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Bob Athayde

Director of Music Education

Stanley Middle School

Lafayette Music Camp

coming soon

Dr. Larry Sutherland

Professor Emeritus

California State University, Fresno

Dr. Lawrence Sutherland served as Director of Bands and Professor of Music at California State University, Fresno from 1969 until 2006.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Tulsa and his Master of Arts degree in Music Theory from the University of Missouri. His Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting was the first to be awarded by the University of Arizona. Dr. Sutherland has performing credits as a trombone/euphonium player with the St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, Tucson Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic and the Tommy Dorsey, Ralph Marterie, Richard Maltby and Woody Herman bands.

Dr. Sutherland’s duties at CSUF included conducting the Wind Ensemble and teaching classes in conducting, score study, and trombone/euphonium performance. He conducted the University Orchestra in the spring of 2007. In addition to these duties, he has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Tulare County Symphony Orchestra and as Interim Music Director and Associate Conductor of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Sutherland has served as guest conductor and adjudicator throughout the United States, Alaska, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, England, the Philippines, Australia, Korea, Singapore, China and Japan.

Dr. Sutherland conducted the UCLA Wind Ensemble during the 2012-13 school year.

Dr Sutherland has served as an adjudicator for World Projects Productions in England and Australia and is currently Artistic Director for World Projects’ International Band and Orchestra Festivals at Carnegie Hall in New York and Disney Hall in Los Angeles.

Dr. Steve Roach

Director of Jazz Studies

California State University Sacramento


Steve Roach has been the Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Sacramento since 2001. He has also served as Director of Jazz Studies at Baylor University and has held teaching positions at the University of Northern Colorado and Northern Illinois University. Steve's duties at Sacramento State include directing large jazz ensembles and teaching courses in jazz pedagogy and jazz history. In addition, Roach directs the annual Sacramento State Winter Jazz Festival and The Traditional Jazz Youth Band Festival.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from Northern Illinois University, and a Doctor of Arts degree in trumpet and jazz pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.

Professional appearances as an assisting artist by Roach include studio and live sessions with such jazz/pop musicians as Tito Puente, Louis Bellson, Conrad Herwig, Lou Rawls, Jon Tchicai, Ben Vereen, Melissa Manchester, Toni Tennille, Roberta Flack, Rosemary Clooney, Jeffrey Osbourne, Carl Fontana, Paquito D'Rivera, the Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, and others.

Steve is currently serving on the Executive Board for the Capital Section of the California Music Educators Association. Roach also works as a clinician and adjudicator for jazz festivals and summer camps nationwide and has directed several California high school honor jazz ensembles including the San Mateo Honor Jazz Band, the Fresno-Madera County Honor Jazz Band, and the Solano County High School Honor Jazz Ensemble.

Paul Lucckesi

Director of Bands 

Buchannan High school and Alta Sierra Intermediate School

Paul Lucckesi is the Director of Jazz Studies at the Buchanan Educational Center in Clovis, California. At the center he directs the Buchanan High School Jazz Bands and combos ‘A’ and ‘B’ as well as the Alta Sierra Intermediate Jazz Ensembles. He has a degree in music education from CSU, Fresno and played lead alto with the the CSU, Fresno Jazz Band ‘A’. As a professional Paul has performed with Michelle Rosewoman, Craig Handy, Peter Erskine, Jon Faddis, Michael Spiro, David Garibaldi, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and acclaimed poet Quincy Troupe as well as in numerous radio and television commercials. He is currently a member of the Jazz Composers Orchestra and a board member of the California Band Director’s Association. Paul is on the board of Directors as well as a staff member of the La Sierra Creative Arts Camp where he teaches private saxophone lessons and directs the top jazz ensemble. He and his lovely wife Sarah reside in Fresno, California.

Brian Hamada

Jazz Drumset Instructor

CSU Fresno

Brian Hamada is a closet cowbell enthusiast, drummer and jazz educator - has performed with many modern jazz greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Lanny Morgan, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, Bud Shank, Bob Mintzer, Jeff Lorber, Peter Epstein, Tim Ries, Matt Otto, Tamir Hendelman, Jim Snidero, Michael Davis, Carmen Bradford, Madeline Eastman, Brian Lynch and Ingrid Jensen. As a member of the legendary CSU Fresno Jazz Band 'A' he toured Japan, Korea and Europe, performed at the Northsea and Montreux International Jazz Festivals, and in 1983 he was the recipient of a DownBeat jazz soloist award. (Other winners that year were Larry Grenadier, Vince Mendoza & Jeff Beal.) He has been an active jazz and drum clinician / adjudicator throughout California & Nevada for over 30 years, maintains a vibrant drum studio in central California, and currently holds down the drum chair for the Fresno Jazz Composers Orchestra.

Brian is teaching jazz drumset at Fresno State since 2009.

Since 2005 he has drummed with the modern jazz group "bug", featuring acclaimed saxophonist Peter Epstein, pianist/composer James Miley, guitarist Jeff Miley, and bassist Roger Shew. The group released a new CD "The Optimist" in 2015.

Locally (in the Fresno area) he performs regularly with the Craig VonBerg Trio, the Richard Giddens Trio, and the After Dinner Mints.

For over 30 years he has performed with virtually all of Fresno's best jazz and pop musicians at one time or another, and was honored by the local music community as "best drummer" at the "Contemporaries", hosted by the "Wild Blue" nightclub in 1990. During that era he played regularly with Aqua Bob, No Prisoners, Bill Bixler & Leslie Letven, Jim Bixler, George Roessler, Folly's Pool, The Dodger Haters, CSUF Alumni "Jazz Band "A", and many more.

His extensive show drumming skills have had him backing legendary artists as varied as Don Ho, Eartha Kitt, Bob Hope, Jerry Vale, Dick Contino, Sons of the San Joaquin, The Coasters, Red Skelton, Bob Newhart and Joan Rivers, just to name a few.

He resides in Fresno with his wife Lori and his two happy children Madeline and Evan. Lori was a board member and past-president of JazzFresno.

Dale Engstrom

Director of Concert Band and Brass Instructor

Fresno City College

Dale Engstrom is the director of bands at Fresno City College where he also teaches brass ensemble/convocation and music fundamentals.  This is his 15th year on the music faculty at FCC. Prior to this position, he taught at Kingsburg High School for 17 years where he led the band, jazz band, choir and jazz choir. Mr. Engstrom has also taught at California State University Fresno and Reedley College and was the choir director at Kingsburg Community Church.

In addition to his work at Fresno City College, this summer will mark Mr. Engstrom’s 38th year as Conductor of the Kingsburg Community Band for the popular concerts-in-the-park series. He has conducted many honor groups including the Fresno/Madera High School Honor Band, Washoe County(Reno, Nevada) High School Honor Concert Band, Tulare/Kings County Honor Ban and Northern County Nevada High School Honor Band. He continues to guest conduct various band and jazz bands throughout the area.

Mr. Engstrom also plays trumpet professionally in the Central Valley of California and Reno NV areas.  He has played with the Fresno Philharmonic, Tulare County Symphony, Orpeus and with noted artists Johnny Mathis, Mel Torme, Henry Mancini, Temptations, Four Tops, Kenny Rogers, Natalie Cole, Wayne Newton, Regis Philbin, Don Rickles, Red Skelton, Frankie Vallie and many other.  Mr. Engstrom is currently a member of the Jazz Composers Orchestra and also maintains an active schedule as a judge and clinician in both California and Nevada.


2018 Judges