Jazz Festival

April 30, 2018

Open to instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles at the middle and high school level. An outstanding ensemble of the day will be invited to perform on the evening concert with CMU Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Chords.

Registration Includes:

• Festival performance

• Recorded comments by a panel of top jazz educators

• Clinic with one of the jazz educators

• Midday performances by our clinicians

• Admission to the final concert featuring the selected outstanding ensemble of the day, CMU Vocal Chords and Jazz Ensemble, and our fine clinicians for all students, directors and chaperones


8am-5pm Festival performances

12pm Performance by our professional clinicians for all students

6:30pm Sound check for outstanding ensemble of the day

7:30pm Final Concert

Registration Form

Parking Map

Clinician Bios


Dave Camwell, saxophone

Saxophonist Dr. Dave Camwell is a distinguished, versatile and dynamic performer, and serves as the Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Troy University in Alabama. He can be heard on the Innova, Enharmonic, Teal Creek, and Mark Custom recording labels. Camwell has been a Yamaha Performing Artist since 2004, a D'Addario Performing Artist since 2009, and occupies the Tenor Saxophone chair in the Oasis Quartet. In addition to hosting the 2011 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 3 conference, Camwell regularly attends regional and national NASA conferences. He also performed at the World Saxophone Congresses of Slovenia (2006), Thailand (2009), and Scotland (2012).

Michelle Wilkinson-Woodrich

Michelle Wilkinson-Woodrich is an adventurous vocalist, an accomplished and well-rounded keyboard player, and a gifted composer. Her unique blend of musical styles explores a variety of original music and a thoughtful mix of other contemporary jazz and blues works.

She has performed at a great number and variety of events and venues in the Grand Junction area and throughout Western Colorado.

Her jazz duo with bassist/husband Dennis Woodrich enjoyed extended engagements at both Le Rouge and The Far East restaurants, thanks to owners Patrice Petit/John Barbier and Tom Quan, (respectively).

Michelle attended Mesa College in the 1980s as a Music Major and is currently the accompanist for the CMU Jazz Choir, directed by Monte Atkinson.

She gratefully acknowledges the musical influences of Sarah Vaughn, Shirley Horn, Carmen McCrae, Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans; the unfailing support of her family, especially Paul and Melba Wubben; and the encouragement of her many colleagues and friends.


Tim Libby, trumpet

Tim Libby graduated in 1996 from the University of Northern Colorado with degrees in Music Education and Trumpet Performance.  Mr. Libby is an active clinician/adjudicator and has had the pleasure of working with all levels of students from Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Washington, Wyoming, and the Middle East.  He has served as Interim Director of the Lamont Wind Ensemble at the University of Denver and last July he was a guest conductor at the Lebanese Band Association for the promotion of Music (LeBAM) International Summer Band Camp held in Beirut, Lebanon.  As a freelance trumpet player Mr. Libby’s experience includes performances with Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry, Milt Hinton, Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous, Peter Erskine, Dave Brubeck, The Manhattan Transfer, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, The Four Tops, and many others.


David Wiske, trombone

A Colorado Native, Dave has been playing trombone and teaching in the Denver area for the past 30 years.  He has performed with artists such as Natalie Cole, Linda Ronstadt, Frankie Valli, Phillip Bailey, Rita Moreno, Marvin Hamlish, Jim Neighbors, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and the Big Bands of Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey, Nelson Riddle, and Benny Goodman.  He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from the University of Northern Colorado and is currently working on a doctoral degree in trombone performance at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Dave has taught music at the elementary, middle school, high school and collegiate levels and is currently the band director at Rocky Top Middle School in Thornton, Co.  He has worked extensively as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the area in both the jazz and concert band idioms.


Tim Emmons

Timothy Emmons is an active freelance musician in Los Angeles California and a veteran of over two hundred and eighty film and television scores including Jurassic World, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Star Trek XI, X and Into Darkness, Mission Impossible 3 and 4, Lost, The Simpsons, Family Guy, The Incredibles, and many others. He has played in the pit and on stage for dozens of major theatrical productions including Curtains, Swing, Candide, Swan Lake, and Ragtime. Tim also developed the role of  “Uncle Chester”, the Beatnik bass player, in five different productions of “Forever Plaid”. Gamers can hear him on the low end of the soundtracks of Fall of Liberty, Splinter Cell, Halo, Call of Duty, Jumper, Assassin’s Creed II, Advent Rising and Bioshock 2. An eclectic musician, Tim has played Contrabass on recordings for Stevie Wonder and Beyonce, Barbara Streisand, Josh Groban, Justin Timberlake, Michael Buble, Kenny G, Andrea Boccelli, young opera phenomenon Jackie Evancho and “Popera” artists Katherine Jenkins and Paul Potts as well as pop singers Rufus Wainright, Brandy, John Tesh, Celine Dion and Toni Braxton. Tim has performed live with a diverse array of artists including jazz vocalists Natalie Cole and Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer, jazz guitar virtuosos Joe Pass and Herb Ellis, R&B pioneers Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, master jazz saxophonists Art Pepper, and Eddie Harris, Motown artists Mary Wells and Martha Reeves, and Swing-Era staples Lionel Hampton and the Glenn Miller orchestra. Tim is the author of “Odd Meter Bass”, a book/CD Bass method published by Alfred Music. He is co-author, along with Fred Sokolow, of “Fretboard Roadmaps published by Hal Leonard Music. He is a contributor to “The Funkmasters; The Rhythm Sections of James Brown” and has written numerous articles for Bass Player magazine. Tim serves as jazz bass instructor at Colorado Mesa University and plays bass in the CMU Faculty Jazz Quintet.                                

Tim Fox

Tim Fox graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Music Education. He has played trumpet and/or piano in the Chicago area, in Colorado's Western Slope, and on the road, with the likes of "The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra," under the direction of Buddy Morrow, with "The Temptations" and "The Four Tops," with Eric Alexander, Ed Soph, Red Skelton, Barbara Eden, Connie Francis, Mitzi Gaynor, and with many more. He is currently a freelance musician, a member of the Colorado Mesa University Faculty Jazz Quartet, a member of the Josefina Mendez Jazz trio, and works in the RE-1 School District. Tim also facilitates, with the generous support of Jazz Aspen.