Adjudicators

Brennan Baglio

Brennan Baglio is the Director of Choirs at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, where he directs the Studio Singers, Collegiate Chorale, and teaches second year music theory and aural skills classes. Baglio is a native of the Seattle area and previously taught choir, piano, voice, and music technology courses at Bellevue College. Baglio holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting, both from Central Washington University.

Baglio is the baritone and tour manager in the professional vocal jazz septet Groove For Thought. With Groove For Thought, he has had the opportunity to perform on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” open for Jay Leno, and perform throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Groove For Thought performed at the 2014 Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in Dallas, TX, has been asked to perform at the 2016 JEN Conference in Louisville, KY, and has performed at American Choral Directors Association Conferences, the Polyfolia World Choral Symposium, the Europa Contact Festival, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the University of Northern Colorado/Greeley Jazz Festival, the Gold Company Invitational, and many other Jazz and Choral Festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Groove For Thought is a previous winner of the Harmony Sweepstakes Competition and has won numerous Contemporary A Cappella Society awards in recent years.

As a clinician and adjudicator, Baglio has been asked to present at the Jazz Education Network Conference, Washington Music Educators Association Conference, and Utah Music Educators Association Conference. He has also been asked to direct the North Big Horn Basin Honor Choir and Wyoming All-State Jazz Choir, and has adjudicated festivals throughout the United States including the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Northern Arizona University Jazz & Madrigal Festival, Tiffin Pro Music Festival, Oceanside Jazz Festival, Boise State Vocal Jazz Festival, DeMiero Jazz Festival, and Bellevue College Jazz Festival.

In addition to teaching and performing, Baglio maintains a busy schedule as a studio singer, producer and mix engineer, and arranger. He enjoys arranging for his own ensembles, has published several of his arrangements, and has sung on radio jingles, commercials, and other vocal projects. Baglio also assists in producing and mixing all Groove For Thought videos and recordings.

Dan Goble

Dan Goble currently serves as the director of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. Previous to his appointment at Colorado State University (CSU), Dr. Goble served as the dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn., where for 21 years his leadership roles also included chair of the Department of Music and coordinator of Jazz Studies.

An arts administrator who is also an active performer, Dr. Goble has performed with the New York Philharmonic for over 16 years, and has been featured with the orchestra as the saxophone soloist on Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Ravel’s Bolero, among other works. In addition to the New York Philharmonic, Dr. Goble has performed with the New York City Ballet, The American Symphony Orchestra, The Mariinsky Orchestra, the New York Saxophone Quartet, and the Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet.

Committed to recording and promoting contemporary works for the saxophone, his critically acclaimed CD Freeway, includes significant compositions by Pulitzer Prize winning composers Charles Wuorinen and John Harbison (CRI 876). His recording of Quartet, Opus 22, by Anton Webern, conducted by Robert Kraft, is available on the Naxos label, and his most recent project with pianist Russell Hirshfield, Mad Dances, American Music for Saxophone and Piano (Troy 1251), features the music of David Diamond, William Albright, David Del Tredici, Libby Larsen, and Kevin Jay Isaacs.

Dr. Goble received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and his Bachelors degrees in Saxophone Performance and Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Recently, he was named distinguished alum of Casper College in his hometown of Casper, Wyoming. His saxophone teachers include Roger Greenberg, Thomas Kinser, Harvey Pittel, and Albert Regni.

Dan Goble is a D’Addario performing artist.

John Roberts

John Roberts began playing the piano at the age of 5 while living on an isolated ranch in southeastern Montana. There was no TV, but there was a piano. From age 11-18, in Malta, Montana, he was in band (trombone) and choir. After graduating in 1996 from Montana State University-Billings with a B.A. in Music Performance, John moved to Los Angeles to earn his Master of Fine Arts in Western Orchestral Performance from California Institute of the Arts.

Feeling equally comfortable in orchestral and commercial music realms, he has performed in all 50 of the United States and around the world, including; Mexico, South America, Israel, Cuba, India, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, Australia and Africa. Notable venues include the Lincoln Center in New York, Pantages Theatre, Kodak Theatre, Roskilde, House of Blues, Blue Note, Apollo and Apollo London. Tours include his own band, John Roberts y Pan Blanco (Afro-Latin Soul), Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca (Congolese/Cuban), Bobby Womack (Soul), Los Pinguos (Argentina), The Temptations, Chaka Khan, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and more. Other performances and recordings include multiple Grammy and Emmy Award Shows, Chris Botti, LA Philharmonic, Feist, Sting, Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Fallout Boy, Burt Bacharach, Bill Holman, The Ojays, Jill Scott, Christina Aguilera, The Today Show, NPR, PBS, Disney, and more.

Roberts is a Professor of Low Brass at MSU Billings, teaching Music Theory, Aural Perception, Jazz Ensemble, Commercial Ensemble, World Music courses and more. He is active in the Montana and Los Angeles performing and studio scenes as a bandleader, studio musician and composer/arranger. John is currently recording and composing for his next album, part of which was recorded in Santiago de Cuba and Los Angeles. This record will be a collaboration between Cuban, Congolese, Los Angeles and Montana artists.

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