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Name: Douglas WareingDoug Wareing

Day Job: Director and Founder of Jazz House Big Band, Retired Music Educator

Instrument:  Drum Set, Percussion, Saxophone

Musical Background:


 In addition to being the band’s director and founder, Doug should rightly be called the owner of the band since all of the support equipment it takes to put on a performance, except for individual instruments owned by band members, belongs to Doug.  Over the years, Doug has collected several hundred charts and arrangements that the band uses.  The sound systems, specialized instruments, music stands and even the chairs belong to Doug.   His most important contribution, however, is creating a vision and steering the band in a direction that personifies big band jazz. Doug’s life has been teaching and playing jazz.  He has played in jazz bands, (for many years they were called dance bands), his entire adult life.  He has gained insights over the years about the nuances and “language” of big band jazz, what the notes really say, what really they mean.  Those things he teaches the players in the band. Doug taught in Idaho and Utah public schools for many years. His love was jazz and more particularly big band jazz.  Doug’s high school jazz bands set the standard for competing high school jazz groups.  In addition, he had award winning vocal groups and choirs.  Doug has a BA degree from Idaho State University.  


Name: Frank Weaver Frank Weaver

Day Job: Retired Agri-Business Executive

Instrument: Trombone

Musical Background: Franks approach to music has been from doing, not so much as from formal training. Although he was a football player in junior college, he was never far from music. During his years playing football at Snow College, he also had a small "dance band" that played all over southern Utah on weekends. Frank also loved being involved in dramatics. He played the lead roles in "A Visit to A Small Planet" at Snow College, as Charlie Reeder in "The Tender Trap" at Idaho State College, and as Johnny Browm in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" in community theatre in Soda Springs, Id.

Frank's early work was in commercial radiobroadcasting, primarily at KBRV in Soda Springs, KTEE in Idaho Falls and at college laboratory stations. Frank has a B.S. in Industrial relations from Utah State University.



Name: Wilson Brown  Wilson Brown

Day Job: Retired College Professor

Instrument: Trombone, Piano, Synthesizer & Organ

Musical Background: Wilson plays bass trombone in the band. He is an accomplished musician on piano. synthesizer and organ. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians and the International Association fro Jazz Education.

Wilson played professionally in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, New Orleans and Seattle for 15 years. For thirteen years, he was the arranger/pianist/conductor for the famous pop vocal group The Letterman, making recordings and touring on the nightclub and concert circuit. He has also worked with such notables as: Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Dean Martin and Judy Garland.

Wilson taught pop and jazz music at Ricks College, now BYU-Idaho, for 25 years. He presently teaches jazz piano there on a part time basis. Wilson is in high demand to play with jazz groups throughout Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.



Name: Fred Sherman  Fred Sherman

Day Job: Pipe fitter and welder

Instrument: Trumpet

Musical Background: Fred displays a phenomenal playing range while leading the trumpet section of the Jazz House Big Band. Fred's formal musical training was at North Texas State University where he was a member of the renown "One O'clock Jazz Band".

Fred has performed with such notables as: Lou Rawls, Les Elgart, Gene White, Tommy Amador, Ted Weems and Stevie Wonder. Others include: Steve Turre, Ton Malone and Lou Marini (Blues Brothers & Saturday Night Live); and Jerry Fisher (Blood, Sweat and Tears) as well as recording with "Fat Chance" on RCA records.



Name: Bob Dunmire  Bob Dunmire

Day Job: Musical Director at Skyline High School, District #91

Instrument: Alto, Tenor & Soprano Saxophone

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Name: Dennis Allen  Dennis Allen

Day Job: USAF-Retired

Instrument: Alto sax, Tenor sax, Flute & Clarinet

Musical Background: Dennis earned a B.A. degree in Music Education from Utah State University and a MBA from the University of North Dakota. Dennis has performed with European musicians: saxophonist Lembit Scarsalu and pianist Leonid Vintskevic. Dennis has also performed with notable Jazz trombonist, Bill Watrous.

Dennis served a career as an officer in the US Air Force, retiring at the rank of Major. In addition, Dennis has written several of the arrangements the band plays.






Name: John Randall  John Randell

Day Job: Music Teacher at Blackfoot Middle School

Instrument: Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Drum set, Bass, Piano, Tuba & Trombone

Musical Background: John received a BA in Music Education from BYU-Idaho. John has performed with; Cyrus Chestnut, Bob Mintzer, Kevin Mahoganey, and the US Army Jazz Ambassadors. He is also in demand locally by small jazz groups.










Name: Bob Tuell  Bob Tuell

Day Job: Production Assistant at KPVI, the NBC affiliate in Pocatello, Colloge Student

Instrument: saxophone & clarinet

Musical Background: Bob is a student at Idaho State University where he is on course for a BA in Music Education. Bob plays with the Jazz House Big Band along with other bands and groups at ISU. In high school, Bob was the Drum Major at Highland High School in Pocatello.








Name: John Ferguson  John Ferguson

Day Job: Radioactive Waste Coordinator for B & W Technical Services

Instrument: Baritone sax & Bass guitar

Musical Background: John earned a BA of Music Education at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. John has attended Master Classes with; Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Maynard Ferguson and Aaron Shearer. John was selected for the All Student Band USA in 1976.






Name: Dave Kaufman  Dave Kaufman  

Day Job:  Engineer, Bike Repair

Instrument: Alto Saxophone

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Name: Melissa Nielsen  Melissa Nielsen

Day Job: School Teacher

Instrument: Vocalists

Musical Background: Melissa sings a variety of vocal styles with the band. Melissa has performed in places around the world including Athens, Greece and Tokyo, Japan. In Los Angeles, she sang with Lucy Arnaz in a performance of "Wonderful Town". Melissa frequently performs at the Mystic Theatre in Pocatello, Idaho.







Name: Blair Nelson  Blair Nelson

Day Job: Retired Music & Math Educator

Instrument: Piano & Saxophone

Musical Background: Blair served four years with the 695th Air Force Band. He then earned a B.A. in Music Education at Idaho State University and a Masters of Music Education from the University of IDaho. Blair taught music in public schools for sixteen years and taught math for seventeen years.

Blair has played piano for over fifty years in a variety of groups and bands. In addition to being the principle piano player for Jazz House, he plays with a local nine piece swing band called "Cruze Control". When the weather allows, Blair plays golf every day.



Name: Jay Reynolds  Jay Reynolds

Day Job: Jay retired after 25 years as a Quality Assurance Engineer at the Idaho National Labratory.

Instrument: Trombone

Musical Background: Jay earned a BA in Trombone Performance at Louisiana State University. He furthered his music studies at the Eastman School of Music. While in college, he played with the Ringling Brothers Circus Band. He has played with various big bands over a time spanning 40 years. Jay is presently the principle trombone for the Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra as well as the Lead trombone for the Jazz House Big Band.


Name: Jack Ingram  Jack Ingram

Day Job: Owner/operator of Sound Power Music Company

Instrument: Tenor & Bass Trombone, Bass Guitar

Musical Background: Jack owns and operates the Sound Power Music Company. He specializes in instrument repair and free lance music with emphasis on trombone and bass. He is a graduate of Badger State Repair, Elkhorn, Wis., and is a member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians. He holds national certifications in band instrument repairs.

Jack holds a Master of Arts in music education from Columbia Pacific University. He served in the US Navy for 24 years as a Band Master. He retured at the rank of Cheif Warrant Officer 4 in 1981. He commanded a variety of Navy bands including top rated Jazz Bands. He was a high school band director at Newport, VT., before moving to Idaho.



Name: Bill Albano  Bill Albano

Day Job: Retired Automotive Executive. Being schooled by an energetic bird dog occupies much of his day now. Limping to and fro.

Instrument: Trombone

Musical Background: Bill plays Trombone in the band. He has been involved with numerous music organizations throughout Eastern Idaho. He has performed with : Kenny Rogers, Bill Watrous, The Creative Workbench and many civic bands and orchestras, He holds a BA in Business Adminstration from Idaho State University. Bill's Father, Keith, was a proessional trombonist who played throughout the US with the Glenn Henry Orchestra and the Kay Kaiser Band. 






Name: Patrick Malone  Patrick Malone

Day Job: Realtor

Instrument: Trumpet

Musical Background: Patrick attended Idaho State University where he played in the Jazz Band, the Symphony, the Marching Band, the Concert Band and the Intermountain Brass Quintet. While attending Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls, Patrick was selected as a member of the McDonalds All American Band and played at Carnige Hall with Maynard Ferguson. Patrick Also received the Louis Armstron Jazz Award.

Patrick is also the Trumpet player for "Cruze Control", a local nine piece group that plays jazz, swing & rock. Patrick also plays trumpet occasionaly at St. Lukes Episcopal church. 





Name: Karol Taylor  Karol Taylor

Day Job: Letter carrier for the US Postal Service

Instrument: Trumpet & Flugal Horn

Musiacl Background: Karol went to college at ISU where she was active in many musical groups. Presently she plays trumpet for Jazz House Big Band and also plays in a brass quintet. Karol is well known around the area and that results frequently in calls to "fill in" with a diversity of local groups. She has several trumpet students who she encourages to find the joy in music. Karol directs church and civic choirs and vocal groups. 







Name: Alan Tripp 

Alan Tripp

Day Job: Band Director

Instrument: Trumpet

Musical Background: Alan taught Music for many years in the Blackfoot and Snake River areas. Alan is currently on the Board for the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.










Name: Mark Hagger  Mark Hagger

Day Job: Stone Mason/ Contrator

Instrument: Trumpet & Vocals

Musical Background: Mark holds a BA in trumpet and vocal performances at the University of Colorado. He has done considerable work towards a Masters in Trumpet Performance at the University of Denver. For many years, he was the lead trumpet player for Denver's "Viva Brass". He also sang lead bass in the choir that backed the Denver Symphony. In the late 1980's, Mark played the lead and blues trumpet with a blues band, "Little Johnnie Christian & the Chicago Playboys". He also taught music in Telluride, Co.










Name: Trish Johnson  Trish Johnson

Day Job: Financial Services Chase Bank

Instrument: Bass Guitar, Tuba, Flute, Piano & Guitar

Musical Background: Trish is always in demand as a bass player due to her talent at all different styles of music. Trish also appeared in the Idaho State university's production of " The Man of La Mancha".






Name: Gary Howe  Gary Howe

Day Job: Performer/Mechanical Engineer, retired

Instrument: Guitar, Steel guitar, Electric bass & vocals

Musical Background: Gary began playing guitar while on a football scholarship at San Jose State College and while pursuing an engineering degree. He was soon playing guitar six nights a week with local Country and Western groups. From there, in 1965, he went on tour with the Don West Shoow, often working backup band for artists such as: Judy Lynn, Freddie Hart, Wynn Stewart and a young Merle Haggard. In 1973, Gary took his own group touring the Black Angus, Holliday Inn Circuit throughout California, Oregon & Washington.

Tired of the road, Gary returned to California where he accepted a position with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a Mechanical Engineer where he worked for 23 years. All the while, he stayed active in the music business playing night clubs, diner house and casual engagements.

Gary has been a member of the American Federation of Musicians (A.F.of M.) for forty three years. He was inducted into the Sacramento Western Swing Society hall of fame in 1994. He recieved a Lifetime Gold Card Membership in the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Societyin 1995. In 1999, he was inducted into the Pioneers of Western Swing hall of fame in Seatle and in 2004, he was inducted into the Western Swing Society of the Southwest hall of fame in Oklahoma City, OK.

Gary frequently does a solo act at the "Celler" restaurant in Idaho Falls.


Name: Barry Hotrum  Buddy Rich

Day Job: INL process operator

Instrument: Drum set & Percussion

Musical Background: Barry is a classically trained percussionist wit ha degree in Music Education from the Eastern Washington University. Though he still plays with the Idaho Falls Symphony, he is a jazzer at heart and prefers the drum set to any other instrument. The Jazz House Big Band is a great place for him to play with others who feel the same way.

Barry has played with the ISU Jazz Band, Pocatello Community Jazz Band, and other community jazz presentaiona as well as the Pocatello City Band. He has also played for theatre productions in Spokane, Couer d' Alene, and Pocatello.

As an education major, Barry taught band at Hawthorne Junior High and loves to help out local schools with their jazz bands.




Name: Heidi Peterson Smith  Heidi Peterson

Day Job: Domestic Engineer

Instrument: Guest Vocalist

Musical Background: Heidi performed for years with various groups in the Upper Snake River Valley inlcuding the Jazz House Big band.


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