Max Kiesner is a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin and band director at Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, California. After attending high school, Mr. Kiesner went on to pursue his studies in jazz and music education at Northern Illinois University, home of legendary jazz educator Professor Ronald Carter. At NIU, he had the opportunity to tour and perform with Bobby Shew, Byron Stripling, Claudio Roditi, Eddie Henderson, Donald Harrison, Rodney Whitaker, Red Halloway, Conrad Herwig, Russell Gunn, Allen Vizzutti and Charles McPherson. Currently, Mr. Kiesner teaches various levels of concert/jazz bands and works as a freelance trumpet artist and private instructor. For more information on Rio Americano's award winning music program visit: http://rioband.net
Trumpeter, Educator, Composer, and Arranger Joe Mazzaferro has been active in the Sacramento and Central Valley jazz scenes since 2002. His formal studies include a BM in Music Education from the University of the Pacific and an MM in Jazz and Studio Music from the University of Tennessee. As an active freelance performer, Joe has had the opportunity to perform with many jazz greats, including Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Wycliffe Gordon, Ingrid Jensen, Lewis Nash, and many more. In recent performance opportunities, Joe had the privilege of performing the Miles Davis masterpiece Birth of the Cool with Gunther Schuller at the 2013 Brubeck Festival and was a part of the series “Remembering James Williams & Mulgrew Miller” with pianist Donald Brown’s Quartet at the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. Currently, Joe is the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at CSU Stanislaus and is a Co-Founder of the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra.
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, 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, Louis Bellson, 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 San Mateo Honor Jazz Band, 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. For more information on the Sacramento State Jazz Studies program, visit: www.csus.edu/music/jazz