Faculty & Staff

Dan St. Marseille Director

Dan St. Marseille Director

Instrumental Music; Coordinator, The Garn Family Jazz Studies Program

Teaches: Ambassador Jazz Orchestra, Cabaret Jazz Combo

daniel.st.marseille@ocsarts.net

Dan St. Marseille holds a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from Chapman University and a master’s degree in saxophone performance with an emphasis in jazz studies from California State University, Fullerton. His work has been praised by jazz critics worldwide, and he has worked with many major jazz and commercial artists, including conguero Poncho Sanchez, saxophonist Richie Cole, and singers Cab Calloway and Mel Torme.

Mr. St. Marseille’s recordings are heard internationally on jazz radio and have been the subject of many articles in such publications as The Los Angeles Times, France’s International Herald Tribune, Orange County Register, Downbeat, JazzTimes, and Japan's Jazz Critic magazine. His recordings received four star ratings in the third edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz and The Experts Guide to the Best Jazz Recordings.

Mr. St. Marseille’s own composition Claxography, written for renowned jazz photographer William Claxton, was chosen as the title of Claxton's new book of photographs. In May of 2001, Mr. St. Marseille was the music director for an international event entitled Clickin' with Clax at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Mr. St. Marseille is also a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician and a D’Addario Woodwind Performing Artist. In addition to serving as Director of the Instrumental Music Conservatory, he is the saxophone professor at Cal Baptist University, and Jazz Ensemble director at Irvine Valley College.  

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Kevin Richardson

Kevin Richardson

Instrcutor

kevin.richardson@ocsarts.net

Kevin Richardson earned his bachelor’s in trumpet performance from California State University, Northridge. He has studied with many fine teachers and musicians, such as: Carmine Caruso, Jimmy Stamp, Bobby Shew, Claude Gordon, and Jon Faddis. As a performer, Mr. Richardson has played and toured with Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Michael Bolton, Tom Kubis Big Band, and the Brian Setzer Orchestra. His film and television credits include Stuart Little, Fantasia 2000, The Today Show, Conan OBrian, and Jay Leno. Currently, he freelances in the LA area and also tours with Tom Jones. Kevin has taught private lessons and section coaching since 1990.

John Urban

John Urban

Instructor

Teaches: Bass ½, Commercial Theory, Jazz Rhythm Section Master Class

john.urban@ocsarts.net

John  Urban  attended the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, completing his master’s degree in jazz studies. While there, he had the pleasure of studying improvisation and composition with Bob Mintzer. He also earned his bachelor’s degree at California State University, Fullerton, where he had the privilege of studying with the great Luther Hughes for jazz bass and Fred Tinsley of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for classical bass. 

During his time at California State University, Fullerton, Mr. Urban also worked with various artists, including: Dave Liebman, Snooky Young, and Steve Houghton. Additionally, he studied with Grammy award winner Bill Cunliffe in composition and arranging, jazz theory, and big band. He also studied bass privately with Darek Oles, Edwin Livingston, Alphonso Johnson, and received composition lessons with Russell Ferrante.

In 2010, John was selected as the bassist for the Disneyland All American College Band, a nationally auditioned ensemble. At Disneyland, he worked with some of the biggest names in jazz, played daily sets in the park and worked in various clinics.  He is currently a very active working member in the Los Angeles and Orange County music scenes, playing everything from rock and roll to jazz to classical music, as well as various movie and video game scores.

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Chuck Wackerman

Chuck Wackerman

Instructor

Chuck Wackerman started his teaching career in 1957, after earning his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Southern California in music and education. He served as director of instrumental music in the Seal Beach/Los Alamitos school district for 59 years. He has taught a variety of music classes at the elementary, middle, and high school level. He created the jazz education program for McGaugh Elementary in 1970 and built it into an award-winning program throughout the entire school district. Mr. Wackerman also directed the jazz bands and jazz combos for the Orange County School of the Arts for nine years, while OCSA was located on the Los Alamitos High School campus.

One of the highlights of Mr. Wackerman’s career came in 1993 when both the OCSA Jazz Combo and the Los Alamitos High School Jazz Band won the Perpetual Trophy Sweepstakes Award, the highest award given at the acclaimed Reno International Jazz Festival under his direction.

A dedicated fundraiser, as well, Mr. Wackerman formed his annual professional Jazz concert series called “Class Notes,” where he hired well known jazz artists to come work with his students and perform a concert to further fund his jazz program. Such artists as Maynard Ferguson, Louie Bellson, Cat Anderson, Ed Shawnessy, Tom Kubis, Gordon Goodwin, Bob Mintzer, and many more jazz greats were featured.

Mr. Wackerman has been awarded the Irene Schoepfle Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to Music Education in Orange County, Jazz Educator of the Year from Fullerton Jazz Festival, and Jazz Educator of the Year from K-JAZZ and the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB. He has also been inducted into the California Alliance for Jazz Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Education by the Orange County Board of Education.

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Tyler Walton

Tyler Walton

Instructor; Director, Big Band

Teaches: Jazz Ensemble, Rhythm Section Masterclass

tyler.walton@ocsarts.net

Tyler Walton completed his bachelor’s degree in orchestral percussion performance at California State University, Fullerton. There, he was percussion section leader of the college's concert band, as well as co-principal percussion of the college's symphony orchestra. 

Mr. Walton’s professional credits in the symphonic genre include performances with the Rio Hondo Symphony, the Nouveau Chamber Ballet, the Long Beach Camerata Singers, the Pacific Brass Ensemble, and a tour of Portugal with the California State University, Fullerton’s concert band in 2011. He has given Percussion Methods seminars at California State University, Fullerton and also teaches private drum-set lessons at Premier School of Music in Orange, CA, where he has taught since the studio opened in 2004.

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Teryn McPherson

Teryn McPherson

Instructor

Teaches: Contemporary Composition, Jazz Saxophone Ensemble, Patio Combo

teryn.mcpherson@ocsarts.net

Teryn McPherson graduated from Azusa Pacific University with both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music composition with an emphasis in voice. As well as teaching at Vocal Jazz at Azusa Pacific University, Mr. McPherson has instructed multiple theory courses at Golden West College and Saddleback College. Her stage name, Teryn Ré, is seen at various venues, such as the Baked Potato and Catalina Bar and Grill with her big band and smaller ensembles.

Advisory Board

Bob Mintzer

Bob Mintzer

Chair

Jazz Studies Department

USC Thornton School of Music
 Frank Potenza

Frank Potenza

Chair

Department of Studio/Jazz Guitar

USC Thornton School of Music
Thomas Hynes

Thomas Hynes

Commercial Music and Jazz Education

Azusa Pacific University

Jeff Cogan

Jeff Cogan

Director of Guitar Studies and Music Technology

College of Performing Arts

Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music Chapman University
 Jeff Hellmer

Jeff Hellmer

University Distinguished Teaching Professor

Jazz Studies/Music Industry/Jazz Piano

University of Texas at Austin
Christopher Sampson

Christopher Sampson

Vice Dean

Division of Popular Music

USC Thornton School of Music