Tara Buzash (Piano) is a pianist, composer, educator, and businesswoman who thrives on hard work. In May 2011, Buzash was one of eight young female jazz pianists from around the world chosen to participate in the 2011 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artist Workshop held at The Kennedy Center in NYC. Her unique solo performance of “Round Midnight” was praised by jazz legend Toshiko Akiyoshi as “fantastic.”
In 2013, Buzash completed her MM in Jazz Piano Performance at Rutgers University, where she was a Pee Wee Russell Jazz Scholarship winner. Her principal mentors at Rutgers were Stanley Cowell and Conrad Herwig. She has also studied with Kenny Barron, Charles Tolliver, Bill O’Connell, Ralph Peterson Jr., Connie Crothers, Laurie Altman, Bevan Manson, and John Harmon.
In addition to piano performance, Buzash has experience in various accompaniment settings. She has accompanied Broadway tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, musical theater at the Hopewell Off-Broadstreet Theatre, and ballet classes taught by the American Ballet Theatre’s retired principal ballerina, Susan Jaffe. Buzash has also worked with the world-class Manhattan vocalist Margaret Dorn. She often performs for church services of various denominations.
Isaac Dye (Saxophone) is steeped in the traditions of modern jazz and classical saxophone performance. He earned a BA in Music from Whitworth University with a double performance track in jazz and classical saxophone. There, he was named outstanding soloist at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the Reno Jazz Festival, and won several gold medals at the MusicFest Northwest classical competition.
Currently a candidate for the MM in Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, Mr. Dye studies with Ralph Bowen and has been featured with the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Conrad Herwig and Victor Lewis. An active clinician and teacher, Mr. Dye works with students of all ages to develop proper technique and their own sound.
Peter Park (Guitar) has been working as a guitar instructor at the Mason Gross Extension Division since 2010. He received his BM in Jazz Studies from Rutgers University in 2013 and studied with Vic Juris. Currently, Mr. Park divides his time teaching music and working as a freelance guitarist.
Kevin Hildebrandt (Guitar) A Summit Records recording artist, Kevin Hildebrandt is an active performer, educator and composer in the NYC metropolitan area. He received his BM in Music with a concentration in Guitar Performance from Kean University, where he was a student of Christopher Kenniff. He also studied composition at Kean with noted composer Dr. Matthew Halper. He has received instruction in jazz from legendary Mason Gross guitar professor, the late Ted Dunbar, Vic Juris and Dave Stryker.
As a jazz artist, Kevin has performed at the Blue Note, the Zinc Bar, the Knitting Factory and Small’s Jazz Club in New York. He has shared stages with artists such as Bucky Pizzarelli and Bob Mintzer. As a rock performer, he has performed at NJ’s famed venue The Stone Pony over 30 times, has played at the PNC Bank Arts Center and the Bitter End in Manhattan. He has performed in support of artists such as Johnny Winter, Dickey Betts and Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers Band, Levon Helm, Booker T & the MG’s, Rusted Root, and Johnnie Johnson.
Kevin has been teaching guitar for over fifteen years, and several of his students have gone on to become professional performers. He is committed to fostering a love for music in general and for the guitar as a lifelong source of enjoyment.
Will Macirowski (Bass) Bassist, Composer and Arranger William T. Macirowski earned both his BM and MM in Jazz Studies from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. While a student, Mr. Macirowski had the pleasure of studying under jazz bass legends Mike Richmond and Kenny Davis.
As a composer/arranger, he has had the opportunity to have his works performed at the Blue Note Jazz Club as well as other clubs in New York City. An active performer, he has performed with musicians such as saxophonist Ralph Bowen and drummer Victor Lewis, and can frequently be heard leading his own groups at jazz clubs all around New Jersey and New York.
Dave Miller (Director, Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble)
Trombonist, composer, arranger, and educator Dave Miller was born in Waukegan, Illinois. In Miller’s youth, his father would play records of Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Louis Armstrong, and Oscar Peterson, which the family would enjoy together. At age ten, Miller began playing the trombone. He was awarded a scholarship to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy. He continued his studies at the University of North Texas where he studied with the legendary Don Jacoby. He left college to go on the road with the Artie Shaw Band.
In 1991, Miller went to NYC to rehearse with the Temptations for a tour of South Africa at the invitation of Nelson Mandela. Miller stayed in New York and began working in the Latin music scene, performing and recording with Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, La India, Johnny Pacheco, and many others.
In 1999, Miller joined the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra, with whom he recorded and toured internationally. Miller has also performed and recorded with Clark Terry, Eddie Palmieri, Les Paul, Lionel Hampton, Frank Foster, Al Grey, Bobby Sanabria, Junior Cook, Chico Hamilton, and many others. He has studied with Curtis Fuller, Slide Hampton, Conrad Herwig, and Stanley Cowell. He currently teaches beginning band in Randolph, NJ, directs the Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble at the Mason Gross Extension Division, and freelances in New York City.
Daniel Silverstein (Drum Set) graduated with a BM in Jazz Performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2011 where he studied under jazz great Victor Lewis. Dan is a working musician in the New York/New Jersey area, where he performs at various jazz and rock venues, and in theatrical productions throughout the region. He has been playing jazz on the drum set since childhood when he was inspired by the late drumming legend, Joe Morello.
Pianist, composer, arranger, and educator Marc Stasio actively produces scores for hire, serves as jazz faculty, and has performed abroad for over 35 years. His work is heard on recordings and performances by today’s top artists in jazz and contemporary music, including Michel Camilo, Conrad Herwig, Hiromi Uehara, Igor Butman, Robby Ameen, Orrin Evans, Gerry Carboy (David Sancious), Ralph Bowen, and Kenny Davis. Marc received a Bachelors degree in Arranging from Berklee College of Music, a Masters in Jazz Studies from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree. Amidst his education, he’s had the privilege to study scoring with renowned industry writer Bob Freeman and legendary composer and trumpeter, Herb Pomeroy. As professor of jazz studies at Rutgers Mason Gross he specializes in teaching composition and arranging based on “the Hidden Score,” with a dedicated blog by that title. Marc’s latest projects include large ensemble arrangements for pianist Orrin Evans, ensemble and piano charts of Horace Silver’s “Gods of the Yoruba” for pianist Michel Camilo featured at the 25th Anniversary Heineken Jazz Festival, custom scores for Conrad Herwig’s latest 2016 release, “Reflections” on the Criss Cross label, and work for HBO’s production of “Sesame Street”. He is also currently working on a commission by Salsa legend Eddie Palmieri to score many of his original compositions for full orchestra. Visit http://marcstasio.com.