The 2005-2006 Brubeck Fellows
Trumpeter Brian Chahley, 18, is a 2005 graduate of the Earl Haig Secondary School in Toronto, Canada. Brian has soloed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, was selected to the 2004 and 2005 National GRAMMY High School Jazz Ensemble, and, as a member of Toronto's Humber Community Music School Senior Jazz Combo, performed at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and the Atlantic Jazz Festival in Nova Scotia. He also performed at Toronto's Distillery Jazz Festival and Montreal's Musicfest Canada where he was a 2004 and 2005 scholarship recipient. Most recently, Brian won a scholarship to the acclaimed Vail Jazz Workshop in Aspen, CO. and has appeared with such jazz artists as Kurt Elling, Jim Galloway, Clark Terry, and Gerald Wilson. He cites trumpet greats Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard among his primary influences. He will be the Brubeck Institute's first international Fellow.
Saxophonist Lucas Pino, 18, is a 2005 graduate of Thunderbird High School in Phoenix. He began playing the saxophone at age ten and was a member of Thunderbird's Jazz Band I and Combo, Mesa Community College's Latin Jazz Band, and the Young Sounds of Arizona. In the years 2001-2004, Pino received eleven solo awards from the Northern Arizona University, Mountainside, and Anaheim Jazz Festivals, as well as eight music education scholarships. He was selected as lead tenor saxophonist to the 2003 and 2004 Arizona All-State Jazz Bands and performed at the 2004 IAJE Conference in New York with his high school big band. Besides performing, Pino enjoys composing and arranging and has presented original music at the NAU and Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Jazz Festivals. He was also recently featured in the June 2005 issue of DownBeat, winning a High School Jazz Instrumental Soloist Award.
Drummer Colin Stranahan, 19, is a 2005 graduate of the Denver School of the Arts where he was an instrumental music major. The son of a music/jazz educator, Colin has always been surrounded by music, and started playing drums when he was eight. Since 1998, Colin has won more than fifty Outstanding Soloist, Musicianship, education and recognition awards from the High Plains, Auraria, Greeley, Jazz in the Sangres, University of Northern Colorado, 8-1-5 and Reno Jazz Festivals, the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY High School Jazz Ensemble, the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and many more. In 2004, Colin released his first album, "Dreams Untold", was featured in Modern Drummer magazine, and was an IAJE Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship recipient. In 2005, Colin won an ARTS Award in percussion, a DownBeat High School Outstanding Performance Award and the prestigious Presidential Scholar in the Arts Award, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.
Peter Spear, bass
Peter was born in Kyoto , Japan and raised in Littleton , Colorado . While attending Chatfield High School , he was selected as Jefferson County All-County Bassist three years in a row, and Colorado All-State Bassist his senior year. He spent four years in the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, a small group mentor program run by Paul Romaine. There he worked with players such as Eric Gunnison, Greg Gisbert, and Ron Miles. Peter has toured Romania playing concert halls and opera houses with his church band, worked in clubs and concert venues throughout Colorado , and was an on-call bassist in Denver and Colorado Springs . He has attended the Berklee College of Music where he studied with Phil Wilson and Mark Whitfield, and plans to return there when he finishes his Brubeck Fellowship.
Pianist Glenn Zaleski, 18, is a graduate of Tahanto Regional High School in Boylston, Massachusetts, and has been playing classical and jazz piano since the second grade. As a member of Tahanto's Big Band, Zaleski has won five IAJE Honorable Mention Awards since 1999. He also won the Massachusetts IAJE MVP award in 1998, was selected in 2004 and 2005 to the Massachusetts Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Band, attended 2004 Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, won a 2004 ARTS Award Honorable Mention and attended the 2005 Steans Institute for Young Artists Program for Jazz at the Ravinia Jazz Festival in Illinois. Zaleski performs professionally in the Boston area with the Worcester Jazz Orchestra, his own groups, and his older brother saxophonist Mark Zaleski, who attended the Brubeck Institute as a Fellow from 2003 to 2005. Zaleski has performed and/or studied with such artists as David Baker, Ray Brown, Benny Green, Rufus Reid, and James Williams.