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J. Richard Dunscomb
Internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of jazz music and education, J. Richard Dunscomb is a sought-after clinician, author, guest conductor, adjudicator, and consultant. He created and designed the jazz program at Florida International University, where he is professor emeritus in the School of Music. Mr. Dunscomb is international coordinator for the International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE) and has served as president of that organization, and is currently on the board of directors for the Midwest Clinic.


Jerry Tolson
A graduate of Drake University and the University of North Texas, Jerry Tolson is an active clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor, and jazz camp instructor across the United States. An organizer, administrator, and presenter of jazz festivals and educational activities, he is co-founder of a series of teacher training institutes sponsored by the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), which are held at several sites across the U.S. Mr. Tolson is a member of the music faculty at the University of Louisville, directing instrumental and vocal jazz ensemble classes, and a teacher of jazz pedagogy courses.


José Diaz
José Antonio Diaz is director of bands at MacArthur High School in Houston, Texas. During his tenure, the group has garnered many first place awards in local, regional, and national-level jazz ensemble competitions and has performed with such artists as Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, and Arturo Sandoval. Mr. Diaz is the founder and artistic director for Diaz Music Institute, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit fine arts organization dedicated to development, promotion, and documentation of Hispanic music. He received a Down Beat Magazine Award for Achievement in Jazz Education and was selected by FOX 26 and Univision Television stations as Hispanic Hero.


Dr. Willie L. Hill, Consulting Editor
A popular educator, clinician and performer, Dr. Willie L. Hill, Jr. is president of The National Association for Music Education (MENC), director of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and a professor in music education. Dr. Hill served as a member of the writing team for MENCís Vision 20/20 and is past-president of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE). He earned a bachelor of science degree from Grambling State University and master of music and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Dr. Hill was a Professor in Music Education and the Assistant Dean at the College of Music at the University of Colorado-Boulder for 11 years. He also served as director of education for the Thelonious Monk Institute.


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