Maryland Summer Jazz Consortium Faculty
The Maryland Summer Jazz Consortium Staff is comprised of highly acclaimed and experienced educators and musicians. SJC staff represent educational institutions such as: the University of Maryland, Shepherd University, Howard University, and Montgomery County Public Schools. The faculty also professionally represents musical entities such as Conn/Selmer, Alfred Publishing, and Oxford University Press. Individual faculty members are in-demand performers and teachers, performing, conducting, and teaching locally, around the country, and around the world.
Dr. Tim Powelll
Saxophone, Band I, Improv
At home in both classical and jazz idioms, saxophonist, Tim Powell is an active and established freelance musician in the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan areas. He has performed with the Baltimore, Alexandria, and Altoona Symphony Orchestras as well as Frank Sinatra Jr., Gloria Gayner, Ben Folds, The Four Freshman, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Avalon, Ben E King, Mauro Marcondes, Origem, the Mike Kamuf Little Big Band and the Steve Fidyk Big Band.
Tim Powell received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Penn State University, a Master of Music in Jazz Studies and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park. The focus of his doctoral studies included electro-acoustic music for saxophone and contemporary saxophone sonatas. He has commissioned and premiered several works for the saxophone.
Powell is currently the Interim Director of Jazz Studies / Saxophone at the University of Maryland and Adjunct Saxophone Professor at Rowan University. He has also served on the faculties of the Pennsylvania State University, Frostburg State University, Montgomery College, and Anne Arundel Community College
Trumpet, Band II, Arranging
Mike Kamuf holds Bachelor of Music degrees in both Jazz Performance and Music Education from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University (Youngstown, Ohio) and a Master of Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). Mike presently has compositions published by the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press, Alfred Publications, the FJH Music Company and the Neil A. Kjos Music Company. Mike’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by numerous jazz artists and ensembles including the Woody Herman and Glenn Miller Orchestras, the USAF Airmen of Note, the Navy Commodores, James Moody, Eddie Daniels, Terell Stafford, Bill Watrous and Nick Brignola to name a few.
Mike has performed with the Woody Herman and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras and has recorded as a member of the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra. He served as assistant principal trumpet of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra under Maestro David Effron from 1990-92. Currently, Mike leads his own jazz octet, the Mike Kamuf Little Big Band, and freelances as a commercial trumpet player in the Baltimore and Washington DC areas.
Mike has taught instrumental music for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) since the fall of 1992. He has been in his current teaching position since 1995 as the Director of Bands and Orchestras and Music Department Chairperson at John T. Baker Middle School (Damascus, MD). Under his direction, the groups consistently receive high ratings at music festivals and have commissioned four works for young concert bands. In 2007, Mike received the Superintendent’s Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) Award for his efforts in involving students in the commissioning process. He directed the MCPS Senior Honors Jazz Band for six seasons and has served as a jazz faculty member at both Youngstown State University and Montgomery College (Rockville, MD). Mike has served as Treasurer and Secretary of the Maryland Unit of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE). He has been a member of the faculty of the Maryland Summer Jazz Consortium since 1994.
Mr. Kamuf’s website is: www.mikekamuf.com
Guitar, Theory, Improv
Dr. Peter Perry
Trumpet, Music Technology, Combined Band
Gerry Kunkel is an educator, composer, record producer, studio musician and free-lance guitarist. His versatility is known throughout Washington DC and New York as a multi-stylist based heavily in jazz and classical guitar but with a love of funk, blues, rock and rock and roll. This versatility makes him a very in-demand player in the DC area. He has played with artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Ron Carter, Dianne Reeves, Chita Rivera, Audra MacDonald, Joss Stone, Martina McBride, Joshua Bell, Terrell Stafford, Jim Snidero, Linda Bananti, Scott Baluka, Bernadette Peters, Bebe Neuwirth, Clay Aiken, Patrice Rushen, Terri-Lynn Carrington, Boys II Men, Chris Vadala, The Drifters, the Platters, Freda Payne, Nova Payton, Kevin McAllister, composer Charlie Barnett and many others. He has performed concerts with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra with Prof. Charlie Young at the helm. He performed with the pit orchestras of many world premiers, most recently the Kennedy Center production of The Watsons go to Birmingham ’63, music by Darius Smith, the Arena Stage production of Dave, the Musical by Tom Kitt of Next to Normal fame and Snow Child directed by Molly Smith and Beaches, the Musical at Signature Theatre. Some of the shows that moved to Broadway are the Broadway revival of West Side Story at the National Theatre and the acclaimed production of Ragtime at The Kennedy Center. He has been playing The Gala of Ford’s Theatre attended by President and Mrs. Obama and later presidents for years. He has played in numerous theatre productions including Kiss Me Kate, Secret Garden and Man of La Mancha at Shakepeare Theatre, The Wiz and Ragtime performed at Ford’s Theatre, the aforementioned Dave and Snow Child, The Pajama Game and Anything goes, featuring Soara-Joy Ross and Corbin Bleu at Arena Stage, Chicago, Mama Mia, Spamalot, 42nd Street and The Full Monty. Recently he performed Fun Home, music by Jeanine Tesori, at Center Stage in Baltimore Md. where he is also appears regularly with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has played guitar or banjo on American In Paris, Rhapsody in Blue, Porgy and Bess Suite, Hair Spray with John Waters narrating, Pixar-The Movie. The National Symphony Orchestra Pops Series and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra find him in their midst also. Gerry has appeared at venues including Blues Alley, The Corcoran Gallery, Carter Barron Amphitheatre, The National Mall where he, while in Natural Bridge with Greg Karukas and Michael Manring, opened for the Beach Boys. He also played Ravinia in Chicago, The Other End in New York, the Warner Theatre, Wolf Trap and the Lyric Theatre in Baltimore. He is a past musical director for the Broadcast Emmys, and composer for the television series “Treasure Search” with Bob Denver, and has played on numerous recordings, national television and radio jingles, and short and full-length feature films.
With over thirty years of teaching experience in classical, jazz, rock and blues guitar styles, Gerry is member of the faculties of Howard University, where he is the Director of Guitar Studies, teaching both classical and jazz guitar styles and the University of Maryland where he teaches jazz guitar, jazz combo and advanced improvisation and jazz pedagogy. He received his Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Howard University and his B.S. in Music Education from Shepherd College, and has studied jazz guitar with Pat Martino, Kenny Burrell, Walt Namuth, Bill Biesecker and Larry Wooldridge and attended master classes with guitar greats Jimmy Bruno, Sid Jacobs, Manuel Barrueco, classical guitar with George Yeatman, Bruce Keen and Jeffrey Meyeriecks, and advanced composition with Dr. Asher Zlotnik and Marc Copland. He is working on a book of improvisation techniques, sight reading skill development and preparing to put out a solo cd.
With over thirty years of teaching experience in classical, jazz, rock and blues guitar styles, Gerry is member of the faculties of Howard University, where he is the Director of Guitar Studies, teaching both classical and jazz guitar styles and the University of Maryland where he teaches jazz guitar, jazz combo and advanced improvisation and jazz pedagogy. He received his Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Howard University and his B.S. in Music Education from Shepherd College, and has studied jazz guitar with Pat Martino, Kenny Burrell, Walt Namuth, Bill Biesecker and Larry Wooldridge, classical guitar with George Yeatman, Bruce Keen and Jeffrey Meyeriecks, and advanced composition with Dr. Asher Zlotnik and Marc Copland. He is working on a book of improvisation techniques and his second solo CD
Dr. Peter Perry is a lifelong Maryland resident, and has traveled the world teaching and performing music. He is currently in his twenty-fourth consecutive year as Instrumental Music Director at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland. Here he conducts the: Chamber Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Pit Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, and Marching Band. These ensembles consistently receive critical acclaim on local, state, and national levels.
Dr. Perry created and teaches a course in Music Technology. In 2002, in partnership with the National Philharmonic, he put together the first Music Technology Lab at Richard Montgomery High School, which continues to be a mainstay in the school's music department. He also helped author the Montgomery County Public Schools curriculum for High School Music Technology.
Dr. Perry is a strong advocate for music technology usage in the large ensemble. His doctoral dissertation, "The Effect of Flexible-Practice Computer-Assisted Instruction and Cognitive Style on the Development of Music Performance Skills in High School Instrumental Students," focused on how the practice software, SmartMusic™, and the cognitive styles of field dependence and field independence affect musical performance skill development. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory, as well as a Master’s Degree in Music Education-Instrumental Conducting Concentration, and a Bachelor of Science Degree-Instrumental Music Education, both from the University of Maryland. While at the University of Maryland, Dr. Perry was awarded the prestigious Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship in Music.
In 2006, Dr. Perry received a Japan Fulbright fellowship and participated in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program. This program annually provided American primary and secondary school teachers and administrators with opportunities for professional development through short-term study visits to Japan. It aimed to increase the understanding of U.S. educators who help shape and educate the next generation. The program was designed to provide educators with first-hand opportunities to experience Japanese culture and education through school visits, interactions with teachers and students, seminars, and home stays. Upon returning to the U.S., participants shared their experiences in Japan with their students, colleagues, and communities in the form of curriculum improvement, development of teaching materials, workshops, and other activities. Dr. Perry was one of four Maryland educators chosen for the November 2006 cycle. He composed an orchestral work highlighting his experiences in Japan that was premiered by the Richard Montgomery High School Orchestra.
Dr. Perry is an active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, lecturer, author, composer, and performer. He is past vice president of the Maryland state unit of the International Association for Jazz Education and was the director of the Montgomery County Public Schools Senior Honors Jazz Ensemble for seven years. This is an auditioned ensemble comprised of the best high school jazz musicians in the county. He is a contributing reviewer for the Music Educators National Conference Music Educators Journal. Dr. Perry has presented sessions at the Maryland Music Educators Conference, Music Teacher's National Association Conference, and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Eastern Division Conference. He has also served as trumpet professor at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland.
Dr. Perry is a member of the National Association for Music Education, TI: ME (Technology Institute for Music Education), American String Teachers Association, International Trumpet Guild, Kappa Kappa Psi-National Honorary Band Fraternity, Alpha Chi and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Societies, and the Maryland Music Educators Association. He lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland with his wife Deborah and son Peter.
Dr. Perry’s website is: www.peterperrymusic.net