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The Teachers

Greg Takemoto

(saxophone, clarinet, music theory, jazz composition)

  • Chico State University (CSUC) 1997-1999

  • Rhode Island College (RIC) 1999-2001/ 2011-2013

  • BA music Performance – magna cum laude

  • Taught woodwinds for 18 years for the R.I. Philharmonic Music School

  • Ran the Advanced Jazz Combos for the Philharmonic Music School

  • Was the Band Director for Our Lady of Mercy Middle School

  • Has performed music across the North East from1999 - 2018

  • Owns and operates The Redding Music School


Jeff Takemoto

(piano, keyboard)

  • San Francisco Academy of Art University 2003 - 2008

  • BFA computer illustration/animation

  • Playing classical piano repertoire since 1992, taught by Conica Patnaik

  • Composing and Arranging original music since 1995

Jocelyn C. Olson

(voice, piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, trumpet, french horn, trombone, music theory)

  • Southern Oregon University - BS Music Instruction - cum laude

  • Southern Oregon University - BS Music Business - cum laude

  • A Lyric Mezzo Soprano, Jocelyn has performed in James and the Giant Peach, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Tales of Hoffmann, and Mozart's Marriage of Figaro

  • Has performed in 11 additional musical and opera productions with Shasta College, North Star Opera and Cascade Theater

  • A 7 year Member of the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers

  • Has interned with the Britt Festivals and assisted with the development of Jazz education in the school programs

Julian Dürr

(trumpet, french horn, piano, strings, music theory, composition)

  • 16 year-old composer and arranger

  • Professionally trained as a Concert Pianist

  • Member of the CVHS band, Orchestra and Choir

  • Member of the Shasta College Concert Orchestra, Shasta College Symphonic Band and the Shasta College Concert Choir

  • Has passed the 2 year theory exam at Shasta College as a High School student.

  • Attends CVHS and Shasta College

Tyler Mansfield

(guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, music theory)

  •  Studied music theory and jazz performance at Shasta College

  • Studied jazz performance at Chico State University (CSUC)

  • University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)

  • BS Chemistry

  • Taught guitar at local retail music store Music Max

  • Locally performs jazz and funk


Jesse Ajamain

(drums, percussion, beginning piano)

  • Jesse has been playing drum set for 23 years

  • AA Music - Pasadena City College - 2011-2014

  • BM Jazz Studies - Cal State University, Northridge - 2014-2016 - magna cum laude

  • Has experience playing in jazz big bands, jazz combos, and pit orchestras in Los Angeles

  • Has played all over the West Coast by 2018

  • 2012 Rose Parade - Pasadena City College Honor Band

  • Has been teaching music since 2010, including music classes for non-English speakers and people with disabilities

Morgan Fator

(music composition, music production/technology, music theory/orchestration, piano, and vocal performance)

  • Morgan Fator is a composer and professional musician local to Northern California with over fifteen years of musical training.

  • Morgan is currently studying at Berklee College of Music for a Bachelors of Professional Studies in Music Composition for Film, TV & Games.

  • Morgan has studied with many of Northern California's top music educators.

  • Morgan has served as a pianist and percussionist for many local ensembles including Shasta Symphony Orchestra, Shasta College Symphonic Band, Shasta College Concert Orchestra and the Shasta College Concert Choir.

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