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James Bovinette


James Bovinette

James Bovinette Dr. Bovinette is the director of the Jazz Ensemble Program and Associate Professor of Trumpet at Iowa State University. Professor Bovinette holds the Bachelor and Master degree in music from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois. As a symphony musician, jazz artist, and recitalist, he has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe, performing everything from Bach to Bop. As a solo artist he has performed works for trumpet and orchestra with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble, the Festival Orchestra of St. Louis, the St. Louis Bach Society, and the Classical Music Festival Orchestra in Eisenstadt and Vienna, Austria. He has recorded under the Sonari record label, is an active trumpet and jazz clinician, adjudicator and guest artist, and can be heard performing regularly with Des Moines Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Des Moines Civic Center Show Orchestra, and his own jazz quartet, "The Jazz Quartet of Ames".


Michael Giles


Michael Giles

A native Iowan, Mike teaches all things saxophone and runs the lion’s share of jazz activities at Iowa State University. He is a vibrant and accessible musician, exceptional in both the classroom and the concert hall. His commitment to original music and inventive approaches to music have made him a recognizable voice throughout the Midwest. Mike is active as an improviser and composer, working with eclectic mixes of personalities and instrumentation. He has released several albums to high acclaim, and has been showcased as a soloist at many reputable concert venues and festivals both domestically and abroad. His primary teachers include vocal jazz guru Phil Mattson, avant garde artist John Rapson, and contemporary saxophonist Matt Sintchak. He received his degrees from the in-state rival University of Iowa. Learn more about Mike through his website creativemusicstuff.com