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Mark E. Olson
Don Braden '85
Thomas G. Everett
Monday Band
Sunday Band
Guest Artists

Harvard Jazz Bands
74 Mt. Auburn Street
Cambridge MA, 02138
Ph. 617-496-2263
Fax 617-496-3786

Mark E. Olson

Mark E. Olson Interim Director of Bands at Harvard, conducts the Harvard Wind Ensemble and Sunday Jazz Band and serves as advisor to the Harvard University Band. Under his direction, the Harvard Wind Ensemble has premiered "Cumba Cumbakín" by Tania León, commissioned for the Harvard Wind Ensemble, and the Sunday Jazz Band has premiered arrangements of the music of Jim Hall, Tadd Dameron, Hank Jones, James Moody and Lee Morgan. Olson has served as Interim Conductor of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Guest Conductor of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, and is currently Director of the Middlesex Concert Band. He received degrees from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and the University of Minnesota and is an active trumpet performer as a member of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony and the New Sousa Band.

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Don Braden '85

Mark E. Olson Interim Monday Band Conductor Don Braden is a musician of the highest caliber—"brilliant and assured," according to Peter Watrous of The New York Times. For many years he has toured the world leading his own ensembles, as a special guest, and as a sideman with greats such as Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Tony Williams, and Roy Haynes, among others. Braden has composed music for everything from duo to full symphonic orchestra, in many styles, for recordings, film and television, and worked several years as a composer for Bill Cosby. He was a member of the Freddie Hubbard Quintet from 1989 to 1991, and the Tom Harrell groups from 1993 through 1997. He has worked with the Mingus Big Band, Kenny Barron, J. J. Johnson, Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and others, as well as with his own groups.

Braden has released 16 CDs as a leader or co-leader, starting with "The Time is Now" in 1991; his most recent, "Big Fun(k) Live," was co-led with acclaimed drummer Karl Latham. He is the recipient of a Doris Duke Foundation Jazz composition grant in conjunction with Chamber Music America, and is known as an educator. He was recently appointed Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Montclair State University, and for over 14 years he has served as Music Director of the Litchfield Jazz Camp and Music Director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Well's Fargo Jazz for Teens program. He is a visiting professor in the "New York Comes to Groningen" program at the Prins Claus Conservatoire, in Groningen, Netherlands. In 2012-2013 he is Guest Conductor of Harvard's Monday Jazz Band. Photo: courtesy of the artist Photo: John Abbott

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Thomas G. Everett (retired)

Tom Everett Director Emeritus of Bands at Harvard and Jazz Advisor to the Office for the Arts, founded jazz programs at Harvard in 1971. He taught the first jazz course for academic credit at Harvard in 1972. He has also taught at the New England Conservatory, Brown University, the International Trombone Workshop, Indiana University Summer School, and the Franz Liszt Academy (Budapest).

He was the recipient of the 2008 Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award presented to a nationally recognized educator. As a bass trombonist, Mr. Everett performed with the Bolshoi Ballet, Boston Ballet, Boston Pops, and Boston Opera Orchestras, the Cantata Singers, and the jazz bands of Clark Terry, Phil Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and Ray Charles.

Everett conducted on J.J. Johnson's 1996 CD, The Brass Orchestra (Verve), which was nominated for three Grammy Awards. He has served as assistant to jazz composers/historians Andre´ Hodeir and John Lewis and has been published in The Instrumentalist, Black Perspectives in Music, Cadence, Journal of Jazz Studies, The Music Educators National Journal, Brass Bulletin, The College Band Directors’ National Association Journal, The Journal of the International Trombone Association and Massachusetts Music News.

A charter member of the International Association of Jazz Educators, Everett is a founder and first president of the International Trombone Association and past president of the New England College Band Association. He has been a panelist for the New England Foundation for the Arts and Massachusetts Cultural Council and coordinates the Harvard Club of Boston’s Annual Jazz Combo Competition. He holds degrees from Ithaca College and studied privately at the Eastman School of Music.

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Harvard Monday Band

2013-2014

Saxophones
Benjamin Sobel '15, tenor
James Ramsey '15, alto
Justin Dower '17, alto
John Holland '7, baritone

Trumpets
Mat Schnorenberg '14
Nikhil Mehra '14
Scott Johnson '16
Zack Chauvin '17

Trombones
Ed Huttlin 'PhD

Rhythm Section
Samuel Fisher '15, bass
Brad Rose '14, drums
Jacob Gollub '17, guitar
Kyle Matsuda '16, piano
Andrew Chow '14, piano

Staff
Brad Rose '14, Manager
Nikhil Mehra '14, Treasurer

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Harvard Sunday Band

2013-2014

Saxophones
Andrew Wong-Rolle '17, alto
Gladys Kisela '17, alto
Justin Sanchez '17, tenor
Nick Barber, '17, tenor
Max Gersh '16, baritone

Trumpets
Jake Barton '17
Sammy Mehra '17
Rebecca Ritchie '16

Trombones
Julian Salazar '16
Andrew Lin '17
Leslie Havens, bass
Ed Huttlin 'Ph.D.

Rhythm Section
Andrew Chow '14, piano
Derek Robins '14, piano
Max Masuda-Farkas '17, bass
Garrett Parrish '17, drums

Staff
Derek Robins '14, Manager

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