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James Bovinette


James Bovinette

Dr. Bovinette is the director of the Jazz Ensemble Program and holds the rank of Associate Professor of Trumpet at Iowa State University. He has been at the helm of the Music Department’s Jazz Program since 1995, teaching jazz improvisation to students, and directing jazz combos and big bands. James Bovinette is a professional jazz educator, clinician, and jazz festival adjudicator, who is also a versatile crossover trumpet artist. He has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and China, and is recognized nationally and internationally as a trumpet soloist, orchestra musician, Broadway show performer, lead trumpet player, and jazz artist. Bovinette has featured the ISU students with notable jazz musicians such a Brian Blade, Christian McBride, Joe Lavano, Mike Vax, and Dick Oatts. The Jazz Ensemble has performed at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival, the Eau Claire Jazz Festival, the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival, with the Des Moines Big Band, and with the Village Vanguard Orchestra from New York at Stephens Auditorium. Dr. Bovinette has produced four CD recordings of the Band that are available by contacting the ISU Music Department.


Michael Giles


Michael Giles

A native Iowan, Mike teaches all things saxophone and runs the lion’s share of jazz activities at Iowa State University. He is a vibrant and accessible musician, exceptional in both the classroom and the concert hall. His commitment to original music and inventive approaches to music have made him a recognizable voice throughout the Midwest. Mike is active as an improviser and composer, working with eclectic mixes of personalities and instrumentation. He has released several albums to high acclaim, and has been showcased as a soloist at many reputable concert venues and festivals both domestically and abroad. His primary teachers include vocal jazz guru Phil Mattson, avant garde artist John Rapson, and contemporary saxophonist Matt Sintchak. He received his degrees from the in-state rival University of Iowa. Learn more about Mike through his website creativemusicstuff.com