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2017-2018 Yellowstone Summer Music Camp Faculty

High School Concert & Jazz Band

Dean Snavely, Clark County School District, Henderson, NV

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Dean Snavely is a performer and conductor whose roots run deep in the pacific NW. His mother often recalls when he was in second grade watching his sister’s 5th grade band concert that he stated, “That’s what I want to do when I grow up!” A product of the Oregon public school system, Dean began his journey as a French horn player in 5th grade and happily moved to tuba when offered by his band director. Through years of practice and private study he continued to grow as a musician learning trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, trumpet and guitar. This passion for making music took him to Los Angeles to study tuba with Roger Bobo and Loren Marsteller. After two years in LA, he returned to the NW to continue schooling as well as performing. Upon returning, he stumbled upon an interesting career in the feature film industry as an electrician and gaffer.

Dean continued his education at Central Washington University, completing a degree in tuba performance and music education in 1998. The next 13 years were spent building a thriving music program at Snoqualmie Middle School. His bands and choirs performed throughout the region as well as around the country and internationally. During this time, Dean also performed regularly around the NW on tuba and trombone in many ensembles including: Soundwave (The Seattle Sounders), Seattle Rock Orchestra, Exhoxo, The Jazz Police, Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, Bellevue Symphony and Brass Band NW.

After 13 years of teaching, Dean and his wife decided to take a leave of absence from their teaching careers and accept offers to go back to CWU as graduate teaching assistants in the music department. Through this experience, he has had the great fortune to perform at the Jazz Educators Network conferences in both Louisville KY and Atlanta GA, conduct at the CBDNA Western regional conference in Reno, NV. They have relocated to Henderson, NV, as Dean pursues his DMA in wind conducting under the tutelage of Thomas G. Leslie.
Dean has studied conducting under: Thomas Leslie, Larry Gookin, Dr. Daniel Baldwin, Dr. Nikolas Caoile, Dr. Wayne Bennett, Allan MacMurray and Marlin Owen. He has studied brass under: Roger Bobo, Loren Marsteller, Steven Eklund, Dr. Jeffrey Snedeker, Dr. Curtis Peacock, Dr. John Neurohr, Dr. Russel Schultz, Tom Gause, Stephen Fissel, Craig Gosnell, Jeff Uusitalo, Dick Shearer, and Charles Bolton. He has had the pleasure of playing and singing with many great musicians, including: Seth McFarlane, Dave Loeb, Ingrid Jensen, Wycliffe Gordon, Mike Longo, Sara Gazarek, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Doc Severinsen, Dave Barduhn, Douglas Yeo, Toby Oft, Dan Helseth, Deanna Swoboda, and Menachem Pressler.

Dean is the Director of Jazz Studies, Director of Guitar, and Associate Director of Bands at Foothill High School. 

Junior High Concert & Jazz Band

Eddie Contreras, Upland School District, Upland, CA

Eddie Contreras photoEddie Contreras has been a Music Educator for the past 37 years, all of which have been with the Upland Unified School District. He attended California State University in Los Angeles where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education as well as his teaching credential. He later attended Azusa Pacific University where he received his Masters in School Administration.

He began teaching instrumental music in Upland in 1980 at the elementary level. In 1989 he formed the Upland Elementary Jazz Band and the Upland Unified School District Elementary Honor Choir. These programs have grown and are still an important part of the music curriculum in the Upland School District.

Eddie currently teaches Band, Choir and Jazz at Upland Junior High School where he has been for the past 20 years. His bands and choirs have proven to be exceptional and scored superiors at many festivals. He is also the Music Coordinator for the Upland Unified School District.

Eddie has also been active with the San Bernardino Music Educators Association as Membership Representative, President Elect, President and Junior High Representative. He has conducted the Elementary Basin County Honor Band four times and the High Desert Band once. Eddie was also nominated for the Bravo Award from the Music Center in Los Angeles. In October of 2010, he was selected as Outstanding Instrumental Music Educator by the Upland Foothill Community Foundation. He also works as a Talent Operations Specialist at the Disneyland Resort for Magic Music Days.

He currently resides in Upland, California with his wife Martha and daughters Ashley and Jazmine.

Concert & Jazz Choirs

Lara Moline, D.M.A. Student at UNC Greeley, CO

Lara Moline PhotoLara Marie Moline is a graduate of the University of Wyoming.  She received a Bachelors degree in Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis in 2007.  After attending the University of Wyoming, she continued her studies with the late Dr. Stephen Zegree at Western Michigan University, obtaining a Masters degree in Vocal Performance, Jazz Studies in 2009.  While attending Western Michigan University, Moline performed with the Chicago Pops Orchestra, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and has performed with artists like Darmon Meader, Bobby McFerrin, and Chick Corea to name a few.  In 2011, Moline returned to her home state of Wyoming to teach 6-12 Band and Choir for the Sheridan County School District #1, and 6-12 Vocal Music for Johnson County School District #1.  Moline is currently a Doctoral candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO. Her primary field of study is Choral Conducting with a secondary emphasis in Vocal Jazz, and one in Music History.  She is currently under the direction of Dr. Galen Darrough, Kerry Marsh and Julia Dolison. Moline is a current member of the National Association for Music Educations, American Choral Directors Association, and Jazz Educators Network. 


Don Christman
, Northwest College: Clarinet, Saxophone

Chris Dugger, Northwest College: Boomwhackers, Camp DJ

Scott Jeppesen, MSU-Billings: Clarinet, Saxophone, Jazz Combo

Jennifer Just, Powell, WY: Fun and Fitness

Michael Lechner, Northwest College: Camp Accompanist, Piano, Class Piano

Amy Logan, Skyview High School: Voice, Musical Theater

Megan Makeever, University of Montana: Flute

Erik Olson, Sheridan College: Bassoon, Jazz Piano, Jazz Combo, Chess

Zach Paris, Arizona State University: Percussion, Drum Circle

Pat Parmer, Northwest College: French Horn

Rick Parmer, Northwest College: Low Brass, Conducting

Dr. Robert Rumbolz, Northwest College: Studio Recording, Sound/Lights

Dr. Karl Sievers, University of Oklahoma: Trumpet

Renee Tafoya, Northwest College (ret): Graphic Arts

Amanda Taylor, Northwest College: Songwriting, Jazz Voice

Jeff Troxel, Northwest College: Guitar, Bass, Composition