texas.
pixJesse Rodefer played drums with the band in 1992-93. Jesse studied at Berklee School of Music. He later played with the New Columbia Swing Orchestra.
pixJay Rosenthal played drums and vibes with the band in 1998 while a student at Richard Montgomery HS.  He won a jazz improvisation award at the Montgomery County school jazz festival. Jay went on to attend the U. of Maryland, and now teaches percussion.
pixLena Seikaly was vocalist with the band from 2003-8, doubling on clarinet and piano, while a student at McLean HS and then the U. of Maryland.   Lena is an accomplished singer of both jazz and opera.  She was named to all-district and all-state choirs.  She was a finalist for the Washington Post's Music and Dance Scholarship, and has won awards for acting and art.   Lena has been the featured artist at Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society concerts, and toured France with Sanga Equation, a jazz band led by former CFJB pianist John Paul.  She was selected for a private session with renowned mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, and also won the Eleanor Searle Whitney McCollum Voice Award and the Roberta Peters Voice Award awarded by the National Society of Arts and Letters, placing fifth in national competition.  Lena was selected for the Kennedy Center's prestigious Jazz Ahead program, and was an Artist-in-Residence at Strathmore.  She has served on the jazz faculty of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  In addition to leading her own jazz trio, Lena is a member of Dave Robinson's Conservatory Classic Jazz Band, and has also sung with the Kalahari Jazz Band and the LaSalle Dance Orchestra, as well as the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Army Blues.
pixMike Shade played banjo and guitar with the band from 2001-06 while a student at Herndon High School and George Mason U.  He was a recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, and he received an Outstanding Soloist award at the Nashville Band Competition.  Mike was also named the Northern Virginia winner and East Coast runner-up in the Guitar Center's "Guitarmageddon" competition.
pixHalley Shoenberg played clarinet and alto sax with the band in 1997-98.   Halley studied at Indiana U. and Florida State U.  In 1998 she toured Germany with the Washington Symphony Orchestra.  Halley has performed with local big bands including the New Columbia Swing Orchestra, LaSalle Dance Orchestra, Craig Gildner Big Band, and Tom Cunningham Orchestra. She currently plays with the Blue Sky Five, and leads her own Hot Gumbo Sextet as well as her own modern quartet.
Marc Sorel played piano with the band in 2000 while a student at Walt Whitman HS. Marc was named to the All-County Jazz Ensemble, and won a Best Soloist Award at Maryland's scholastic jazz festival. Marc went on to graduate from Yale U., and plays freelance gigs in the D.C. area.
pixZach Stamler played clarinet and tenor sax with the band in 1999-2000 while a student at Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS.  He was named to the All-County Jazz Ensemble.  Zach went on to attend Ithaca College where he majored in jazz studies.
pixKirsten Thien was vocalist with the band in 1993-94 while a student at Georgetown U.  Kirsten now tours and records with her own group in New York City.
pixPat Tiglao played drums with the band in 1993-95 while a student at Washington-Lee HS.
pixAlvin Trask played trumpet with the band in 1991 while a student at Howard U.  Alvin now directs the Montgomery College Jazz Ensemble, and has performed with the Craig Gildner Big Band.
Andrew Velez, a grad student at George Mason U., has played trumpet with the band since 2009.  He majored in music composition, and is now pursuing a Master's in secondary education.  Andrew toured China with the GMU Jazz Ensemble, and was twice selected to attend Banff International Music Camp under scholarship.  He also directs a youth choir and leads his own jazz quintet.
pixJohn Voigt played drums with the band from 2005-8 while a student at Walt Whitman HS.  He went on to attend Evergreen State College in Washington state, with aspirations to be a professional musician and film director.
pixRob Voigt played clarinet and alto sax in the band in 2003-4 while a student at Walt Whitman HS.  Rob also played with the Walter Salb Big Band.  He went on to attend Vassar College, double-majoring in physics and music.
William Wadsworth, a graduate of the U. of Maryland, has played drums with the band since 2012.  William received the Outstanding Senior in Jazz award.
pixWill Ward played banjo and guitar with the band in 2000-1 while a student at Walt Whitman HS.  He was named to the All-County Jazz Ensemble, and also played in the Washington Conservatory Big Band.   Will went on to attend the U. of Pennsylvania.
pixDerek Waters played tuba with the band in 1991 while a student at Howard U.

Tyler Waters played drums with the band in 2012-13 while a student at George Mason HS.  Tyler also played in the jazz group Guava, as well as the Levine Virginia Big Band.  He was named to the All-State Jazz Ensemble.  Tyler also plays vibes, and is now studying jazz performance and composition in college.

pixPhil Weitzman played banjo and guitar with the band in 1998-99 while a student at Sidwell Friends School.  He was a winner of the National Guitar Summer Workshop Jazz Competition.  Phil went on to attend the Manhattan School of Music.
pixDave White played trumpet with the band in 1992-94.  A graduate of West Virginia U., Dave went on to play in the First Corps Army Dixieland Jazz Band in Washington state, and studied to be a music educator.
pixLee Williams played clarinet and alto sax with the band in 1992-94 while a student at Suitland HS.
pixJuna Winston played trombone with the band from 2006-8 while a student at the U. of Maryland, where he completed his major in trombone performance.  He has played in many campus bands, and was selected for one of the bands at Busch Gardens.  Juna also performed with the SingCo Rhythm Orchestra.
pixMike Wittman played trombone with the band from 1999 to 2003. Mike graduated from the U. of Virginia.
pixAdam Yarian played piano with the band from 1999-2004 while a student at Thomas Pullen Middle School and Roosevelt HS.   After winning the World Champion Old Time Piano Player Contest--Junior Division in Illinois three times, he went on to win the Senior Division three successive years, starting at the age of 18, and became a Retired Champion.  Adam then became a featured performer at national ragtime festivals.  After earning a degree in classical and jazz performance from the U. of Southern California, Adam went on to earn a law degree at the U. of Chicago, and now practices law in Los Angeles.

pixAdam Yost played trumpet with the band in 2000 while majoring

in music performance at George Mason U.  Adam went on to attend James Madison U.

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