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Grace Kelly, 2018 Guest Artist
“Grace Kelly has an electric charisma on-stage that instantly ignites the room,” says, band leader Jon Batiste. Singer, saxophonist, and composer Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 25 year old. Having been a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Grace Kelly’s 10th CD Trying To Figure It Out, was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year in 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll.
She wrote her first song at 7 years old, recorded her first CD at 12, orchestrated and performed her original composition with the Boston Pops Orchestra at 14, and performed at President Obama’s Inauguration at 16. As a bandleader Grace has performed over 800 concerts in over 30 countries in notable venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall and festivals such as Montreal, Newport, and Montreux. Grace has performed and/or recorded with Harry Connick Jr, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, Emma Stone, Lin Manuel, Questlove, Esperanza Spalding, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Ron Carter, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Huey Lewis and Gloria Estefan to name a few.
Kelly, a multiple award winner as an alto sax player, winner of the 64th Annual 2016 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone”, voted #4 Alto saxophonist in 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll, “Jazz Artist of the Year” 2016 Boston Music Awards, “Alto Saxophonist of the Year” by NYC Jazz Fans Decision 2016, has also drawn recognition as a singer and songwriter, having placed second in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition (Adult Contemporary category).
Scott Campbell, Camp Director
Dr. Scott Campbell is a saxophonist based out of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. As a freelance musician he has appeared with various ensembles, including the Dallas Pops orchestra, the Plano Symphony, and Odysseus Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist and ensemble member he has performed in venues such as the Meyerson Symphony Center, Strauss Square, the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, the Richardson Civic Center, and the Baton Rouge River Center. Along with numerous solo recitals, Dr. Campbell has given world-premiere performances at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biannual conference.
Dr. Campbell serves as Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Southwestern Adventist University and Mountain View College. Additionally, he maintains a large studio of over 90 private students who reside within the DFW area. His students regularly achieve positions in All-State, All-Region, and All-District bands. They receive first division awards for their solo and ensemble contests and commonly receive Outstanding Soloist awards. Students have won positions into youth programs such as Honor Band of America, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble, membership in the Metro Praise Youth Jazz Orchestra, and have gone on to be accepted to music programs at Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, the New School, University of North Texas, Berklee College of Music, Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University, Baylor, Texas Tech, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Interlochen Arts Academy.
Dr. Campbell received his doctorate degree in saxophone performance from the University of North Texas. While there he served as Teaching Fellow of saxophone for over three years and taught a large studio of jazz, performance, music education, and composition students
Scott Campbell is an artist for Vandoren and Conn-Selmer
Mr. Rylon Guidry is in his 4th year as the Head Band Director at Arbor Creek Middle School in Lewisville ISD, where he teaches the beginner woodwind classes, the Honors Band & Jazz Band and assists with the Symphonic Band. Mr. Guidry previously was the head director at Lake Highlands Junior High School in Richardson ISD from 2010 to 2013 & associate director at McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney ISD from 2007-2010. He currently serves as the TMEA Region 2 Middle School Band Coordinator.
Under his direction the Arbor Creek Honors Band receives consistent first division ratings at UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Contests and local festivals as well as Best in Class & Grand Champion awards. The Honors Band has been selected by the Foundation for Music Education as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project 3 consecutive years; in 2014, 2015 & 2016. The Honors Band also placed 4th in the 2014-2015 TMEA CC State Honor Band Contest. Most recently, the Honors Band has been invited to perform at The 71st annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago Illinois in December 2017.
Mr. Guidry is a magna cum laude graduate of the University Of Houston Moores School Of Music. While at the Moores School of Music, Mr. Guidry studied instrumental methods with John Benzer and studied saxophone with Dr. Karen Wylie. He served as Principal Saxophonist in the University of Houston Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Tom Bennett. Mr. Guidry was also a four-year member of the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band under the direction of David Bertman. Before graduating Mr. Guidry student taught at Aragon Middle School and Langham Creek High School in the Cypress Fairbanks ISD.