Patrick Langham is an experienced educator and performer with a 13-year career at the University of the Pacific. As Professor and Director of Jazz Studies, Langham has developed the University's jazz studies degree programs from scratch. Under his leadership, Pacific has added three degree tracks in jazz-the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance and the BM in Jazz Composition, as well as the 3 Year Honors degree in Jazz Performance-and a Minor in Jazz Studies. Langham was also a co-founder in the creation of the Take Five Jazz Club in Stockton, and he is a regular performer at the club and throughout the region. He is also a sought-after clinician and adjudicator at high school and college jazz festivals across northern California.
Langham has worked closely with the Brubeck Institute during his time at Pacific, teaching classes to Brubeck Fellows, serving as a faculty member at the Brubeck Colony and the BI Jazz Camp, and serving as Education Director for the Institute during 2005-2006. In addition, Langham has helped coordinate guest artists for students in both the Jazz Studies program and BI Fellowship program.
Langham holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, both with a concentration in jazz studies, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before coming to Pacific, he taught at University of South Carolina Upstate (Spartanburg, SC) and Tusculum College (Knoxville, TN). As a saxophonist, he has performed with many distinguished jazz artists, including Lewis Nash, Bob Hurst, Donald Brown, Tom Harrell, Essiet Essiet, Terell Stafford, and Louis Hayes.
With an extensive background in public relations and marketing, Kate Post has served in high profile positions working for the The Grupe Company, A.G. Spanos Companies, as Executive Director of the Stockton San Joaquin Convention and Visitors Bureau and co-founder Vice President of GAMUT Promotions and Advertising, the event planning firm that created and coordinated many festivals in California. As one of the original creators of the Stockton Asparagus Festival, Kate Post was the first and only Executive Director from 1999-June 2014. Her experience in sponsorship fundraising, marketing and volunteer engagement will be instrumental in helping the Brubeck Institute's fundraising efforts.
For information on giving to the Brubeck Institute, please contact Kate at 209.946.7635 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melissa Riley was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley area. She joined the institute in 2011 and brings with her several years of experience in the administrative field. She has been married to her husband Jerry since 2006 and they reside in Galt.