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Jim Matthews

Who are YOUR models for music?  Which performing artists do YOU listen to? Who do you play for your students as a STANDARD – model of excellence? This certainly is NOT a complete list as there are many models which are not listed.  This is simply a start.

Flute – Emmanuel Pahud, Sharon Bezaly, Julius Baker, Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway, Nestor Torres, Ian Clarke, Greg Patillo, Thomas Robertello, Mimi Stillman

Oboe – Albrecht Mayer, John Mack, Joe Robinson, Alex Klein, Eugene Izotov, Heinz Holliger, Elaine Douvas, John de Lancie, Marcel Tabuteau

Bassoon – David McGill, Arthur Grossman, Klaus Thunemann, Dag Jensen, Joseph Polisi, Frank Morrelli, Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet,

Clarinet – Larry Combs, Julian Bliss, Stanley Drucker, Alessandro Carbonare, Andrew Mariner, Sabine Meyer, John Manasse, Ricardo Morales, Eddie Daniels, Richard Stoltzman,

Saxophone – Don Sinta, Eugene Rousseau, Fred Hemke, Tim McAllister, John Edward, Daniel Duffayet, Marcel Mule, Mi-Bemol Saxophone Ensemble, Nuclear Whales, Eastman Saxophone Project – Rite of Spring, Apollo Sax Quartet, Jazz: Cannonball Adderly, Michael Brecker, Orenette Coleman, Benny Carter, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, James Moody, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, David Sanborn, Lester Young, Branford Marsalis, Phil Woods, Claude Delangle

Trumpet – Sergei Nakariokov, Alison Balsom, Chris Martin, Phil Smith, Maurice Andre, Bud Herseth, Ting Thing Helseth, Rafael Mendez, Gabor Tarkovi, Edvard Antonsen, Wynton Marsalis, Jazz: Harry James, Miles Davis, Clark Terry, James Morrison, Maynard Ferguson, Bill Chase, Wayne Bergeron, Arturo Sandoval, Doc Severinsen, Andrea Tofanelli, Allen Vizzutti, Chris Botti, Freddie Hubbard

Horn – Dale Clevenger, Dennis Brain, Barry Tuckwell, Philip Farkas, Herman Baumann, London Horn Sound, Vienna Horns, Radek Baborak, Stefan Dohr

Trombone – Joe Alessi, Charles Vernon, Jay Friedman, James Markey, Lars Karlin, George Curran, Christian Lindberg, Jorgen van Rijen, Trombone Unit Hannover, London Trombone Sound, John Allred, Alain Trudel, Ben VanDyke, Jazz: Bill Watrous, JJ Johnson, Tommy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden, Kai Winding, James Morrison, Dick Nash, David Steinmeyer, New York Voices, Elliot Mason, Delfeayo Marsalis, Bill Burgess, Frank Rosolino

Euphonium – David Childs, Steven Mead, Adam Frey, Brian Bowman, Leonard Falcone, Mark Fisher, Patrick Stuckemeyer

Tuba – Arnold Jacobs, Patrick Sheridan, Warren Deck, Gene Pokorny, Craig Knox, Andrew Hitz, Roger Bobo, Dan Perantoni, Harvey Phillips, Sam Pilafian

Percussion – Steve Gadd, Evelyn Glennie, Mark Ford, Chris Lamb, Colin Currie, Keiko Abe, Alan Abel, Marilyn Mazur, Dave Weckl, Amsterdam Percussion Group, New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble, Nexus

Guitar – John Williams, David Russell, Jason Vieaux, Julian Bream, Strunz and Farah

Violin – Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Midori Goto, Julia Fischer, Nicola Benedetti

Viola – Kim Kashkashian, Paul Silverthorne, Yanni’s Viola player?

Cello – Pablo Casals, Yo-Yo Ma, Mtislav Rostropovich, Jacqueline Du Pre

Bass – Francois Rabbath, Edgar Meyer

Bands/Ensembles – United States Marine Band, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Royal Northern College, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Belgian Guides, Cleveland Winds with Frederick Fennell, Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble – Mallory Thompson, Dallas Wind Symphony, University of Michigan Symphony Band – William Revelli and H. Robert Reynolds, Japanese Bands, Tokyo Kosei, Mnozil Brass, Summitt Brass, London Brass, Empire Brass, Blitz Brass

Orchestras – Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – Amsterdam, London Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic (also Gustavo Dudamel’s Youth Symphony – El Systema – Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Venezuela), Boston Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Jazz – Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Airmen of Note, Stan Kenton, GRP Jazz Band, Big Phat Band, North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, Boss Brass – Rob McConnell, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Bands, Afro-Cuban All-Stars, Woody Herman, Glenn Miller, New Orleans Styles – Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Young Blood Brass Band, New Orleans Night Crawlers

Choirs – Polyphony, Robert Shaw, Bacholian Singers, Eric Whitacre, Chanticleer, The King Singers, St. Olaf Choir, Acapella Groups – Pentatonics, Straight No Chaser, Rockapella, Take 6, Manhattan Transfer, First Call, Red Army Choir (Volga Boatman, Annie Laurie), Eric Whitacre,

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Jim Matthews

About Jim Matthews

Jim Matthews is a veteran band director of 30 years at Jackson Middle School in Titusville, FL. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Florida State University. His bands continuously received superior ratings at band festivals. The bands have received the Florida Bandmaster’s Association Five, Ten, Fifteen, Twenty and Twenty-five Year Superior Awards for continuous Superior ratings. He is presently the Brevard County Music Instructional Coach for all secondary band directors. Jim co-founded the FLBandWorkshop for band directors held each summer in Titusville. It is a hands-on, in-depth workshop. For more information see FLBandWorkshop on FaceBook. He is a member of Florida Bandmaster’s Association, Music Educator’s National Conference and Phi Beta Mu – an International Honorary Band Director’s Fraternity. He is also a National Board Certified Teacher in music. For more information, see the About section.


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