Aaron VandermeerAaron vandermeer, Trumpet         

Aaron  Vandermeer is the Director of Jazz Studies and Music Business at UNCP.   Trained at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of David Baker, he has diverse performing experience in jazz, funk, musical theater, R&B, and classical music.  He has performed with the David Baker Big Band, The Impalas, The Mustard Cats, The Dorsey Brothers Big Band, The Dynamics, Mojai, and others.   (see full bio)


Larry ArnoldLarry Arnold, Bass   

Larry Arnold is Professor of Music and Media Integration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Holding degrees in Composition from UW-Madison and the University of Iowa, Dr. Arnold teaches audio production, composition, jazz bass, and Media Integration Studies. He is much in demand as a performer with an average of 200 professional engagements each year as choir accompanist, and on bass, piano and guitar.  (see full bio)




Nathan ThomasNathan Thomas, Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Nathan Thomas is a professional musician (conductor/pianist/arranger), theatre practitioner (director/music director/actor), and teacher of both music and theatre.
He has toured as music director and/or keyboard player all over the U.S. and Canada, as well as to Brazil, China, Japan, and Russia.  Among his New York credits are the Broadway productions of Fosse and Annie. He also played first keyboard for Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Wynn Las Vegas.  (see full bio)


Derek DayDerek Day, Guitar   

Derek Day teaches guitar and courses in Jazz Studies at UNCP.  He has studied at SUNY-Buffalo where he received the Master of Music, Shenandoah Conservatory and University of Miami.  He recorded with a long list of artists, notably including Gary Thomas, Drew Gress, Clay Jenkins, and Frank Mantooth.  Additionally, he has performed with Red Rodney, Terell Stafford, and Tim Warfield Jr.  Derek is also an outstanding classical guitarist. (see full bio)




Skip WalkerSkip Walker, Drums

Skip Walker teaches drum set and courses in Jazz Studies at UNCP. He is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts (the world's foremost institute for the study of Jazz and modern American music) and he holds a Master's degree in Church Music from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC), and a Masters Degree in Music Education from Boston University (Boston, MA). As a drummer he has performed or recorded with Jazz vocalist Veronica Nunn, Guitarist Joe Lindsay, Saxophonist Stephen Riley, and Grammy Award winner Israel Houghton.  (see full bio)