Julie Baker (Flute)
Flutist Julie Baker is an active performer and instructor in the Greater Cincinnati area. Dr. Baker holds the position of Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Mount St. Joseph University as well as teaching at the Music Academy at the Mount. In addition to teaching, Dr. Baker has performed with numerous ensembles in the region including Cincinnati Chamber Opera, Queen City Opera, Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and School House Symphony.
Scott Gasaway (Saxophone)
As an educator, Mr. Gasaway was the Band Director at Hull High School in Hull, MA from 2011-2012, where he started a band program from scratch. He then went on to become the Band Magnet Director at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, OH from 2012-2018, where he directed bands in grades 7-12 and co-directed the Philharmonic Orchestra. He has participated in the Essentially Ellington competition, performed for TEDtalk events, performed at the OMEA Professional Development Conference in 2017, and opened for Motown legend, Smokey Robinson.
Nancy Harrison (Flute)
With a B.S.in Music Education, and Master of Music in Flute Performance degrees from CCM, Nancy has been teaching flute for many years. She performs with the Dayton Area Harp Ensemble, Sinclair Community College Wind Symphony, Dayton Playhouse, and Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Joe Hesseman (Bassoon)
Joe has over 30 years of experience performing in professional orchestras and bands. Some of his professional credits include performances with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Ballet Orchestra, Dayton Bach Society, Middletown Symphony, Whitewater Opera Company, Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band, Springfield Concert Band and 31 years as bassoonist with the Springfield Symphony (OH) Orchestra.
Connie Ignatiou (Oboe)
Connie Ignatiou is currently the 2nd oboist for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and is also pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where she studies under Dr. Mark Ostoich. Her Master’s degree was received from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying under Dr. Mary Ashley Barret, and her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University, studying under Mr. Joseph Martin.
Haley Kendall (Clarinet)
Haley earned her Bachelor of Music Performance degree in Clarinet from Wright State University in 2000. She has been teaching clarinet in the Dayton area for over 20 years and performs regularly with many groups including Sinclair Community College Wind Symphony, Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra, Wright State University Symphony Orchestra, Kettering Praise Orchestra. Haley has worked at McCutcheon Music for many years and has often been a featured performer at McCutcheon Music recitals in the Renaissance Auditorium of the Dayton Art Institute. She enjoys working with students of all ages and ability levels.
Curtis MaGee (Bassoon)
Hal Melia (Saxophone)
Hal Melia plays woodwinds, keyboards, and EWI, sings, writes, arranges, and teaches all kinds of music. His premier CD, WADUYATHINK, was released in 1993 on Positive Music Records and was a top 25 Gavin jazz CD. With a Masters Degree in from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Hal is now Associate Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Central State University in Wilberforce, OH. He has appeared in several major motion pictures and on many CD’s as a guest artist and soloist over his long career. Hal is in high demand as a concert performer, clinician, and recording artist.
Willie Morris (Saxophone)
Dr. Morris teaches Saxophone performance and is the director of the Dayton Jazz Ensemble. He has been a professor at the University of Dayton since 1993 and serves as the associate director of athletic bands and coordinates jazz studies. Dr. Morris has been active as a performer, educator, and clinician since he began in his college years. He has been a concerto/aria finalist at each university he attended and has performed as a soloist across the country and in South America. Dr. Morris is also active as a marching band clinician, drill designer, and color guard instructor.
Matt Snyder (Clarinet)
Matt Snyder received his Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from Wright State University. Matt’s most memorable experiences in college include membership of the WSU Wind Symphony Leadership Council, serving as principal clarinet of the College Band Directors National Association, earning the Clark Haines “Most Outstanding Musician” award in the WSU Wind Symphony, receiving “Honorable Mention” in the Music Teachers National Association competition, and earning first place in WSU’s Honors Recital.