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David MitchellDavid 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 quartet 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 saxophone.

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 HolmPhil 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 - 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 MendenhallDave 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 GreeneJohn 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 LukkassonBrian 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 JohnsonScott 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 nELSONAndy 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
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
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.



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