The Faculty

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Nick Biello
Artistic Director, Sax & Woodwinds

Saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist and composer Nick Biello has earned a reputation as an exciting and artful musician. He has worked with some of the greatest artists in jazz, and was recognized for his prowess as a saxophonist and improviser by being named the winner of the Julius Keilwerth 2014 International Saxophone Idol Competition. Nick has performed with some of the luminaries of jazz, including Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Carl Allen, John Benitez, Rich Perry, Clarence Penn, Phil Markowitz, and Zaccai Curtis.

His career has taken him to some of the world’s greatest venues, such as the Blue Note, Birdland, Smalls, the Litchfield Jazz Festival, 55 Bar, the Kitano, and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. He has also performed at festivals and clubs in Europe,Taiwan, Korea, Japan, China, Qatar, Mexico, Canada, and much of the United States. Nick’s debut album, “Vagabond Soul”, was released to critical acclaim. Nick holds a Master of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music, and teaches Saxophone Performance at The New School and  New Jersey City University.

Clipper Anderson

Known for his improvisational virtuosity, his steady presence in the pocket and his command of multiple styles, bassist Clipper Anderson is one of the most highly regarded musicians on the Northwest jazz scene today. Equally comfortable with straight-ahead, traditional, free jazz or bebop, he plays with genuine reverence for the music and an unassuming mastery that speaks for itself.

Clipper has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a composer, performer, studio musician, vocalist and educator.  Clipper plays at jazz festivals throughout the United States and Canada. A resident of Seattle, WA, he is presently on the jazz faculty at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

Camille Bloom

Camille Bloom has played in premier venues in eight different countries including Canada, U.S.A., Germany, The Netherlands,  UK, Denmark, Belgium and Ireland. Combining percussive guitar and a voice that can “purr and wail” (Victory Review), “Camille’s music can make even the rain dance” (Mike Galaxy Indie Music). In the last years, Camille has been featured in Performing Songwriter Magazine and has had songs licensed for use in 21 shows on major network channels including, MTV, E! and Oxygen.

Known for her incredibly dynamic voice and edgy acoustic rock, Camille has toured the U.S. playing the most premier venues on both coasts. As a teacher, Camille, “…loves helping kids who are already so enthralled with writing music find their own voice to write original songs.”  She has released three full-length albums, two EPs, and one Live DVD.

Randy Halberstadt

A pianist, arranger, composer, lyricist, and author, Randy has enjoyed an international performing career, having played and/or recorded with a “who’s who” of jazz luminaries. His book, Metaphors For The Musician: Perspectives From A Jazz Pianist (Sher Music, 2002) has become one of the most highly acclaimed texts in jazz education, and his composition “When Springtime Turns To Fall” appears in The All-Jazz Real Book. His recordings include Inner Voice (Pony Boy Records 1991), Clockwork (Pony Boy Records 1995), Parallel Tracks (Origin Records 2004), Flash Point (Origin Records 2010), and Open Heart (Origin Records 2018).

Randy makes his home in the Pacific Northwest and taught for 41 years at Seattle’s prestigious Cornish College of the Arts. A regular for many years at the Blaine Harbor Music Festival, Randy states “It’s always so exciting for me to see how much progress the kids make in one short week, and I love performing with such a world-class faculty.”

Greg Hopkins

Lots of energy and an enthusiasm for music have made Hopkins one of the most revered members of the Berklee College of Music Jazz Composition Department over the past 30 years. In addition to his work at Berklee, Hopkins has a jam-packed calendar with engagements to work as a performer, conductor, and composer in such far-flung places as Iceland, Iowa, Alaska, Tokyo, and eastern Europe.Among his career highlights are performances with Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, the Supremes, Burt Bacharach, Nancy Wilson, Lena Horne, and others.

David Joyner

Dr. David Joyner is an in-demand pianist, composer, vocalist, and educator in the Pacific Northwest region. A native of Memphis, Tennessee. David came to western Washington from the University of North Texas in Denton, where he held the position of Associate Professor of Jazz Studies from 1986 to 2000. From 2000-2017 he was Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He received his Bachelors degree in composition and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Memphis, and his Masters degree in composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Joyner has performed and lectured all over the world. A scholar in jazz and popular music, he has written numerous published articles and books, including a chapter for The Cambridge History of American Music and the third edition of his history text American Popular Music, published by McGraw-Hill. He is currently working on a biography of rock ’n roll pioneer Bill Haley, commissioned by the Haley estate. David also serves on the board of directors for Pacific Public Media that includes independent radio station KNKX in Seattle and Tacoma.

Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly is a resident of Bellingham, where he graduated from WWU with a music education degree, and later, a conducting masters degree. He has taught woodwinds, jazz, band, orchestra and choir both in the public schools and extracurricular programs since 1982. He established the Bellingham Youth Jazz Band in 1997, and the Kid’Sax Ensemble 10 years later. Mr. Kelly plays flute, clarinet and saxophone in various regional bands and appears with other groups as a guest musician.

Majid Khaliq

Majid Khaliq is a violinist and composer cut from a different cloth. He has been described by legendary musician Wynton Marsalis as having “a unique blend of improvisation, groove and technical sophistication.”In 2002, Mr. Khaliq graduated from the Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Music and in 2010 with a Master of Arts in Jazz Performance from Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music. Mr. Khaliq has played with such artist as Wynton Marsalis, Mr. Cheeks, Antonio Hart, Craig G, John Blake Jr., Dyme-a-Duzin, Itzhak Perlman, Keith David, Isaac Stern and Regina Carter. In 2008, Mr. Khaliq was the recipient of the prestigious, Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship Award for composition.

In 2011 he released "The Basilisk", his successful debut Jazz recording and has since released two mixtape albums with his hip-hop band Ma*Jid, entitled Sfumato Symphony Volume 1 & 2 on Soundcloud. Majid has been on Downbeat Magazine’s Rising Violinist list for the since 2015.Majid’s music is an eclectic blend of styles and influences which pull from European classical, jazz & hip-hop. In 2018, Majid released his greatly anticipated 2nd studio album entitled “SOUND OF A FLOWER “ at National Sawdust to a SOLD OUT crowd and has since seen great radio success. Also, 2018 found Majid alongside Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg in a YouTube RED series entitled, SUGAR. Mr. Khaliq released a collaboration recording with Brooklyn MC, Dyme-a-Duzin in the spring of 2019 named HIPHOP. As well as, Majid’s anticipated 3rd studio album release, NO LOOKING BACK in 2022.

Julian MacDonough

Julian is an active studio drummer and percussionist, having recorded on over 150 albums to date. Julian is a passionate music educator and has taught for several years as a guest teacher at the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band in Seattle Washington, WWU, WJMAC, and privately.

Currently, you can see Julian performing each Tuesday evening at Aslan Depot in Bellingham. He showcases the work of Art Blakey and others with a curated ensemble of some of the Northwest’s best musicians.

David Marriot Jr.

A constant presence in the Seattle area for 30 years, David Marriott, Jr. is best known as a featured trombone soloist and composer/arranger, both as a sideman and leader. David teaches not only the history and mechanics of jazz, but also guides students in finding their own improvisational voices.

Andy Marshall
Choir Director

Andy Marshall is returning as The jazz choir Director at the Blaine Harbor Music Camp. He taught here from 2012 to 2014 and discovered that Blaine was such a great community that he decided to move here permanently in 2020. Andy is a public school music educator who has taught choir in Bellingham at Squalicum High School, in Thailand at International School Bangkok and now at Blaine middle school and high school. Andy started his career at Edmonds community college under the direction of KIRK MARCY. He then became a professional a cappella singer in the group Kickshaw and toured and recorded for six years.

He and his wife then joined the Peace Corps and lived in the country of Mali and west Africa for two years helping small villages with sanitation and picking up as much music as possible. Africa is where he decided to become a teacher and then spend time at Western Washington University obtaining a masters in teaching. Currently he is a member of Male Ensemble Northwest, A group of male educators who perform all over the northwest advocating for choral music in schools.

Greta Matassa

In the Pacific Northwest, where she built her career, Greta Matassa wins wide acclaim as a vocalist. She has been voted four times by the readers of “Earshot”, the Seattle jazz magazine, as the best jazz vocalist in the Northwest. Jim Wilke, the Seattle jazz maven, praises her versatility.  “She has a fearlessness in approaching material that makes her like an instrumentalist in a jam session,” Wilke says.

A dedicated teacher, Greta has been a featured faculty with the Blaine Harbor Music Festival for over fifteen years. She observes that “every year the kids teach me new things about how to help them learn! It’s a two-way street and that’s what makes this a great musical experience for all of us.”

Jon Mutchler

Jon Mutchler has served on the festival faculty for some 15 years. He has taught piano in Whatcom County for nearly 40 years.  Mutchler earned his B.Mus degree from Western Washington University in both classical and jazz studies.  Jon lives in Ferndale, WA where he and Diane raised their seven children (several are camp alumni) and now excel at being grandparents.

Jon currently serves on the Ferndale City Council and was formerly Ferndale’s mayor and a local church pastor. He is proud to brag that his father was the legendary jazz educator and concert/marching band arranger, Dr. Ralph Mutchler.

Jovino Santos Neto
Piano, Composition

Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto worked as a pianist, flutist and producer with the legendary Hermeto Pascoal in his native Brazil for 15 years before moving to Seattle in 1993. He has released several recordings as a composer and leader of his Quinteto.

A worldwide performer and lecturer, he has received many commissions and awards for his work for orchestras, soloists, and chamber ensembles. His music blends contemporary harmonies and improvisations with a rich variety of Brazilian rhythmic languages. Jovino was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame and is a Professor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

Charlie Porter

Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Wynton Marsalis, internationally acclaimed trumpeter, composer, and 2020 Grammy winner Charlie Porter has delved into many projects from jazz and classical to Arabic, Indian, African, Australian Aboriginal and Korean music, seeking to find common ground among all “good music”.

Touring with his quartet throughout India, China, West Africa and Southeast Asia as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s American Music Abroad program was highly influential in shaping Charlie’s inclusive view. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music,   Charlie is equally at home as a side-man and band-leader in jazz, or as a classical soloist and chamber musician. He has earned numerous awards for his skills across the musical spectrum.

Bob Storms

For forty years Bob had been a music teacher in the public schools working at the middle school level teaching band, jazz band, elementary music and chorus. He was elected Music Teacher of the Year in 2000 for the San Juan district of the Washington State MENC (Music Education National Conference) by his peers and was subsequently admitted to the NWBA, an organization with the elite membership of outstanding music teachers in the northwest.

Bob’s clarinet playing has been recognized by both jazz and classical audiences, is participation in countless Dixieland Jazz Festivals around the U.S.A. have allowed him to perform with famous musicians and travel around the globe as a jazz musician

Alex Tremblay

Bassist, Composer, and Educator, Alex Tremblay has been on the music scene in New York City since 2013. Originally hailing from North Providence, Rhode Island, Alex began performing and composing music at a young age and would go on to the esteemed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford to further his studies and receive his Bachelor’s of Music. With wide-ranging influences spanning from the likes of Ray Brown and Ron Carter to James Jamerson and Jaco Pastorious, Alex has been able to formulate a sound and style that has found him working consistently throughout his career with many different artists from NYC to all over the world, performing at many of the city’s and worlds top venues. With his compositions, he draws influences from his love of many different styles of music,and explores the sonic possibilities each style offers to formulate a sound uniquely his own. His debut record Thoughts and Images was released October 7th of 2022 and features some of the top names on the scene today, including vocalist Vanisha Gould, saxophonist Nicholas Biello, guitarist Tony Davis, pianist Taber Gable, and drummer Evan Hyde. Ijn January 2024 he released a collaborative record with guitarist and longtime friend Dan Liparini entitled, Miss You, Dear Old Friend on La Reserve Records which has been well received by the public. He has written and arranged music for many of the ensembles he works with as well as taking commissions to write works for film and dance. You can follow Alex on all socials @alextremblaymusic.

Christopher Woitach

Christopher Woitach is a jazz guitarist and composer living in Portland, Oregon. He performs a wide range of jazz styles, from Dixieland to free jazz, ragtime to bebop. His compositions reflect his diverse musical tastes and abilities, and combine the intricacies of baroque counterpoint with the freedom of modern jazz. Chris has played with many nationally and internationally known artists, including Bernadette Peters, Rich Little, Hank Roberts, Bob Mover, Tony Monaco, Mel Brown, and John Stowell.

He regularly performs throughout the Pacific  Northwest, and at jazz festivals in the U.S. and Canada. Chris’ recordings have been played on broadcast and internet radio stations across the globe.