Get JazzED Instrumental Day is a one day event for middle and high school students to learn about and experience first hand various aspects of the jazz genre, and work with professional jazz musicians in a fun, supportive environment.  Experience not required.  

The event is open to all schools free of charge.  For registration information contact Event Chair Chris Heslop at

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2018 Instrumental Day:
Saturday, January 13, 2018
10:00 AM to 2:00 pm
Wyomissing Area Jr/Sr High School

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FEATURED ARTIST: MARKO MARCINKO/DRUMS/PIANO: During his years in the music industry, Marko Marcinko has worked as a freelance musician playing drum set, percussion, piano/keyboards, bass guitar, and trombone. He has also served as a studio session player, arranger, musical director, and producer for numerous commercial jingles, indie-films and off-Broadway, club and theater engagements. Born in Archbald, Pennsylvania, Marcinko studied technique with drumming master Joe Morello and continued his training at the University of Miami (FL) where he studied classical, jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban styles under professors Fred Wickstrom, Steve Bagby, Steve Rucker, Harry Hawthorne, and Ney Resaro. Marcinko toured and recorded with jazz legend Maynard Ferguson in the mid-90’s and with NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman as a member of the Dave Liebman Group 2000-2014. He currently works with the Grammy nominated Dave Liebman Big Band and the Organik Vibe Trio featuring Joel Frahm, Ron Oswanski, and multi-Grammy award winning vibraphonist Dave Samuels. He is founder and artistic director of the PA Jazz Alliance and the Scranton Jazz Festival, and has served as a consultant, clinician and adjudicator throughout the world. Over the past 25 years, he has performed with Joe Henderson, Phil Woods, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Bob Dorough, Red Rodney, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Mulgrew Miller, Mike Stern, Kurt Elling, Tierney Sutton, Janis Siegel, Terell Stafford, Joe Lovano, Anthony Jackson, Mike Stern, and Will Lee; and with popular musicians and entertainers including John Legend, Jon Secada, Joan Rivers, Jay Leno, Connie Francis, Joe Piscopo, Don Rickles, Melba Moore, Juan Gabriel, Clay Aiken, Bob Newhart, and Nicol Williamson. For more information, visit this artist’s website at

NATHAN BELLOTT/SAXOPHONE.  New York, NY saxophonist and composer Nathan Bellott is currently the front line of Hal Galper and the Youngbloods.  The release of their debut album “Live at the COTA Jazz Festival” in Summer 2017 has achieved critical success.  Nathan plays regularly around NYC and beyond with many artists as well as with his own ensembles.  He has played regularly with Charli Persip, Mickey Bass, Arturo O’Farrill, the Liberté Big Band and more.  He teaches privately and is on the Winds Faculty at Turtle Bay Music School in Manhattan.  A native of the Reading PA area, Nathan grew up hanging at the jam sessions and concerts around Berks County.  In high school he studied saxophone with Erich Cawalla, Tim Price and Bill Bower while cutting his teeth at jam sessions in Reading and Philadelphia and began performing professionally in 10th grade.  Nathan attended SUNY Purchase College from 2010-2012 where he was school by Jon Gordon, Hal Galper, Todd Coolman, Steve Wilson, Ralph Lalama, Mark Vinci and many others.  In 2012 he took his talents to Manhattan to finish his degree at the New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music.  There he studied with David Binney, Jaleel Shaw, Andrew Cyrille, Dan Weiss, Jacob Sacks and others.  Currently, Nathan is busy with many projects.  He has established himself as a first-call for big bands, small groups, and other ensembles. He is an avid composer and writes for his own ensembles.  Look out for brand new music soon as well as a possible film score in the coming year. 

PATRICK DORIAN/TRUMPET, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music, was a member of the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Music Department from 1987 through 2013. In 2010, he was awarded the highest faculty honor, the preeminent rank of Distinguished Professor of Music. He taught courses in jazz studies and film music and was the liaison to the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection. He is the author and reviewer of many professional journal articles, chapters in several books, and CD insert booklets. He is a member of the Scranton Jazz Festival Big Band and has recently performed with Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, John Pizzarelli, the Four Freshmen, and the Temptations. He has toured internationally, with performances at major jazz festivals, jazz clubs, and concert halls. He is the author of the comprehensive CD insert booklets for Phil Woods Works for Saxophone by the Celebration Sax Quartet; Live at the Deer Head Inn – Bob Dorough Trio & Special Guests; Sea Jam Blues; and Duets. In June 2007, Professor Dorian was presented with the Great Teacher Award by the ESU Alumni Association. In October 2007, he was inducted into the East Stroudsburg Area School District Music Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the Fred Waring Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts and the Community. Professor Dorian holds degrees from Northwestern University (MM Performance) and Ithaca College (BM Performance and Music Education) and taught instrumental music in public schools for 14 years.

DANIEL GONZALEZ/DRUMS/PERCUSSION is the ultimate groove master at the drum set or any percussion instrument. He is a native New Yorker and veteran of the U.S. Army band. He has an extensive playing and recording career including La Cuchina and The Atomic Funk Project. Based in North Eastern Pennsylvania, Daniel began playing music at a young age, developing his craft in drum corps activities and military bands. His technical abilities and unique sound are the result of formal study and years of experience performing on numerous stages in Hawaii, California, Las Vegas, New York, Pennsylvania and more. Daniel has also contributed his musical talent to various recordings throughout the years and continues to pursue a musical career as an open-minded musician. For more information, visit this artist’s website at

TOM HAMILTON/SAXOPHONE, was born in Jersey City, N.J. in 1953. He grew up in the town of Carteret, N.J. where he began his studies on the clarinet at a free summer music clinic at age 11, later switching to saxophone which he started playing professionally at the age of 12 in 1966. Tom started college as a music major in 1971 at Glassboro State College (Now Rowan University) Three years later he left school to work with Shorty Hill, a touring swing band out of Boston. In 1977 Tom decided to continue his studies at William Paterson University with Thad Jones.  He graduated with a degree in Jazz Studies and Performance in 1978. From there he continued his professional career as a saxophone player, co-leader and composer for the Jazz/Funk band “Splat.” Tom got his first overseas touring experience when he landed a gig with “Machito” in 1983. While in Machito’s band Tom got to perform with many jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie through Salsa Meets Jazz at the Village Gate in New York’s Greenwich Village. Tom decided to move his family out of the city to Delaware Water Gap, Pa in 1987.  In 1991 Tom was discovered by the great Blues guitarist from Scranton PA, Clarence Spady. Their steady Wednesday night gig at “Blues Street” was a huge success. The band recorded the classic album “Nature of the Beast” in 1996, followed by extensive touring throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. In 2014 Tom recorded his own album of original compositions. His “Work In Progress Band” was featured at the Scranton Jazz Festival and the COTA Jazz Festival in Delaware Water Gap. For more information, visit this artist’s website at

PAUL ROSTOCK/BASS, has served on the faculty of Moravian College since 1991 as an artist/lecturer and instructor of Double Bass and Bass Guitar. He has directed jazz ensembles, taught private jazz history and improvisation practicum’s and directs the Moravian Bass Ensemble. Paul also serves as a director for the annual Summer Youth Jazz Camp. A versatile and sought after freelance musician, Paul has appeared with many popular artists including Frank Sinatra, Michael Feinstein, Steve Tyrell, Monica Mancini, Maureen McGovern, Toni Tennille and Bobby Rydell. Jazz artists Paul has performed with include Maynard Ferguson, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Randy Brecker, Stanley Turrentine, Bob Dorough, Carl Fontana and Jon Faddis. Regional jazz groups Paul is associated with include Dave Roper Trio, Rob Stoneback Big Band, David Leonhardt, Marko Marcinko and La Cuchina. Paul also toured and recorded with the late vocalist Frank Sinatra Jr.

JOHN SWANA/TRUMPET, was born in Norristown, PA and took up the trump at the age of 11. He was drawn to jazz at the age of 17 after hearing Dizzie Gillespie, and the interest developed into a passion while in college. There he began transcribing the solos of Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Brown, Miles David and Tom Harrell. Swana has performed in the Philadelphia and New York areas with well-known jazz names such as Don Patterson, Shirley Scott, Cecil Payne, Johnny Coles, Ralph Peterson, Phil Woods and others. He can be heard on recordings with a variety of artists including Grover Washington Jr., Tito Puento, Ron Blake, Chris McBride, Tim Warfield, Ralph Peterson, and Bobby Zankel. Swana is currently on the faculty at Temple University in Philadelphia.

BILL SMITH/TROMBONE, a native of Bethlehem, PA, has been a professional musician and educator for most of his life and served for over 23 years as a jazz and classical trombonist in the U.S. Air Force. He has performed with many top artists, including Phil Woods, Bill Watrous, Toots Thielemans, Conrad Herwig and the New York Voices to name a few. Bill has been a featured jazz soloist at many U.S. and International jazz festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Guinness Jazz Festival (Ireland), Berks Jazz Fest and Hampton Roads Jazz Festival. In the classical music genre Bill has served as Principal Trombonist in the Concert Bands of The Air Force Band of the East (NJ) and the Air Force Heritage of America Band (VA). He was appointed by Air Force Bands Branch in Washington, D.C. as the trombone SME (Subject Matter Expert) from 1999 to 2007, overseeing the audition requirements for all prospective Air Force trombonists. He has also performed with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony. Bill has also been a clinician and educator throughout his career, for both private students and seminars. Most recently he presented “100 Years of Jazz Trombone” at the PAJAZZ/Moravian College November (2015) Jazz Series, performed as a clinician for the 2015 Music in the Schools program in Berks county and was a clinician/guest artist with the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Arts (2014).

BILL WASHER/GUITAR, was born in Ridley Park Pennsylvania, but his family moved to Rochester, N.Y. where he grew up. He began studying the guitar when he was 11 years old and played in a dixie style band with other kids from the neighborhood. He later formed his own blues/rock band in High School playing dances, parties etc. and continued studying with the late Donald Ames. After High School, he attended the Berklee School in Boston studying guitar with Mick Goodrick and majoring in composition. While in Boston, he sat in with various jazz artists from New York City including Joe Henderson and Elvin Jones, and later worked with both of them. He also recorded and performed with Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Stan Getz, Ray Barreto, Barry Miles, Jimmy Cliff, Frank Sinatra to name a few. When a friend from N.Y. called telling him the Joffrey Ballet Company was looking for a guitarist to play in 3 rock ballets, he jumped at the chance. While working with them he met his wife to be, Trinette Singleton, a dancer with the company at the time. Bill continued working in New York doing recording, Broadway, club dates etc. as well as touring with acts like Liza Minnelli and Ashford and Simpson. He and Trinette now live in Eastern Pennsylvania where she teaches and choreographs classical ballet. Bill continues to perform and teach in the area. For more information, visit this artist’s website at