Dr. Isaac Lausell leads the guitar program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale since 2012. At SIU Dr. Lausell teaches applied lessons and courses in classical and jazz guitar. Besides his teaching duties Dr. Lausell performs with the Jazz ensemble in residence, the New Arts Jazztet.
In addition to his solo projects as a classical and jazz guitarist Dr. Lausell has performed with artists such as Ray Anderson, C.E. Askew, Ignacio Berroa, Coco Freeman, Chris Carrington, Kenwood Dennard, Ricky Encarnación, Jon Faddis, Eddie Gómez, Heaven Report, Rick Latham, Matt Margvulio, Paoli Mejias, Fidel Morales, Zvonimir, Tot, Marcello Pellitteri, Marco Pignataro, Proyecto EVIF, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Jorge Vizcarrondo, Bill Smith, Oscar Stagnaro, Norbert Stachel and the Stony Brook Baroque Players.
Ben Markley, a jazz pianist, has performed with Brian Lynch, Greg Osby, Eddie Henderson, Terell Stafford, George Garzone, and John Fedchock. The Return (Dazzle records) is Markley’s latest recording. The album is co-lead by Kansas City trumpeter Clint Ashlock and features all original compositions by the two.
Markley is active as a composer and arranger with several big band and vocal jazz charts published through UNC Jazz Press. Upcoming arranging commissions include the 2015
Wyoming Jazz Educators All-State Jazz Band and The Wyoming Jazz Ensemble featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith. Compositions from Markleyʼs first two albums have earned him ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Awards. Markley was selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program held at the Kennedy Center.
Markley’s book A Practical Approach to Improvisation - The David Hazeltine Method was published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz in December of 2014. It documents David Hazeltine’s process of creating etudes from transcriptions.
Markley is an active performer in the Denver-metropolitan area and along the front range. He can be seen regularly at in Ft. Collins as part of the Subterranean jazz trio at Ace Gillett's Lounge.
Markley currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wyoming where he directs and coaches the UW Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble II and combos. He also teaches applied jazz piano, improvisation and is the director of the UW Jazz Festival.
Dr. Marc Reed currently serves as Associate Professor of Trumpet and Music Department Chair at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado where he teaches applied trumpet and horn, brass ensembles, brass methods, and courses in jazz and popular music. He is the Facilities Coordinator and the Youth Competitions Chair for the International Trumpet Guild’s annual conference, column editor of the ITG’s Trumpet in the Wind Band Column, Principal Trumpet of the San Juan Symphony Orchestra, Third Trumpet of the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, Solo Cornet of the Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band, and is an Artist/Clinician for the Bach Trumpet Division of the Conn-Selmer Corporation. He is a contributing member of the ITG Journal’s Recording Review and Book Review staffs, Artist Faculty at the National Trumpet Competition, and annually serves as a Conference Reporter for the ITG Journal.
Reed’s first album Gone But Not Forgotten will be released in 2016. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Trumpet Performance and Brass Pedagogy from the University of North Texas, Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from The University of North Texas, and Bachelor’s Degrees in both Music Education and Trumpet Performance (with a jazz emphasis) from Drake University. Reed studied trumpet with Keith Johnson, John Holt, Richard Giangiulio, and Andrew Classen.
Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund.