| David Mitchell - Director
David Mitchell has been a professional jazz
musician, educator, and businessman for the past 30 years.
Over the past 11 years, David's jazz
has done over 600 performances and clinics
in Twin Cities' schools for thousands of young musicians,
all funded by a grant. David's main instrument is the
David has studied and played with numerous well known
jazz musicians including Louis Bellson, Eddie Daniels,
Lou Marini, and Dave Liebman. David has taught jazz
theory and performance in a variety of settings, to
students ranging from grade school to college. David
was also founder and president of an Inc. 500 computer
consulting company, and received a state Entrepreneurial
award from Governor Arne Carlson.
Phil Holm - Director
Trumpeter Phil Holm has performed in the Twin Cities for many years. He graduated
from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education.
Holm has over 20 years of experience as a jazz educator. A former band director
at Southview Middle School in Edina, he now appears at many jazz festivals around
the country as an adjudicator & clinician. He also plays regularly with the
rock-horn band Casablanca Orchestra (CBO), and formerly played with the Stud
Brothers. Holm also performs with the jazz fusion big band, Bozo Allegro.
Bill Henry - Director
Bill Henry has been a band director in Minnesota for the last 37 years. He taught instrumental music at Eastview High School in Apple Valley from the opening of the school in 1997 and also served as the music and dance department coordinator. Previous positions include Rosemount High School, Scott Highlands Middle School and the Albert Lea Public Schools. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College and a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University. He is an accomplished jazz pianist, big band arranger, and has served on the board for both the Minnesota Music Educators and the Minnesota Band Directors Associations. In 2011, he was recognized by the Minnesota Music Educators Association as Minnesota Music Educator of the year. Bill's Eastview Jazz Ensembles earned outstanding recognition in many regional jazz festivals and rave reviews for Eastview's annual Bravo productions.
Dave Mendenhall - Director
Dave Mendenhall has spent the last 36 years as a music educator in Apple Valley, MN and freelance musician in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. His school jazz ensembles and bands have played at numerous festivals and conventions, earning outstanding recognition by educators and clinicians alike. After retiring in 2010, he continues to be involved in musical pursuits. While continuing to perform music, he has worked for McNally Smith Music College in education outreach, has been the educational chair for the JazzMN Orchestra, served as clinician for various music festivals as well as working to publish educational band methods. Dave has enjoyed being the conductor for the 2012 MBDA All State 6-8 Concert Band, the 2013 All District 196 Mid Level Honor Band, the 2013 All State 7-9 Jazz Ensemble and the 2014 Mounds View All District Mid Level Honor Band.
John Greene - Director
John retired in 2015 after 37 years of teaching grades 5-12. He was most recently at Falcon Ridge Middle School in Apple Valley, where he taught 8th grade bands, jazz ensemble, and percussion ensemble. John was named 2013-2014 "Music Educator of the Year" by the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA). Under His direction, the Falcon Ridge Middle School Jazz Ensemble was awarded numerous honors at the UW-Eau Claire and UW-La Crosse Jazz Festivals, and appeared at the MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic. As an adjudicator, he has judged throughout the U.S. and Canada. John was an MMEA Board member as jazz chair and has conducted both the Minnesota All-State Jazz Ensemble and the MBDA Middle Level State Honors Jazz Ensemble.
Brian Lukkasson - Director
Brian Lukkasson is director of bands at Spring Lake Park High
School and is on the founding board of the Minnesota Jazz Educators
Association. At Spring Lake Park, he directs two concerts bands and
leads the jazz program, which consist of 2 large ensembles and a combo
that are taught through a composition and transcription based
curriculum. Brian received a Bachelor of Arts in trombone performance at
the University of Minnesota, Morris where he studied jazz pedagogy with
Jim "Doc" Carlson. He also earned a Masters in Music Education with an
instrumental focus from the University of St. Thomas.
Scott Johnson - Director
Since graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1987 with a Bachelor's of Music, Scott has been an active music educator and performer on both the local and national levels. He has toured with various jazz, R&B, and Broadway show groups. His recording credits include legends Charles Brown, Big Jay McNeally, and Lowell Fulson. He has shared the stage with luminaries such as James Brown and Etta James. Scott maintains a very active private teaching schedule and is a staff member of the Shell Lake Summer Jazz Program.
Andy Nelson - Director
Andy has taught instrumental music in public schools for over 12 years, including Ramsey Middle School in Minneapolis, Ramsey Junior High in St. Paul, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and in the Brooklyn Center Public School system. Andy grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota and comes from a family of musicians and educators. He received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from DePaul University in Chicago in 1997, and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of St. Thomas in 2010. In addition to teaching, Andy is a professional woodwind specialist and has performed with many bands in the Twin Cities, Chicago, and New York City.
Tom Lewis is a jazz bassist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He works frequently
with a variety of national jazz artists visiting the Twin
Cities. These include, Jim Rotundi, Benny Golson, Lew
Tabackin, David Hazeltine, Mose
Allison and many others. In the Twin Cities he is an active
member of the jazz scene and performs regularly with top local
jazz artists in night club and concert settings. Tom also
teaches privately and performs at concerts and jazz
clinics in the Twin Cities school system.
Brad Eggen combines 40 years as a professional
trumpet player and teacher with a legal practice and the
role of President of the Twin Cities Musicians Union. He
has performed big band, jazz and rock, gigging and writing
original compositions and arrangements for groups like the
Macalester Big Band and local showbands Gangbusters and Danny's
Reasons. As President of the Musicians Union, he works to
improve the careers of 1500 AFM musicians in the jazz and
orchestra field in the Twin Cities. As a personal injury
trial attorney, he has been named a Super Lawyer by his
peers in each of the past three years. Brad donates his
legal services to Youth in Jazz, Inc. and the Minnesota
Youth Jazz Bands program.