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December, 20, 2022
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM




Dick Dunscomb

Dick Dunscomb
J.B. Scott

J.B. Scott
Brian Peter

Brian Peter

And the Beat Goes On: Keys to a Successful School Jazz Rhythm Section

Clinic Synopsis:

This clinic takes a deep dive into the role of each individual instrument in a rhythm section. We will show how to establish a solid foundation for the ensemble, called the groove. A live rhythm section will create and demonstrate throughout. A special guest artist J.B. Scott will demonstrate how the rhythm section interacts with a jazz soloist. An excellent handout will provide those in attendance with a roadmap for success.

Dick Dunscomb - Biographical Information

Dick Dunscomb is one of the leading authorities in the field of jazz music and music education. He has been recognized nationally and internationally as a guest conductor, author, adjudicator, clinician and consultant. The International Association of Jazz Educators elected Dunscomb to its Hall of Fame. The Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra clinic, awarded Dunscomb the prestigious Medal of Honor and named him a Midwest Clinic Legend. He was the North American Coordinator for the Montreux (Switzerland) International Jazz Festival for 18 years. His most recent publications include, with Dr. Willie Hill, Jr. "Jazz Pedagogy": The Jazz Educator’s Handbook and Resource Guide, a publication designed to provide a foundation and structure to plan and implement a successful jazz program, "Jazz Zone"…the beginning, a jazz band method, and "Jazz Zone Together" an innovative online series of interviews with leading jazz icons. He is also the co-founder with Michele Fernandez of the new jazz service “Your Jazz Education Connection.” Currently Professor Emeritus, Dunscomb was the former Chair of the Music Department at Columbia College Chicago, the nation’s premiere visual, and performing, media and communications arts’ college located in Chicago, Illinois. He is Vice President of the board of directors for the Midwest Clinic, the largest annual event for instrumental music in Chicago, Illinois with more than 17,000 participants. He is an educational clinician for Conn-Selmer.

J.B. Scott - Biographical Information

J.B. Scott earned his B.A. degree in music as the first graduate of the acclaimed jazz program at the University of North Florida, under the tutelage of the legendary Rich Matteson. Scott is currently an Associate Professor at the University of North Florida’s School of Music where he is Director of Jazz Studies, Directs the award-winning UNF Jazz Ensemble 1, and is Artistic Director for the UNF Great American Jazz Series. Scott is much in demand as a professional trumpet artist and clinician and is a Warburton Signature Trumpet Artist. As a professional player and leader, Scott has performed with such artists as The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D’Rivera, Ira Sullivan, Rufus Reed, Ed Calle, Arturo Sandoval and was musical director for the world-famous Dukes of Dixieland. Scott has performed in many festivals including the Macieo Jazz Festival, (Brazil), the Elkhart Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Pescara Jazz Festival (Italy), and has performed and presented clinics for IAJE,  FMEA/FMENC, Chicago Midwest, JEN (Jazz Educators Network) in St. Louis, and directed the Florida All-State Jazz Band. Partnering with respected vocalist Lisa Kelly in 1997, Scott and Kelly have performed and presented clinics internationally for major festivals, jazz clubs, and jazz societies, as featured soloists with big bands, and with their own big band and small groups. Together they have co-produced 5 successful CD recordings and both are members of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival Hall of Fame. 

Brian Peter - Biographical Information

Brian graduated from USC in 2001 with a BM in MuEd and earned his MM in Conducting from the American Band College, at SOU in 2009. He has written for Bandworld magazine, and has been published in The Instrumentalist three times, including a feature interview in March 2013. Brian is currently the VAPA Coordinator for Conejo Valley Unified and recently completed their 50-page five-year district Strategic Arts Plan, with consultant, Peggy Burt. He completed 15 years as the Performing Arts Chair & Band Director at Westlake High and was the CVUSD "Teacher of The Month" in May 2014. Westlake ensembles have performed at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, three times at CBDA/CASMEC state conventions, three times at The Midwest Clinic this December ‘22, The Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival, The Monterey Jazz festival, and the Jazz Education Network Conference. Brian performed with the Blue Devils "A" Corps 1997 & 1998 and joined the BD "A" corps visual staff 2000-2017, winning nine DCI World Championships, including five undefeated seasons. In 2015, Brian was the single full-time brass, percussion, and marching instructor of the 97-member Blue Devils International Corps. BDI’s six-week tour through five countries culminated in a nine-day stent at the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland. Brian also worked six seasons as a Toy Solider drummer at Disneyland. Brian has been a full-time staff member with the American Band College “ABC” since 2018. He regularly adjudicates jazz festivals, concert band festivals, winter drumline, and marching contests.