Rob Tapper

High School Honor Jazz Band

University of Montana

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Rob is currently Associate Professor of Trombone and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Montana - coordinating four big bands, seven small groups, an undergraduate Jazz Degree and the trombone studio. A relentless advocate for music education, Rob was inducted into the Washington Music Educator’s (WMEA) Hall of Fame (2012) and was awarded a Washington State "2008 Teacher of the Year Award”. Rob has also received a Spokane Arts Commission “Contributions to Education” Award (2004) and an EWU CenturyTel Outstanding Faculty Award (2002). In 2003 Rob was founder and Musical Director of the Spokane All-City Jazz Program (SAJE) and has initiated the Missoula All-City Jazz Program in 2017. As an active performer and educator in both classical and jazz idioms, Rob has performed and adjudicated at many festivals, concert halls, and conferences in orchestral, jazz and commercial settings around the United States, Europe and Canada alongside some of the biggest names in the industry. Rob is currently Principal Trombone in the Missoula Symphony and has also had his compositions and arrangements commissioned and performed by numerous middle school, high school and college ensembles.

Rob is a Getzen clinician playing Getzen trombones exclusively.


Greg Jasperse

High School Honor Vocal Jazz

Western Michigan University

A world-renowned composer, arranger, vocalist and pianist, Greg is now the Director of Vocal Jazz at Western Michigan University.

No stranger to the stage or recording studio, his credits include numerous movie soundtracks such as EpicOz, the Great and Powerful, The Campaign, Start Trek, and, Star Trek 2 as well as the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Monarchy Roses and The 2nd Law, the recent release from Muse. Greg is a member of Vertical Voices, Sixth Wave and is the music director for the Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s Voasis. In November of 2014, he had the pleasure of subbing with the New York Voices and the Bob Mintzer Big Band on their Japan tour. He has also performed with Adele, Jennifer Holiday, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Dianne Reeves and Bobby McFerrin among others.

His conducting credits include all-state jazz choirs in New York, California, Oklahoma, Indiana, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, New Hampshire, Illinois, Iowa as well as the British Columbia Honors Jazz Choir and Musicfest Canada’s Ellison Honour Choir.

Greg is a graduate of University of Miami and Western Michigan University.

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Les Nunes

Junior High Honor Jazz Band

Clovis High School/Clark Intermediate School

Les Nunes is a trombonist/vocalist/guitarist that has lived in Central California since 1979. He holds a B.A. in Music Education and an M.A. in Trombone Performance from Fresno State University. He leads his own jazz groups in addition to playing with the jump/swing group 'The After Dinner Mints,' the salsa and latin jazz group "Rumba 32," 'The Hal Magnie Big Band,' 'The Latin Jazz Ambassadors,' 'The Jazz Composers Orchestra,' and his own group "Fire and Rain" that performs classic folk/rock. In addition, he is the founder of the San Joaquin Valley Trombone Ensemble. Les has taught music for 35 years and currently teaches AP Music Theory and four jazz bands at Clovis High and Clark Intermediate. He recently was named the Jazz Educator of the Year for California 2016 by the California Music Educators Association (CMEA). He is a board member of JazzFresno.