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Jay Saunders

E-mail: Jay.Saunders@unt.edu

Jay Saunders retired in 2016 as an Instructor in the Jazz Studies Division of the College of Music at the University of North Texas. He taught applied trumpet lessons to Jazz Studies majors, directed the One and Two O'clock Lab Bands, taught Introduction to Jazz Recordings. He has toured with the US Army Studio Band, Stan Kenton, and others. He is an active working professional in the DFW metroplex.

Neil Slater

Noted jazz pianist and award-winning composer/arranger Neil Slater is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant recipient, and a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Grammy Award nominee. In 2008, Slater retired from his position as chair of the Division of Jazz Studies and Director of the internationally acclaimed UNT One O’ Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas, and now holds the position of Professor Emeritus.

Paris Rutherford

Paris Rutherford, Regents Professor Emeritus in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas (UNT), was coordinator of vocal jazz studies and director of UNT Jazz Singers I, award-winning vocal jazz ensemble heard on sixteen albums. In addition to his work with the Jazz Singers, he taught courses in instrumental and vocal jazz arranging, jazz composition, and vocal jazz styles.

James Riggs

E-mail: james.riggs1@verizon.net

James Riggs retired at the end of the 2007-08 academic year.

James Riggs is a Professor in the Jazz Studies and Performance Divisions of the College of Music at the University of North Texas. He teaches applied saxophone lessons. He directs The Two O'Clock Lab Band, which has won many honors nationally. He performs frequently with both the Dallas and Fort Worth symphony orchestras. Mr. Riggs has presented many clinics and workshops both nationally and internationally.

Dan Haerle

As of the summer of 2002, Dan Haerle retired from full-time teaching. He was a faculty member in the Jazz Studies Division of the College of Music at the University of North Texas for 25 years (Regents Professor for the last 10 years). He taught Jazz Piano, Jazz Fundamentals, Advanced Jazz Improvisation, Jazz MIDI, Graduate Jazz Improvisation, Rhythm Section Master Class and he supervised the jazz chamber music program. He directed the Jazz Strings and a keyboard ensemble called The Zebras.


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