Andre Hayward is an extremely gifted trombonist with the sound and clarity reminiscent of the late J.J. Johnson. His gospel-tinged approach is refreshing and will warm the hearts of anyone he comes in contact with.
Born in Houston, Texas in 1973, Hayward's first exposure to the world of music was through his parents, Melvin and Barbara Hayward where musical talent exists on both sides. Hayward began playing trombone and tuba at the age of 11 under the tutelage of Leon Schreiber and 2 years later with Bob Odneal who was lead trumpeter for Maynard Ferguson. Hayward continued playing through high school where he attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts under the direction of notable jazz educator, Robert "Doc" Morgan. He continued to hone his skills with Houston's legendary educator, Conrad O. Johnson. It was Conrad's instruction, and the opportunity to work in his big band, "The Big Blue Sound", where he really started to gain experience working in an ensemble.
He landed his first engagement with trumpeter Roy Hargrove for a European tour after being heard at a jam session during a festival while playing with the Texas Southern University Jazz Ensemble. After Hargrove, Hayward performed and recorded with singer/bandleader Betty Carter for five years in her acclaimed "Jazz Ahead" program. Other acclaimed performers include Joe Williams, Slide Hampton, John Lewis, Mingus Dynasty Big Band, Gerald Wilson, Kirk Whalum, Jimmy Heath, The Duke Ellington Orchestra and Illinois Jacquet's Big Band. His most recent performance credits are The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The San Francisco Jazz Collective, and The Clayton - Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
In 2003, he received first place and a $20,000 scholarship at the International Thelonious Monk Trombone Competition in Washington, DC. Hayward is also an educator who has conducted numerous clinics and workshops in various parts of the US and overseas.
Hayward has served as jazz trombone professor at New School of Jazz & Contemporary Music, New York University, New England Conservatory, Michigan State University, University of Texas - Butler School of Music, and University of North Texas.
Dan Davey is the Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music 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 with a concentration in piano performance from the Berklee College of Music where he studied piano under Joanne Brackeen, Joe Mulholland, and Russ Hoffman and Hammond B3 organ under Dave Limina.
He received his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. He taught high school for eight years in Massachusetts before moving into higher education at Stonehill College for three years and now at MHCC. He was elected Jazz Chair for the Oregon Music Educators Association and is a member of the Jazz Society of Oregon, NAfME, JEN (Jazz Education Network). Dan writes for JazzScene magazine, manages the WIBC U Honor Band of the Western International Band Clinic (Seattle, WA) and is on staff at the American Band College graduate program of Sam Houston State University.
Dan works as a professional pianist, organist, and trumpet player and has performed at several notable venues around the country. He has played in several musical pit orchestras and also with the Southcoast Jazz Orchestra, the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, Herb Reed and the Platters, Doc Severinsen, Bobby Shew, and Allen Vizzutti. In addition, Dan has performed and collaborated with several leaders in the industry, including Tiger Okoshi, Dominick Farinacci, Earl MacDonald, Chris Vadala, Patrick Sheridan, Col. Arnold Gabriel, Anthony Maiello, Col. Lowell Graham, Peter Boonshaft, Paula Crider, Canadian Brass, and Boston Brass.
Dr. Javier Stuppard strives for excellence as an eclectic musician while upholding the highest of standards. He maintains an active performance schedule in various styles of music including Jazz, Salsa, Orchestral and Commercial. He has been featured at several major conferences such as the International Trombone Festival, the National Trombone Workshop and the Texas Music Educators Conference with both the Minor 4th Trombone Quartet and JazzBonez. In addition, the Minor 4th Trombone Quartet presented at the Texas Bandmasters Association Conference, have been featured guest artists with professional and collegiate Symphony Orchestras, and perform recitals and master classes at Universities nationwide.
Dr. Stuppard is an energetic advocate of music in public schools and often serves as an adjudicator, clinician, and mentor. In 2015, he gladly accepted the position of Artist Mentor for Electrify Your Band!, a program that was created to assist with the promotion of fine arts in school districts around the nation by bridging imagination and intellect though musical self-expression. This program allows him the opportunity to teach students the important combination of being an educator, performer and entertainer though clinics and performance on Electric Trombone.
Additionally, he is a founder the Fresh2Def Horns, a horn section who’s soulful sound is a culmination of an exceptional blend, superb musicianship, and creativity that is adjusted to enhance any genre of music. They have a distinct style that is deeply rooted in entertainment; their delivery of a “complete package” is evident though choreography, and high-energy that engages the audience through interaction. To further enhance the experience the look of the section is chosen from a wardrobe of matching attire such as suit and ties, fitted hats and Air Jordan shoes.
As a free-lance musician, Dr. Stuppard has performed with Lukas Graham and taped live for the MTV Woodies, played festivals such as SXSW, Austin City Limits, Blues of the Green, and opened for a variety of artists such as Canadian Brass, Leon Bridges to Cool and the Gang. On the orchestral side of music he has also performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Temple Symphony, Round Rock Symphony and the Bermuda Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2010, he had the distinct honor in opening for a speech given by President Obama in Austin, Texas.
In 2009, Dr. Stuppard was appointed Assistant Professor of Music at Huston-Tillotson University. He holds a B.M.E from Norfolk State University, a M.M and D.M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. His principal teachers include Paul Adams, Ron Westray and Dr. Nathaniel Brickens. Dr. Stuppard has served as the International Trombone Festival Competition Coordinator since 2012, is an artist/clinician for Rath Trombones, Applied Microphone Technology, The GigEasy, and plays exclusively on Pickett Brass Mouthpieces.
Jay Contrino, adjunct instructor of music, teaches Jazz Appreciation, Theories of Music in Culture, Aural Skills, and applied drum set lessons. As an educator, Jay is a former instructor of the North Texas Music Academy and is former adjunct faculty of Eastfield College in Dallas, TX. As a player, he has performed a variety of music styles and genres throughout his professional career including pop, rock, funk, jazz, big band, country, and Broadway style musicals. He has performed on cruise ships, at theme parks, small clubs, large hotels, symphony halls, and jazz festivals. Notable performances include the New Orleans Jazz Festival in 2007, the Denton Jazz and Arts Festival in 2008, and the Smokey Hill River Festival in Salina, KS, in 2011. In 2008 he toured throughout the United States as a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
During his 4 year tenure with Royal Caribbean cruise lines, he was music director and performed with entertainers Maureen McGovern, Ben Vereen, Tommy Tune, the Osmond Brothers, Lorna Luft, Joanne Whirley, Bowzer, Mickey Dolenz, the Platters, the Coasters, and The Diamonds to name but a few. Since moving to Cape Girardeau, in January 2010, Jay has performed with the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Theater and Dance department in musicals, and with the faculty jazz ensemble, The Jazz Sultans. In March, 2011, Jay was the featured guest artist with the Percussion Ensemble. Jay also performs in Cape Girardeau with the Lower Downtown Jazz Quartet.
Jay holds a Bachelor in Performance (B.M.) from Berklee College of Music, and a Master's degree in Jazz Studies (M.M.) from University of North Texas. Notable drum teachers that Jay has studied with include Gary Chaffee and Ed Soph.