Terell Stafford (Spring 2012)

Trumpeter Terell Stafford is a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. An active performer, Terell has played on over 130 albums. He is currently the Director Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University. During his Spring 2012 visit to Calgary, Terell taught clinics and workshops at a number of Calgary high schools.
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Jon Batiste (Spring 2014)

Pianist Jon Batiste is well known as the bandleader for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, as well as the front man of his own group, Stay Human. In addition to his musical activities, Jon Batiste is active as an educator and humanitarian. In Spring 2014, Jon led a series of interactive music workshops for
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Dick Oatts (Fall 2014)

Saxophonist Dick Oatts began his musical career in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area before moving to New York City in 1977. Since then, he has performed with such legends as Tito Puente, Kenny Wheeler, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme. Mr. Oatts is currently a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. In Fall 2014, Dick Oatts visited
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Marcus Roberts (Spring 2015)

Marcus Roberts has extensively studied both classical and jazz piano. After losing his sight as a child, Marcus began to teach himself piano, and started taking formal lessons at the age of 12. By age 21, Marcus Roberts was touring with Wynton Marsalis. He has performed with the Wynton Marsalis Septet as well as the
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Eli Bennett (Fall 2015)

Eli Bennett is a Vancouver-based saxophone player and composer. He is the recipient of over 35 awards, including the Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance and two DownBeat Awards for jazz composition. In addition to his accomplishments as a performer, Eli has also composed music for over thirty films. While in Calgary in the fall
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James Zollar (Winter 2015)

New York trumpeter James Zollar has played with some of the foremost ensembles in the world, including the Duke Ellington Band and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra. He is a current member of the Count Basie Orchestra. Mr. Zollar originally hails from Kansas City, and studied trumpet with Woody Shaw in San Francisco. His
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September 30, 2005 John G. Diefenbaker updates gear for jazz

Director Rod Pauls was able to update rhythm section equipment as well as offer clinics to the entire jazz band at J.G. Diefenbaker High School in the spring of 2004. This update of equipment will greatly assist in kicking the jazz program into high gear.

October, 2008 Bowness workshop

Director Richard Condon was able to facilitate a weekend workshop for his high school students and for several surrounding junior high programs.