Patrick Langham joined the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music as Associate Professor and Director of Jazz Studies in the Fall of 2003. He holds both the Bachelor of Music with a concentration in jazz studies and the Master of Music with a concentration in jazz studies from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He has taught at the University of South Carolina - Upstate and Tusculum College in Knoxville, TN. As a saxophonist and director Professor Langham has performed with distinguished jazz artists and at numerous jazz festivals throughout the United States. His concert appearances have included performances with Donald Brown, Bob Hurst, Tom Harrell, Essiet Essiet, Billy Kilson, Lewis Nash, Joe Locke, and Jeff "Tain" Watts. He has developed and taught courses in jazz history, theory, improvisation, and performance. In 2006 & 2007, Patrick traveled to Barcelona Spain teaching and performing at Taller de Musicas, Escola Superior Music de Catalunya (ESMUC), and Jamboree Jazz Club. Professor Langham has recorded as a leader and created Roll Call Records an independent jazz label. The 2008 release is titled "Grown Up Listening" and features internationally recognized artists as supporting members. At Pacific Professor Langham directs the Pacific Jazz Ensemble, teaches courses in improvisation, jazz history, jazz theory, and works closely with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Camp and the Pacific Music Camps. For more information visit: www.patricklangham.com
Mark received his bachelor of music degree while attending CSU Sacramento and CSU Northridge, and a master's degree in jazz and contemporary media from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York. Mark has taught large and small jazz ensembles, and courses in jazz history and jazz improvisation at Contra Costa College, American River College, and UC Davis. While at American River College Mark created and taught the course "Jazz Styles and Improvisation". As a professional musician, he has performed with the Sacramento Symphony and the California Musical Theater orchestra, as well as for jazz/pop artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Natalie Cole, Mel Torme, and Johnny Mathis. Mark currently teaches instrumental music at Carnegie Middle school where he focuses on student creativity, student lead instruction, song writing, improvisation and music technology. Mark continues to serve as an adjudicator and clinician and enjoys playing in various local jazz groups.
Mike McMullen has been a professionally working musician for 35 years. He has worked all over North America, Europe, and Scandinavia. Mike studied clarinet with CWO Ascercian at the NaviBase Music School in Little Creek, Virginia; jazz saxophone with Joe Henderson in San Francisco; and flute at the SF Conservatory with Mong Pil Kim. He was awarded a NARAS Scholarship in 1978 to study composition and arranging at the prestigious Dick Grove School in Los Angeles, and he continued woodwind studies there with Phil Sobel for seven years while working his way into the industry. As an educator, Mike spent three years on staff at the Dick Grove School in LA; initiated the Newpark Jazz Program in Dublin, Ireland; spent 12 years as director of jazz ensembles at UC Davis, and many years performing elementary school assembly programs in the greater Sacramento region. He has also been a guest artist/clinician, and adjudicator at many festivals, schools, and camps throughout Northern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Western US. Mike currently serves on the jazz faculty at Sacramento State University, where he teaches improvisation and theory, directs jazz combos, and provides private instruction in jazz saxophone. Mike worked for 25 years as a bandleader with a variety of jazz and world folk based jazz groups in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Europe, performing original music in clubs and small tours, and then in festival settings, television, and radio. Locally, he is a founding member of the Sacramento region's premier jazz group, the Capital Jazz Project. Since it's inception, CJP has produced dozens of thematic repertory concerts featuring numerous national and internationally known soloists, as well as new music presentations, jazz mentoring, and educational activities. Aside from his work as a leader, Mike has performed in concert, toured, or recorded with jazz artists Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Bobby Shew, Sonny Fortune, Richie Beirach, Pat LaBarbara, Pepper Adams, Moacir Santos, Kenny Wheeler, and Norma Winstone. Commercially, he has worked as an arranger, conductor, and performer with Radio Orchestras in Ireland, Denmark, and Belgium; Arab American Television in LA, Motown and Screen Gems Publishing, Hanna Barbera, and artists Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Manhattan Transfer, Dianne Schuur, Doc Severinsen, Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton-John, Tony Orlando, The Moody Blues, The Temptations, and television's Taxi.
Josh Murray grew up in New York City where he studied saxophone under Daniel Wilensky and David Mann, playing with the likes of Gregory Hutchinson, and Walter Blanding. He attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, learning from Reggie Workman, Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Werner, Ira Gitler and Joanne Brackeen, among others. Josh's performing credits include shows with Phil Woods, Jimmy Smith, Peter Erskine and the Drifters. He has been a full-time teacher at Sacramento's Rio Americano High School since 1998. Rio Americano is a seven-time winner of the Monterey Jazz Festival, and has performed at the Essentially Ellington Festival in New York City four times. For more information on Rio Americano's award winning music program visit: http://rioband.net
Steve Lishman is a music educator and professional musician. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in performance from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master of Arts degree in music from California State University, Sacramento. Steve also attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, and Hart School of Music at the University of Hartford. He studied saxophone with Joe Viola and Frank Chase, and clarinet with Dr. Fred Westphal. Steve began teaching in 1970 and has taught music from elementary through college. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Music Department at American River College in Sacramento. Steve has been an adjudicator and clinician, presents jazz workshops, and teaches jazz at summer music camps. His performance credits include: Merced Symphony, Vox Musica, Carol Channing Show, The Chordettes, The Crew-Cuts, Kairos Quartet, Reno Fun Train, the FunAtics, and the Gene Krupa Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Berkowitz. As a performer, Steve freelances throughout Northern California and Nevada.