Jimmy Lawrence, M.M. Piano, Guitar, Drum Set Logic Pro X
Teaching music since 2001, he opened High Desert Music in 2008 to support a small community in Oregon with music products, lessons, and repair services. In 2011, he moved to Nampa, Idaho and opened Exodus Music LLC while pursuing a triple bachelor's degree in music education, theory/composition, and applied piano at Northwest Nazarene University, graduating with honors. He recently earned his master's degree in music composition from Azusa Pacific University - the culminating project was a recital of original compositions for various ensembles, including: percussion ensemble, string quartet, jazz piano trio, big band, and NNU's Jazz Revival. Jimmy organized, scouted, rehearsed, and directed the ensembles, produced a visual presentation including musical score timed to a recorded performance, and also performed in the jazz trio and big band on piano. Simultaneously, he is the Graduate Jazz Teaching Assistant at Boise State University, helping to organize and operate the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, and is working towards an additional master's in music education. He has experience teaching concert and jazz band, classical and jazz piano, drum set, percussion, guitar (electric, acoustic, and classical), violin, banjo, composition, music theory, and has provided collegiate music lecturing.
He has performed in many various ensembles in different genres, and is an active performer-composer and arranger. His performing experience includes: Piano in the APU Graduate Jazz Ensemble with Josh Welchez; Guitar and composition for progressive-metal band 3rd Party Pandemic; Trumpet in the University of Oregon Top Campus Band; piano for NNU Jazz Revival; Marimba for NNU's percussion ensemble; Co-host for Nampa jam-sessions; Various jazz ensembles in the Treasure Valley; several full concerts for classical and jazz piano, as well as percussion; Percussion in the pit for Man of La Mancha; and many others. He also won the Joyce A. Chaffer Trust competitive piano scholarship two years in a row.
Married with three children, he enjoys playing Minecraft and Pokémon with his kids, creating strategic exercises and resources for musicians, and of course, performing, composing, and teaching! He also is interested in the accordion, video game music, and keeping up with trends in music technology.
Dave Gluck, M.F.A. Percussion, Drum Set, Composition
David currently teaches percussion and composition at the Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa, Idaho. Previously, he was the Music Specialist at Lake Ridge and Ronald Reagan Elementary Schools in Nampa during the 2013-14 school year. Currently, David also serves as adjunct faculty at Northwest Nazarene University, The College of Idaho, and College of Western Idaho. From 2000-13 he was a full-time Professor of Studio Composition at the State University of New York at Purchase College.
As a founding member and percussionist of the internationally renowned Rhythm & Brass, The Dallas Brass and Madera Vox, he has been critically acclaimed by such publications as the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and Downbeat Magazine. His music has been featured on the BET Network, NPR and in Jazz Player Magazine. He has 10 recordings on the Koch, Summit, d’note, Bear Claw and Skinny-Tie labels. He is published by Hal Leonard and Universal Editions and has recently co-authored the book “Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Musical and Athletic Performance” with former New York Yankee, Bernie Williams.The book’s foreword is written by Paul Simon.
David is sponsored by the Yamaha, Zildjian, and Innovative Percussion Corporations, and has been a featured performer and clinician throughout the States, Japan, Thailand, Australia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada. He has had works premiered at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and the Salvador Dali Museum, with a recent commission from the United States Air-Force Band.
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