Educators of Note



CHRIS KLICH

Chris Klich, a native San Diegan, has been performing professionally for 33 years, playing engagements in San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles, and has toured in Texas, Hawaii, Illinois, Missouri, Arizona, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, New Mexico, Louisiana, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah. In addition to his many stateside performances, he has also done a great deal of touring in countries as diverse as China, Macau, Canada, Norway and Sweden. Holding Bachelor of Music (UCSD 1983) and Masters in Jazz Studies (SDSU 2005) degrees, he has worked with groups that feature all genres of music, from jazz to pop. He has toured with dance bands, blues bands and variety music ensembles.

His first love is jazz, and he plays lead alto in two big bands, as well as many smaller groups. He can currently be seen with his own Chris Klich Jazz Quintet, one of the best mainstream jazz groups in the city. The Quintet plays San Diego's jazz clubs and concert venues, as well as many weddings, corporate events, and private parties. In addition to his busy gig schedule, Chris does a good deal of studio recording.

Chris began his teaching career in 1983, teaching private students, directing an elementary school band, running clinics for woodwind students and coaching flute, clarinet and sax sections at various high schools in the San Diego area. He was the co-director for a jazz ensemble comprised of the finest young musicians throughout the San Diego community, and has watched many of them begin outstanding careers in jazz. Chris has been a member of the Grossmont College Music Faculty since 2006. His classes include History of Jazz and General Music History. He enjoys sharing his love of music with students of all ages, especially helping them to ³get their ears wet² by introducing them to new artists, compositions, and genres of music.

 

PAUL NAVIDAD

With numerous film and television credits and dozens of other recordings under his belt, award-winning saxophonist, composer, and arranger Paul Navidad maintains a busy schedule. The California native has performed with a diverse list of musicians from Al Jarreau to Tennessee Ernie Ford, has opened for comedians such as Jay Leno, Rich Little, and Jamie Foxx and has been heard on numerous soundtracks of films and television shows, including most notably NBC’s Emmy-nominated Friends.

Currently in demand as a performer and writer, Paul works worldwide. He can be seen performing at a number of Southern California jazz clubs with the likes of such artists as Wilton Felder, Jeff Kashiwa, Eric Marienthal, and Rob Mullins. His skills as an improviser have earned him the praises of such jazz greats as Gerald Albright, Alan Broadbent, Buddy Collette, Dewey Erney, Kim Richmond, Bud Shank, and Bill Watrous, and have earned him the recognition of the International Association of Jazz Educators as an Outstanding Soloist. Paul joined the faculty of Orange Coast College in the Fall of 2000 and oversees Jazz & Commercial Studies as well as Music Theory. He recently released his first single as a vocalist entitled “I Won’t Let You Down,” available on both iTunes and Amazon.com and is currently working on his first solo saxophone CD.

 

 

 

KEN OZIMEK

Ken Ozimek began his professional music studies at the State University of New York, and has studied with the woodwind faculty from the Juilliard School of Music. He received his Bachelors Degree in performance from Indiana University and graduated Cum Laude in 1980. Private studies include those with members of the world leading orchestras including those in Chicago, Buffalo, St. Louis, Houston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Jazz studies included studies with David Baker, Harry Miedema and Jamey Aebersold. Ken has over forty years of experience in music education and has received numerous awards, most notably eleven Outstanding Educator awards from the Tennessee Young Artists Solor Competitions and was responsible for administering and awarding thousands of dollars to talented young musicians in the Middle Tennessee area.

Along with his performance and recording credits, Ken has extensive experience conducting and arranging music for chamber music ensembles and has taught master classes and sectionals for woodwinds in schools and colleges throughout Tennessee. He is a prolific performer and is always out playing with many groups in and around middle Tennessee. Ken has performed with the Nashville symphony and played under the baton of John Nelson, conductor of the Indianapolis symphony and Bryan Balkwill, conductor of the Royal Opera Company of England's renowned, Covent Garden. Ken is at home playing in a variety of style from bluegrass to broadway. He is also very active in the church music community and has been instrumental music coordinator at Parkway Baptist Church in Goodlettsville, TN and is currently on the music staff in Gallatin's First United Methodist Church.

Ken integrates many aspects of music technology with his teaching. He has experience as a recording engineer and artist and has helped engineer a jazz album that spent eight weeks on the National Jazz Top 40 and peaked at #22 in the Nation. One of his songs on the album was recently selected to be featured on an album of the best jazz in Nashville. He is the author of a 2009 evangelistic book ("The Cheesecake Chronicles") designed to use humor to reach the young men and women for Christ.

His students have distinguished themselves in some of the prestigious education institutions of our nation having received their Doctoral degrees in music and are full time professors in college music programs, Band directors or professional musicians touring with some of today's most exciting performers.

Ken lives in Hendersonville, TN and was selected as one of the Sumner Counties 100 Most influential citizens in 2012, and continues to bring the joy of music to hundreds of young musicians each year in Schools throughout middle TN.

 

SHANE PHILEN

Shane Philen is a GRAMMY® nominated and DOVE® award winning performer, educator, composer, arranger, producer, clinician and adjudicator. He has served as musical director for the Distinguished Young Women Program (formerly America’s Junior Miss), and currently arranges for the Mobile Big Band Society's "Jazz Studio" youth orchestra. Shane has performed with numerous ensembles, theatre productions, society events, cruise lines, and festivals such as Bayfest, Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival, Halifax Jazz Festival, Pensacola Jazz Fest, and Arts Alive.

Mr. Philen plays and endorses exclusively the Sax Dakota XG505 tenor saxophone.

Subjects Taught
Band - (Advanced), Band - (Begining), Band - (Intermediate), Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble

Education
University of South Alabama - BSME, Music Education
University of Mobile - Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance

Experience
2006-2016 Assistant Director of Bands, Theodore High School
2004-2006 Director of Bands, Satsuma High School
2003-2004 Assistant Director of Bands, Davidson High School
2001-2003 Director of Jazz Ensembles, University of Mobile
2000-2001 Elementary Music Instructor, Mobile Symphony Preludes