Director of Jazz Studies, Applied Trumpet
Kris Tiner is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Bakersfield College. He has also taught at California Institute of the Arts, Taft College, and CSU Bakersfield. An accomplished trumpet player and composer, his music has been performed on five continents, his 80+ recordings with Tin/Bag, the Empty Cage Quartet, Cathlene Pineda, Psychic Temple, The Industrial Jazz Group and others have been enthusiastically reviewed in the international jazz press, and he has performance credits on MTV, NBC, PBS and Comedy Central. He is the founder of Epigraph Records, an independent label dedicated to new creative music recorded in Bakersfield.
Applied Jazz Trombone
Tony Aguilar is a freelance trombonist, composer, arranger and educator. He is an instrumental music instructor with the Bakersfield City Schools District and the applied jazz trombone instructor with Bakersfield College. He currently performs with Thee Majestics, a commercial band, and with Viento, a Latin jazz/salsa band.
Applied Jazz Drum Set, Music Theory, Music Appreciation
Kyle Burnham is an active drummer and composer, and a member of the music faculty at Bakersfield College, CSU Bakersfield, and Taft College. He holds a MFA in jazz studies from UC Irvine and a BA in music composition from CSU Bakersfield. Kyle has performed with notable artists such as Randy Brecker, Bill Watrous, Bob Mintzer, Conte Candoli, Terence Blanchard, Dwight Trible, Ernie Watts, Blue Mother Tupelo, Kei Akagi, Darek Oles, Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty), Jon Coleman (Trace Adkins), Rebecca St. James, and Phil Hummer.
Applied Guitar, Class Guitar
Paul Cierley is the guitar instructor at Bakersfield College. He studied jazz and classical guitar under Mary Osborne and studied with Doug Davis at CSUB. He has been involved in music performance since the 1980s, playing in various styles including rock, country and jazz, and has been teaching professionally for over 20 years.
DR. DOUG DAVIS
Applied Jazz Piano
Dr. Doug Davis is a figurehead of jazz in Bakersfield as the founder of the Bakersfield Jazz Festival and former Director of Jazz Studies at CSU Bakersfield. A renowned pianist and composer, his music has been recorded by jazz greats Chick Corea, Larry Coryell, Eddie Gomez, Dannie Richmond, and Bennie Wallace. He has over 100 jazz compositions and 70 compositions for orchestra, band, chorus, solo piano, chamber ensembles, song cycles, and electronic music. He has been honored with two Beautiful Bakersfield and five California Arts Council awards.
DR. JOSH OTTUM
Director of Commercial Music
Dr. Josh Ottum heads up the Commercial Music Program at Bakersfield College and has made several records as a solo artist and with band. He has supported these releases by touring extensively, performing in places like Iceland, Germany, France, and all over the United States. He also writes music that has been featured on shows such as Mad Men and The Voice along with music for advertisements by Volvo, Nordstrom and others.
Paul Perez is the saxophone instructor at Bakersfield College and CSU Bakersfield. As a saxophone soloist he has toured with Tower of Power, Smokey Robinson, and Donna Summer, and he has done studio work for the Showtime and Lifetime Networks. He appears on the soundtracks for the Quentin Tarantino film Curdled and for the Andy Garcia film Steal Little, Steal Big as well as a number of televised commercial spots.
Peter Scaffidi has been teaching and performing on double bass and electric bass for over forty years. He has performed with the Fresno Philharmonic, Bakersfield Symphony and the Sequoia Symphony. He has also performed all over California with various jazz groups, big bands, and artists including jazz guitarist Mary Osborne, Michael Feinstein, Mickey Rooney, and the legendary Chuck Berry. Peter has been the studio bass instructor at Bakersfield College for five years.
Applied Vocal Jazz, Music Theory, Music Appreciation
Susan Scaffidi is the vocal jazz instructor at Bakersfield College and also teaches Music Appreciation and History of Rock and Roll. Ms. Scaffidi has performed in numerous jazz venues and festivals in Central and Coastal California, and writes about music for the Bakersfield Californian.
Applied Bass, Music Appreciation, World Music
Miller Wrenn is a bassist and composer-improviser based in Los Angeles, CA. His music explores alternative models of improvisation, creative orchestration, and unfamiliar timbral and melodic gestures in pursuit of expressing universal experiences through an idiosyncratic lens. He has performed with Steve Lehman, Vicki Ray, Larry Koonse, Joe La Barbera, GE Stinson, Tony Malaby, Mark Menzies and many others. Miller received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Bass Performance and Composition from California Institute of the Arts.