Buddy Clements (BM Performance, Tuba, '77, MM Performance, Tuba, '79)
Buddy Clements is a native of Southern California. Growing up in the South Bay area, he attended Hawthorne High School where he was extremely active in the music program, both in instrumental and choir classes. In addition to the high school program, Clements performed in numerous community, honor and youth orchestras and bands (including the Inglewood Toopers Boys Band).
Clements attended the University of Redlands where he received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in tuba performance. He studied tuba and bass trombone with James R. Jorgenson, Tommy Johnson and world famous tubist Roger Bobo. While a member of the Disney All-American College Band, Clements furthered his studies of the music industry through California Institute for the Arts. His composition teachers include Dr. Barney Childs, Don Brandon Ray, Frank Campos, and arranger Butch Evans. While a student at Redlands, Clements produced a nationally-recognized and successful jazz concert series which featured artists such as Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Bobby Shew, Maynard Ferguson, Bill Watrous, Louie Bellson, Supersax and other jazz greats.
As a musician Clements has performed with Glenn Campbell, Roger Williams, Mel Torme, Charlie Daniels, Tony Orlando, James Galway, Doc Severinsen, Benny Goodman, Lee Greenwood, the Gatlin Brothers, David Foster, John Tesh, Marilyn McCoo, Shirley Jones, Sandi Patti, the Canadian Brass and Gordon MaCrae to name but a few. As a conductor, Clements has shared the stage with Roger Williams, Charlie Daniels, Shirrill Milnes, Linda Hopkins, James Walker, Debby Boone, CeeCee Wians, Cheryl Keaggy, Steve Wilkerson, Frederico, Bobby Shew and Bill Watrous, as well as many others.
For several years, Clements served as the associate conductor for the Hour of Power Orchestra at the Crystal Cathedral as part of the Hour of Power Television Ministry with Dr. Robert Schuller. As a producer, he has produced concerts for Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson (3), Stan Kenton (2), Woody Herman, Louie Bellson (2), Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous, Supersax, Matrix IX, and several others.
As a music educator, Clements has built one of the finest public high school music programs in the state of California, composed of four concert bands, two string orchestras (170 string musicians), a symphony orchestra, an award-winning jazz band, a 250 member marching band, as well as an outstanding collegiate concert band program at Cal Poly Pomona University. He has been much in demand as an adjudicator for many years both with the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association and with the Southern California Judges Association.
Julie McIntosh Johnson (BM Performance, Piano, '77, MM Piano Pedagogy, '79)
Julie McIntosh Johnson taught for Yamaha Music Education System in the 1980s, and private piano lessons throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Julie wrote a series of theory books called "Basics of Keyboard Theory" in the early '90s. They have become widely used by piano students in California who are preparing for the Music Teachers' Association of California’s Certificate of Merit (CM) exams.
Currently, she volunteers as the Assistant Coordinator for the Certificate of Merit Council, and is on the Executive Board of her local MTAC Branch. Julie is a member of the University of Redlands Piano Alumni Advisory Board, and teaches theory at the University of Redlands Summer Piano Camp. Julie is also working on an Advanced Placement theory book that she hopes to have ready for distribution by summer of 2010.
Lysbet (Jenkins) Murray (BM Education, '77)
Lysbet Murray taught middle school choirs for about 6 years in Plano, TX, and directed the Plano Civic Chorus and Lake Cities Chorus during her time in Texas. Currently, she directs the children's choirs at Newark UMC in Delaware, sings in the adult choir, and sings in the University's town and gown choir, Schola Cantorum, under the incredibly fine direction of California native Paul Head.
Lysbet works at the University as associate director of the Academic Enrichment Center. Her job involves assisting students who are having difficulties in their classes (helping them with the transition to college, study strategies challenges, etc.), as well as creating workshops, managing our website, and various other fun stuff.
Russell Murray (BM Education, BA Psychology, '77)
Russell Murray married Lysbet Jankins (BM Education, '77) and moved to Texas for graduate work. Russell finished his PhD in Musicology in 1989 at the University of North Texas, and is currently associate professor and associate chair of music at the University of Delaware where he teaches music history, directs the Collegium Musicum and teaches a course in the Women's Studies program. His teaching and research has taken him to Houston (Rice University), Parma, Italy (for a year on a Fulbright grant), and Paris.
Russell is the conductor and music director of the Cheasapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band, and he plays in a Victorian cornet band. #
John Jorgenson (BM Performance, Guitar, '78)
John Jorgenson is a founding member of the Desert Rose Band, the Hellecasters, and six-year member of Elton John's band. Artists ranging from Barbra Streisand to Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs have sought out Jorgenson's guitar work. Recently, John Jorgenson was chosen to portray Django Reinhardt in the feature film "Head in the Clouds."
John Jorgenson is known as one of the pioneers of the American gypsy jazz movement. He has performed as a solo artist as well as collaborated with other musicians all over the world. His articles and lessons on gypsy jazz have appeared in prominent guitar magazines and he has given master classes around the country, and he has performed with some of the most respected European proponents of this style, Bireli Lagrene and Romane. His playing has been included on a CD with Babik Reinhardt and Jimmy Rosenberg, and on another featuring Angelo Debarre and Moreno. In 1988 Curb Records released Jorgenson's "After You've Gone" CD, a collection of Reinhardt- and Goodman-styled '30s swing, featuring guest artists Darol Anger and David Grisman.
Growing up in Southern California, John was playing both the piano and the clarinet by age 8. At 12 he got his first guitar and practiced voraciously while continuing to study classical music on woodwinds. By age 14, John was playing professionally. Learning first to play rock guitar, John absorbed other guitar styles as quickly as he discovered them. This broad musical palette has enabled him to play with artists as diverse as Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, and Benny Goodman.
He is an "A-List" session player working in L.A., Nashville and London and has appeared on numerous platinum-selling and Grammy-winning CDs. John Jorgenson first came to national prominence in the mid 1980s with The Desert Rose Band, which he co-founded with Chris Hillman. The band earned five # 1 singles and garnered several awards. During this time, John won the ACM's "Guitarist of the Year" award three consecutive times. Following the Desert Rose Band, John formed another award-winning group, the virtuosic guitar trio The Hellecasters. Originally conceived as a "one off" gig for fun, the group went on to produce three acclaimed CDs and a live video, winning both "Album of the Year" and "Country Album of the Year" from the readers of Guitar Player Magazine for the stunning debut effort "Return of the Hellecasters," released in 1993.
In 1994 Elton John called and invited John on an 18-month world tour. The 18 months stretched into a six-year period that included not only sold out world tours, but also recordings, television appearances, and collaborations with many other artists including Sting and Billy Joel. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, John was also featured on saxophone, pedal steel, mandolin and vocals.
Although John Jorgenson is well-renowned in the pop, country and rock world, gypsy jazz is the style of music closest to his heart. Because of his international reputation as a gypsy jazz player, John was twice asked to recreate Django Reinhardt's music for feature films: "Gattica" and "Head in The Clouds." The latter, released in early 2005 and starring Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz, features John on camera as Django Reinhardt, complete with burned hand and gypsy moustache.
2004 also marked the release of "Franco-American Swing" on J2/FGM Records. As John Jorgenson's latest creative work, the CD is full of infectious gypsy jazz music. The Nashville Chamber Orchestra joins John in this collection of original compositions and gypsy jazz classics, pushing the boundaries as it adds to the tonal palette of traditional gypsy jazz. Beautiful melodies and soulful virtuosity abound for listeners treated to John Jorgenson's dazzling fretwork and sizzling clarinet playing.
Additionally, John released two gypsy jazz guitar instruction books and DVDs, and a third instruction book is due to come out later this year.