The 2004-2005 Brubeck Fellows
Scott McGinty was a two- year member of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Fellowship Program, and is a 2003 graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas where he was a member of the HSPVA Big Band and combo, as well as a two-year member of the Texas All-State Jazz Ensemble. He has been awarded the Jason Moran Scholarship, the Duke Ellington Leadership and the Horace Alexander Young “Most Outstanding Saxophonist” Awards, and had has performed at the Houston International, Kemah, Texas, and Monterey Jazz Festivals. He attended the 2002 Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and as a member of the BIJS, he performed with Dave Brubeck and Christian McBride at the Library of Congress; at the Copia Canter in Napa, California, appeared with Robin Eubanks at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, played the SF NARAS Governor's Awards and conducted clinics at the GRAMMY in the Schools program in San Francisco.
Mark Zaleski was a two-year member of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Fellowship Program, and is from Boylston, Massachusetts. He has been playing jazz saxophone and classical clarinet for many years and was a 2003 graduate at Tahanto Regional High School. Mark qualified for the Massachusetts Central District band and All-State Jazz Band 4 years in a row, and graduated with two of Tehanto's Louis Armstrong Jazz Awards, the John Philip Sousa Award and the Most Valuable Player Award from the regional IAJE festival. As a member of the BIJS, he performed with Dave Brubeck and Christian McBride at the Library of Congress; at the Copia Canter in Napa, California, appeared with Robin Eubanks at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington, played the SF NARAS Governor's Awards and conducted clinics at the GRAMMY in the Schools program in San Francisco.
Dominic Thiroux is a 2004 Graduate of the Hamilton High School Academy of Music in Los Angeles. Dominic's already illustrious career has taken him around the world, with performances in Japan with the Monterey Jazz Festival National High School Jazz All Stars, Canada and Europe with Renee Olstead, and across the US with a variety of groups, including the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Jazz Fellowship Band, the Hamilton High Jazz Combo “A” of which he was the leader, and the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Foundation National Honor Jazz Ensembles. In 2004 Dominic was a Gold Level National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts Scholarship recipient, the winner of LA's Charles “Dolo” Coker Jazz Foundation Scholarship, the winner of the LA's Music Center Spotlight Award, winner of the Downbeat High School Jazz Instrumental Soloist Award, and was selected as Outstanding Soloist at the 34th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival High School Competition. He has twice been a Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colonist, and also leads a busy studio career, recording for film, commercials, and television in Los Angeles.
Shawn McGinty, 19, is a 2002 graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston , Texas. In addition to playing in the HSVPA Big Band and Combo, Shawn was also a member of the McGinty Brothers Quintet, the Young Sounds of Houston Jazz Orchestra, the University of Houston Downtown Civic Jazz Orchestra and the Dennis Dotson Big Band. Shawn was musically reunited with his twin brother Scott at the Brubeck Institute. Shawn has been playing trumpet for many years and has he has performed at the Monterey, Las Vegas, Kemah Boardwalk, and Houston Jazz Festivals as well as the IAJE Annual Conference in New York. He considers Clifford Brown, Wynton Marsalis, and Woody Shaw among his primary influences and feels that jazz has brought great respect and joy to his life and deserves his total dedication.
Joshua Gallagher, 20, is from Eau Claire , Wisconsin and is a 2002 graduate of the Memorial High School . After attending his freshman year at the Berklee College of Music, Joshua opted for the Brubeck Institute Fellowship. He has performed at Lincoln Center 's Essentially Ellington Competition three times, winning the “Outstanding Soloist” Award in 2001, in addition to winning the Kristo Young Artist's Concerto Competition in Eau Claire in the same year. He has attended many jazz camps, including the Vail Jazz Foundation, Jamey Aebersold, Shell Lake, Cecelian Society as well as the Eastman School of Music programs. He was also a member of the 2000 Wisconsin State Honors Ensemble. Recently, Joshua has been a student of piano virtuoso Joanne Brackeen in Boston.
Hayden Hawkins is a 2004 graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas, where he was member of the top big band and combo, and was also a member of the Young Sounds of Houston Jazz Orchestra. In the last few years, Hayden won the Outstanding Musician/Soloist Award at the 2003 American Festival for the Arts, the 2004 Ed Trongone Award for Outstanding Senior Jazz Musician at HSVPA, the 2003 and 2004 Outstanding Soloist Award at the North Texas Jazz Festival, and the 2003 Jazz All-Star Award at the University of Houston Jazz Festival. Other performance credits include the Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi , the Kemah Jazz Festival, and the Trinity Jazz Festival in Houston. Playing drums since age seven and studying jazz since 13, Hayden recently recorded with R&B recording star Solange Knowles.