Tim Ishii has been Director of Jazz Studies at UT Arlington since 2004. Under his direction, the Jazz Orchestra has performed in Mexico City, Germany, Hawaii, Kansas, throughout Texas and the surrounding Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. In 2007 the Jazz Orchestra was selected to perform at the Texas Music Educators Conference in San Antonio, Texas and the band was awarded the “Gene Hall” award as the Outstanding Collegiate Band at the 2009 University of North Texas/City of Addison Jazz Festival. The festival included bands selected by taped audition from coast to coast. Tim is active as a clinician and has conducted high school and college honor bands in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. In December 2014, he appeared as guest artist with the Iolani High School Jazz Band (Honolulu, Hawaii) in Kobe, Japan performing at the Konan Boys High School Winter Jazz Festival and Konan Women’s University. He is Past President of the Texas Jazz Educators Association and is Co-Music Director for the Hawaii Jazz Institute, a joint collaboration between the University of Texas at Arlington and the Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii. As part of the 2015 Hawaii Jazz Institute, the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra performed aboard the USS Missouri battleship that is now docked at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In addition, Tim and the UT Arlington Jazz Faculty performed and provided educational enrichment at the 2015 Maui Jazz Festival. In May of 2016, Tim was invited to give big band clinics in Detmold, Germany at the Hochschule Fur Musik. He also presented a master class to area saxophonists at the Haus Die Musik in Detmold. This past October, Tim along with fellow UTA Jazz Faculty and students traveled to Stockholm, Sweden to finalize arrangements for a Study Abroad Exchange program with the Royal College of Music. The group also was invited to participate in the 2016 International Jazz Education Festival hosted by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In June of 2016, Tim, the UT Arlington Jazz Faculty, and Jazz Orchestra will again return to Hawaii to work with students from the Honolulu area in the Hawaii Jazz Institute. Tim maintains a busy freelance performance schedule and also continues to teach private lessons to area high school students.
Tim is an Artist/Clinician for Conn-Selmer and D’Addario.
As a trumpet player, he has performed, toured, and recorded with a wide variety of jazz musicians and pop artists. He was a member of Bob Belden's acclaimed experimental jazz group, Animation, which recorded and performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Following a groundbreaking tour to Iran in 2015, the group garnered press in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and the Boston Herald. In the DFW area, he is a sought after soloist and recording musician and maintains a busy career as a freelance performer.
He has held trumpet clinics throughout DFW, performed at International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE,) the Jazz Education Network (JEN,) and also teaches privately in his studio.
Mr. Clagett holds degrees from the University of Miami (Coral Gables) (B.M.) in studio music and jazz and the University of North Texas (M.M.) in jazz studies.
Ryan Haines is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone at the University of Texas at Arlington, and held similar positions at the University of North Texas and Arizona State University, as well as well as interim Director of Jazz Studies at Northern Arizona University. He was the lead trombonist, Musical Director, Producer, and Chief Arranger for the Falconaires Jazz Ensemble based at the USAF Academy and has composed and arranged music for 9 Air Force recordings and videos, in addition to commercially releasing 3 critically acclaimed recordings with the Ryan Haines Big Band.
Born in Granada, Spain in 1983, Pamies has published four albums under his name; Entre Amigos (PSM, 2008), Borrachito (Bebyne Records, 2011), and What Brought You Here? (Bebyne Records, 2017), and Summer Night at La Corrala de Santiago: Solo Piano (expected January 2019). Pamies has performed at festivals in Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Colombia, Perú, China, Spain, and the United States. He has collaborated with outstanding artists, such as Dave Liebman, Christian Scott, Rubem Dantas, Antonio Serrano, Diego Amador, Pepe Luis Carmona “Habichuela”, Quamon Fowler, Horacio Fumero, Matthew Simon, Michael Miskiewicz, Brad Leali, Quincy Davis, Li Xiaochuan, and Joan Albert Amargós. Besides leading his own projects, he has produced other artists’ albums, such as Verso Suelto, or Mihwa Kim “Roja”. His albums have been reviewed by London Jazz News (England), All About Jazz (USA), Jazz Weekly (USA), Jazz Hot (France), World Music Central (USA), and JAZÇ (Spain). Specialized critics have acknowledged Pamies' talent for composition, the lyrical qualities of his playing, and his unique vision for combining flamenco and jazz elements.
In 2015, Pamies was selected for the “Latin Jazz Traditions” concert organized by Carnegie Hall, performing there with Paquito D’Rivera, having his composition “Dudú” selected for the program. In 2014, Pamies was awarded with the “Best Representation of Granada in a Foreign Country” youth cultural award by the Youth Institute of Andalucía, Spain. He has received 7 DownBeat student awards; Best Instrumental Soloist (2013), Best Large Ensemble (2014), and Best Latin Group (2012) among them. Pamies was appointed as Visiting Professor at the Contemporary Music Institute in Zhuhai (China, 2015), he served as a teaching fellow for eight years at University of North Texas (2008-2016), and currently teaches jazz piano at Mountain View College (Dallas), and jazz composition and small group at University of Texas at Arlington.
Pamies received his DMA from University of North Texas in 2016, where he was awarded “Outstanding Student” in 2011. He was the pianist of the 7-time Grammy nominated One O’Clock Lab Band at UNT, having the opportunity to perform with guest artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Arturo Sandoval, Marvin Stamm, Wycliffe Gordon, Doc Severinsen, and Chuck Findley. As a member of the One O’Clock rhythm section, he has accompanied artists such as Christian McBride, Peter Bernstein, Lewis Nash, Tim Hagans, and Greg Osby, among others. Pamies was the featured soloist on Rich DeRosa’s composition “Neil,” which received a Grammy nomination in 2016 for “Best Instrumental Composition.”
Brian Mulholland is an adjunct instructor of jazz bass and music business at the University of Texas at Arlington. Since 2007, he has served UTA variously – from lecturing in jazz history and music appreciation to directing instrumental and vocal jazz combos.
As a bassist, he toured with the late jazz artist Maynard Ferguson. During his tenure with the band, Mr. Mulholland's debut album, Deco (2005), was featured in the Maynard Ferguson Presents Series. His recorded performance highlights include Ferguson's Grammy®-nominated* studio album,The One and Only (2007), and the Maynard Ferguson Tribute memorial concert DVD (2007).
He has held bass clinics in the U.S. and Canada, judged for jazz ensemble festivals, and performed at International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) and International Society of Bassists (ISB) conferences. During his final year at the University of North Texas (UNT), he taught electric bass lessons as a graduate teaching assistant of jazz bass.
Mr. Mulholland holds degrees from the University of South Carolina (B.M., magna cum laude) and the University of North Texas (M.M.) in jazz studies.
* 2007, Best Instrumental Arrangement: “Besame Mucho,” arranged by Steve Wiest. GRAMMY is a registered trademark of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc.
Chris DeRose teaches jazz guitar at UTA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies and a Masters in Music Theory from the University of North Texas. Chris has taught Jazz studies and Theory at Cedar Valley College and the University of Texas at Dallas, and was the Dallas Symphony’s “Pops” guitarist for the last 40 years, as well as a member of the Dallas Summer Musicals pit orchestra. Chris has performed with many artists, including the Pointer Sisters, Nancy Wilson, Andrea Bocelli, Willie Nelson, and Michael Feinstein, among others. Chris has been a member of jazz groups such as the Lou Fischer Rehearsal Band, the Collection Jazz Orchestra, Them Bones, and Strata. Chris fronts the Chris DeRose Quartet, (CD "Live at the Sammons”), and was featured in the May 2012 and Feb 2013 issues of “Just Jazz Guitar” magazine.
Published works include “Stylistic Etudes in the Jazz Idiom”, 1988 Hal Leonard Publishing. And “Jazz Styles and Techniques: A Primer for the Ensemble Guitarist”, www.bigbandguitar.com
Originally from Durban, South Africa, Mike moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to study at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he earned a degree in jazz studies.
Both locally and nationally, he is very active leading his band, as well as performing as a sideman sharing the stage and/or recording with such acts as: Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Conrad Herwig, Dick Oatts, Dave Liebman, Marvin Stamm, Kenny Werner, Ed Calle, Paquito De’ Rivera, Bobby Shew, Kenny Rankin, Vincent Gardner, Vic Juris, Brian Bromberg, Bobby Militello, Jeff Jarvis, Kevin Mahogany, Byron Stripling, Ed Calle, Joe Henderson, Billy Taylor, Lee Konitz, George Mraz, Lewis Porter, John Pattitucci, Frank Wess, Conti Condoli, Sharel Cassity, Michael Dease, Ellis Hall, Linda Oh, Tim Ishii, Brian Mulholland, Dan Cavanagh, Ken Edwards, Mark Murphy, Steve Morse, Andrew Firth, Dave Pietro, Rosemary Clooney, Dan Haerle, Stefan Karlsson, Lynn Seaton, Fred Hamilton, Rosana Eckert, Rodney Booth, Pete Brewer, Jay Saunders, Jim Riggs, Joe McBride, Harvey Mason, Paul English, John Adams, Brian Piper, Dave Zoller, Genie Grant, Trella Hart, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Pete Petersen and The Collection Big Band, the Cal Lewiston Orchestra, Keely Smith, Fifth Dimension, John Gary, The Platters, The Inkspots, Mamas and Papas, Jerry Jeff Walker, Eartha Kitt, Phil Perry, to name a few.
Mike is also active in the metroplex as a drum-set instructor at the University Of Texas in Arlington, the University Of North Texas in Denton, and privately in his studio.
He has also performed many drum set workshops and at jazz camps in the United States, as well as internationally. Mike is also sought after to record on numerous CDs for various artists, as well as radio and television commercials.