Adjudicators

Mike Drake

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: Jason Alexander and Noell Berry, Liz Callaway and Hugh Panaro, Ellis Hall, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Dick Oatts, Dave Liebman, Marvin Stamm, Kenny Werner, Paquito De’ Rivera, Bobby Shew, Kenny Rankin,Vincent Gardner, Mahogany, Byron Stripling, and Joe Henderson 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.

Tim Ishii

Tim Ishii, the Director of Jazz Studies at UTA, is a sought after performer and clinician at the state and national level. He has made presentations and performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, and has conducted numerous high school all-region jazz bands. Tim maintains a busy freelance schedule and has performed with numerous artists including: Natalie Cole, Temptations, Doc Severinson, Clark Terry, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Bob Mintzer, and many others. Tim is an artist/clinician for Cannonball Musical Instruments.

Michael Morrison

Michael Morrison received his BM and MM in Jazz Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington.  In addition, he is a member of the University of Texas at Arlington Jazz Faculty where his teaching duties include directing the Jazz Ensemble as well as applied saxophone.

Brian Mullholland

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).

 

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.

Frederick Sanders

Dallas native Fredrick Sanders is the Director of Jazz Studies and Interim Director of Music Conservatory of Booker T. Washington High School. Sanders served as sideman for jazz greats such as Clark Terry, David "Fathead" Newman and Texas Tenor James Clay. He has performed and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, master jazz percussionist Herlin Riley, bassist Roland Guerin and was an adjunct professor of jazz studies at Delgado Community College and Tulane University. For over two decades he has been nationally and internationally recognized for his accomplishments as a performer, composer, arranger and educator. Sanders performs at several jazz festivals held world wide and has appeared with such artist as Erykah Badu, Benny Golson, and Roy Hargrove.

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