Charle Richard, full-time faculty, Jazz Ensemble, saxophone, improvisation, composition and arranging
Charlie Richard is a Professor of Music at Riverside City College. He directs Jazz Ensemble I and teaches studio saxophone, improvisation and jazz appreciation. He has also served as Department Chair, Distance Education Coordinator and Interim Dean for the Fine and Performing Arts. Richard received his Bachelor and Masters degrees from California State University Los Angeles, where he studied composition and arranging with Bob Curnow, David Caffey and William Hill. Richard later completed graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin where he studied saxophone with Harvey Pittel and composition and arranging with Rick Lawn. While a student at the University of Texas in 1989 he received the downbeat magazine award for Best Extended Original Jazz Composition. In 1998 "The Hawk's Out," an album featuring his compositions and arrangements by the Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra, was selected by New York’s Cadence Magazine as its Outstanding Big Band Recording of the year. In 1999 he directed the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association High School Jazz All-Stars. Mr. Richard is on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Jazz Camp and his compositions are available from e-JazzLines Publications.
Artists that Richard has played with include: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Lou Rawls, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Legends of Swing, Doris Day, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Mark Masters Jazz Composers Orchestra and Hip Pocket. Mr. Richard is also a Past-President of the California Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education.
Kevin Mayse, full-time faculty, directs the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Evening Jazz Ensemble and teaches studio trumpet
Kevin Mayse currently directs the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, co-directs the Evening Jazz Ensemble, teaches applied trumpet and serves as Chair for the Department of Music at Riverside City College.
As a performer, Mr. Mayse has toured the United States and Japan with Keith Brion and the New Sousa Band, Vince DiMartino and the New Columbia Brass Band, and the California Gold Rush Band. Mr. Mayse was one of the founding members of the Huis Ten Bosch brass ensemble in Nagaski, Japan. Locally he has performed with the Riverside Civic Light Opera, the San Bernardino Civic Light Opera, The San Gabriel Civic Light Opera, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey’s Circus, the Torrance Symphony, the Rio Hondo Symphony, the Cypress Pops Orchestra and numerous groups at Disneyland. He co leads and plays lead trumpet for the Evening Jazz Ensemble at Riverside City College. He also fronts his own professional big band which has performed with jazz greats Gary Foster, Bill Reichenbach, Marvin Stamm and Bobby Shew.
Mr. Mayse has been the conductor of the California Pops Band which recorded with Sony Records (available only in Japan), The Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra which recorded with Sea Breeze records and one of California’s only professional concert bands, The Inland Empire Wind Symphony. He conducts both the Tribute to John Philip Sousa and Tribute to King Karl King honor bands in Riverside County and is very active as a Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble clinician.
Peter Curtis, full-time faculty, guitar, lab band, combos, improvisation
Professor Peter Curtis is a guitarist, composer and a tenured professor of music at Riverside City College in Riverside, California. He has performed or recorded with notable jazz musicians including Claudia Acuna, Lynn Arriale, Seamus Blake of the Mingus Big Band, Don Braden, James Carter, Freddy Cole, Barbra Morrison, James Moody, Eldad Tarmu and Ron Westray of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. With his group, the Peter Curtis Quartet, he recently released his debut album Swing State, which is available at cdbaby.com and on itunes.
As a classical guitarist Peter has given recitals throughout the U.S. and Canada and was awarded the Andres Segovia memorial scholarship from the Banff Centre for the Arts. Some of his arrangements for classical guitar have been performed by guitarists as far abroad as Australia.
He received his Bachelor of Music degree Magna Cum Laude from the Berklee College of Music, a Masters of Music degree from Yale University, and a Doctor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance and Literature with minor fields in Ethnomusicology and Music History from Indiana University.
James Rocillo, full-time faculty, directing the Marching Tigers, Concert Band and Jazz Lab band
James Rocillo currently directs the RCC Marching Tigers, Concert Band and Jazz Lab Band. Assistant Professor Rocillo has cultivated a diverse curriculum vitae in music as a performer, educator, and competition adjudicator. His formal music education spans the campuses of Long Beach City College, Citrus College, and California State University, Northridge & Los Angeles . Throughout the years, he has had the great privilege of receiving instruction from renowned trumpet artists Bobby Shew, Tony Lujan, Ron Stout, Sal Cracchiolo, Rob Roy McGregor, Bob Slack,Charlie Davis and Wayne Bergeron. Consequently, James himself has become an internationally accomplished musician and can easily shift between the genres of classical and jazz. He has been featured in Del-Fi Records' Brown Bag and the Blue Note Swing Orchestra in addition to have led his very own James Rocillo Jazz Quartet. His performances have taken him around the Pacific and back again, traveling through California, Hawaii, Canada, and Japan.
James' experience as an educator is threefold, instructing at the high school, college, and drum corps capacities. From 2000-2010, he was the Assistant Director of Bands at the BOA Grand National Finalist Ayala High School in Chino Hills, CA. Concurrently, he began his tenure at Nogales High School in La Puente, CA where he worked with the marching band, concert band, and jazz ensemble. In 2007, James joined the staff at Riverside Community College to lead the wind program for the world famous Marching Tigers. In 2010 James became the Director of Bands at Colony High School in Ontario, California. There James directed the Titan Regiment Marching band, wind symphony and jazz ensembles. The sum of such a career has lent itself well to the role of adjudicator and clinician, which he has also fulfilled during several marching band competitions and jazz festivals in California, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Seattle, Malaysia and Guatemala.
Over the years, James has had the pleasure of working with several Open and World class groups including Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps, Concord Blue Devils B, and the six-time DCI World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard. He has also held the position of Brass Caption Head at Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps and Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps. 2008 marked the beginning of a new and exciting chapter as James' first year on staff at the fifteen-time DCI World Champion Concord Blue Devils. James is proud to have been apart of three DCI Championships with the Blue Devils (2009,2010,2012) and two Jim Ott awards for Best Brass performance (2008,2010).
Steve Schmidt, full-time faculty, theory, percussion, composition and technology
Steve Schmidt was raised in Riverside, California. He
began studying percussion at California State University, Fullerton
under the tutelage of Todd Miller. After receiving a Bachelor of Music
in Percussion Performance from CSU, Fullerton, Steven went on to earn a
Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of
Southern California, studying percussion with Erik Forrester and
composition with Stephen Hartke and Frederick Lesemann. Steven has
received commissions for compositions from Riverside Community College,
the University of California, Riverside Department of Theater, the
California State University, Fullerton Clarinet Ensemble, the Irvine
Valley College Wind Ensemble, Upland High School and the University of
Southern California Theater Department, for whom he composed music for
their 1994 production of Bertold Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle. His
wind ensemble composition Spin has been performed by Riverside
Community College, the California Music Academy, the University of
Northern Arizona, Washington State University and numerous high
schools. His latest works Southern California Portrait for wind
ensemble and Helios for jazz ensemble were recently premiered by the
Riverside City College Performing Arts Department.
Schmidt's performances include a recording of Edgar Varese' Ionisation
with the Ensemble Modern (a recording produced by Frank Zappa) and the
soundtrack to Mr. Holland's Opus starring Richard Dreyfuss. Steven has
also performed with the Orange County Pacific Symphony, the Capistrano
Valley Symphony, the Southwest Chamber Symphony, Downey Civic Light
Opera, Costa Mesa CLO and South Bay CLO. Additionally, Steven has
participated in many independently contracted performances with artists
such as Peabo Bryson, Ray Charles, Shirley Jones, Bernadette Peters,
Don Rickles, Peter Setera, Doc Severinson and Dionne Warwick.
Jeffrey Benedict is a part-time member of the RCC Music Department. he teaches saxophone, jazz improvisation and jazz appreciation. He has also been a member of the California State University Los Angeles Department of Music faculty since 1989. Dr. Benedict teaches saxophone and courses in jazz studies. He also is currently serving as the Undergraduate Student Advisor for the department.
Jeff Benedict has been playing professionally since 1972. He is highly regarded both as a jazz and classical saxophone performer and teacher. Benedict has performed and recorded with a who’s who of music luminaries, including: Phil Woods, Harold Danko, Marvin Stamm, Gary Burton, Dave Brubeck, Gene Ramey, Kelleye Grey, Susie Stern, Estrella Acosta, Donna Menthol, Bob Mintzer, Diane Schuur, Randy Brecker, Mike Nock, Bill Watrous, Nick Brignola, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jim Pugh, Bobby Shew, Eddie Daniels, Butch Miles, Vincent DiMartino, Eddie Harris, Jack Wilkins, Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, Allen Vizzutti, Claudio Roditi, Mark Whitfield, Slide Hampton, Nick Brignola, Carl Fontana, Lew Soloff, Ernie Watts, Bob Mintzer, Joe Williams, Jiggs Whigham and Curtis Fuller.
Dr. Benedict has recorded two jazz albums under his own name on theResurgent Music label, Castle Creek Shuffle and Standard Fare, and was a sideman on a recent release by the critically-acclaimed Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra entitled The Hawk's Out. He is currently a regular member of the HMA Salsa-Jazz Orchestra. Jeff is an accomplished classical musician as well, having performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Chamber Symphony, the Denver Symphony, the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, the Quad City Symphony, and the Augustana Orchestra. He has premiered many new works for Saxophone, including Smoke and Mirrors for Solo Saxophone by John Kennedy, Peter Terry's Into Light for Soprano/Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra with computer-generated tape, and the Midwest premiere of David Amram's Ode to Lord Buckley. He is a founding member of the Orion Saxophone Quartet, Which has recently released a CD on the Centaur Records label.
Bob Dominguez, part-time faculty, jazz drum set performance
Bob Dominguez is a part-time member of the RCC faculty and teaches Drum Set performance. Bob Dominguez studied drums and Latin percussion with greats such as Joe Porcaro and Chuck Flores. Bob has performed with artists such as Les Brown and Latin jazz legend, Willie Bobo, and given numerous orchestral and jazz performances in Southern California with the Riverside and San Bernardino Civic Light Opera, Redlands Bowl Symphony, and the Inland Empire Symphony. Dominguez also appeared as the drummer in the 1988 CBS television series ‘Dirty Dancing.” Bob Dominguez is currently faculty at the University or La Verne, University of California at Riverside, and Idyllwild School of Music. Bob has provided instruction for 22 years at Lier’s Music Co. in San Bernardino, CA, and has taught at San Bernardino, Crafton Hills, Chaffey, and Riverside Community Colleges. Bob Dominguez has worked with Mark Guerrero for 7 years; in Mark’s cover band, Hot Rox, Lalo Guerrero with Mark Guerrero & the Second Generation Band, and Mark Guerrero & Radio Aztlán.
Jody Fisher is a part-time faculty member at RCC, teaching guitar and jazz.
Jody Fisher was born in South Bend, Indiana and spent most of his
childhood years moving throughout the country. His father, a successful radio
broadcasting figure, and his mother an actress, provided the creative
environment that allowed him to pursue his avid interest in both music and the
guitar. By age eleven, Jody was taking lessons in the Chicago area. During this
time, he also studied with his uncle, jazz guitarist Sid Fisher who had spent
many years as an RCA recording artist. After moving to the West Coast as a
teenager, Jody continued taking lessons with some of the top players living in
the Los Angeles area, including, Herb Ellis, John Collins, and Louis Speigner.
It was during these years that he also attended The Stan Kenton Music Clinics.
Jody eventually began studying with guitarist/bassist, George Stanley, who
started bringing him to gigs and introducing him to other players. From this
point on, Jody made a steady living playing the guitar.
a performer, Jody has played virtually every style of music professionally. He
has played many important venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and Universal
Amphitheater. Today, he is primarily known as a jazz artist living in the
Southern California area and has recently worked all over the United States,
Canada, England and Germany. His newest CD, Impromptu, has received critical
has published over twenty instructional books about jazz guitar with Alfred
Publishing, Workshop Arts Publications, and Mel Bay Publications. Four of his
books have appeared in the Smithsonian Institute's Folkways Exhibition in
Washington, DC. In addition Jody has written for most of the major guitar
magazines, including Guitar Player, Just Jazz Guitar and Finger Style Guitar.
educator, Jody has held the positions of Professor of Jazz and Studio Guitar at
the University of Redlands, in Redlands, CA, the University of La Verne, in La
Verne, CA, and the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (ISOMATA), in
Idyllwild, CA. In addition, he has also served as Associate Director of the
National Guitar Workshop as well as Director of the Workshop's Jazz Summit in
the early years of that program. Jody continues to conduct seminars and clinics
all over the country.
Brian Mantz, a part-time faculty member directs the Jazz Lab Band and teaches applied trumpet.
Brian Mantz, directs Lab Jazz Band #2 and is a professional trumpet player living in Southern California. He started playing at age 10, using his uncle's trumpet for elementary band class in fifth grade.
Experience playing in the Wind Ensembles of Kevin Mayse and Dr. Mitch Fennell , and the Big Bands of Charles Richard, Chuck Tumlinson, and Jeff Jarvis were vital in developing his sense of musical performance and preparation leading to a BMA in Jazz Commercial Studies from Cal State Fullerton, an MMA in Jazz Commercial Studies from Cal State Long Beach, and launching a musical career.
His philosophy of using music as a tool for health and wellness, guides him to teach students the benefits of practicing music in their everyday lives. The preparation, practice, and performance of a musical instrument can lead to Happiness.
Artists he has worked with include: Bobby Womack, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tumpetology, Tim Gill All Stars, Clare Fischer, Nutty, Barela, Ron King Big Band, Disneyland/Disney California Adeventure, Universal Studios, Hollywood, Universal Studios, Osaka, Japan, Disneyland Toy Soldiers.
Joel Paat, part-time faculty, Jazz Piano, Combos and Improvisation
Joel Paat teaches Jazz Piano, Improvisation and Combo. Joel Paat Graduated in 1990 from
Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelors Degree in
Commercial Music. His formal piano instructors
include David Berfield, Tom Ranier and Billy Childs.
Joel is no stranger to the stage, he has performed
at the Greenwood Jazz Festival (Tulsa), the North
Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), the Ozone Jazz
Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland),
as well as many locations in Southern California.
Joel has also played with various people that include
Tom Scott, Bobby McFerrin, Brandon Fields, Danny
Reyes and Vinnie Colaiuta (to name just a few).
Steven Ragsdale, part-time faculty, community jazz ensemble and jazz combos.
Steven Ragsdale is a saxophonist actively performing in various jazz, rock, pop, and classical environments. Steven has had the opportunity to study with Jeff Ellwood, Charlie Richard, Bill Cunliffe, Francisco Torres, Kye Palmer, George Cables, and James Rӧtter. He is currently a member of several ensembles performing in Southern California, including Fresh Rhythm, Eleventy, Slang, Mercy Stone, zzaj, and Noir Saxophone Quartet.
Ragsdale graduated from California State University Fullerton with an MM in jazz performance as well as a BA in music education. As a teacher, he works with young students, both privately and as a regular clinician for various local schools.
Steven plays on Eastman 52nd street horns
Rick Shaw, part-time faculty, jazz bass, combos and Business of Music
Rick Shaw spent three seasons with the Sacramento Symphony before attending Eastman School of Music. At Eastman he performed in their Philharmonia Orchestra and completed the Jazz Studies program with a Masters of Music degree in 1981.
In 1983 Rick moved to Los Angeles and began working freelance. Since then he has toured with the 60's vocal group The Lettermen, and jazz artists Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson, also recording with Maynard on his first High Voltage CD. He also tours regularly with Johnny Mathis.
In addition to being a regular with the Big Phat Band, Rick also plays with Bill Holman and Chick Corea. As an educator at Riverside Community College he teaches bass students and small ensembles, and his students have won acclaim and their division at the Reno Jazz Festival.
As a sideman, Mr. Shaw has recorded commercials and TV shows such as “JAG,” “King of the Hill” and “The Simpsons.” Recordings for vocalists include Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Celine Dion, Beck, and Ray Charles. He’s also performed in orchestras for movies such as “Freaky Friday,” “National Treasure” and “Legally Blonde II.”
Steve Suminski, part-time faculty, studio trombone
Steven Sumniski, trombone, regularly performs with professional orchestras throughout the state of California as well as working as an active freelance trombonist in the greater Los Angeles area. He is currently the principal trombonist with Symphony Silicon Valley in San Jose, The Riverside County Philharmonic, Ballet San Jose and the Santa Monica Symphony. In addition Suminski has appeared with many other groups including the San Francisco Opera, Santa Barbara Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Berkeley Symphony, and the San Bernardino, and Redlands Symphonies. Steve is also a founding member of the award winning chamber music group, Brass Pacifica. Brass Pacifica currently performs in over 50 venues a year working as performing artists for The Music Center of Los Angeles and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Steve has performed with his group all over the country including a nine-month residency in Bar Harbor, Maine that was sponsored by Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts. With such an eventful career playing the trombone, in his free time Steve is content to just slide through life.
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