Josh Murray has been a tireless band teacher and musical mentor at Rio since 1998. Mr. Murray grew up in New York City and attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, learning from Reggie Workman, Jimmy Cobb, Ira Gitler, Kenny Werner, and Joanne Brackeen, among others. Mr. Murray’s performing credits include shows with Phil Woods, Jimmy Smith, Peter Erskine, Bobby Shew, Gary Foster, Donny McCaslin, Wycliffe Gordon, the Jim Widner Big Band, and the Drifters. He is a member of the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra and the Ron Cunha Big Band. Mr. Murray has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from UC Davis and a Masters in Education from Chapman University. He is a contributing author to Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz, Vol. 2.
Mitch Evett grew up in Vernon Hills, IL where he was heavily involved in the music scene, playing bass trombone in concert and jazz band, orchestra and singing tenor in choir. He got a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. After graduating Mitch taught high school and middle school band in Shakopee, Minnesota for five years and was the assistant conductor for the City of Lakes Community Band and subbed frequently with the Minnesota Symphonic Winds. His teachers include Colleen Bayoneto, Tim Riordan, Randy Sundell, Frank Lestina, Jeremy Little, Timothy Mahr, Steve Amundson and Dave Hagedorn.