Biographies

 

Larry Greer holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music from SFASU with additional guitar study at University of Texas. He studied classical guitar with David Kennedy, Bill Krouse, Frank Kimlicko and Ricardo Cobo.  He has also studied jazz guitar with Garrison Fewell (Berklee), Jack Peterson and played in a master class with the late Herb Ellis. He currently serves on the faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University teaching classical/jazz guitar, directs the SFASU Guitar ensemble, and teaches Intro to Jazz History. In addition to teaching at SFASU, Larry has been on the Angelina College faculty since 1992, directing the ACC Big Band, the AC Roadrunner Jazz Combo, and the AC Guitar Ensemble, and teaching theory, jazz appreciation, classical and jazz guitar.  Image 2  Greer maintains an active performance schedule in the East Texas area. He has performed with Eddie Daniels, Carlos Fontana, Dennis Dotson, Bobby Shew, Chris Brubeck, the vocal quartet The Diamonds, The Tom Houston Big Band and the late Darrell Holt big band Just Friends. He has recorded or appeared on four CD’s, two as leader; “Shades of Blue/On the Edge”, and “Shades of Blue/Jazz Divas”. He has also appeared on “An East Texas Christmas” volume I and volume II recorded and produced by the Mixing Room. He is an active member of Texas Jazz Educators Association, Jazz Education Network, TBA, TMEA and is currently serving as jazz organizer for Texas Community College Band Directors Association.

Image 3J.D. Salas, a native of Alamo, TX in the Rio Grande Valley has lived in Nacogdoches for the past six years serving as professor of tuba & euphonium studies at Stephen F. Austin State University.  An avid bass player in both the jazz and classical idioms, J.D. has performed with the Temple Symphony Orchestra, Disneyland All-American College Band in Anaheim, California, and the Disneyland Paris International Show Band in Paris, France where performed with many musical legends as Bobby Shew, Jiggs Wigham, and Ricky Ford.  Salas has also performed regularly in both Thailand and Vietnam during his residency at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand.  He currently performs regularly in the East Texas area with the Nac Pac Trio and Mix’n Matches jazz combo.

Image 4Brad Meyer  is a percussion artist and composer with an extensive and diverse teaching background. Currently, Brad is the Director of Percussion Studies at Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX) where he directs the percussion ensemble and steel band (“Jacks of Steel”). He also teaches the private percussion lessons and percussion methods course at SFA. Dr. Meyer was recently the Visiting Instructor of Music in Percussion/Percussion Ensemble Director at Centre College (Danville, KY) and the Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Tennessee Technological University (Cookeville, TN) during the fall of 2011. Dr. Meyer frequently tours to universities and high schools throughout Southern and Midwestern states presenting recitals, workshops, and clinics on topics such as electro-acoustic percussion, contemporary marimba, concert snare drum, marching percussion, and world music. Brad serves as the Vice President of the Kentucky Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society as well as a member of the PAS’s Technology Committee. Brad completed his Doctorate of Music in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy of Music Theory Certificate in the Spring of 2011 under James Campbell at the University of Kentucky, where he also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in 2006. Along with his studies at UK, Brad was the Wildcat Marching Band’s percussion director, UK Steel Band/Blue Steel coordinator, and percussion studio lesson instructor. He received his Master of Music Performance Degree under the direction of Dr. Scott Herring at the University of South Carolina, where he ran the Palmetto Pans, the USC drumline, and debuted his first percussion ensemble composition, Your Three Favorite Colors. Recently, he was the pit manager for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010 and was the front ensemble caption head of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2009, where he was as a front ensemble technician for the two years prior. His extensive training in world music, particularly on the Caribbean steel pan, Korean P’ungmul, mbira (Zimbabwe finger piano), Joropo maracas, and both Javanese and Balinese gamelan has provided a global perspective for his performances and research areas. From 2002-2005, Dr. Meyer was a part of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps’ front ensemble, where he accumulated one world championship, three “high-drum” trophies, and three “outstanding service” awards.  Brad is a proud endorsee of Yamaha Instruments, Vic Firth Stick and Mallets, Evans Drumheads, and Tycoon Percussion.

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