David Murphy WMCA director/drums/percussion
Bachelor of Music at U. of Utah, Master of Music at U. of Miami; Perf. Utah Symphony, FL Philharmonic, Ira Sullivan, Robert Peterson, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra and more.
Joshua Payne Guitar
Attended BYU and performed with Synthesis while still in high school. Has performed side by side with Les Paul, Lionel Hampton and the Osmonds, as well as many local talents. www.joshuapayneorchestra.com
Dan Waldis Piano
Attended U. of Utah; Studied under Susan Duehlmeier; Played with Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Brandon Fields, Freddie Hubbard, Larry Coryell; Various compositions for orch./big band; currently writing jazz piano book.
Isabella des Etoiles Violin/Viola
Has studied with David Darling and Kim Kashkashian. Performed and recorded with Utah Chamber Artists, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah Symphony, Andy Williams and more.
David Halliday Sax/Reeds
Bachelors of Music at BYU. Owns and operates his own music production copmany "Lone Peak Sound." Plays many jazz venues throughout Utah, as well as teaching privately and at the University of Utah.
Scott Harris Sax/Reeds
Bachelor of Music at U. of Utah; Plays with Utah Symphony, Ballet West, Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra; Has played with Tony Bennett, Phil Woods, Moody Blues, & more.
Merrill Smith Piano
Bachelor of Music at U. of Utah; Music Director with Robert Peterson; played with Carol Lawrence, John Raitt, Rita Moreno and locals Sheldon Hyde, Larry Jackstein and more.
Lars Yorgason Bass
Has taught at U. of Utah, BYU and Weber State U. Member of Boards of Directors at Park City Jazz Festival and Jazz Arts of the Mountain West; Adjudicator; played with many greats.
Chris Hough Guitar
Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music; Is fluent in jazz, rock, and pop and has played for a wide audience, including the 1993 Presidential Inaugural Ball. Mark Robinette Bass
Attended U. of Utah; Produced Orange Bowl Parade 1996 to present; Performed with NBA UT Jazz Band, Natalie Cole, Mamas & Papas, Frankie Avalon, Platters & more. Note: We have other instructors on hand on an as needed basis, covering all instruments. Included are: Reed LeCheminant, trumpet; Ian Murdock, trumpet; Jennifer Bogart, violin; Ellen Bridger, cello.