Jazz Studies Faculty

Steve Roach      Director of Jazz Studies, Jazz Ensembles, Trumpet, Jazz History, Jazz Pedagogy

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Steve has been the Director of Jazz Studies at Sacramento State since 2001. He has also served as Director of Jazz Studies at Baylor University and has held teaching positions at the University of Northern Colorado and Northern Illinois University. Steve's duties at Sacramento State include directing large jazz ensembles, teaching jazz trumpet, administering the jazz studies degree program, and teaching courses in jazz history. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from Northern Illinois University, and a Doctor of Arts degree in trumpet and jazz pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado. Professional appearances as an assisting artist include studio and live sessions with such jazz & pop musicians as Tito Puente, Dave Pietro, Louis Bellson, Billy Drummond, Alan Ferber, Conrad Herwig, Lou Rawls, Jon Tchicai, Ben Vereen, Melissa Manchester, Toni Tennille, Roberta Flack, Rosemary Clooney, Jeffrey Osbourne, Carl Fontana, Paquito D'Rivera, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, The Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, and others. Steve also works as a clinician and adjudicator for jazz festivals and various workshops nationwide and has directed several California high school honor jazz ensembles including the 2016 California All State High School Jazz Ensemble, the San Mateo Honor Jazz Band, the CMEA Bay Area Honor Jazz Ensemble, the Fresno-Madera County Honor Jazz Band, the Solono County High School Honor Jazz Ensemble, the Tulare Kings County Honor Jazz Band and the Southern California Band & Orchestra Association Honor Jazz Band. Steve maintains an active schedule as a freelance artist and is a member of the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, a group in which he co-founded.

Contact Steve:
Ph: 916-278-7987
email: roach@csus.edu

Gaw Vang Williams      Director of Vocal Jazz Ensembles

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Gaw Vang Williams is a jazz-pop vocalist and educator native to Sacramento, California. She became the director of vocal jazz ensembles at Sacramento State in 2014, where she earned her Bachelors of Music in jazz studies and Masters of Music in vocal performance. Williams studied vocal jazz performance, voice pedagogy and arranging, and performed with the multiple DownBeat award winning Sac State Jazz Singers and C-Sus. She began teaching in 2004, serving as a music instructor at VAPAC (Visual and Performing Arts Charter), C.K. McClatchy High School, Folsom High School, Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps and Sierra College. Williams was also a member of the mellophone section in the 2007 world champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. She also currently directs the Christian Brothers High School vocal jazz ensemble and is an active private music instructor. Williams has been working for several years as a vocal clinician, working with many middle school, high school and collegiate ensembles and served as an adjudicator for many music festivals.

Under Williams's direction, the Sac State Vocal Jazz program has won 7 Downbeat Magazine Student awards. In addition, the Sac State vocal jazz ensembles took first consecutively in 2016 and 2017 at the Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival in the collegiate vocal jazz ensemble category and is invited to perform at the next world renowned Monterey Jazz Festival in September 2017.

Email: gawvang@gmail.com

Mike McMullen      Saxophone, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Arranging, Jazz Combos

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Mike McMullen has been a professionally working musician for over 40 years. His career as a performer, composer, arranger, and educator has taken him all over North America, Europe, and Scandinavia, and into almost every imaginable musical setting.

Mike studied clarinet with CWO Ascercian at NaviBase Music School in Little Creek, Va, then spent 3 years in the 6th Army Headquarters band based in San Francisco. During that time he began serious studies in jazz saxophone with Joe Henderson, and classical flute with Mong Pil Kim through the SF Conservatory extension. Mike was awarded a NARAS Scholarship in 1978 to study composition and arranging at the prestigious Dick Grove School in Los Angeles, where he also studied conducting, orchestration, film scoring, and studio woodwinds for 7 years with Phil Sobel.

In 1997 Mike was a founding member of the Sacramento region's premier jazz group, Capital Jazz Project. He is currently in his 24th year performing summer and winter shows in the pit for California Musical Theatre, serves as principal saxophone for Modesto Pops, plays in backing orchestras for celebrity acts, travels to Europe to work every year and records periodically. Among many his jazz groups as a leader, most notable was Pastoria, a 10 year Brazilian jazz collaboration with vocalist Ellen Demos, first based in LA, and then Dublin and London.

As an educator, Mike currently serves on the jazz faculty at CSU Sacramento and as an advisor to Mondavi Center jazz education. Past activities include 3 years directing the Mondavi Center Jazz High School All Stars, 11 years as Director of Jazz Ensembles at UC Davis, 15 years adjunct instruction at ARC, the 1986 founding of the Newpark Jazz Program in Dublin, Ireland, and three years on staff in the early 80s at the Dick Grove School in LA. Mike has also served as a guest artist/clinician at numerous schools, festivals, and camps throughout Northern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Western US. In addition to his work at Mondavi Center and CSUS, he maintains a sizeable private student roster.

As a sideman Mike has performed in concert, toured, or recorded with jazz artists Ray Charles, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Bobby Shew, Sonny Fortune, Richie Beirach, Pat LaBarbara, Manhattan Transfer, Dianne Schuur, Doc Severinsen, Benny Green, Natalie Cole, Bobby Hutcherson, Pepper Adams, Moacir Santos, Kenny Wheeler, Alan Skidmore, and Norma Winstone.

Commercially, Mike has backed artists Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Johnny Mathis, Frankie Valle, Joan Rivers, Wayne Newton, Olivia Newton-John, Tony Orlando, The Moody Blues, The Temptations, the Coasters, and was the house bandleader for the TV show Taxi in 1983/84. He has worked as an arranger, conductor, or performer with radio orchestras in Ireland, Denmark, and Belgium; and in Los Angeles for Arab American Television, Motown Publishing, Screen Gems Publishing, and Hanna Barbera.

Email: mcmikmul@gmail.com

Carlos McCoy      Latin Jazz Ensemble Director

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Carlos has been directing the Sacramento State Latin Jazz Ensemble since 2012.

He received his Bachelors of Music degree as well as his Masters degree from California State University, Sacramento, and he also holds a performance certificate from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Carlos has studied woodwinds with such prominent artists as Harry Skoler and Dan Zinn.

While completing his undergraduate degree, Carlos received the Reno Jazz Festival's Outstanding Saxophonist award in 2007, toured Europe performing at the Vienne, Umbria and Montreux festivals, and was selected from a nationwide audition to play in the lead chair for the Disney All-American College Band. He also had the opportunity to back up or perform with many prominent performers including Bob Florence, Wayne Bergeron, Marcus Printup, Bobby Shew, Mike Vax, Ingrid Jensen, Rebecca Mauleon, Dann Higgins, Conrad Herwig, Pete Christlieb, Dave Pietro, Donnie McCaslin, Steve Turre and many more.

Professional appearances include performing with a variety of greats including Rock and Roll hall of fame artists The Dells, Papa J (Sly and the Family Stone), Bobby Escovedo and Grammy Award winners Jamie Dubberly and Carlos Caro. Carlos is currently an in demand sideman and woodwind instructor, and leads his own 8-piece Latin orchestra and a quartet which has performed at many prestigious events. He recently completed his first CD recording entitled May is Gone, which features some of the most talented young and seasoned musicians in the state.

For more information please visit carlosmccoy.com.

Email: gruvsurf@yahoo.com

Phil Tulga      Trombone

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Phil Tulga received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He now resides in Sacramento where he presents educational programs at elementary schools, and is a member of the Jazz Studies faculty at CSUS. Phil has been honored by the Mayor and the Sacramento City Council for his work in the area of arts education. As a professional musician, he has performed with the Sacramento Symphony, Ballet, and Opera orchestras, as well as jazz/pop greats including Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, and Ella Fitzgerald. During Phil's Los Angeles years, he also toured with Paul Anka and performed on various television-recording sessions at Burbank Studios for HBO and ABC.

Besides the study of jazz, Phil is also involved with researching and composing music related to Aztec poetry and West African drum language. In addition, he designs online multimedia arts integration activities that connect music to reading, math and science. To see more on Phil's educational outreach, please visit his website at: www.philtulga.com.

Contact Phil:
Ph. 916-489-8105
email: me@philtulga.com

Dr. Joe Gilman      Piano

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Dr. Joe Gilman is a full-time professor of music at American River College in Sacramento, an adjunct professor of jazz studies at CSU Sacramento, and a longtime associate of the Brubeck Institute and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Joe was the music director of Capital Jazz Project from 1997 to 2011. He has received bachelor's degrees in classical piano and jazz studies at Indiana University, a master's degree in jazz and the contemporary media from the Eastman School of Music, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Sarasota.

Joe has been the primary pianist with jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson since September 2006, and the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra since 2010. He has also performed professionally with Eddie Harris, Woody Shaw, Marlena Shaw, Richie Cole, Joe Locke, George Duke, Chris Botti, Eric Alexander, Anthony Wilson, Nicholas Payton, Russell Malone, Charles McPherson, Wycliffe Gordon, David "Fathead" Newman, and Slide Hampton, and has recorded with Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Frank Morgan, Jeff Watts, Robert Hurst, Tootie Heath, and Larry Grenadier. Dr. Gilman has twice been an International Jazz Ambassador through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and USIA, traveling to West Africa in 1999 and East and Southern Africa in 2000.

He won the 1998 Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Emerging Artist Award and the 2000 Sacramento News and Review SAMMIES Critical Achievement award for contribution to the arts community. Joe was the 2001 American River College Student Association Instructor of the Year and was named the first Brubeck Scholar at the 2005 Brubeck Festival. In 2004, Joe won the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Gilman's work with students at the Brubeck Institute has produced several CDs - Brubeck Revisited Vols. 1 and 2 (Sunnyside), Wonder Revisited Vols. 1 and 2, Americanvas, and Relativity (Capri) - all recorded with Brubeck Institute fellows. His work with the students at the Brubeck Institute and American River College has resulted in eighteen DownBeat magazine student awards.

Email: Gilmanjoseph@aol.com

Steve Homan      Guitar, Jazz Combos

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Contact Steve:
Ph. 916-344-1697
email: sphoman@sbcglobal.net
website: www.stevehomanjazz.com

Gerry Pineda      Bass, Jazz Combos

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Gerry received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and Master of Music in Double Bass Performance from California State University Sacramento. He has studied with: Richard Topper (University of Cincinnati), Bill Rene (UCLA), Carl Stanley (CSUS) and Tom Derthick (CSUS). Gerry encourages his students to value the importance of fundamentals and solid instrumental technique. This includes: solo transcriptions, music history, repertoire, discography of groundbreaking jazz recordings and performance experience.

Gerry is an active participant in jazz and improvised music, performing regularly with visiting and local artists. He has performed with: Eddie Harris, Ernie Watts, Joe Farrell, Roscoe Mitchell and John Tchicai. Along with his duties at CSUS and private teaching studio, he also serves as an educator/clinician in jazz studies at regional music camps and festivals.

Contact Gerry:
Ph. 530-400-2277
email: gerrypineda@gmail.com

Rick Lotter      Drumset

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Rick Lotter is a full-time drummer and music educator based in Sacramento, California. He is the drummer in Capital Jazz Project, Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, and Mumbo Gumbo, and serves on the Jazz Studies faculty at Sacramento State University.

Rick began drumming at age four, when his family lived in Malawi, Africa. He later studied drumset, timpani, and mallet percussion with Stanley Lunetta in Sacramento. He began playing professionally in his teenage years and has enjoyed a varied career in the music business as a drummer, educator, bandleader, producer, and record label manager. Rick has worked in settings from combo and big band jazz to rock and worldbeat, and most everything in-between.

Rick has performed professionally with Dave Liebman, Bobby Hutcherson, Geoffrey Keezer, Benny Green, Jessica Williams, Jim Snidero, Bobby Shew, and Carl Anderson. He has recorded and produced dozens of jazz and pop recordings and many radio and television commercials. A dedicated music educator, Rick regularly gives clinics and workshops at high schools, colleges, and music camps throughout Northern California, including the Brubeck Institute at University of Pacific. Rick also maintains a busy private teaching and recording studio.

Contact Rick:
email: ricklott@mac.com