Board of Directors Alphabetical Listing-Photos & Bios: 2015-2016

 

Bob Breithaupt - Vice President

JEN Vice President Robert Breithaupt is considered one of today’s leaders in music education. He is Professor of Music and Department Chair of Performance Studies at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Since 1978, Breithaupt has developed one of the most recognized undergraduate percussion programs in the United States, producing students that are successful in performing, teaching and the music industry. He was the co-founder of the Summer Drum Set Workshops, author of the textbook The Complete Percussionist, the DVD entitled Snare Drum Basics, presents clinics and seminars worldwide, and is a past-president of the Percussive Arts Society.

In over 30 years of concerts and tours, Breithaupt has performed in diverse solo, group, and orchestral settings and has appeared with a virtual “Who’s Who” of great jazz talents such as Terry Gibbs, John Pizzarelli, Kirk Whalum, and dozens of other notable artists. He regularly performs with many of the nation's finest orchestras along with trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling.

Breithaupt is an artist/endorser and consultant for the Yamaha Corporation, Sabian, Ltd., and Remo, Inc., and has his own signature drum stick line, produced by Innovative Percussion. As a businessman, Breithaupt was one of the founders of Columbus Pro Percussion, Inc. where he was its vice-president for twenty-five years. He is also president of RB Music, Inc., a musical contracting and consulting firm.

Breithaupt served as Executive Director of the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) from 2001-2012, and has also served as the drummer of JAG’s Columbus Jazz Orchestra since 1980.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Breithaupt received Bowling Green State University’s Outstanding Graduate Award, was a fellow in the Jefferson Academy for Leadership and Governance, participated in the prestigious Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts, a joint program of National Arts Strategies and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, was the founding chair of the Columbus Cultural Leadership Consortium and is a board member of Experience Columbus.

Sharon Burch

Sharon Burch​ is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Music, a certified teacher with the International Piano Teaching Foundation, and holds a master’s degree as a Professional Educator.  Sharon chairs the Jazz Education Network Education Committee and serves as an education consultant for Jazz At Lincoln Center.  Sharon has dedicated her life to music education.  The 2015 recipient of the prestigious JEN President's Service Award, Sharon brings her heart for music education combined with her organizational leadership skills to JEN on the education committee. Leading a team of passionate jazz educators, they are ​collecting and compiling jazz education resources for every level establishing a 24/7 network of resources, educators, musicians, and mentors easily accessible on the JEN website.  Another one of the many projects of the education committee, Sharon organized the JEN Education/Outreach professional development workshop day in coordination with the annual conference, an additional benefit for educators in the hosting city and surrounding area.

During her 20+ years teaching pre-k through high school vocal and general music in Iowa, she launched her own company to produce and author the national best-selling Freddie the Frog Book series, interactive storybooks that teach basic concepts of music, including a kid-friendly introduction to jazz.  The business grew into a relationship with Hal Leonard Corporation where she continues to write teaching resources for music education, present workshops, lead professional development, and teach for Vandercook College​. In addition to creating educational resources, she devotes time to JEN outreach through school author visits in elementary schools, reaching thousands of children in interactive jazz story time. Sharon's current work focuses on bringing interactive jazz experiences to children and youth of all ages through workshops and writing jazz education resources for the classroom setting. Working with top jazz artists at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz for Young People Curriculum content and recordings, Sharon is creating lessons designed for teachers who may or may not be trained in America's art form, introducing jazz to the next generation.

 

Caleb Chapman

Caleb Chapman - President Elect

JEN President-Elect Caleb Chapman, as President of Caleb Chapman Music, Caleb directs over 150 of Utah's most talented young musicians in six elite ensembles, including the Crescent City Super Band, which has frequently been hailed as one of the finest youth big bands in the world. Caleb's bands have been featured at may of the world's most prestigious jazz festivals including North Sea (Netherlands), Montreux (Switzerland) Vienne (France), Umbria (Italy), and Puerto Vallarta (Mexico). Most recently, the Crescent City Super Band was featured with Toshioko Akiyoshi at the Telluride Jazz Festival in Colorado. Caleb's bands have also performed with nearly 200 guest artists, including Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Christian McBride, Peter Erskine, Kurt Elling, Wayne Bergeron, Dave Weckl, Jon Faddis, Kirk Whalum, Stefon Harris, Nicholas Payton, Wycliffe Gordon, Lenny Pickett, Jeff Coffin, Greg Osby, and Bob Mintzer. Additionally, his bands have been featured on the Sirus XM "Real Jazz" CHannel and released 8 albums on the Big Swing Face label.

Caleb's students have been honored with 4 DownBeat Awards, including "Best Performing Arts High School Big Band" (2007 & 2010). The band has also won 5 consecutive "Best of State" Awards for Utah and the prestigious Best of State Statu Award identifying the program as the top organization in Arts and Entertainment in Utah, beating out every other professional music, arts, and film organization in the state for the honor.

In 2011 Caleb received the John LaPorta Educator of the Year Award, presented in tandem by the Berklee College of Music and the Jazz Education Network. In 2007 Caleb was the inaugural inductee into the Horne School of Music Hall of Fame and received the "Superior Accomplishment Award" from the Utah Music Educators Association. He is the 2006 recipient of the KUER FM90 "Voice of Jazz Award". Additionally, Caleb serves on the Executive Board of JazzSLC, presenters of the Salt lake City Jazz at the Sheraton Series. Caleb is featured clinician and sponsored performer for Yamaha Saxophones and Rico Reeds.


 

John Clayton

The talents of John Clayton as bassist/composer/arranger/conductor are always in demand within the jazz industry. He graces the cover of JazzTimes Magazine in April, 2009 touting his skills as an arranger.

John has written and arranged music for Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Milt Jackson, Michael Buble, Regina Carter and others. He received a platinum record for his “The Star-Spangled Banner” arrangement sung by Whitney Houston during the 1991 Super Bowl, and has won numerous awards. John has received seven Grammy © nominations and in 2008, he received a Grammy © award for his arrangement of “I’m Going to Live Til I Die” featured on Queen Latifah’s CD “Travlin Light”.

John serves as the Artistic Director for the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, which received the National Medal of Arts in 2007. He is also the Artistic Director for the Port Townsend Jazz Camp and the Vail Jazz Camp.

John co-leads the Grammy © nominated Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with brother and saxophonist Jeff Clayton, and drummer Jeff Hamilton. John and Jeff also co-lead the Clayton Brothers Quintet. Both groups are actively touring and recording.

Clayton began his study of the double bass at 16 when under the tutelage of the famous Ray Brown. His discography includes more than 60 titles.


Rick Drumm 

Rick Drumm is a 34-year veteran of the music products industry.  During his career he was president of D’Addario & Company, president of Vic Firth Inc., CEO of Midco International and director of sales and marketing for Remo, Inc.  Throughout his career, as well as being a senior manager, he has been involved in product development, artist relations and music education.
Rick Drumm studied drums with Ed Shaughnessy, drummer for the Tonight Show and Sonny Igoe, CBS staff musician for the Ed Sullivan and Jackie Gleason shows.
He served in the U.S. Air Force NORAD band and performed with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, and numerous shows and jazz musicians globally.  In 2011, he released his first album, Rick Drumm & Fatty Necroses  to international critical acclaim.
 
Rick is founder and president of Traction Business Coaching, a company dedicated to helping business owners achieve success.  Rick also teaches Music Business & Industry at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.



Timonthy Fellows

Timothy Fellow - Treasurer

Timothy Fellow is managing member and principal of Easton Walker, LLC, a financial consulting and wealth management firm he founded in 2012. Before launching Easton Walker, Timothy served as a financial advisor with Smith Barney and in various operations and management roles with Wells Fargo Private Bank, Wells Fargo Advisors and Wells Fargo Investments. Timothy has focused his career as a financial consultant on fulfilling the unique needs of arts and entertainment professionals. Artist clients advised by Timothy have collectively won ten Grammys, two Emmys and two Academy Awards.

Timothy's background in music and the arts has ranged from roles as a private percussion instructor and professional performer to artist manager and event producer. He continues to foster his interest and support of the arts through nonprofit leadership service. Timothy has contributed to various arts boards as both a director and external consultant providing guidance in the areas of finance and development.

Timothy is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER practitioner and Certified Trust and Financial Advisor.


Dan Flores

Dan Flores is a Senior Vice President and head of litigation at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., a leading entertainment company focused on the production and distribution of film and television content.  Prior to joining MGM in 2013, Dan practiced law for over a decade in the Los Angeles office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.  While in private practice, his clients included major record labels, motion picture studios, television networks, literary publishers, video game developers, and other intellectual property rights holders.  He has broad expertise advising on matters involving copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, federal and state antitrust and unfair competition laws, class actions, labor and employment, business torts, rights of publicity and privacy, participations and residuals accounting, and contract and licensing disputes.  Dan is a member of the Los Angeles Copyright Society and is a past Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Antitrust & Unfair Business Practices Section. Dan received his J.D. in 2002 from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Music from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1999, receiving the Nevada Centennial Medallion as the highest ranked undergraduate.  At UNLV, Dan played saxophone in various jazz ensembles and studied clarinet with Felix Viscuglia, performing in the internationally acclaimed UNLV Wind Orchestra.  He also studied saxophone with Ray Smith at Brigham Young University and clarinet with Christie Lundquist and Kathy Pope at the University of Utah, performing in various jazz ensembles, orchestras, wind ensembles, and chamber groups.  Dan currently serves on the President's Council at the Colburn School, a world-class performing arts school located in Los Angeles.



Daniel Gregerman

Daniel Gregerman

Daniel Gregerman, Choral Director at Niles North High School in Skokie, IL has spent 23 years building an award winning choral program. He directs 5 concert choirs, teaches piano class and directs the top vocal jazz ensemble of three in the program. Applying his deep passion for jazz and education, Gregerman started and built the NNHS vocal jazz program. He was recently named the 2014 John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year by the Jazz Education Network and the Berklee College of Music. His groups have earned national recognition, performing at regional and national conferences, winning multiple Down Beat awards, and performing at festivals both nationally and internationally. Gregermanís ensembles have shared the stage with such names as Diane Schuur, The New York Voices, The Real Group, Take Six, and Janis Segal of The Manhattan Transfer. Known composers such as Jennifer Barnes, Michele Weir, Kirby Shaw, Greg Jaspers, and Gary Fry continue to create musical arrangements and compositions for his ensembles.

Gregerman has served in a variety of leadership roles within the community of education. He is a founding member of the Jazz Education Network, (JEN), where he has volunteered in many different roles including his current role as the Conference Office Coordinator for the Annual JEN Conference. Gregerman has held positions as State and District Chairman of Vocal Jazz for ILMEA, and has been Guest Director for several ILMEA District Jazz Festivals as well as acting as a clinician for vocal groups both locally and around the Midwest. He also founded and hosts the Niles North High School Vocal Jazz Festival, now in its 14th year. Gregerman earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and a Master of Music Degree with an emphasis in Choral Conducting and Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. In addition to his educational commitments, Gregerman shares two beautiful children with his wife Sandra. The family resides in the North Shore of Chicago.


 

Monika Herzig

Dr. Monika Herzig - Secretary

In 1987, the pedagogical institute in Weingarten, Germany awarded a scholarship for a one-year exchange program at the University of Alabama to one of their students, jazz pianist Monika Herzig. Together with her partner and guitarist Peter Kienle, she arrived in the States on a one-way ticket, with one suitcase of belongings and one guitar in August 1988.

Since then she has completed her Doctorate in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where she is now a faculty member teaching courses in Music Industry, Community Arts Organizations, and Creative Thinking Techniques. As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland’s Nighttown, Louisville’s Jazz Factory, the W.C.Handy Festival, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, Columbus’ Jazz & Rib Fest, to name just a few. Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, Italy, Japan, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.

Recently, Herzig has been signed to the Owl Studios label and released the holiday CD “Peace on Earth”. A CD/ DVD combo entitled “Come With Me” is set for publication in Spring 2011. Her previous releases have received rave reviews. Thomas Garner from Garageradio.com writes, “I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout”. As a recipient of the 1994 Down Beat Magazine Award for her composition “Let’s Fool One” and with several Big Band Arrangements published with the University of Northern Colorado Press, Herzig has also gathered international recognition for her writing skills. Monika is the current Secretary of the JEN Board.


 

Mary Jo Papich

Mary Jo Papich - Co-Founder/Past President

Mary Jo Papich, known for her avid support and leadership in arts education, is Co-Founder of the Jazz Education Network (June 1, 2008). JEN is now in all states and 22 countries! She is the artistic director for Jazz Fests for school bands in New Orleans and Puerto Vallarta. Serving public school education for 35+ years, she recently retired as Fine Arts Director for Skokie D219-recognized as one of the finest HS Fine Arts program in the nation; she served 8 years as Fine and Applied Arts Chair at Highland Park High School and coordinated FOCUS ON THE ARTS festival with hundreds of volunteers.   While the district Fine Arts Coordinator of 35 schools in the Peoria Public School System #150  (’92-’01), she founded and directed the Peoria Jazz All Stars whose performances included Montreux, North Sea, and Umbria Jazz Festivals, IMEA Conference, American School Board Association Conference and many other state and local events. Prior to her administrative position, Mary Jo was an award winning band director at Peoria’s Woodruff High School (‘82-’92).  Before leaving Peoria in 2001, she founded a District Preparatory Arts School at Peoria High School. Her early years of teaching were in rural Iowa, Ottumwa and Moulton-Udell K-12 public schools.

Her leadership/honor positions in addition to JEN include: Founder of the Puerto Vallarta Jazz Festival via HP Sister Cities Foundation, serving on the Artistic Access to Excellence Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts and as a member of the Quincy Jones Consortium, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Advisory Board, IAJE, past Illinois Music Educators Association Vice-President, and Highland Park Cultural Arts Commission and many other arts organizations. MJ currently serves on the selection committee for the NARAS Grammy Music Educator of the Year award.

Mary Jo’s recent honors include receiving a Lifetime Jazz Achievement Award from DownBeat magazine, the Arts Inspiration Award from The Art Center, Superintendent’s Recognition Award, Character Counts Award, Huespid Distinguido from the Mayor in Puerto Vallarta and the Prestigious Women in Jazz Award from the Chicago Jazz Ensemble.  Former awards include: PPS Superintendent's Award, and YWCA Leader in the Arts Award. HPHS Patrons of the Arts annually award a Highland Park High School student the M.J. Papich Leadership Scholarship. JEN has honored her with giving the Mary Jo Papich Women In Jazz Scholarship to deserving students at their annual conference.

Papich is the editor of The Jazz Educator’s Cookbook-Creative Recipes for Players and Teachers, a collection of performance tips from outstanding educators put in recipe format for quick reading.  The Jazz Educator’s Cookbook is published by Meredith Music and distributed by Hal Leonard Music. ISBN 978-1-57463-158-6, proceeds go to Jazz Education Network.

Mary Jo, a graduate of Truman State (MO) and Bradley University (IL) was raised in south central Iowa; graduating from Albia Community High School.  Her many presentations include: National Association for Music Education National Conference, many State MEA conferences, Midwest Clinic, IAJE Conferences, Siena Jazz Foundation (Italy), South African Jazz Conference (2008/2010) at the University of Cape Town, Brubeck Institute.  Her professional affiliations include IMEA, NAfME/MENC, ASCD, Illinois Arts in Education Alliance, International Women in Jazz and International Society for Music Education. Papich's vision is that all children will know and appreciate the arts, especially their musical heritage of jazz. 

Her goal is for JEN to be the vital jazz resource today and for JENerations to come!

 

Bob Sinicrope

Bob Sinicrope - President

Bob Sinicrope, JEN President, is a consummate educator and accomplished bassist, is the inaugural recipient of the John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year (2007). The National Youth Development Council award for Outstanding Service (2010) and the DownBeat magazine Acheivement Award for Jazz Education (2010). For forty years Bob has taught in diverse settings. In 1974, he founded the Milton Academy Jazz Program, which he continues to direct. The program has won numerous national and regional awards and produced outstanding graduates including Aaron Goldberg and Steve Lehman. He has also taught in the Peace Corps, for Jamey Aeberold’s Summer Jazz Workshops since 1981, and presented workshops at conferences and schools on six continents. Bob is a highly respected bassist in the Boston area and has performed worldwide.

Bob has forged special connections with South Africa. He has toured there nine times with Milton Academy students performing nationally and delivering over $135,000 worth of donated materials to needy African music programs. He has also traveled to South Africa to teach, perform and serve as an educational consultant.

His five decades of organizational leadership, the breadth of his teaching experience and knowledge, and his forward-looking vision afford him a unique perspective on jazz education. He has a gift for making global connections and forming coalitions with jazz educators, music industry leaders and musicians.


 

Cheryl Slay-Carr

JEN member and attorney Cheryl Slay-Carr has been appointed to the JEN Board of Directors. Her experience with the jazz arts community stems from interaction with the music industry in several spheres: as a faculty member, performer, and entrepreneur/researcher. As Assistant Professor of Music Business for Belmont University, her areas of expertise and academic focus are largely derived from her experience as an entertainment and intellectual property (IP) attorney, and as an author and presenter as a vocalist and on a range of IP and entertainment industry topics. With multiple service to various organizations, Slay-Carr is author of Music Copyright Law (2012); has authored a number of publications concerning music business and law in various journals and books, and has presented workshops across the United States. Having presented research at the Atlanta Conference, Slay-Carr is a member of the Copyright Society of U.S.A., Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society, and the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association.  


Todd Stoll

Todd Stoll has spent nearly thirty years as an educator, performer and leading advocate for jazz. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, (MM) Mr. Stoll has taught at all levels of music education from elementary through collegiate including a decade as curriculum coordinator for Westerville City Schools in central Ohio.  For twenty years he was the founding director of the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra, a community based ensemble, that received both regional and national accolades. Under his direction the CYJO released six CDs, was an Essentially Ellington Finalist and participated in numerous international tours to both Europe and South America. Students from this ensemble went on to study at the most prestigious music schools in the US and many have maintained high profile professional careers. As a leader in the music education community he served as Ohio president of the International Association of Jazz Educators, the inaugural chair of jazz events for the Ohio Music Education Association, and on various national level committees. His work as a curriculum coordinator helped bring jazz to the forefront of many district and later, state music curriculums.  In 2011 Mr. Stoll accepted the position as Vice President of Education for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City where he oversees programs that touch more than 100,000 people as young as 8 months thru the elderly. His leadership at JALC has revived the institutions commitment to the underserved while embracing 21st century technology as a means for greater access to the music. In 2014 the education department at JALC produced over 2800 individual events both in its home at Fredrick P Rose Hall and throughout the US.  Through their innovative Essentially Ellington High School jazz band program, they have distributed over 165,000 previously unavailable Duke Ellington and other seminal arrangers’ scores to high schools that have been performed by more than 500,000 students.

 

Andrew Surmani

Andrew Surmani - Past President

Andrew Surmani, JEN's Immediate Past-President and a Founding Board Member of the organization is a native of Oakland, California who now resides in Los Angeles. Andrew is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Alfred Music. Additionally he is also an Assistant Professor, Music Industry Students for the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communications at California State University, Northridge and is the Academic Lead for the Masters in Music Industry Administration program. He played trumpet in the California All-State Honor Band, the McDonald's All-American Marching Band and Jazz Band, and the Walt Disney World All-American College Jazz Band. Andrew attended California State University, Northridge where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance. While at Northridge he played with the CSUN Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and Jazz "A" Band. He has toured throughout the USA, Europe and Japan, and has performed in the Istanbul (Turkey), Juan les Pins (France), Umbria (Italy), Wigan (England) and the Lake Biwa (Japan) jazz festivals. He has also performed in the concert halls of Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls at Lincoln Center, Fumon Hall in Tokyo, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. After playing lead trumpet in shows at Walt Disney World, Andrew returned to southern California to complete his MBA degree and began working for Alfred Music. He is co-author of Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory, along with his wife Karen Farnum Surmani, a former LA Unified School District music educator and current Early Childhood, Classroom and Vocal Editor for Alfred Music, as well as Morton Manus, President of Alfred Music Publishing. Andrew is the Founder and Past President of the MATES Foundation. He also serves on the Music Technology Advisory Board at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the Advisory Board for Technology in Music Education (TI:ME) and the College Music Society Editorial Board.




Tony White

Tony White

Professional jazz musician, musical director, teacher, philanthropist Tony White is one of those all-around talents whose mastery of the tenor sax, soprano sax, alto sax makes him the perfect headliner as well as the perfect mentor.  White has gained knowledge and encouragement from his mentors including Don Dustin, Buddy Collette, Art Duardo, Frank Harris, Greg Robinson, Bill Helms, Fran Herman and others along the way.  He was honored with the prestigious Bravo Award Finalist and Fulfillment Fund for his work in music education. He also received a UC Riverside Chancellor Award, a Humanitarian Award from the Omni Youth Music Awards and Outstanding Soloist Awards from The National Association of Jazz Educators.
           
White continues to fight the good fight for music appreciation in all its forms. He has been with the band as a volunteer, assistant, assistant director and now head director for a total of 22 years. He manages programs such as the Henry Mancini Institute, Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz, Congressional Awards, festival productions, Inside Out Community Arts, The PEP Tournament, The Harmony Project, Latino Art Beat, Little Kids Rock, the All District High School Honor Band and the Band and Drill Team Championships.  He is currently working with former Tonight Show frontman, Kevin Eubanks, to help develop stronger morals and values in music education.
Each year before the end-of-the-year holidays, White rehearses the All City Marching Band for a schedule of appearances including the famed Rose Parade. He also directs the All City Jazz Band, which has played at the Playboy Jazz Festival.

As a band director, he and his students have shared in many high points, including, in 2009, the All City Jazz Band performing at the White House with Wynton Marsalis. In 2011, White's students from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  White's bands have also performed at Southern California venues such as the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, at Disneyland, Pasadena City College and the MLK (Martin Luther King) Parade in Los Angeles.

In 2003 he recorded his first CD, The Tony White Project, a CD of jazz saxophone stylings accompanied by Minority Report and produced by jazz impresario Billy Mitchell.  He has also played with Gerald Wilson, Billy Mitchell, John Stephens, Bill Green, Dr. Art Davis, John Ehlis, Jose Arellano, Al Viola, Bobby Rodriguez, The LA Mambo Combo, and East Los Angeles Sax Quartet He is a member of the Latin jazz band, St. Lucy's Big Band and also plays with piano accompaniment at coveted nightclub and jazz venues.