Jazz II Faculty Biographies

2017 faculty is listed below. List will grow throughout the Spring with more faculty updates!

2012 Jazz II Faculty


Jeff Campbell

http://www.esm.rochester.edu/faculty/campbell_jeffrey/Program Director; Academy Band Director; Bass, Rochester, N.Y
2017 marks Jeff Campbell’s 29th year at Birch Creek and his 20th as Jazz Program Director. Mr. Campbell is an Associate Professor and Chair of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Campbell has carved out an impressive career as bass player of extraordinary artistry, fluent in both the jazz and classical idioms. As a jazz bassist, he performs with Marian McPartland, Gene Bertoncini, Rich Perry, Trio East, Harold Jones, and the Eastman Jazz Quartet featuring Harold Danko, and has appeared on McPartland's Piano Jazz program on National Public Radio. In high demand across the globe, Jeff has performed at such prestigious European musical events as the Nice, Montreux, North Sea, Riga, and Parnu jazz festivals and has also appeared in the former Soviet Union and the Baltic Republics. Additionally, Jeff is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra bass section. Mr. Campbell has numerous CDs to his credit.
Web site: http://www.esm.rochester.edu/faculty/campbell_jeffrey/


Steve Sveum

Lab Band Director, Mr. Sveum is the director of bands at Sun Prairie High School in Sun Prairie, WI, where jazz ensembles under his direction have been selected eight times as finalists in Jazz at Lincoln Center's "Essentially Ellington" national jazz competition, placing third three times. Mr. Sveum has been a faculty member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director Academy and has worked as a clinician at festivals around the United States. He was also a 2014 recipient of the DownBeat Jazz Education Achievement award. This is Mr. Sveum's 16th season as a faculty member at Birch Creek.


Nic Meyer

Studio Band Director, Tenor Sax, Chicago, IL
Mr. Meyer serves as Director of Jazz Ensembles at New Trier High School, where he oversees a comprehensive jazz program consisting of four large jazz ensembles and six jazz combos. In January of 2011 New Trier’s Jazz Ensemble 1 traveled to New Orleans to perform at the second annual Jazz Education Network conference, and in February 2011 the New Trier Jazz Program hosted their 28th annual Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival with the Mingus Big Band as the featured ensemble. Prior to joining the New Trier faculty, Nic was the Jazz Program Director at Midwest Young Artists for six years, where he directed MYA’s three jazz ensembles, six jazz combos, taught jazz history and theory classes, and also lead MYA’s summer jazz programs. This is Mr. Meyer’s 6th year at Birch Creek.
Web site: https://music.depaul.edu/about/profiles/Pages/nic-meyer.aspx


Marty Robinson

Ambassadors Director, Trumpet, Appleton, WI
Dr. Robinson is associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, directs the jazz ensembles and teaches jazz history in addition to applied trumpet students. He holds degrees from Lawrence University (B.M. in trumpet performance), the Eastman School of Music (M.M. in jazz studies), and Florida State University (D.M. in composition). Prior to his appointment at Oshkosh for the fall of 2004, Dr. Robinson served for 10 years as Associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, where he was recognized as “Teacher of the Year” in 2001. Dr. Robinson’s interests cover the broad spectrum of music as a performer, composer, musicologist, and educator. This is Dr. Robinson's 18th year at Birch Creek Web site: https://www.uwosh.edu/music/faculty/robinson


David Bixler

David BixlerAlto Saxophone, Bowling Green, Ohio
Mr. Bixler has performed and toured with the orchestras of Lionel Hampton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Duke Ellington and Bobby Sanabria. Since 2000, he has been a member of the Grammy-nominated Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. He is Director of Jazz Activities at Bowling Green State University. His latest recording is “The Nearest Exit May Be Inside Your Head.” 2017 marks Mr. Bixler’s 18th year at Birch Creek.
Web site: www.davidbixler.com/


Tanya Darby

Tanya DarbyTrumpet, New Brunswick, N.J.
Ms. Darby earned her bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music and her master’s degree at Rutgers University. She has performed with such artists as Bill Cosby, Frank Foster, Gladys Knight and the Count Basie Orchestra among many others. She has performed with Aretha Franklin as part of the Arista Records Twenty-Five Year Anniversary Special on NBC. Ms. Ms. Darby is currently an instructor and supervisor for the New York Pops Salute to Music, Create a Symphony, and Rhythm Rhyme and Rap education programs and maintains a studio of private students.
Web site: http://www.divajazz.com/personnel/tanya.html


Clay Jenkins

Clay JenkinsTrumpet, Rochester, N.Y.
Mr. Jenkins earned his master’s degree jazz studies from the University of Southern California. He has taught at many schools including the Foundation for the Junior Blind, the University of Southern California, California State University at Northridge and the California Institute of Arts. He has performed and presented at clinics all over the United States and Canada, as well as in Japan, Italy, Korea, Germany, Portugal, Russia and South Africa. He currently is Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Eastman School of Music. He performs with the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Joe La Barbera Quintet, Trio East and the Eastman Jazz Quartet. He is a professional artist for the Edwards Instrument Company located in Elkhorn, WI. This is Mr. Jenkins’ 13th year at Birch Creek. Web site: http://www.clayjenkins.net/


Rick Haydon

Rick HaydonGuitar, Edwardsville, Ill.
Mr. Haydon is Director of the Jazz Studies program, Professor of Music and Head of the guitar program and the recording studio at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Mr. Haydon is a faculty member of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Band Director Academy. He has numerous CDs to his credit. Web site: http://www.rickhaydon.com/



Clarence Hines

Clarence HinesTrombone, Jacksonville, Fla.
Dr. Hines is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville where he teaches arranging and trombone. Dr. Hines has appeared in festivals including recently the North Sea Jazz Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival and Jacksonville Jazz Festival. He has performed with Diane Schuur, Maceo Parker, David Sanborn and other artists. This is Mr. Hines’ 12th year at Birch Creek.
Web site: http://www.clarencehines.com/


Steve Horne

Steve HorneTrombone, Glenview, Ill.
Mr. Horne spent 15 years in Las Vegas, Nev. performing with a wide array of nationally acclaimed stars and personalities including Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra and many others. He now freelances in the Chicago area. He serves as a clinician and adjudicator and maintains a private studio. He has numerous recordings to his credit. This is Mr. Horne’s 17th year at Birch Creek.
Web site: http://www.acmebone.com/


Adaron "Pops" Jackson

Piano, St. Louis, Mo
Mr. Jackson holds teaching positions at St. Charles Community College, Jazz St. Louis, and is currently and adjunct professor at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He has performed as a side-man and with his own ensembles throughout the United States and Europe. Jackson has performed and worked with such diverse artists as Ron Carter, Conrad Herwig, John Riley, Harry Allen, Frank Morgan, Victor Mendoza, Steve Houghton, Clay Jenkins, Tom Kennedy, Kim Richmond, LaVerne Butler, Red Holliway, Ellis Marsalis, Arturo Sanndoval, Greg Tardy, Slide Hampton, Wallace Roney, and Dave Scott. Mr. Jackson has also toured throughout the U. S. with Grammy award winning Motown legend, The Temptations and with I Get A Kick Out Of Cole a Live Onstage Production. This will be his 5th year at Birch Creek