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.
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.
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.