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David Tonkin (jazz coordinator, jazz and rock ensembles, jazz guitar, audio production) has studied jazz guitar with Ed Cory, Jay Azzolina, and Randy Roos. He has performed throughout New England, including the Blue Note in NYC and the Saratoga Jazz Festival. He is the founder of the David Tonkin Group and Tonkin Toys and has also performed with Tiger Okoshi and Delfeayo Marsalis. An active composer, Mr. Tonkin’s compositions and arrangements have been heard on radio and television throughout the area. He has worked with the NH Artists in the Schools Program, led workshops at the Lincoln Center Institute at Dartmouth College, and taught at the University of New Hampshire (Manchester).
Matt Davis (trumpet) received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Southern Maine and a master’s in music education from Plymouth State University, studying with Betty Rines and Trent Austin. He performs throughout New England in classical, jazz, and musical theater ensembles, including Freese Brothers Big Band as lead trumpet. Matt is the director of instrumental music at Bow Memorial School, where he teaches all instrumental performing groups including concert band, jazz band, and string ensemble. In 2017, Matt was named Outstanding Young Band Director of the Year by the NH Band Directors Association.
Tim Gilmore (percussion) holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and Music from Salem State College, with additional studies in composition and performance at Berklee College of Music. He is a member of the Harry Skoler Jazz Quartet and has performed with many ensembles, including the Cape Ann Symphony, Symphony by the Sea, Boston Percussion Ensemble, and the Cambridge Harmonic Orchestra. Tim has shared the stage with Lester Bowie, Marion McPartland, Tower of Power, Tiger Okoshi, and Warren Vache, among others. His recordings include A Work of Heart, Reflections on the Art of Swing, and Conversations in the Language of Jazz on Brownstone Records.
Scott Kiefner (bass) is a Music School alumnus who graduated from McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montreal, QC, where he studied with Fraser Hollins and Chris McCann. After college, he was selected for additional studies at the School for Improvisational Music Intensive workshop in New York City. He has since returned to New England, where he performs as an in-demand bass player with Jonathan Lorentz, Jim Dozet, Chris Klaxton, and many others throughout New England.
Matt Langley (saxophone, jazz ensembles) has studied with Lou Marini of Saturday Night Live, David Baker, Ted Dunbar, and Stan Strickland. He has recorded extensively with the Charlie Kolhlhase Quintet, his own group Color, with pianist Pandelis Karayorgis’ group System of 5, and with Mike Effenberger's weirdturnpro. Mr. Langley has also shared the stage or recording studio with Ron Carter, Richie Cole, Fred Hersch, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Chris Wood, Matt Wilson, Tiger Okoshi, Roswell Rudd, Dave Douglas and many others. He also teaches at the Shaker Road School, and the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center.
Kent Allyn (jazz piano, guitar, bass, concerts & workshops) holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of New Hampshire. He performs and records with Ben Baldwin and the Big Note, Sarah Bauhan, Lillian Buckley, Susie Burke and David Surette, David Coffin, Kathy Lowe-Bloch, Peggo and Paul, Steve Schuch and the Night Heron Consort, Cosy Sheridan, and T.J. Wheeler.
Christopher Roberts (percussion) was born in Laconia, NH and by the age of 7 had developed an interest in music and, more specifically, the percussion family of instruments. Early on, his interest lay with the snare drum, then grew to also include drum set, timpani, marching percussion, and keyboard instruments. Mr. Roberts earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from Plymouth State University, where he studied percussion with Tim Gilmore. While there, he also studied with Randy Hogancamp and John Floyd, and studied composition and arranging with Romeo Meloni and Rik Pfenninger. He has taught students of all ages at public schools in Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Mr. Roberts has performed with the Tall Granite Big Band, Joy Spring Jazz, New Hampshire Pipes and Drums, Musicians of Wall Street, New England Wind Ensemble, New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra, All New England Inter-Collegiate Band, and in various musicals throughout the United States. He is proud to be an Artifact Percussion artist.
Tom Robinson (jazz piano, saxophone) received a B.M. in Jazz Studies from Capital University where he studied saxophone with Michael Cox and piano with Mark Flugge and Joe Hunter. He was selected for Ohio Music Educator's All-State College Jazz Ensemble in 1992-1993. Tom performs throughout New England as a sideman with several jazz groups as well as leading and writing for his own trio.
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Jazz Student Recital
Jazz In January 2019
Adult Student Recital
Open Jazz Jam Session
Bach's Lunch Lecture
Music and Movement Winter Session (1/7 - 2/12)
Songweavers & Songweaver Drummers
Winter Sing Workshop
Purple Finches Spring Session
Take Three Spring Session
Sunflower Singers - Season Begins
March Mandolin Festival 2019
Music and Movement Spring Session (3/4 - 5/14)
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