30th Annual San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival

February 23-24, 2018

ADJUDICATORS FOR SJVJF30


Mike Kamuf
Baker Middle School, Maryland


A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mike Kamuf holds Bachelor of Music degrees in both Jazz Performance and Music Education from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University (Youngstown, OH) and a Master of Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). Mike’ s compositions and arrangements have been performed by numerous jazz artists and ensembles including the Woody Herman and Glenn Miller Orchestras, the USAF Airmen of Note, James Moody, Eddie Daniels, Sean Jones, Terell Stafford, Bill Watrous and Nick Brignola to name a few.

Mike is an exclusive writer for the Belwin Division of Alfred Music Publishing with titles in the jazz, string orchestra and concert band catalogs. He also has compositions for jazz ensemble published by UNC Jazz Press, the Neil A. Kjos Music and the FJH Music Company.

Mike has performed with the Woody Herman and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras and has recorded as a member of the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra. He served as assistant principal trumpet of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra under Maestro David Effron. Currently, Mike leads his own jazz octet, the Mike Kamuf Little Big Band, comprised of outstanding musicians from the Baltimore and Washington DC areas.






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Mike has taught instrumental music for Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools (MCPS) since the fall of 1992. He has been in his current teaching position since 1995 as the Director of Bands and Orchestras and Music Department Chairperson at John T. Baker Middle School (Damascus, MD). Under his direction, the Baker ensembles consistently receive high ratings at music festivals and have commissioned four works for young concert bands. In 2007, Mike received the Superintendent’s Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) Award for his efforts in involving students in the commissioning process and has directed the MCPS Senior Honors Jazz Band and Junior Honors Band. He has served as a jazz faculty member at Youngstown State University and Montgomery College (Rockville, MD). Mike has become an in demand arranger, clinician and adjudicator for schools, conferences and music festivals across the country.


David Beatty
Azusa Pacific University

David Beatty has been a professional musician in Los Angeles since 1978. As a studio trombonist, his performance credits include music for motion pictures, television, commercials & artist recordings. His playing can be heard on many records for companies such as Disney, Integrity’s Hosanna Music, Maranatha Music, and for artists such as Sandi Patti, Andrae Crouch, & Ralph Carmichael. He has performed with several symphony orchestras in Southern California, as well as for many musical theatrical productions. He is a founding member of the California Brass Ensemble. His jazz experience ranges from the Wildlife West Big Band of Bill Watrous & Dove Award-winning Ralph Carmichael Big Band to global tours with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. In addition to his performance credits, he is a music copyist, with hundreds of motion picture & television projects to his credit. His credits as a music educator include co-creating the Southern California Brass Ensemble Educational Program with The Orange County Philharmonic Society’s “Meet the Musicians” program & he has been invited to teach & perform at the Conservatory of Music in Shanghai, China. He currently serves on the administrative board for California Alliance for Jazz, faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Jazz Academy & is in demand as a clinician & festival adjudicator. At APU he is the Chair of the Commercial Music Department & directs the award-winning Azusa Pacific University Jazz Ensemble.

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Kristin Strom
Stanford Jazz Workshop
Santa Clara University

Kristen Strom is presently on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and is the saxophone and jazz combo instructor at Santa Clara University. In addition, she is an active clinician in schools, and is the Director of South Bay Summer Jazz Intensive. She has taught in a variety of settings for 25 years, including band in elementary and secondary school, clinics in saxophone and jazz improvisation throughout the U.S and abroad, and maintains a private studio. Kristen balances her teaching career with her life as a professional musician. Not only does she perform widely with her own ensemble, the Kristen Strom Quintet, but she is an integral part of some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading bands and has performed with many top artists in the worlds of jazz and pop. In addition to her acclaimed solo album, Intention, she has recorded on more than 25 albums. Her touring schedule has included performances across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia with the Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra and others. Her multi-faceted style forges a strong connection with audiences worldwide.



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Dan Davey
Mt. Hood Community College

Dan Davey is the Director of Jazz Studies and Music Instructor at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon where he directs all jazz ensembles and teaches core music courses. Dan received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Berklee College of Music and his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. He taught high school for 8 years in Massachusetts before moving into higher education at Stonehill College and now at MHCC. Dan works as a professional pianist, organist, and trumpet player and has performed at several notable venues including Symphony Hall, Ryles Jazz Club, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (Boston, MA), and the Greensville Performing Arts Center (Emporia, VA). He has played in several musical pit orchestras and also with the South Coast Jazz Orchestra, the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, Herb Reed and the Platters, Doc Severinsen, Allen Vizzutti and Bobby Shew.


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James Mooy
Santa Barbera City College

James Mooy holds music and education degrees from UCLA (B.A. and M.A.). His trumpet performance studies have been with Jimmy Valves, Ron Thompson, Tony Plog, and Mario Guarneri. A Music Academy of the West alumnus, he has toured the U.S. and Japan as a professional trumpet player. James taught the band and orchestra program at R.A. Millikan High School in Long Beach for five years. During that time he freelanced regularly in the Los Angeles area and held a position as a Disneyland musician. Mr. Mooy currently conducts the award winning Lunch Break Jazz Ensemble, and the Symphony Orchestra at Santa Barbara City College. Additional teaching duties have included Music Appreciation and Music Technology. Mr. Mooy continues to serve as an adjudicator for numerous solo, chamber, wind ensemble, string ensemble, and jazz ensemble festivals. He has repeatedly served as conductor for honor bands, honor jazz ensembles, and honor orchestras throughout California.
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Under his leadership, the SBCC Lunch Break Jazz Ensemble was one of 6 finalist bands chosen for the Monterey Next Gen Jazz Festival for three consecutive years.  As director of SBCC’s Summer Jazz Seminars, Mr. Mooy leads a team of jazz educators in running beginning and advanced big bands, combos, jazz theory classes, and advanced topics classes.  Each summer over 50 junior high, high school, and college students attend the seminar.  More information on this low-cost program can be found at http://music.sbcc.edu/summerjazz/