Camp Heebie Jeebies

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Camp Heebie Jeebies is proud to have some of today’s finest traditional jazz players as instructors.  In addition to the faculty members,  Camp HJ is fortunate to have a wonderful staff, several of whom are music teachers and who assist in teaching theory to the students. Other instructional resources include student assistants - students who have attended Camp Heebie Jeebies for several years and have reached a level of expertise on their instrument that enables them to help the beginner-level campers.  NOTE:  Faculty members may change from year to year.  The faculty members who have taught in recent years are (click on picture for a larger view then click on the Back button to return to this page):

Howard Miyata - Trombone and tuba:    Howard is the biggest "kid" in camp and works with trombone and tuba players.  A retired music teacher, he is best known on the trad jazz circuit as the trombone player with the great High Sierra Jazz Band out of Three Rivers, CA.  Howard calls Gilroy, CA, home, but he travels all over the world with High Sierra playing at jazz festivals and on cruise ships all year long.
Craig Buhler - Sax and Big Band: Craig Buhler, from Sequim, WA, is director & first tenor sax with Sequim’s “Stardust Big Band" and is the instructor and director of two big bands at Camp Heebie Jeebies.  For the past 15 years, he has been a full-time instructor in clarinet, saxophone, flute, ear training, and improvisation.  Among his nine CDs are six jazz combo collections and three original contemporary worship collections.
Jackson Stock -Tuba and Advanced Theory:  “The finest composer and arranger today” is how Jackson was described in a recent newspaper article when he conducted a big band made up of some of today’s giants of jazz such as Ernie Watts, Lew Soloff, and Abe Laboriel.  He attended  Berkelee School of Music and has played with  numerous big bands and Dixieland bands including the   Hot Frogs Jumping Jazz Band, the Henry Mancini Big Band, the Abalone Stompers, and many others.  Jackson teaches advanced theory and  arranging to students at camp.
John Goodrich - Reeds:  A consummate musician, John plays all the reeds from the bass sax to the clarinet and has been a member of the famous Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band of Seattle for 30 years.  Formerly a college music professor in Seattle, John is now solely a professional musician and plays with the ULJB at jazz festivals and other performances all over the world. He currently lives in Northwest Montana and is a guest artist with several jazz groups in the area.
Dan Comins - Cornet:  One of the hottest cornet players in traditional jazz, Dan holds a degree in music education (as well as being a CPA) and played for many years with the South Frisco Jazz Band, one of the finest   “Lu Watters-style”   trad bands in the world.   He is now leader of his own band, the Titanic Jazz Band, in the Los Angeles area which is fast becoming one of the most sought-after bands on the jazz festival circuit today.
  Marty Eggers - Piano:  Marty is from the Bay Area in northern California and plays piano and upright bass with numerous groups.  He is, or has recently been, a member of the Yerba Buena Stompers, Crown Syncopators, The Blue Five, the Sonny Leyland Trio, and many others.  He has a passion for ragtime and is an excellent trad piano player as well.
Karla West - Piano/Camp Director:  A classically trained pianist, Karla also plays Dixieland-style and ragtime piano.  She leads her own band in Kalispell, Montana,  and is the regular piano player with the  Hume  Street  Jazz Band of Aberdeen, Washington.     Karla has been involved with Camp Heebie Jeebies for 20 years and is the founder/director of the  Glacier Jazz Stampede, a traditional/ big band/swing festival that was held each October in Kalispell, Montana, for 22 years.  She holds a master's degree in business education and is on the faculty at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell.

Josh Roberts - Banjo/Guitar Instructor:  Currently living in Vancouver, BC, Josh Roberts teaches guitar and banjo and performs regularly.  Josh was an original member of the 51st Eight, a trad jazz band that started in the Chilliwack schools and evolved into a touring group that performed throughout North America. Josh holds a degree in jazz performance from Capilano University.
Tom Jacobus - Tuba/Bass:Tom lives in the Tacoma area and is a retired music teacher.  He has been frequently seen at jazz festivals throughout the country as the regular trombone player with the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band.  Tom now leads his own band, the Evergreen Classic Jazz Band, in Seattle.
John Hall - Drums: John has taught percussion at Palomar College in the San Diego area for over 20 years and was designated as the first "artist in residence" percussion instructor in the San Diego elementary, middle & high schools (over 15 years ago), current president of the SD jazz association, founder of the "San Diego drum show", award winning drum maker, & in addition to leading the current Chicago 6 Jazz Band, John is a long time member of the Mellowtones, & the LA octet.  He has published his own snare drum method book "The snare drum instructor" and is sponsored by the Remo Drum company for his work in designing & building light weight marching drums for elementary & middle school programs.


Nicole Sanford - Vocals: Nicole is the former choral director at Whitefish High School in Whitefish, MT.  She holds a master's degree in choral conducting and a bachelor's degree in jazz studies.  She directs a vocal jazz ensemble at Flathead Valley Community college and also teaches "Singing for Non-Majors."



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