Conference Artistic Team

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Dr. Lee Hartman

Conference Artistic Director

Lee Hartman gets to talk about and make music all day long with students, audiences, and fellow musicians of all ability levels. He holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (DMA, MM) and the University of Delaware (BM). At UD, he received a Dean’s Scholar position enabling him to pursue an individually designed academic program combining music education and composition. He served for three years as the Assistant Director to Musica Nova at UMKC, the conservatory's new music ensemble, which under his baton, can be heard on Stephen Yip's Gorintou released by Navona records. He teaches full time at the University of Central Missouri and is the recipient of an 2016–17 Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Hartman is the Artistic Director of the Mid America Freedom Band and performs with NorthWinds Symphonic Band. Most recently his compositions have been performed by the International Double Reed Society, New Music Delaware, UCM Wind Ensemble, Oak Lawn Band, William Jewell Symphonic Band, Charlotte Pride Band, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, UCM Flute Ensemble, Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Minnesota Freedom Band, oboist Sheri Mattson, tenor Jake Sentgeorge, and mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen.

Guest Artists


Dan Gailey

Jazz Ensemble Director

Dan Gailey saxophonist/composer/arranger, is the Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Kansas, where he directs Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Combo I and produces the annual KU Jazz Festival.  Dan is the recipient of the 1996 IAJE Gil Evans Fellowship, an annual award which identifies an emerging jazz composer from an international field of candidates. Under his direction, the KU Jazz Studies Program has been the recipient of 19 DownBeat Student Music Awards, including Jazz Ensemble I's award as Best College Big Band in the United States or Canada in 1997. Jazz Ensemble I have appeared under his direction at IAJE Conferences in New York City, Atlanta and Boston, the 1992 Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and the 2008 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Music degree in Theory/Composition from the University of Northern Colorado. His compositions can be heard on numerous professional and college big band albums and are published exclusively through UNC Jazz Press. What Did You Dream?, his debut CD with the Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra, was released in July 2010 on Origin/OA2 Records and features all original compositions.

Dan has been active as a freelance saxophonist in Seattle, Denver and Kansas City, performing with Kevin Mahogany, Eric Marienthal, Red Richards, Claude "Fiddler" Williams, and many others, and has appeared as a guest artist/clinician throughout the United States and Canada, and in Sweden. He is an original member of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival All-Star Big Band, and has been commissioned twice to write new compositions for the band. Dan has directed numerous festival honor groups, including all-state jazz ensembles in California, Colorado, Washington, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Minnesota, and the 1996 NBA National Honors Jazz Ensemble.

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Alastair Wright

Saxophone Soloist

British saxophonist Ali Wright has been praised by Classical Voice of North Carolina for his “dulcet-like tone…with a luminescent sheen.” He currently teaches applied saxophone at the University of Central Missouri, and is completing his Doctoral Degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he serves as Teaching Assistant to Zach Shemon. Ali has received degrees from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Birmingham Conservatoire (UK), where he studied with Taimur Sullivan and Naomi Sullivan respectively. Ali also studied with Christopher Creviston at the Crane School of Music during an exchange semester.

As saxophone soloist, he has performed with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (as finalist in the 5th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition), UMKC Conservatory Choir, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, the UK-based Thallein Contemporary Ensemble and Sutton Coldfield Orchestra. An avid contemporary musician, he has presented recitals of new music in Kansas City, North Carolina and at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France. Ali has seen success in competitions worldwide, including the Rosen-Schaffel Concerto Competition, 11th International Music Festival of Padova, the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition and in a number of school competitions. Recent professional engagements have included performances with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, newEar Contemporary Ensemble and William Jewel University's "WindFest."

Ali has presented master classes with his chamber groups at the Birmingham Conservatoire, UK, Chicago-Roosevelt University, Brevard Music Center and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Prior to leaving the UK in 2013, Ali maintained an active teaching studio, and often served as a guest teacher in several locations throughout the country.

Guest Conductors

Arnold Epley, Musica Vocale
Kathleen Nicole Fallin, Atlanta Freedom Band
Erin Howard, Rainbow City Band
Dean McDowell, Desert Winds Freedom Band
Justin Raines, Gay Freedom Band of Los Angeles
David Triplett-Rosa, Tampa Pride Band
Hayley Varhol, Philadelphia Freedom Band
M. David Wallace, Charlotte Pride Band