Meet Our Teachers




Flute Jackie Markus, Paul Magersuppe, Hudsun Furtado, Nicholas Lazzara
Oboe Nicholas Lazzara
Clarinet Stojo Miserlioski, Kris Ferranti,  Paul Magersuppe, Hudsun Furtado, John Provenzano
Bassoon Mary Oser
Saxophone Paul Magersuppe, Kris Ferranti, Jason Alexander, Marie Tallerie, Hudsun Furtado, John Provenzano, Marcus Hernandez
Trumpet Luke Basso, Chris Martindale, Chris Rodriguez, John Lovell
Low Brass Chris Martindale
Percussion Frank Derrick, Carlos Mota
Piano Carlos Mota, Jackie Markus, Greg Kokus, Alice Neagle
Strings Alice Neagle, Carmen Del Valle
Voice Roberta Rehner
Guitar Greg Kokus, Michael Little, Jason Alexander

Greg Kokus

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For more than 25 years Greg has taught music and performed over 3,500 shows running the gamut from Broadway shows to corporate events, to opening for National Acts. Performances have taken him to locations such as Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Mexico, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and to his home in South Florida. Greg has worked with Julius and Felix Pastorius, Jim Bailey, Karl Berger, Joey Gilmore, Rob Whitlock, Kenny Millions, Bill Hicks, Bobby Thomas Jr. and Ziarah Washington. Greg has also taught guitar, bass guitar, jazz pop piano and voice lessons at North Broward Prep, Florida Youth Orchestra, and Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Palm Beach Day Academy, and Georges Music.

Jackie Marcus

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Jackie began playing the flute at the age of nine. Over the years she began studying piano, oboe and saxophone. She received her Bachelors in Music Performance from the University of Tampa and received her Masters from Florida Atlantic University. During Undergraduate studies she served as the flute section leader for three years as well as the Music Director and Secretary for Sigma Alpha Iota, Music Fraternity. Jackie also served as a Graduate Assistant in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band & Music Librarian at FAU.  Over the years she has served as a clinician for schools and music stores across the state, as well as the Music Director for Camp Airy in Thurmont, Maryland. Jackie is currently the Music Specialist at Sandpiper Shores Elementary School in Boca Raton, Florida as well as Province Officer for the South Florida region of Sigma Alpha Iota.

Carmen Del Valle Ruiz

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Carmen Del Valle Ruiz was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico and her family moved to the United States when she was 2 years old. She started playing violin at the age of 11 and piano at the age of 15. Carmen attended Augusta State University on an academic scholarship and multiple music scholarships where she majored in music education. She was very involved throughout the campus and received many honors as a music major. In April 2008, she won the concerto competition and was a featured soloist for the university’s orchestra. Carmen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in December 2008 and the following Fall, started her Masters degree at Florida State University. During her Masters degree, she was an active performer and teacher. She graduated in April 2011 and became an orchestra director at a high school in Atlanta, GA. Last July, Carmen married Juan Acevedo and moved to West Palm Beach, FL. Currently, she is a local musician and a music educator.

Alice Naegele

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Alice Naegele received her Bachelor’s Degree from Steston University, her Master’s from Southern Methodist University, and her Doctorate in Music Composition from Ohio State University.  While working on her Bachelor’s, she participated in the Study Abroad program in Freiburg, Germany.  She began her piano lessons at age 6, and violin at age 12.  After graduation, she began teaching private and group lessons at The Language and Music School in Oak Park, IL.  She is currently working as an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College and in the MacArthur School of Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University, teaching Music Appreciation.  She continues to teach private piano and violin at her home and at MusicMan, Inc.  She instructs group violin lessons at King’s Acedemy (5th grade) and Kindergarten and 1st grade group violin classes at Egret Lakes and Grove Park Elementary schools.  She is also the pianist at Lighthouse Baptist Church.

 Frank Derrick

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Drummer, Frank Derrick, has led a multifaceted national and international music career. He is a virtuoso performer, composer, and educator. In addition to his many theatrical credits, he has performed with numerous legends including Eubie Blake, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, Ann Hampton Calloway, Keely Smith, and The Louis Armstrong Legacy Band to name a few. He toured worldwide with Cab Calloway for 10 years and was the drummer for “The David Letterman Show” on NBC. Currently he is the drummer, assistant conductor and personnel manager for the Palm Beach Pops and drummer and conductor for the Bob Hoose Orchestra. He is the respected author of FOCUS ON TECHNIQUE FOR DRUMMERS, Drum set Editor for Percussive Notes, and makes guest appearances following the recent release of his new jazz-chart busting CD, THE BEAT GOES ON on the Jazzed Media label.

Carlos Mota

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Carlos started his professional music career at the age of 13 at the local venues in his native Dominican Republic. His first break was with the Anibal Brabo and Tipica Dominicana which opened the doors to travel and New York City’s Merengue and Salsa scene of the late 80’s. Since then work for some of the top Latin acts Wilfrido Vargas, the Moreno Brothers and Milie Quesada. Later transition to Latin Jazz and performed with Mario Rivera, Ray Vega, The Banda Brothers, Steve Turre, John Santos, Bobby Sanabria, Leah Babatunde to name a few. Carlos moved to Florida to study music at Palm Beach State College, and Jazz Performance at Florida Atlantic University under the mentoring of Dr. Tim Walters.

 Paul Magersuppe

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Paul earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University. Since returning to South Florida in 1982, Mr. Magersuppe has enjoyed a musically diverse career, performing professionally on the saxophones, clarinet and flute. Some of the performers he has worked with include Robert Goulet, Al Martino, Carol Channing, Eddie Fisher, Perry Como, George Burns, Rich Little, Aretha Franklin, Dick Johnson, Dudley Moore, Eartha Kitt, Duffy Jackson, The Temptations, the Four Tops, the Platters, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Marshall Grant Orchestra, the Palm Beach County Chamber Ensemble, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, and the Palm Beach County Woodwind Quintet. A member of the former International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), the Music Educator’s National Conference (MENC), and the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), Paul has been a band director at Palm Springs Middle School for the past 22 years. In addition, he has served as instructor of saxophone at Palm Beach Community College and has performed with the PBCC Tuesday Night Jazz Ensemble. He is now the woodwind instructor at several high schools in Palm Beach County and assists at Palm Beach State College. In addition, he has a roster of private students ranging in level from beginning to advanced.

Kris Ferranti

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Kristopher Ferranti is a native of New Jersey and relocated to Palm Beach County in 2007.  Upon graduating high school in New Jersey, Mr. Ferranti attended the University of Delaware in 2005 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education certified to teach K-12.   Throughout his diverse career Mr. Ferranti has performed, conducted and educated up and down the east coast. Some performances include Steve Salo’s Big Band, Orquesta de la Playa, The PBCC Tuesday Night Band and Sid Parkers Jazz Band.  Mr. Ferranti taught 3 years in New Jersey prior to teaching at Atlantic Community High School for 7 years.  He also had the honor of being the guest clinician at Lee County Schools for their district Jazz Band.  Mr. Ferranti has worked with several Palm Beach County District ensembles, conducted all district concert bands, and worked with the United States Marine Corps Band in Paris Island.

Roberta Rehner

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Roberta has been studying voice, dance, piano, and theater since she was a very young girl. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Thiel College. Roberta has worked as a radio personality. Since 2002, she is a cantor at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She is also a cantor and vocalist at Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida since 2008. Roberta also teaches private voice lessons (Bel-Canto) to children and adults since 2007 at Jupiter Academy of Music (JAM).  She prides herself on being quite diversified in her singing styles. Roberta Rehner not only sings classical art songs and arias, but performs sacred, musical theater, jazz, rock, and madrigal styles. She has even performed with a three-part A Cappella group “The Caroling Company” of Broward County and classical concerts around Palm Beach County as well. Roberta Rehner was a guest vocalist for the Palm Beach Gardens Concert Band.  She was honored to perform for the 82nd Airborne Corp. Division. “Swing 8n’t All,” Roberta Rehner is also the featured vocalist for hottest swing band in Palm Beach County. Since 2009, the band has played at many local venues, like the Lake Worth Playhouse in Lake Worth, Florida, and Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

 Jason Alexander

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Jason Alexander is a multi-instrumentalist and teacher playing guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, and flute. Jason graduated with Presidential Honors from Palm Beach State College in 2012 where his main focus of study was jazz performance.  He studied guitar with professor Neil Bacher and jazz theory and performance with professor David Gibble.  He also performed in many concerts with the top jazz combo, big band, and jazz guitar ensemble while at PBSC.  During his time in the Tuesday Nite Big Band, he had the good fortune of playing alongside jazz masters such as Paul Chafin, Ira Sullivan and Larry McKenna. Jason has played in the local shows “Anything Goes” at Rosarian Academy and “Swing” at the Lake Worth Playhouse.  Currently, Jason plays guitar with Steve Salo’s Absolute Jazz Big Band which is composed mainly of local school teachers and professional musicians.  He also plays guitar, saxophone, and flute in an acoustic duo called Tailored Soul.  Finally, he co-leads and plays in a local rock band which will be making it’s debut in March 2014.

John Lovell

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John started playing trumpet at age 5 because his dad was a trumpet player. He joined his school band, went to college, dropped out, and then got his first major musician job with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra. He later did a stint with the O’Jays and ended up touring with them. He eventually moved to Miami and attended the University of Miami School of Music where he played in the concert jazz band. He started working in a club called Bananas, where he had the opportunity to play with artists such as Tony Bennett, Dianne Carroll, Bob Hope, and Ben E. King.
John won the Downbeat Magazine student-recording award for Outstanding Performance by a Jazz Instrumentalist in 1982. He spent time during the “fabulous 80s” at jazz radio WDNA in Miami; however, in 1987 he was a “starving musician” paying bills as a substitute teacher in the Dade County public schools.
In 1992, John was selling stereos, working at a local Circuit City store and “wasn’t getting anywhere.” Then he got a call from a friend who was in the studio with Jimmy Buffett, where they were looking for a trumpet player. He sent a tape, resume and picture and two weeks later he got the job.
John has always been a jazz player and, when he’s not touring with Jimmy Buffett, he can be found playing with a local swing band in the Palm Beach area.

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