Jazz Festival

May 6, 2019

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

Kevin Brunkhorst

Kevin Brunkhorst, guitar

Kevin Brunkhorst is an American-born guitarist who splits his time between the Midwest and his job as Chair of the Music Department at St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. His first memories of music included seeing the Beatles play ‘Hey Jude', which was aired on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1968. He received his first guitar for his tenth Christmas. Later, his musical diet expanded to include jazz. He attended the University of North Texas (and took two degrees). In between those, he spent several years in the “music industry”. There have been many other physical, mental, and spiritual adventures as well. 

Dan Bell

Daniel Bell

Daniel (Dan) Bell has taught for 30 years in the districts of Fort Lupton (CO), Rangeview HS (Aurora), and Cheyenne Mountain (Colorado Springs) as a high school assistant and junior high band director.  In the past 17 years, Mr. Bell’s jazz band and symphonic band have performed for the Colorado Music Educator’s Clinic/Conference eleven times, and this year the band will present a clinic on proper fundamentals to build a successful band!The Cheyenne Mountain JH Symphonic Band was a featured band at the 2007 American School Band Director’s Association (ASBDA) national convention in Colorado Springs. The symphonic band was a featured group at the UNC Conducting Symposium held on 1/13/17 at UNC in Greeley, where they got to work with famed composer and band method book author Bruce Pearson.

Dan was a regular member of the staff at the Colorado State Rocky Mountain Summer Music Camp for 26 years as a jazz and band instructor, and has been the band director at the Colorado Mesa University Middle School music camp in June in Grand Junction from 2015 - present. Dan has a trumpet and french horn private studio, and has conducted over 50 honor bands in Colorado and Wyoming. He is an experienced adjudicator at jazz and concert festivals and competitions, and has presented workshops and clinics for IAJE’s Teacher Training Institute in Kansas City, the Wyoming Music Educators All-State Convention, Colorado Bandmaster’s Association summer convention, and the Colorado Music Educator’s Association conference and clinic. Mr. Bell was also the Music Director for the 2010 Colorado Association of String Teachers Association (CASTA) camp. Dan was picked as the “Teacher of the Year” in the Spring of 2011 by the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Guild, was awarded the Distinguished Fine Arts Educator of the Year by the Colorado Springs Arts and Business Consortium in 2006, was awarded as outstanding project of the year by the Arts and Business Consortium in 2016 for the Futures Concert in D12, and was given the “Citation of Excellence in Teaching” by the National Band Association in May of 2014. Mr. Bell is a member of CMEA, JEN, CBA, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, NAfME, and ASBDA. Mr. Bell conducts the musicals at Cheyenne Mountain High School, performs in the Pikes Peak region as a freelance trumpet player, and is 2nd trumpet in the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs.

Genice Matzke

Genice Matzke

Genice Matzke is the Director of Bands at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, CO where she oversees three concert bands, two jazz bands, pep band,  drumline, and various small ensembles. 

Mrs. Matzke earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Missouri and a Master’s of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) where she was a graduate teaching assistant in the Music Education Department under Dr. Elza Daugherty.  After completing her degree she was hired by the UNC Jazz Studies Department as an administrative assistant to assist in the direction of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival. 

As an educator Mrs. Matzke has taught in St. Louis, MO and Salida, Grand Junction, Monument, and Colorado Springs, CO. While at Grand Junction High School her bands received consistent Superior ratings and her Jazz Ensemble I performed twice at the Colorado Music Educator Clinic/Conference as well as the Essentially Ellington Jazz Workshop in Snowmass, CO.  In 2001, Mrs. Matzke was named the “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” by the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce.  Mrs. Matzke’s bands continued to thrive at Creekside Middle School in the Lewis-Palmer School District.  In 2003, her eighth grade jazz band performed at the Colorado Music Educator’s Clinic/Conference and in 2005 the eighth grade Symphonic Band did the same.  In the eleven years that Mrs. Matzke was at Liberty High School, the program grew from 90 total students to over 250 total students and more than 150 in marching band.  The Marching Band went from 21st to a State Championship in 2016 and the concert and jazz bands have consistently received Superior ratings at various festivals and contests.  The Wind Ensemble performed at CMEA In 2012 and 2016 and then at the prestigious Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in 2015 and 2017.  Mrs. Matzke was selected as the 2014 John Asbury Secondary Teacher of the Year for Academy District 20 and in 2015 was given a Citation of Excellence by the National Band Association. 

Mrs. Matzke is a member of NAfME (formerly MENC), CMEA, CBA, ASBDA, and Phi  Beta Mu.  She resides in Colorado with her husband Rex and their daughters, Jacie and Kateri. 

Scott Betts

Scott Betts

Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Scott Betts earned his Bachelors in Music Education with an instrumental emphasis in 1977 and a Masters in Music Education in 1984 at the University of Northern Colorado. He then moved to the Grand Valley where he has taught at Central High School, Bookcliff Middle School, Palisade High School. In the Spring of 2014, he retired after 22 years at Redlands Middle School where he taught orchestra and choir. Scott performs as a trumpeter and vocalist with the Grand Junction Symphony, Grand Junction Rockestra, the Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra and at solo engagements.  He also sings and plays guitar with his jazz quartet, Hot Tub Jazz. Since the summer of 2008, Betts has been the conductor for the High Desert Opera. Besides making music, Scott’s hobbies include exercise and dancing the Argentine Tango with his wife Alice.

Tim Emmons

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.