Jim Bovinette, the Jazz Ensemble Director and Professor of Trumpet at Iowa State University. leads an active performing career as a trumpeter, performing as a concert soloist, symphony musician pop artist, jazz clinician and festival adjudicator. From 1982-1995 Dr. Bovinette served as Principal Trumpet with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, and three times has traveled to Austria and Hungary to perform with the Classical Music Festival Orchestra. As a pop artists he has performed dozens of Broadway Shows such as Copacabana, Titanic, Annie, and with such notable solo groups and artists such as the Manhattan Transfer, Lou Rawls, Sammy Davis, Jerry Lewis, the Temptations, and the Moody Blues. Dr. Bovinette currently performs with the Des Moines Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony Brass Quintet, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, The Newman Foundation St. Johns Brass Ensemble, The University of Illinois Contemporary Music Ensemble. and with the Ames Jazz Quartet. Most recently he traveled to Manchester, England and performed in the annual International Trumpet Guild's Festival of Trumpets Concert.
Michael Giles A native Iowan, Michael studied classical saxophone at the University of Iowa with Ronald Tyree and Matthew Sintchak (B.M., M.A.) Other teachers include John Rapson and Phil Mattson. He has taught at the University of Wyoming, Grinnell College, Augustana College and in the Minneapolis Public Schools. He focuses on contemporary classical saxophone repertoire, comfortable in various chamber settings as well as electronic music. Michael stays very active as an improviser and composer, working with eclectic mixes of personalities and instrumentation. His commitment to original music and inventive approaches to song forms has made him a recognizable improviser throughout the Midwest. He currently leads the classical saxophone studio, coaches saxophone quartets, directs the small jazz ensembles program, and teaches jazz improvisation and other aspects of jazz studies.