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Chris Roberts (percussion) earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from Plymouth State University where he studied percussion with Tim Gilmore. He has also studied percussion with Randy Hogancamp, Bill Manley, and John Floyd, and composition and arranging with Romeo Meloni and Rik Pfenninger. Mr. Roberts has taught at public schools in Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire with all ages. He has performed with the New Hampshire Pipes and Drums, Musicians of Wall Street, the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra, and in various musicals throughout the Granite State.
Tim Gilmore (percussion) received a B.S. in Elementary Education and Music from Salem State College. His additional studies include composition and performance programs at Berklee College of Music. He is a member of the Harry Skoler Jazz Quartet with Brownstone Recording Artists and has performed with such groups as the Cape Ann Symphony, Symphony by the Sea, Paul Madore Chorale, Boston Percussion Ensemble, and the Cambridge Harmonic Orchestra. Mr. Gilmore has also performed with Lester Bowie, Marion McPartland, Tower of Power, Tiger Okoshi, and Warren Vache. Some of his recordings include A Work of Heart, Reflections on the Art of Swing, and Conversations in the Language of Jazz on Brownstone Records.
Scott Kiefner (bass) graduated from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal, QC, where he studied with Fraser Hollins and Chris McCann. In the summer of 2013, he was selected to attend the School for Improvisational Music Intensive workshop in New York City. He has since returned to New England, where he performs as an in-demand bass player with Jonathan Lorentz, Jim Dozet, Chris Klaxton, and many others.
Kent Allyn (jazz piano, guitar, bass) holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of New Hampshire. He performs and records with Ben Baldwin and the Big Note, Sarah Bauhan, Lillian Buckley, Susie Burke and David Surette, David Coffin, Kathy Lowe-Bloch, Peggo and Paul, Steve Schuch and the Night Heron Consort, Cosy Sheridan, and T.J. Wheeler.
Matt Davis (trumpet) received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Southern Maine and a master’s in music education from Plymouth State University. During his college years, Davis studied with Betty Rines and Trent Austin. He has performed in and around the New England area in ensembles of various musical genres, including classical, jazz, and theater. Matt is currently playing lead trumpet with the Freese Brothers Big Band in Concord and freelancing throughout the state. Matt is the director of instrumental music at Bow Memorial School, where he teaches all instrumental performing groups including concert band, jazz band, and string ensemble.
David Tonkin (jazz department chair, jazz guitar, jazz ensembles, Scholarship Jazz Ensemble, audio production) has studied jazz guitar with Ed Cory, Jay Azzolina, and Randy Roos. He has performed throughout New England, including the Blue Note in NYC and the Saratoga Jazz Festival. He is the founder of the David Tonkin Group and Tonkin Toys and has also performed with Tiger Okoshi and Delfeayo Marsalis. An active composer, Mr. Tonkin’s compositions and arrangements have been heard on radio and television throughout the area. He has worked with the NH Artists in the Schools Program, led workshops at the Lincoln Center Institute at Dartmouth College, and taught at the University of New Hampshire (Manchester).
Matt Langley (saxophone, jazz ensembles) has studied with Lou Marini of Saturday Night Live, David Baker, Ted Dunbar, and Stan Strickland. He has recorded extensively with the Charlie Kolhlhase Quintet, his own group Color, and with pianist Pandelis Karayorgis’ group System of 5. Mr. Langley has also shared the stage or recording studio with Ron Carter, Richie Cole, Fred Hersch, John Tchicai, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Chris Wood, Dave Fuzinski, Matt Wilson, Charlie Kohlhase, Tiger Okoshi, Roswell Rudd, Gene MacDaniels, and many others. He teaches at the Shaker Road School, the Portsmouth, NH Music and Arts Center, and his home studio in Eliot, Maine.
Tom Robinson (jazz piano, saxophone) received a B.M.in Jazz Studies from Capital University where he studied saxophone with Michael Cox and piano with Mark Flugge and Joe Hunter. He was selected for Ohio Music Educator’s All-State College Jazz Ensemble in 1992-1993. Mr. Robinson performs throughout New England as a sideman with several jazz groups as well as leading and writing for his own trio.
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