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Michael Warner - soprano saxophone

Scott Zimmer - alto saxophone

James Hughens - tenor saxophone

Carlos Romero - baritone saxophone

Michael Warner

    Michael Warner received his education from Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio. As an accomplished performer and freelance musician in and around the Phoenix area, he has performed as orchestral saxophonist with the West Valley Symphony, Sun City, Arizona, as well as numerous professional and community musical organizations.  Recent performances include a benefit concert for Tsunami Relief, January 21, 2005, a solo performance at the Solon United Methodist Church in Solon, Ohio in May 2004, an appearance at the Wigan International Jazz Festival, Wigan, England in July 2003, with the Arizona Big Band and a performance with the Desert Wind Saxophone Quartet at Northern Arizona University’s Sax-O-Fest in 2003. He has also appeared as soloist with the Mountain Ridge High School Wind Ensemble, Westwood High School Wind Ensemble, Glendale Community College Band, Glendale City Concert Band, Kennesaw State College Band and the North Fulton Community Band.
    Mr. Warner has performed under the batons of conductors such as Alfred Reed, Keith Brion, Geoffrey Brand, Col. L. Bryan Shelburne Jr., Col. John R. Bourgeois. And has performed with notable musicians as Marvin Stamm, Thomas Ervin, Eric Marienthal, Jim Manley, Dennis Rowland, Jon Faddis, Brandon Fields and Conti Condoli.
    As an adjudicator and clinician Mr. Warner is in demand throughout the Southwest. He has been a contributing writer to the "Saxophone Journal".  His works are published with G. Schirmer, Brazinmusikanta Publications and Desert Wind Publications. He is the founder and soprano saxophonist with the Desert Wind Saxophone Quartet. Currently, Mr. Warner teaches saxophone and clarinet from his studio in Glendale, Arizona.




Scott Zimmer

    As a saxophonist and woodwind player, Scott Zimmer has performed and recorded in a variety of musical styles ranging from commercial to jazz to classical.  Recent performances include a West Coast in April 2001 tour with the brass and percussion group Proteus 7, and a performance in July 2000 at the World Saxophone Congress in Montreal, Quebec.
    As an educator, he currently serves on the faculty at the Arizona School for the Arts, Glendale Community College, and Paradise Valley Community College.  He also served on the faculty of Eastern New Mexico University from 1998 to 2000.  From 1995 to 1997 he was teaching assistant in Saxophone at Arizona State University.  He also served as Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone at the University of Oregon in 1995.
    Dr. Zimmer has appeared on a number of recordings including Jazz with the Marohnic, Pilafian, Hopkins Jazz Nonet (Summit Records DCD-227), and Meltdown with the Pilafian Project (Summit Records DCD-229).  Currently, he performs locally with the Phoenix Jazz Workshop, the Azz Izz Band, and the jazz quartet "Jiggle" while teaching and performing as a freelance saxophonist and woodwind player.
    Dr. Zimmer holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance from Arizona State University.  He also holds a Masters degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Northern Iowa where he performed with the award-winning UNI Jazz Band I.




James Hughens

    James Hughens received his B.M. in saxophone performance from Northern Arizona University.  He has performed with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts Orchestra.  As a member of the NAU Jazz Ensemble, Mr. Hughens has performed with such notable musicians as Don Menza, Allen Vizzuti, Rufus Reid, Bill Watrous, Frank Mantooth and Gary Foster.   Mr. Hughens is currently Director of Bands at Hillcrest Middle School in Glendale, Arizona.  He remains active as a performer and private educator throughout the Southwest. 




Carlos Romero

    Carlos Romero received his B.A. in saxophone and bassoon performance from Grand Canyon University.  He has performed with the Sun Cities Symphony, Mesa Symphony, and various chamber ensembles throughout the valley.  As a student of the instrumental program at Grand Canyon University, he formed the Grand Canyon University Woodwind Quintet.  Mr. Romero currently is the Southwest Manager for Jupiter Band Instruments.  He remains active as a performer while maintaining a private studio in Glendale, Arizona.