During his years in the music industry, Marko Marcinko has worked as a freelance musician, studio session player, arranger, musical director and producer. After training at the University of Miami (FL), Marcinko toured and recorded with jazz legend Maynard Ferguson in the mid-90’s and, with NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman. He currently works with the Grammy nominated Dave Liebman Big Band and the Organik Vibe Trio featuring Joel Frahm, Ron Oswanski, and multi-Grammy award winning vibraphonist Dave Samuels. He is founder and artistic director of the PA Jazz Alliance and the Scranton Jazz Festival, and has served as a consultant, clinician and adjudicator around the world. Over the past 25 years, he has performed with Phil Woods, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Michael Brecker, Terell Stafford, John Legend, Joan Rivers, Jay Leno and many others. Marcinko is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at Penn State.
Dr. Joshua Davis, the Director of Jazz Studies at Susquehanna University and faculty member at Penn State University. He teaches classical and jazz double bass and ensembles and has devoted his career to performance, composition and education. Davis was an awarded leader of curriculum development at Berklee College of Music, and has taught numerous performance skills clinics at USC, Berklee, Koyo Conservatory, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and various schools throughout the United States. Recent MENC-affiliate work includes MD All-State Solo/Chamber adjudication, directing a District Jazz Ensemble (PA), and presentations about jazz performance skills at various conferences around the country. Davis has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the National Concert Hall of Taiwan, Lincoln Center and other places with celebrated performers like Randy Brecker, Jerry Bergonzi, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Greg Hopkins and more. Love Salad, his newly reformed alternative funk band, released its first recording in May 2018.
Mark Lancaster Lusk currently teaches trombone at Penn State University. Prior to this, he performed with groups like the Woody Herman Thundering Herd, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players. Lusk has performed around the world at jazz festivals in China, England, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Malaysia and more. He has traveled to Argentina as an artist/clinician and was the first trombone soloist in the history of the Teatro Colon. He has also performed at the New York Brass Conference, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, and the International Trombone Workshop where he was invited to conduct the William Cramer Memorial Trombone Ensemble of College Professors. In the summer months, Lusk is a member of the faculty at the Cleveland Trombone Seminar, the Interlochen Trombone and Tuba Institute, and the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp as a Valade Fellow instructor.
Saxophonist David Stambler has established himself as a dynamic and active performer of both jazz and classical music. His concert activities include recitals and appearances with many orchestras including the Annapolis Symphony, the National Gallery Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony. He has performed internationally in multiple countries, and has appeared across the United States with the renowned saxophone ensemble, the Capitol Quartet. Stambler is an advocate for new compositions for saxophone, and has premiered numerous works including Five Portraits by Jonathan Leshnoff,Still the Fire by John Anthony Lennon, and many others. He has appeared at the JVC Jazz festival, the Princeton Jazz Fest, the Smithsonian Institution, Carnegie Hall and others, and has accompanied many renowned performers including Rosemary Clooney Smokey Robinson, and Natalie Cole. Stambler holds a B.Mus from the University of Michigan a master’s degree from the Peabody Institute, and a doctorate from the University of Maryland.
MacKinlay Himes has been both a performing jazz guitarist and guitar teacher for over 15 years in the central Pennsylvania area. He has most notably played in the Rick Hirsch 4 and the Dan Yoder Quartet as well as his own trio. Mac is a Ph.D. candidate in Music Education at the Penn State School of Music. He received a Masters in music composition from Penn State and B.A. in music from John’s Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute. Mac has also been a faculty member at the School of Music for 10 years directing jazz ensembles, teaching an online jazz history course, guitar methods and jazz guitar lessons. Himes also teaches guitar at The Music Academy in State College, PA.
Wade Judy is a native of Miami, Florida where he attended the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and earned his Bachelors Degree in Trombone Performance. Following his time at the Frost School of Music, Wade moved to State College, Pennsylvania where he completed a Professional Performance Certificate in Trombone Performance as well as an additional Professional Performance Certificate in Trombone with a Jazz Emphasis. Currently, Wade is pursuing a Master’s degree in Trombone Performance at Penn State University. He directs the Outer Dimensions Jazz Ensemble and is the graduate teaching assistant to Marko Marcinko and the Jazz Department as well as the graduate teaching assistant to Mark Lusk and the Trombone Studio.