Barry Oosterwaal is a performer, arranger, educator, and administrator. He is the Program Director for the Helbing Jazz Institute. Originally from the Netherlands, he studied music at the HAVO for Music and Dance and general psychology at LOI Institute, the Netherlands. He came to the United States in 1991 and 1995 to play and march with the Madison Scouts drum and bugle corp. In 1996, he began study at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he received his BM in Trombone Performance, studying with Steve Wiest. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he received his MM in Trombone Performance, studying with Dr. Noreen Harris-Baer. While in Milwaukee, Mr. Oosterwaal worked at the Hal Leonard music publishing company as a digital production specialist. He was the Director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Jazz Studies Program from 2006-2011. from 2014 to 2017 Mr Oosterwaal founded and was the program doirectorfor the GDYO Jazz Institute.
As a performer, he played with many bands and artists, including the Steve Wiest big band with whom he recorded on the Excalibur album, the Los Angeles-based band ‘Chester French,’ and played on the movie soundtrack of “American Movie.” Mr. Oosterwaal also keeps a busy performing schedule with big band, symphonic orchestras, chamber ensembles, Latin bands, and more.
Mr. Oosterwaal has arranged and composed music for many varied ensembles and organizations, including Jubal and Jong Jubal Drum and Bugle Cprps (Netherlands), Cudahy H.S. Marching Band shows and indoor drumline shows (Cudahy, WI), Wolpen Lowen Drum and Bugle Corps (Germany), Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps (WI), Shijonawate Gakuen High School Band (Japan).
As a teacher, Mr. Oosterwaal has taught trombone and music theory and has worked with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, Capital Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, Jubal and Jong Jubal Drum and Bugle Corps, Kidsgrove Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (Great Britain), Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps (WI), Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra brass quintets, Cudahy H.S. marching band and indoor drumline, Lancer Band (New Berlin WI), Lighthouse Brigade (Racine WI), and the UW-Whitewater Jazz Camp. He served as a long-term substitute band director with Kettle Moraine H.S. (WI) and Burlington H.S. (WI).
Becky Gore is currently a Customer Service Representative at the Plano Store. As a former RHS Band member and UNT Graduate, she has a love of all music; however, piano and clarinet are her specialties. She has combined her experience as a customer service representative for large corporations with her love of music and gets much satisfaction from renting students their first instrument whether band or orchestra. She has been an Education Representative, Store Manger, and participated in many band drives in Tarrant County before moving back to the Dallas area. She recently was involved in our HJI ensemble group as a beginning jazz piano student and will recommend it to anyone!
Georgeanne Travis earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas where she played saxophone, flute, and clarinet in a number of ensembles including the 5 O’Clock Lab Band and Zebras. One of her most humbling and exciting experiences at UNT was performing the music of Frank Zappa, with former members of Zappa's band and fellow UNT students.
Georgeanne performs regularly in the DFW area with the FUMC Denton Mosaic Worship Band and trumpeter/composer Chris Clark’s C3 Big Band and can be heard playing baritone sax on C3 Big Band’s debut album ‘Personifications.’ She has also performed with other area jazz and pop/rock groups — most notably the J.R. Byrd Band.
In her free time, you can find her outside lounging in a hammock, hiking through a park, or fishing at her favorite pond.
I am currently the Principal Bassoonist of the New Life Symphony Orchestra. I have been playing bassoon for 21 years. I originally started on flute and then took half a year of saxophone lessons to play in jazz band where I held first tenor for two years. once I got into high school I picked up the bassoon and was also the drum major for three years.
I am currently a Moosmann artist and support Bassooning by the bay, a double reed camp hosted by Scott Pool at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. I have several students that have achieved superior ratings at All Region and Solo Ensemble contest. Music is my life and I love passing on my passion to others and watching them grow.
Outside of music, which keeps me busy, I enjoy bowling, tennis, biking, and crafts.
Jim Sinkule Jr is a second-generation Band Repair Technician who has been in the field for 32 years and was exposed to his craft at the early age of 5 - helping in his father’s shop and performing repairs for his directors in both middle school and high school. In 1983, Jim began his formal training in East Texas as an apprentice under his father. Within five years’ time, he was managing the shop. James has completed tens of thousands of repairs over the years, spanning the East and North Texas areas. Together, Jim and his father developed many repair techniques that have optimized the repair process, allowing shops to be more productive with minimal overhead. Jim joined forces with Williamson music company in September of 2000 and was again managing the shop within five years’ time. He continued in this capacity until the company partnered with Music First in 2016. Jim has a very diverse skill set and with a focus on building Customer relationships, is rooted in the philosophy that the Customer always comes first and that ethical and honest repair is paramount. He has mentored and trained many repair technicians over the years and many have moved on to become highly successfully in the industry. Most notably, T.J. Reinhardt, who has gone on to be one of the most highly productive technicians in the country. Jim lives in Plano with his wife and is a happy grandfather of a nearly 2 year old grand daughter.
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Third generation luthier born in a musical family. Began repairing strings at age 10. A Graduate of the Hartt school of music, I played in many major symphonies and also as a jazz player, played with Sarah Vaughn, Barney Kessel, Matt Guitar Murphy, Ed O'shaunessy from the tonight show band. I spend my time visiting teachers and students helping to grow orchestras everywhere.