Few drummers will ever enjoy a career with such success and diversity as Mike Baird. The LA-based drummer was well on his way to fame when he kicked off his recording career in 1973. Armed with talent, technique, the ability to read music, and a dynamic style that centered on 'the groove', Mike quickly made a mark for himself as a first-call studio player. Everyone wanted him: Journey, the Moody Blues, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion, Al Green, Larry Carlton, Kenny Loggins, Hall & Oates, Michael Jackson, George Benson, Cher, Three Dog Night, Burt Bacharach, Randy Bachman, Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, David Foster, Joe Cocker, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra and many others.
Brian Fronzaglia, Professor of Percussion and Director of Athletic Bands at Missouri Southern State University holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Penn State where he was also awarded the Performer's Recognition Award. He holds a Master's degree in Percussion Performance from Michigan State University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance at the UMKC Conservatory of Music.
Brian, performing on many stages has been seen throughout the United States and Europe. Most recently, Brian has been seen performing throughout Italy and has also been seen performing with the Sunflower Music Festival Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Symphony Chamber Orchestra, The American Opera Studio, Flint Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Altoona Symphony, Nittany Valley Symphony, Northland Symphony, St. Joseph Symphony, Pennsylvania Centre Chamber Orchestra, National Wind Ensemble and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. Brian, a part-time member of the group Marimba Sol de Chiapas was also a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Currently,
A founding member of the NFL's St. Louis Rams "Battering Rams" drum line, Brian is currently the Director and Arranger for MLB's Kansas City Royals "Royal Thunder Drum Line."
Along with being a clinician for the Yamaha Sounds of Summer camp, Brian has also served on the faculties at Penn State University, the Grumo Music Festival held in Grumo-Appula, Italy and the Flint Institute of Music. He is currently an active adjudicator throughout the Midwest and has been a consultant and arranger for several high schools across the nation. He has been on staff with WGI Independent World Finalist, United Percussion and also the DCI World Finalist, The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Brian is currently a staff consultant for WGI Finalist, Gateway Indoor Percussion.
Brian is a Yamaha Performing Artist/clinician and is also a performing artist/clinician for SABIAN Cymbals, Remo Drumheads and Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets. Brian has given numerous master classes, performances and clinics throughout the United States. As a performer Brian has been active in commissioning and premiering new works for percussion and has been recorded on numerous labels and his compositions are published through Knight Wind Publications, Yamaha Corporation of America and Row-Loff Productions.
Mike Scott is an instructor, conductor, clinician, and private teacher in music education programs across Ohio. A recent graduate of Miami University, Mike earned his Bachelor Degree in Music Education in 2012 where he studied percussion, piano, and conducting. Mike is currently the Instructor of Music at the St. Ursula Junior Academy in Toledo, Ohio and the Front Ensemble Coordinator of the St. John's Jesuit percussion program. He is in demand as a clinician of area high school band and percussion programs.
Shortly after his age-out of the program in 2012, Mike joined the administrative team of Rhythm X as the Operations Director. There he works closely with Ensemble Director, Tim Fairbanks, coordinating the logistics of the competitive ensemble. In 2013, Mike joined the administrative team of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from Allentown, PA. Prior to his graduation Mike performed as the Assistant Drum Major of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps of Canton, Ohio, and a front ensemble member of Rhythm X. Additionally, he performed as the Drum Major of the Miami University Marching Band from 2010-12.
Sue Heineman has been Principal Bassoonist of the National Symphony Orchestra since September 2000. Prior to joining the NSO, she held positions with the New Haven, Memphis, New Mexico, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. She has appeared as soloist with the NSO on numerous occasions, as well as with the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, comprised of principal players from the NSO. Ms. Heineman has performed as guest Principal Bassoonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is a frequent soloist at conferences of the International Double Reed Society. A former member of the Aspen Wind Quintet, she has performed with the American Chamber Players, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Opera, and Metropolitan Opera. As a student she participated in festivals at Tanglewood, Banff, National Repertory Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute.
Originally from Philadelphia, Ms. Heineman holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman and a Master's degree from Juilliard. She also completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Rochester, graduating summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors, and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Salzburg. Her teachers include Shirley Curtiss, David Van Hoesen, Milan Turkovic, Judith LeClair, and Stephen Maxym. A frequent guest clinician at conservatories and festivals throughout the US and Canada, Ms. Heineman is on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Music.
Al Schmitt is a 21-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer, who has produced pristine, innovative and inspiring recordings, stretching across four decades and into the future. Mentored by the legendary Tom Dowd, Schmitt has worked as an engineer and producer, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Henry Mancini, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Jefferson Airplane, Al Jarreau, Steely Dan, George Benson, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Jackson Browne and Neil Young and many more.
From the Rod Stewart Band, both his platinum award winning recordings and touring band, to the critically acclaimed MTV "Unplugged And Seated" release with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Don is an accomplished Multi-Instrumentalist.
The list of instruments he plays is long and varied; Violin, Mandolin, all sorts of Electric, Acoustic and Slide Guitars, Bass, Viola, Octave Mandolin, Harmonica, Banjo, Bouzouki and 5 String Viola These are his main instruments. There are more, but why go on?
Born in London England, Don grew up near the foot of the Appalachian mountains in Easton, Pennsylvania. He began playing Fiddle, Mandolin and Guitar at the bluegrass festivals all around the state. After moving to the town of State College he began playing gigs with "Hey Pedro" and "DOA" while in school at Penn State University.
After his "Schooling" in Pennsylvania Don moved to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute and pursue his music. While studying Guitar Don became a Recording Engineer at MI's newly built recording studios, as well as the first call Live Sound Engineer for the many seminars and shows offered as part of the curriculum. Don did sound for Stevie Vai, Robbin Ford, Steve Morse, Joe Pass, Jeff Berlin, Tommy Tedesco just to name a few.
As one of the original founding members of the resurgence of Acoustic Music in LA in the late 80's, Don landed a recording session playing with the Legendary Rod Stewart This pairing led to Three world tours, Two Gold and One Platinum record.
After working with Rod Stewart for almost five years,Don released his first CD.
SwampRockBlues ; A collection of Slide Guitar based music. Inspired by the tradition of the Delta Blues; Organic, Acoustic, and Passionate. These steamy songs resonate with the beautiful yet haunting sounds of the deep South.
SwampFunkBlues ; is Dons second set of recordings, Electric Funk and Acoustic POP... covering a wide range of style and emotion . This time with his band "WaterDawgs", Don sings and Rocks The Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Violin, Mandolin, Lap Steel and Harmonica ... as well as a few choice Bass lines.
Don will soon be touring in support of this release. In the mean time he will be playing local shows around the Los Angeles area.
Don also plays with the Black Shamrocks, a traditional Irish Rock band and The Makepeace Brothers an acoustic rock band
Nick has spent the last 10 years learning about and working with live sound in venues all around New York. At his home base, Saint Vitus, in Brooklyn, he has mixed for heavy metal bands YOB, Inquisition, Helstar, The Descendents, among others. More recently he has worked with artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Jay-Z, The Rolling Stones, and RUSH.
I've been in and out of bands for the last 25 or so years. Currently, I play guitar with Poi Dog Pondering. I also record and mix music. Playing and making music is an important part of my life.
Keyboardist Rick Gehrenbeck, aka Mr Egg Germ quickly made his way around the Chicago live scene in the '90s with his unique blend of old-school sounds and jazz/funk stylings, combined with the modern sensibilities of an electronic music producer. This has enabled him to perform throughout the world with legends like Sugar Blue, Bootsy Collins, Gladys Knight, Charlie Wilson, Poi Dog Pondering, Mr ALI, Peven Everett, and the J Davis Trio. He recently co-founded The Booty Movement Coalition with long-time collaborator and jazz grammy nominee, vocalist Typhanie Monique. As Mr Egg Germ, Rick combines his past and present into a melange best described as organic.funk.technology (think deep house, funky down tempo, and soulful steppers). He has released original tracks on Loveslap, ILI, D'lectable, Bass X, Esntion, Fourplay, and LAY. In addition, Rick has produced/performed on countless remixes (Patricia Barber, Jesse De La Pena, Uncle Milty, DJ Dealer, Gene Farris, Anthony Nicholson), composed and produced commercial music (McDonald's, Walter E. Smithe), and composed and produced a film soundtrack.
Karl Schwarz is production manager for the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in New York City. He is an audio engineer, front of house engineer and tour manager, as well as guitar technician and monitor engineer.
Andy Street is associate music director for American Idol and serves as both coach and auditioner. TV programs for which he's composed are watched in over 100 countries throughout our world. His compositions, arrangements and musical direction have won many major industry awards in England, Europe and the United States. He continued the recording projects begun by the late Joe Raposo featuring the music of Sesame Street for BMG Kids record label. He composed all the music and songs for "Madeline" an animated series which won a Cable Ace Award in 1994 and an Emmy in 2002. Further animation includes many series of "Strawberry Shortcake", and recently "Angelina Ballerina" which airs on PBS. Other work on animated series includes "Hurricanes", "Double Dragon" and "Ultraforce". Andy's collaboration with Nigel Lythgoe consisted of hundreds of television shows during the 1980s and 1990s and continues to this day with incidental music he writes for 'American Idol' and 'So You Think You can Dance'.
Rich Gastwirt is one of the most sought after concert photographers. His images have appeared on a variety of music websites as well as in print publications such as Rolling Stone, Billboard, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe. He is the only photographer to have twice been recognized with Billboard Magazine's coveted People's Choice Award in their Ultimate Music Moment Contest (2009, 2010) and he is the official photographer of the Newport Folk Festival, Gathering of the Vibes Festival, and Life is Good Festival. He often covers several concerts per week in the Boston area and his work can be seen at www.stageshooter.com.
Kathryn Meany Wilson joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 1997 as solo English horn player and oboist. Previously she was a member of the Tulsa Philharmonic in 1996, the New World Symphony in 1995, and the Colorado Symphony in 1994. She has also performed with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Originally from Minnesota, Ms. Meany Wilson received her bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory and her master's degree in performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. Upon graduation in 1994, she was awarded the prestigious performer's certificate.
A native of Colorado, Craig Mulcahy joined the National Symphony Orchestra trombone section in 2006. Prior to this appointment, he held the position of Principal Trombone of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra for seven years. During his training at the Juilliard School in 1998, he won the first annual Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Trombone Competition. He also holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado.
Michael Sundell was appointed to the contrabassoon position with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in 2011. Prior to coming to Montreal, Michael was a member of the Colorado Symphony. He has also held positions with the Milwaukee Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, and Virginia Symphony. A dedicated teacher, as well as performer, Michael always enjoys sharing his love of music with new generations of music students.
The first Asian musician ever appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as the longest-serving clarinetist in CSO history, John Bruce Yeh joined the CSO in June of 1977, having been appointed solo bass clarinet of the Orchestra at the age of 19 by Sir Georg Solti. Recently, he has performed as guest principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as of the Seoul Philharmonic in Korea. A prize winner at both the 1982 Munich International Music Competition and the 1985 Naumburg Clarinet Competition in New York, Yeh continues to solo with orchestras around the globe. Passionately committed to music education, Yeh has also served for 26 years on the faculty of DePaul University's School of Music, and he joined the faculty at Roosevelt University's Chicago College for the Performing Arts in 2004.
Mr. Estes has been an active teacher, arranger, clinician and adjudicator in the Chicagoland area and various areas in Texas. In addition to teaching full time as an elementary general music teacher, Mr. Estes served as the composer and marching percussion instructor for the Waubonsie Valley High School Drumline. Mr. Estes also serves on the design team as Battery Coordinator and Snare tech for the Open Class Pioneer Indoor independent WGI marching percussion ensemble.
Mr. Vanderwall is in his first year as the director of bands at John F. Kennedy Middle School. Mr. Vanderwall maintains an active role in the music education community as a percussionist and music technology enthusiast. He has served as percussion staff for the annual IMEA All-State Honor Band percussion section as well as a district level audition judge. He has also been a clinician at the VanderCook College of Music Day of Percussion, and is a published composer under Drop6 Media, Inc. of Denton, TX. Mr. Vanderwall regularly works with a number of high school marching percussion groups and has experience working with WGI Marching Percussion Ensembles as well.
I am originally from New Orleans but my family moved to Miami when I was 8 years old. When I was in high school we moved again, this time to the Atlanta area. I was active in my high school band program, gaining valuable experience in marching, concert, and jazz bands. After graduating in 1973, I went to the University of North Texas, noted for its jazz education program, and in 1975 I attended the University of Miami, another notable music school.
My professional career began during my senior year in high school when I was hired to work in a band at Six Flags Over Georgia. Later I began playing club dates in the hotels along Miami Beach. Eventually I went on the road with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, traveling in a bus doing one-nighters across America and Canada. I moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and began freelancing. There I gained experience in a wide variety of live and studio settings and was fortunate to work with some well-known West Coast musicians.
While living in LA I studied with some wonderful drummers including Joe Porcaro, father of rock and studio drummer Jeff Porcaro, Roy Burns, founder of Aquarian Drum Heads, and funk pioneer David Garibaldi from Tower of Power . My real mentor, however, is the great jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton. I spent many years studying and hanging with him and he still kills me every time I hear him play.
I left L.A. in 1989 to serve as an artist in residence for the jazz studies program at Saint Francis Xavier University's school of music in Nova Scotia, Canada. After completing the term, I decided to move to Atlanta, settling there in 1990.
I was offered a position as the house drummer for the Ritz Carlton Hotel playing with ensembles ranging from jazz trios to big bands, and it turned into a nine-year stay. I played the popular Ritz Carlton Big Band Christmas concerts at Spivey Hall for many years. I was part of several July 4th concerts from Lenox Square aired on local TV featuring a 90-piece orchestra and chorus with a live audience of 250,000 people.
In 2000, I left the gig at the Ritz to freelance and teach. Since then I've been involved in theatrical productions at the Canton Theatre, Libby's Cabaret, and the award winning Alliance Theater revival of Jelly's Last Jam. I still love big bands and have worked with Larry Elgart, The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. I also played a concert recreating the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool album featuring trumpeter Marvin Stamm at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Presently I enjoy working with a lot of different artists in a variety of settings.
In 2004 I started a company called Cymbal Masters, LLC with a team including Bill Norman and Jeff Hamilton. We began as the North American distribution company for Bosphorus Cymbals. Since then we've added Stanton Moore as a partner and ended our relationship with Bosphorus. Cymbal Masters now owns, markets and distributes Crescent Cymbals.
I have been playing and teaching drums for more than thirty years and now have added running a cymbal company to the list. I consider myself very fortunate to be doing what I love to do.