Genesis Summer Guest Artist Series
The Genesis Summer Experience will feature a new platform to serve our members and their development as professionals. Our Guest Artist Series will feature many local and world renowned musicians, artists and leaders in a masterclass and performance format. The Guest Artist Series will be live to our 2021 performers and then broadcast to our fans and is included to all of the members of the Genesis 2021 Summer Experience. A full calendar of performances and masterclasses will be available June 1st.
Guest Artists and Performers
Jazz is the great leveler as an art form and one of today’s most brilliant contemporary jazz artists to bless us with her story, is Aubrey Logan. A singer, trombone player and a songwriter, her body of work is underscored by the integrity of a performer that is able to stretch herself emotionally across a musical landscape that defies description. Complex and still retaining the intimacy of stories that are both personal and inspiring, Aubrey is able to bring a wealth of experience to her song writing that touches the deepest part of the human experience. Recognized on the global stage as a performer who can deliver in the most informal of settings and then to huge festival audiences, her work is praised as being accessible, fresh and dynamic. It shines a light on an artform that can at times appear exclusive and hard to connect with. Aubrey certainly flips that narrative on its head and allows the music to bask in the sunlight; introducing new generations of listeners to her world of sophisticated songs. With a number one album ‘Where the Sunshine is Expensive’ already under her belt, Aubrey returns to the spotlight with her follow up collection, STANDARD. Once again diving deep into her Jazz roots, STANDARD is a journey into her musical past with covers of the some of the most recognizable tracks that have ever been made, plus her original work ‘Done Pretending’ and ‘Louboutins 2.0’. Having worked with some incredible names in the past, including Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Josh Groban, Smokey Robinson, Patrice Rushen and Pharrell Williams, Aubrey can bring those unique perspectives to the music she delivers. Moving between Jazz, Funk, tender love songs, to Calypso-infused rhythms and traditionally inspired fusions, her vocals and trombone playing sway between the caress of a long-lost love to triumphant powerhouse performances that simply blow the mind. As the world has endured the most difficult year, Aubrey continues to produce music that brings hope, joy and that touch of fun to her audiences. Sassy, undeniably gifted and with talent to burn, Aubrey Logan is that Jazz artist that you need in your life. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aubreyloganmusic/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aubrey_logan/?hl=en YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/aubreyloganmusic Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5GIBLQgzkZKjBDRhVQ4j1z?si=5dH28ANCQhOMm38c4_MQEg Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/aubrey-logan/878480635
FivE is a creative and innovative new quartet that pushes the boundaries of low brass chamber music. Combining comedy and theater with outstanding musicianship, FivE brings fresh energy to a unique musical product. Conceived in 2012, FivE has attracted national attention for its distinguished sound, popular YouTube videos, and success in chamber music competitions. In 2013, FivE was selected internationally as one of twelve ensembles to compete in the 40th Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the largest of its kind in the world. FivE is the only euphonium quartet ever to advance to the Fischoff quarterfinals. The recent emergence of euphonium quartet as a serious performing ensemble coincides with a need to expand the canon of original repertoire. As a result, FivE composes, arranges, and adapts new music and old favorites specifically tailored to the strengths of the ensemble while combating the difficulties of arranging for homogeneous instruments. FivE performed their popular shows “NEON”, “#hashtags”, and “FivE Years of FivE” in over a dozen cities since 2015. Highlight performances include a featured recital at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, a showcase at the TMEA convention, and four keynote appearances at ITEA conferences. The quartet also regularly gives clinics and has toured through Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Individually, the members of FivE have excelled in prestigious solo and composition competitions. Their successes include first prizes in the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, the MTNA Young Artist Solo and Composition Competitions, ITEC Young Artist Competition, Euphoniumcommissions.org, and University Concerto Competitions. In the Fall of 2017, FivE released their first full album titled “Play” on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and other popular media platforms. FivE is a performing ensemble with Buffet Crampon and plays exclusively on Besson instruments.
Andre Hayward is an extremely gifted trombonist with the sound and clarity reminiscent of the late J.J. Johnson. His gospel-tinged approach is refreshing and will warm the hearts of anyone he comes in contact with. He is by no means a purist and can function in a wide range of musical settings. Born in Houston, Texas in 1973, Hayward's first exposure to the world of music was through his parents, Melvin and Barbara Hayward where musical talent exists on both sides. Hayward began playing trombone and tuba at the age of 11 under the tutelage of Leon Schreiber and 2 years later with Bob Odneal who was lead trumpeter for Maynard Ferguson. Hayward continued playing through high school where he attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts under the direction of notable jazz educator Robert “Doc” Morgan. He continued to hone his skills with Houston's legendary educator Conrad O. Johnson. It was Conrad's instruction, and the opportunity to work in his big band “The Big Blue Sound,” where he really started to gain experience working in an ensemble. He landed his first engagement with trumpeter Roy Hargrove for a European tour after being heard at a jam session during a festival while playing with the Texas Southern University Jazz Ensemble. After Hargrove, Hayward performed and recorded with singer/bandleader Betty Carter for five years in her acclaimed “Jazz Ahead”program. Other acclaimed performers include Joe Williams, Slide Hampton, John Lewis, Mingus Dynasty Big Band, Gerald Wilson, Kirk Whalum, Jimmy Heath, The Duke Ellington Orchestra and Illinois Jacquet's Big Band. His most recent performance credits are The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra of eight years. He is also a new member of The San Francisco Jazz Collective led by Joshua Redman. In 2003, he received first place and a $20,000 scholarship at the International Thelonious Monk Trombone Competition in Washington,DC. Hayward is also an educator who has conducted numerous clinics and workshops in various parts of the US and overseas. He serves as adjunct trombone professor at both The New England Conservatory and New York University.
Horn/High Brass Masterclass
David Nowell is a native Texan that currently resides in Austin,Texas. Mr. Nowell is a former student of Mrs. Karen Houghton and attended the prestigious Interlochen Center For The Arts studying with Dr. and Mrs. Ellen Campbell. Following his time at Interlochen he attended the Moody School of Music at the University of Alabama studying with Charles “Skip” Snead. For the past 7 years, he has maintained a full time private horn studio in Central Texas wherein his students have ranked among the top high school horn players in state. His students have been accepted into Northwestern University, Peabody Conservatory, Southern Methodist University, Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, University of Texas, Texas Christian University, and Oklahoma State to study music. As a freelancer Mr. Nowell plays in many community ensembles with his students, gigs frequently in the area, and is a full time substitute with the Temple Symphony. Mr. Nowell plays a custom Kortesmaki Geyer Model horn and mouthpiece.
Trumpet/High Brass Masterclass
Mikio Sasaki is a member of Saint Louis Brass and an instructor of trumpet at Texas Lutheran University. Currently based in Austin, TX, where he is pursuing a doctorate of musical arts at the University of Texas, Mikio was previously in New York City as an active freelance musician and adjunct lecturer and director of the Brooklyn College Brass Ensemble at Brooklyn College. He has performed with a wide range of groups such as San Antonio Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Austin Symphony, Talea Ensemble, American Composers Orchestra, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Chamber Music Northwest, yMusic, and Broadway’s Matilda. Mikio earned degrees from the Juilliard School (BM) and the Yale School of Music (MM) with teachers Raymond Mase, Mark Gould, and Allan Dean.
Kris Kimura is an award winning vocalist and woodwind specialist based in the “Live Music Capital of the World” – Austin, TX. For almost two decades, Kris has performed with many of Austin’s best bands including Ghandaia, Grupo Fantasma, Dario y su Comborican, Mr. Fabulous, Rotel & the Hot Tomatoes, the Pictures, Boombox, Monster Big Band, and MANY others. Kris has also shared the stage with many national and international artists including Michael Feinstein, Johnny Mathis, George Duke, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Doug Lawrence, Marcus Printup, the Temptations, the O’Jays, the Buckinghams, Arthur Latin, Butch Miles, Ignacio Berroa, Ndugu Chancler, and many others. In addition to a very busy career as a sideman in various projects, Kimura has led his own bands – The Kris Kimura Quartet/Quintet, the Kris Kimura Jazz Orchestra, the Wasabi Big Band, and the Wasabi Grandé Big Big Band.
Matthew Maldonado - Saxophone Versatile saxophonist and music educator, Matt Maldonado, currently resides in Austin, TX as one of the top call musicians in the central area. Not only will you find him performing on a nightly basis, Maldonado is also pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas. At the university, he is currently the director of the Jazz Ensemble, he teaches private saxophone lessons, and holds master classes on topics regarding jazz saxophone at the UT Summer Jazz Improvisation Camp. As an active student-performer and educator, Maldonado recently earned the Eleanor Stribling Award for Excellence in Jazz Performance. As a performer in the greater Central Texas area, Maldonado is known for being a versatile multi-instrumentalist that always keeps a busy performance schedule. Even though he performs as a side man, he also has his own group, the Matt Maldonado Experience (MME). Maldonado also performs at universities and High Schools across Texas. Most recently he was asked to perform as a guest soloist playing saxophone, flute, and clarinet with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble. Maldonado has also performed with musicians such as Butch Miles, Doug Lawrence, Paquito D'Rivera, Conrad Herwig, Wayne Bergeron, Claudio Roditi, Bob Mintzer, and Vincent Herring. Maldonado holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Texas State University and a Masters of Music from the University of Texas.
Cat Clemons is an Austin, TX based guitarist/vocalist and bandleader specializing in roots music and improvisation. You can catch Cat almost every night of the week playing around Austin, TX with diverse artists like Ben Balmer, Motenko, Whitney Rose, Selena Rosanbalm, and the Hot Texas Swing Band, as well as with his own genre bending outfit, the Cat Clemons Corporation. Cat released his debut album with the CCC, "Veering Left, Toward Indiana", in 2019 and is currently working on the 2nd CCC album and a Western Swing themed solo guitar album.
FRAN KICK, educational consultant, author and professional speaker, is the creator and presenter of KICK IT IN® a series of self-motivational personal leadership presentations and materials. Since taking an educational leave of absence from teaching in 1991, he has developed his part time speaking adventure into a full time mission. Today, Fran presents over one hundred programs every year across the country to thousands of college/university, high school and junior high/middle school students, plus the many people who work with them. In addition, he works with association/convention and corporate organizations who are actively engaged in teaching and reaching kids. Fran speaks at many state, regional & national conferences and has consulted with numerous schools, organizations & companies. From fifth-grade students to Fortune 500 professionals Fran Kick always KICKs IT IN! In 1999, he earned the National Speakers Association’s most prestigious designation the CSP or Certified Speaking Professional. (You have heard of a CPA designation for accountants… this is a similar designation for speakers.) Every year from 1992-1997 Fran presented over a dozen Regional Leadership Workshop programs with Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc., a nationally recognized seminar/workshop company specializing in youth. In addition to his busy travel schedule, Fran taught as a consulting adjunct faculty member at Wilmington College (Ohio) and served as the consulting director for the Wilmington Leadership Institute from 1995-1998. During this time, Wilmington College was recognized by the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs and the Higher Education Research Institute as one of the top 16 programs in the U.S. The program was also selected for inclusion in the 7th Edition of the Center for Creative Leadership Education Source Book. Having spent three years as a psychology assistant in a clinical practice as well as a consulting associate for a child & youth development center, Fran has experience counseling students weekly on a one-to-one basis. He has also appeared on television a number of times including WDTN-TV News, an NBC affiliate, and WRGT-TV, an affiliate of the FOX Television Network, where he was the host and co-producer for the TV show TEENTALK.
Conducting and Leadership
Joshua Gall serves as the Director of the Longhorn Pep Band, Assistant Director of the Longhorn Band, and Assistant to the Director of Bands. Prior to his appointment at the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Gall was a Doctoral Conducting Associate at the University of Florida and also taught in the public schools of Hanover and Stafford, Virginia. Mr. Gall has an extensive background in the marching arts. He served as a both a member and brass specialist for The Cadets, is currently on staff with the 2014 DCI Silver Medalist, The Bluecoats, and designs drill for the 2014 DCI Open Class Bronze Medalist, Genesis Drum Corps from Austin, TX. Currently, he serves in the role of guest clinician, program coordinator, music composer and arranger, and drill writer for over fifteen programs annually and has written over 40 original shows receiving medal distinction in BOA (Bands of America), USSBA (U.S. Scholastic Band Association), TOB (Tournament of Bands), and WGI (Winter Guard International). He is also frequently in demand as a guest conductor for concert ensembles around the country. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Gall actively contributes to the music industry as an owner of Ultimate Drill Book which supports programs such as Genesis, Bluecoats, Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment, the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band and over 50 other high school and collegiate programs around the country. He also has an extensive background in recording and production as he coordinated a family-owned recording and production company for 12 years that specialized in the recording of the performing arts. Mr. Gall oversaw the production of over 4,000 audio and video recordings that were distributed nationally and included events such as the Richmond Symphony Concert Series, USSBA National Championships, WGI Regionals, All-Virginia Band and Orchestra Concerts, State Marching Festivals, and approximately seventy other events annually. Mr. Gall holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied conducting with Dr. Terry Austin and Daniel Myssyk, Tuba with Dr. Ross Walter, and percussion with Sergeant Major William Messerschmidt of the United States Army Band. He also holds the Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida where he studied with Dr. David Waybright. He is currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education with a cognate in Instrumental Conducting.
Composition and Arranging
Key Poulan is a composer and arranger with an expertise in the marching arts. He has composed and/or arranged for the world’s most famous drum corps including the Santa Clara Vanguard, Mandarins, Genesis, Glassmen, Spirit of Atlanta, Cascades, Spartans, Fusion Core, Hurricanes, Caballeros, Sunrisers, Raiders, Millennium (Italy), Juliana (Netherlands), Siamyth (Thailand), Star United and the Mass Brass Mini Corps. He is currently on the design team for the Virtual Arts Indoor Winds Program through WGI and was the wind arranger for the WGI group Chromium Winds (The Cavaliers) and won back-to-back Gold Medals in their first 2 years of existence. As the owner of Key Poulan Music, he has been recognized as one of the country’s top arrangers and composers in the area of contemporary marching band, has several concert band works to his credit. His marching band arrangements have won several national titles at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Championships. His works have won many state titles throughout the United States and have been performed around the world. His transcription of “The Promise of Living” from Copland’s “Tender Land” was extremely well received at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival and his original works “Carnegie Fanfare and Dance” and “A Fortune in Steel” were premiered at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. As an alumnus from East Texas State University (Now Texas A&M, Commerce), Key explored his love for percussion through a recently commissioned marimba solo project titled “Scarabs”. Formal Education Key Poulan graduated from Marshall High School in Marshall, Texas in 1980 after starting band in Lindale Texas. Key received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from East Texas State University (currently Texas A & M – Commerce) in 1985 and had the opportunity of studying under many fine educators including: Gary Hill, Dave Ward, Dr. Robert Houston, and Dr. Gene Lockhart. Key studied trombone under the late Dr. Neill Humfeld and composition with Dr. Ronald Yates and Dr. Margaret Wheat at ETSU. Key also credits his success to his mentors: Philip Geiger, Bill Watson, Eddie Green, Dr. Lawrence Sutherland, Dr. Gary Gilroy, Dr. Jerry Payne, Melvin Reddic, Hubert “Butch” Almany and the person who started him on trombone in the 5th grade – Jasper Huff.
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Visual Consultant Masterclass
Originally from Binghamton, NY, Chris discovered his love for color guard and the marching activity at age 12. From 2001 to 2007, he attended Susquehanna Valley MS and HS performing with the marching band, color guard, concert band and spending his last two years serving as Drum Major. In 2006, Chris made the jump during his junior year to independent color guard. He spent several years performing with Spectrum Winterguard, primarily in the Independent Open class, as well as the A and World Class. He served as Guard Captain in ’09, ’10 and ’11. Chris has also marched with The DCA finalists Syracuse Brigadiers Drum and Bugle Corps from ’07 – ’08. At the age of 16, Chris began to choreograph and stage for small programs throughout upstate New York. Following HS, he spent a short time studying at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and then spent four years as an Operating Room assistant at a regional trauma center. During this time, he served as designer, choreographer and/or director for a number of programs. His experiences led him to transition to Texas in the summer of 2013. Some programs he has worked with include: University of Wisconsin - Whitewater (WI), Spectrum (NY), Greater Johnstown HS (NY), Round Rock HS (TX), Westwood HS (TX), New Braunfels HS (TX), Cedar Ridge HS (TX), North Shore HS (TX), Dripping Springs HS (TX) and Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps (TX). Chris currently resides in Austin, TX, where he is spending his seventh year as Colorguard Director at McNeil HS and third year as Co Director of Origins Colorguard. Outside of McNeil and Origins, Chris also designs, stages and choreographs for numerous groups across the country both as a freelance artist as well as working for SperlingDesigns. Outside of pageantry, Chris enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, coffee with friends and the endless pursuit of craft beer. He is a firm believer that laughter truly is the best medicine and never takes life for granted.
Visual Design Masterclass
Drawing inspiration from his nearly 20 years of Drum Corps involvement as a member, drum major and instructor, Stuart has been influenced by some of the best designers and educators in the world. He is currently the Visual Designer for the World Class Drum Corps Genesis. and is on the Education Team for Ultimate Drillbook. Previously, Stuart taught the Santa Clara Vanguard, The Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment and The Academy drum corps. Stuart holds a Master of Music in Conducting from Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMUC) and a Bachelor of Music Education from Ottawa University. Before becoming a full time marching arts designer, Stuart was the Assistant Director of Bands at TAMUC and was a high school band director in Texas where his bands consistently received UIL Sweepstakes and were also Finalists at the UIL State Marching Championships. Stuart currently resides in Frisco, Texas, with his wife Rachel, their two children Ryker and Sloan, and their three dogs; Jazzy, Phoebe and Dani.
Chris Cook is elated to be entering into his second year as the director of the McKinney High School Color Guard. Mr. Cook’s experience in the performing arts spans over 15 years, during which he has worked as a visual performing arts consultant specializing in choreographic services, technical program development and enhancement, and show design consultations. He has worked with a variety of performing arts programs and notable events including: Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment, Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, Reverie, Cypress Independent, UCF Pegasus A, Open, and World, Orlando Visual, Lyman High School, William R. Boone High School, West Shore School District, and the Super Bowl LI Half Time Show. Prior to joining McKinney High School, Mr. Cook worked as an associate representative for the Universal Studios Orlando program development team where he helped to develop, improve, and implement various educational programs for the theme park. While with Universal, he was integral to the development of the youth program, Marketing is Universal: Keeping the Guest at Heart, including educational content, slide decks, activities, and supplemental documents used for the program. He also assisted in the enhancement of programs such as Sound Design: Music and the Art of Foley, The Business Learning Series, Dance is Universal!, Food for Thought, and Transformers Roll Out. Mr. Cook currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Business from the University of Central Florida.
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Audio Visual Design
Shawn Glyde is a U.S. based recording artist, drum teacher, author and marching percussion arranger•writer•instructor. He has been a staff percussion arranger for GPG since its inception back in 2005. Shawn was a drum corps student of Gary P. Gilroy’s before being hired by Gary at Beyer HS (Modesto, CA) as their Percussion Caption Head. During Dr. Gilroy’s tenure as the Fresno State Director of Bands, Shawn was the head of Marching Percussion Arranging for the University’s marching band. In addition, Shawn is currently part of the music arranging staff for the Concord Blue Devils (Concord, CA) 2009-present, Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps (Austin, TX), Arsenal Sound Sport Team (El Paso, TX), Clovis North HS (Fresno, CA) as well as several other band programs throughout the United States. Shawn’s areas of expertise include drumline and front ensemble arranging, marching band show concepts and designs, drum set arranging and electronics design (ie; custom MainStage sound files, sound design, samples, dialogue and vocal tracks and audio engineering). In addition to being an in demand marching percussion specialist, Shawn has recorded three solo instrumental jazz•fusion type albums highlighted in Modern Drummer Magazine. He has also recently been featured as a guest artist performing his original compositions for string orchestra and drum set. He has authored several method books for drumline and drum set studies and teaches at his private lesson studio in Clovis, CA. Shawn lives with his wife, Heather and two kids, Ian and Katie.
Being a Percussion Educator
Mr. Michael Huestis has been involved in music education since 1991 and has taught at Timpview High School in Provo, Utah, American Fork High School in American Fork, Utah and The Colony High School in North Dallas. In 2016 Mr. Huestis accepted a position teaching the Prosper Mighty Eagle Band in Prosper, TX. Throughout his career Mr. Huestis’ bands, percussion ensembles and drumlines have performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Music for All National Percussion Festival, MENC Biennial Conference, Bands of American Grand National Championships, President Bush’s inaugural parade in Washington D.C., the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the Drum Corps International World Championships. Mr. Huestis was featured as one of the “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” by “School Band and Orchestra Magazine in 2008. Mr. Huestis earned his Bachelor of Music Degree was from the University of North Texas and a Masters in Percussion Performance from B.Y.U. A highly sought after composer and arranger, Mr. Huestis has served as the percussion arranger for Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps from Diamond Bar, CA and Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps in Austin, TX. His compositions are published by JKS Music, Rowloff, Key Poulan Publications and HuestisMusic Publications. Michael is the author of the classroom method, “Developing the Percussionist-Musician” which was developed for middle school and high school students. Mr. Huestis has presented clinics and master classes at numerous state music education association conventions and universities. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Jazz Educators Network and the Percussive Arts Society, where he served one term as a chapter president.