|Flute||Jackie Markus, Paul Magersuppe, Hudsun Furtado, Nicholas Lazzara, Jamie Rucker|
|Clarinet||Stojo Miserlioski, Kris Ferranti, Paul Magersuppe, Hudsun Furtado, John Provenzano|
|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, Kevin Cripanuk|
|Percussion||Frank Derrick, Carlos Mota, Steve Salo|
|Piano||Carlos Mota, Jackie Markus, Greg Kokus, Alice Neagle, Mary Oser, Mary Anne Williams|
|Strings||Alice Neagle, Carmen Del Valle,Melodie Hoffman|
|Voice||Roberta Rehner, Alyna Morton|
|Guitar||Greg Kokus, Michael Little, Chris Martindale|
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 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.
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.
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 graduated from the University of Delaware and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education certified to teach K-12. He had the honor of performing under the baton of Dr. Robert Streckfuss and studying under Todd Groves, who is a sought after pit musician in New York and Charles Salinger, Philadelphia Orchestra. 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.
Hudson Furtado earned a bachelor of music at Florida Atlantic University. He also studied clarinet at Harid Conservatory. He has performed with the Lake Worth Latin Jazz Project, Florida Wind Symphony, PBCC Tuesday Night Jazz Band, and a Miami Based band called Protocol. He performs on all woodwind instruments and plays both classical and Jazz music.
Stojo, a native Macedonian, has won many national and international competitions. To name a few: National Clarinet Competition 2002 (Macedonia), National Chamber Music Competition 2003 (Macedonia) Sofia International Chamber Music Competition 2003, (Bulgaria), International Clarinet Competition 2004, (Serbia), Lynn Conservatory Concerto Competition 2008(FL, USA).He is currently working as a freelance musician and a clarinet teacher in south Florida. His engagements include: Symphony of the Americas, Miami City Ballet, Orlando Philharmonic, as well as several different chamber groups. Besides playing classical music, Stojo is also passionate about teaching, playing Klezmer, and practicing Yoga. In addition to his private studio teaching, he is also holding the clarinet professor position at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.
Mrs. Jamie M. Rucker’s career in music education began in her hometown of Morgantown, West Virginia where she attended West Virginia University. While at WVU, she performed as principal flautist in the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Chamber Wind ensembles. She had the great pleasure of playing under the direction of Mr. Don Wilcox, Mr. John Hendricks, and Mr. Lawrence Christianson. She studied flute with Joyce Catalfano and conducting with Dr. Kathleen Shannon. In addition, she was president of the WVU chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota and was an active member of MENC. In 2005, she received level one certification in Orff-Schulwerk at The Eastman School of Music. Shortly after graduating from WVU, Mrs. Rucker began teaching in Prince William County Virginia. In Prince William County, Mrs. Rucker taught general music, strings, percussion ensemble, and chorus. In 2008, Mrs. Rucker moved to Palm Beach County where she was the director of bands at Palm Beach Gardens High School for four years. At Palm Beach Gardens High School, Mrs. Rucker successfully grew the program from 12 students to 80 in three years. Under her leadership, Palm Beach Gardens High School earned superior ratings in Marching and Concert Band assessment. In 2011, Mrs. Rucker received the Tom Bishop Award from the Florida Bandmaster’s Association for rebuilding a struggling band program in a short amount of time.
Currently, Mrs. Rucker is the director of bands at Bak Middle School of the Arts. She active in the Florida Band Master’s Association, plays flute and piccolo with the Palm Beach Gardens Community band and serves as a woodwind / concert band clinician with various bands in Palm Beach County.
Marie Tallerie is a graduate of Park Vista High School. She currently is a Junior Music Education Major at Florida Atlantic University. She specializes in saxophone performance and education. She is the recipient of many scholarships and awards at FAU.
John started his musical career playing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Later on he did a tour with the O’Jays and ended up touring with them. He eventually moved to Miami and attended the University of Miami. While in school he performed with many groups including Tony Bennett, Dianne Carroll, Bob Hope, and Ben E. King. John is a Downbeat Magazine Award winner and currently is the Trumpet player for the world famous Coral Reefers Band with Jimmy Buffett.
Chris Rodriguez is currently the director of bands at Palm Beach Gardens High School. He holds a Bachelor degree in Music Education from FAU. At FAU he was principle trumpet in the Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Orchestra and the FAU jazz band. He is an active clinician, private teacher, and performer.
Luke Basso currently is the assistant director of bands at Palm Beach Central High School. He is a popular trumpet player in South Florida performing with The Brass Evolution. Mr. Basso and his group have opened for Spyro Gyra, Patti Lebelle, Chicago, and many more events.
Mr. Martindale is a brass player who attended PBCC, FSU and graduated from FAU with a degree in Music Education. Prior to working for Music Man Chris Martindale was a middle school band director in Palm Beach County for over 20 years. Under Mr. Martindale’s direction, his bands received numerous honors at district and national levels. He is a certified FMEA judge, clinician, and a sought after teacher. Mr. Martindale also is an active musician in the area having performed with many of the area’s community and collegiate ensembles.
Kevin Cripanuk is a South Florida native, born in Boynton Beach, Florida. Kevin is a graduate of Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music Education. During his stay at FSU he studied with John Drew and Paul Mckee. As an educator, he is currently working as low brass instructor in Palm Beach and Broward Schools along with many private lessons. As a performer, he is a sought after freelance trombonist performing with big bands, orchestras, jazz groups, and commercial music across the state.
Sara Shearon-Smith has been the band director at Okeeheelee Middle School for 19 years. She performs with the Orchid City Brass Band and graduated from Western Michigan with an education and performance bachelors degree. She holds a Masters degree from FAU in music education. Sara is a member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, National Bandmasters Association, Florida Music Educators Association, and Florida Bandmaster Association. She is currently the department chair of Fine Arts at Okeeheelee Middle School and she also serves as the representative for Spotlight on Young Musicians at the Kravis Center.
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.
Steve Salo hails from Massachusetts, but has been a resident of Florida for over 40 years. Steve holds degrees from Broward College and Florida Atlantic University. Steve has led a dual career as a music educator and performing musician. His versatility has led him to many musical generes. Steve has played with such artists as Kaye Starr, Julius LaRosa, Shecky Green, Ferrante and Teicher, Boots Randolph, Eddie Fischer, Amy Grant, and many more. He has toured with the Artie Shaw Orchestra as well as performing with Jimmy Dorsey, Art Mooney, Guy Lombardo, and Marshall Grant. Steve also performs with the Boca Symphonic Pops, the Florida Sunshine Pops and the Klezmer Company Orchestra.
Eric Rucker is a performing percussion educator, composer and arranger based in Palm Beach County, Florida. During his early years, Eric studied with Paul Moore II (Cincinnati Orchestra, Cincinnati Conservatory). During this period, Eric performed on percussion and piano for over 75 professional theatrical productions with the Charleston Light Opera Guild.
Eric attended West Virginia University on a full scholarship for Music Education. During this time, he studied with George Willis (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) and Al Wrublesky (Pittsburgh Ballet and Opera). Eric was active in the WVU Wind Symphony, orchestra and percussion ensembles. After college, Eric spent 6 years teaching and writing music in public schools in Prince William County, VA and Palm Beach County, FL. During this time, he was nominated for teacher of the year in both cities. In 2011, left his teaching position at Plumosa School of the Arts to focus on percussion education in Palm Beach County.
Eric is currently the percussion instructor at 6 schools throughout Palm Beach County. When Eric is not in the role as an educator, he can be found performing with the Maltz theater, the Florida Wind Symphony, the Orchid City Brass Band, and other local groups. He is also proud to be an Innovate Percussion Educator and Clinician.
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 Music Man, Inc. She instructs group violin lessons at King’s Academy (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.
Carmen Del Valle Ruiz
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.
Melodie comes from a musical family. Her father was an accomplished bassoonist teaching at the college level and holding the principal bassoonist position in the Holland Symphony. It was natural that she followed in his footsteps starting piano at age 7 and violin at age 9. Ms. Hoffman graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in 1989 with a B.M. in education. She then received her MA in education from Southwest Baptist University in Missouri in 2000. Ms. Hoffman started her teaching career in Tempe, AZ where she received the “Rookie of the Year” teaching award. After 5 years in Arizona she moved to St. Louis County and taught in Rockwood School District for 10 years. Ms. Hoffman has also taught in Polk County and has been the orchestra director at Palm Springs Middle School for 3 years. Ms. Hoffman has 27 years of teaching experience teaching violin and piano as well as numerous positions over the years as a pianist and church director.
Piano – Percussion
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.
Piano – Bassoon
Mary Oser is currently the band director at Wellington High School and has been teaching music for over 20 years. She holds a B.M. degree from Florida State in music education where she studied bassoon and teaching. Under her direction the WHS band has earned numerous awards and accolades. Her private students consistently earn top ratings on auditions and Solo/Ensemble festivals.
Mary Ann Williams
Mary Ann Williams graduated from Whitworth College with degrees in piano, organ, and elementary education. She currently works in the autistic program at Forest Hill Elementary and has been the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church for over 30 years. Mary Ann is versed in classical, jazz, pop, and religious music.
Roberta has been studying voice, piano and flute since she was a young girl and fell in love with the stage once she performed in dancing and theatrical productions. She holds a bachelor of arts in communication and has been working toward her second bachelor in vocal performance from Palm Beach Atlantic University, where she has completed her senior recital and piano proficiency exam. She is aspiring to continue in obtaining a Masters in music. She’s currently the the soloist/cantor at St. Patrick Church and St. Ignatius Loyola Church both In Palm Beach Gardens. She has given many solo concerts over the years in Palm Beach County, Miami, Vero Beach and Nashville, TN including classical and jazz concerts and has also performed in professional theater productions and on cruise ships for entertainment productions. She has studied under Marilyn Mims, Dr. Suzanne Galer-Wert and the late Dr. Richard Adler (Broadway composer)
Alayna has been studying classical voice and piano since a very young age. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She has sung various roles in international opera programs, including the International Lyric Academy of Rome. Currently, she teaches chorus and hand bells at Wellington Landings Middle School since 2013. She is also an active vocalist in her local church with groups as well as a soloist.