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At a young age Jon S. is proving to be a well versed musician and a up and coming band leader. As a drummer, Jon has had the opportunity to play with some of today's leading players including trumpeter Clay Jenkins (Clayton Hamilton JO), award winning vocalist Catherine Jensen-Hole, guitarist Al Rowe (Willie Dixon, Edwin Starr), and Seattle jazz luminaries Chad McCullough, Reuel Lubag, Mark Taylor, Jay Wienstien, Darrius Willrich, The Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, Todd Delgudice, Chris Amemiya, Ryan Keberle, Rob Tapper, Jonathan Pugh, Dan Keberle and percussionist Micheal Spiro. Jon has been performing on Carnival Cruise Lines since 2011. He received a Bachelor's in Music - emphasis on Jazz Performance from the University of Northern Colorado (USA Today's top 5 jazz universities).
Jon has extensive educational experience. For two years he was on faculty at Day Jams Rock Camp while in college. He has also been the director of the Bellevue High School second jazz band during which he also worked at the Bellevue High School Jazz Festival. He also has experience teaching younger children from working as an Instructor at Musical Minds Keyboard Club.
I was educated in arranging from Erik Applegate and won the 2009 Undergraduate Jazz Composers Contest as well as releasing two records with original music. I have studied with composers such as Steve Kovalcheck, Paul Elwood, and Erik Applegate. Also, I have been featured on the national creative music program "Sonarchy Radio" twice. A composition of mine won the 2009 UNC Undergraduate Jazz Composer Contest. I have been teaching composition privately for three years.
I studied at the University of Northern Colorado under Jim White (Alison Krauss, Vince Gill) and have studied with the likes of John Riley. I have also been performing with Carnival Cruise Lines for three years. Before I left Seattle, I had played with the area's top players such as Mark Taylor, Chad McCullough, Jonathan Pugh, and Reuel Lubag. I also worked with singer/songwriter Jackie Sullivan on several demos. When teaching a student, my goal is to let to student discover their own way with the tools I am able to give them. I am a guide rather then an instructor. Our lesson will included music theory, drum history, technique and musical interpretation.
I have taken multiple music history classes including subjects in jazz history, classical music history and rock and roll history in addition to my own independent research. Outside of the classroom, I have begun research on the musical directors of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and the drumming legacy of The Thundering Woody Herman Band. I approach teaching the subject in a straight forward manner and allow the student to reach their own conclusions about the significance of certain subjects. I also tend to break history down into a series of stories.
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