Listed below are the distinguished music professionals that participate in HAPCO Summer Jazz Band Camp.
Wycliffe Gordon: Lead Clinician
Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon experiences an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound, has solidified Gordon a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonists of his generation. The Critics seem to agree.
Wycliffe was named “Best in Trombone” by the Downbeat Critics Poll two years running now
(2013 & 2012) and Jazz Journalists Association named him “Trombonist of the Year” in 2013, as
well as previous years 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. He is a past recipient of
the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award, among others. [ Read More ]
Scott Wilson: Director of Jazz Studies, University of Florida
Trumpeter Scott Wilson has established himself as one of the rising stars of jazz – both as a performer and as a pedagogue. Since earning two masters degrees from the University of North Texas and paying his dues on concert stages from Orlando to Osaka, Scott is in constant demand as a player, composer and educator. In addition to his dynamic live and recorded performances on trumpet, he is regarded as one of the world’s foremost proponents of the electronic valve instrument (EVI). Wilson has diverse international performance credits having shared the stage with jazz luminaries including Benny Green, Wayne Bergeron, Gordon Goodwin, Conrad Herwig, Wycliffe Gordon, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Coffin, Shelly Berg, Denis DeBlasio, Peter Erskine, Eric Marienthal, Bobby Shew, Slide Hampton, Terrell Stafford, Ron Blake, John Pizzarelli, Ed Shaughnessy, Alex Acuna, and others. He has served as Musical Director for Universal Studios Japan, staff composer for Grand Link World in Qingdao, China, and has been a featured trumpet soloist for Tokyo Disney Sea and Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Orlando. [ Read More ]
Jeff Rupert: Director of Jazz Studies, University of Central Florida
Jeff Rupert is Pegasus Professor, and Director of Jazz Studies at UCF. He is a saxophonist, composer, record producer, and recording artist.
Rupert has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists including Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur and Benny Carter. He played on Carter’s Harlem Renaissance which won a Grammy. He played and arranged for the New Jersey-based Blues band The Fins. He has also performed with Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, Joe Farnsworth, Ray Drummond, Harry Allen, pianist Benny Green, Kenny Drew jr, trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, and pianist and singer Judy Carmichael.
Rupert currently is the leader of The Jazz Professors, a sextet which had top JazzWeek charting hit albums in 2012 and 2013. “The Jazz Professors: Live at the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival” (Flying Horse, 2011) which and peaked at #19 during its seventeen weeks on the JazzWeek charts. His third album, “From Memphis to Mobile”, with Kenny Drew, Jr.
Rupert joined Sam Rivers’ band in 1996 and appeared in four recordings with the group. He has performed in hundreds of concerts with Rivers, including performances at Lincoln for Ed Bradley’s Jazz from Lincoln Center (broadcast on NPR), the Vision Festival NYC and Columbia University. He has been a member of the Jaguar International Jazz Series alongside Joe LaBarbera, Tom Wharington, Larry Koonse, and John Fedchock.
Bernie Hendricks, Jr.: Director of Bands, Ocoee High School
Mr. Hendricks is entering his 12th year as director of bands at Ocoee High School in Orance County. He previously served as director of bands at Robinswood Middle
School in Orlando for eight years. He is an active member of the Florida Bandmasters Association for which he has served as district secretary, treasurer. And Marching Band Assessment Chair. He has also served on the Orange County fine arts curriculum team.
Bernie is also the chairman of the Florida Music Education Association Multicultural Network and has presented numerous workshops and clinics addressing a wide variety of music education topics on the district and state levels. Mr. Hendricks has received the
honor of “Teacher of the Year” in 2000 at Robinswood MS and 2007 at Ocoee High School. He was also recognized by the School Band & Orchestra Magazine as the Florida representative for their “50 Most Influential Directors” issue in December of 2007. Bernie
is happily married to a music educator at Sun Ridge Elementary and the proud father of three.
Dr. Otto Gomez: Professor, Orlando School of Music
Dr. Otto holds a Doctorate in Arranging and Composition from Shepperton University and The Manhattan School of Music in New York. He has toured with The Stylistics, Stevie Wonder and Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes. He has composed and conducted award-winning radio commercials, as well as presiding over many recordings and musical productions in the Central Florida area. Presently, he is the Professor of Trumpet at The Orlando School of Music and has numerous amounts of private students. He has been teaching Trumpet for over 30 years.
Jade Simmons: Pianist
In a Passionate Performances Masterclass, pianist Jade Simmons will teach the art of penetrating performances. She is known for creating innovative concert adventures with memorable audience engagement. From stage presence, to audience interaction, to learning to translate the music off the page, Jade provides uncommon inspiration and information to help performers go from being merely technically talented to becoming artists who make an impact at and away from their instrument.
Leroy Lubin: Trumpet Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Florida
Leroy Lubin started playing trumpet in the 9th grade and after a few years he began mentoring and giving lessons to other high school and middle school musicians while also teaching at music workshops in the Bahamas.
After graduating high school in 2011 Leroy pursued a degree in music education from Florida A&M University. While at FAMU, Leroy became a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, held leadership positions in the Marching “100”, and performed regularly with ensembles such as the FAMU Wind Symphony, jazz band, 3 Point Brass, and Tallahassee Big Bend Community Orchestra. He also performed at Carnegie hall with the Wind Symphony playing the trumpet solo for “Dixieland Jams” and was a member of the studio band for the movie soundtrack Drumline 2 “A New Beat”.
Leroy graduated from FAMU in December 2015 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Trumpet Performance at the University of Florida where he works as the Trumpet Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Andrew Kennedy: Youth Advisor
A Central Florida up-and-coming musician, Andrew Kennedy performs solo and with his quartet, The Next Gen Jazztet. He is a sophomore at Valencia, and is studying to become a Professor of Jazz so that he may teach the next generation everything he’s learned. He has played clarinet for eight years, saxophone for four years and flute for two years. He has worked with many musicians of all levels from student to pro, including Chris Rottmayer, Scott Wilson, Wycliffe Gordon, Lenard Rutledge, Frank Wosar and Michelle Maihot. His musical experience and dedication to music has landed him gigs at area festivals and venues including The Winter Garden Jazz Fest, HAPCO Jazz Fest, University Club, Gaylord Palms and Pilars, playing a variety of jazz, gospel and funk.
Tyler Bonilla: Youth Advisor
Tyler Bonilla is an enthusiastic musician who has been playing Trombone for the past seven years. He has taken private lessons from renowned Trombonists including Marshall Gilkes and Michael Dease. Since middle school he has consistently been a part of the All-county jazz and concert bands. In the Solo and Ensemble state program, he has received Superior medals for his solo and quartet performances six years in a row. Just recently at the annual UNF jazz festival, Bonilla was awarded the Best Trombone Soloist and Best Trombone Section award. Soon after, he joined an elite group of young musicians to form the All-National Jazz Band of America 2016 in Indianapolis. Tyler has also been recognized by other well-known organizations such as the Dr. Phillip center for performing arts and the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation.
Over the past few years, Bonilla has had the privilege of playing with many known artists such as Paquito de Rivera, Michael Phillip Mossman, and Steve Wilson. He has now been accepted into eight Colleges to include prestigious conservatories such as Berklee, Manhattan School of Music, and New England Conservatory with scholarships totaling over $350,000.
Tyler Bonilla is looking forward to majoring in Jazz studies on a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory of music. He intends on mastering his craft and spreading the joy of music to all.