Cory currently teaches middle school instrumental music in Cameron Park. He received his Bachelor of Music and his Master of Music in trombone performance from Sacramento State University under the study of Joel Elias, Phil Tulga and Loyd Roby. Along with teaching, Cory freelances in the greater Sacramento area and has performed with such notable artists as Ingrid Jensen, Mike Vax, Bobby Shew, Bob Mintzer, Mark Levine, Jon Faddis, Kenny Werner, Wayne Wallace, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Wayne Newton, The Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Johnny Mathis, Fred Morgan Big Band, The Sierra Symphony, The Clear Lake Symphony, Capitol Pops and The John Skinner Band as well as making several recordings with the Sacramento State Latin Jazz Band and Jazz Singers while in college. Along with performing, Cory has choral works published by UNC Jazz Press and contributes record reviews to the International Trombone Journal. When not playing the trombone, bass trombone and tuba, Cory enjoys playing golf, composing, and singing in the Sacramento based chamber ensemble RSVP.
Dr. Dyne Eifertsen is a performer, educator, clinician, and composer. He has earned music performance degrees in trombone performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of Washington in Seattle. Dyne is freelance musician, Department Chair and the Director of the Jazz Studies program at American River College where he conducts several jazz combos along with the ARC Latin and Studio Jazz Ensembles.
Mike Souliere is currently Director of Bands at Pleasant Grove High School and Albiani Middle School. Mr. Souliere is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno and holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Performance, and a Masters of Music Degree in Applied Trombone. Formally lead trombone for Gordie Brown at Harrah's Reno, Mike has performed with artists such as Hans Halt, Randy Porter, Tom Kubis, George Graham, Ingrid Jensen, John Fedchock, Brian Lynch, Tim Hagans, Bob Fylling and Cedar Walton. Mike has studied trombone with Leonard Neidhold, Shelley Denny, Conrad Herwig, and Bob McChesney.
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.