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Born and reared near Heidelberg, Germany, Gunnar Eisel has
taught and developed programs at California State University,
Los Angeles, Whittier College, Fullerton College, and the
Los Angeles High School of the Arts. Mr. Eisel holds a Bachelor
of Music degree in Composition from Cal State University,
Long Beach and a Master’s degree in Music History from
Cal State University, Fullerton.
As a full-time faculty member at Citrus College since 1989,
Professor Eisel has taught music history, electronic music,
guitar, and music theory classes. Mr. Eisel was instrumental
in the development of the Citrus Audio and Video Recording
A well-respected teacher, Mr. Eisel's students include Rusty
Anderson (lead guitarist for Paul McCartney Band) and Mike
Simpson (producer, Beastie Boys and Beck). As chairman of
the Guitar program at Cal State University, Los Angeles for
27 years, Eisel guided many guitar majors to successful careers.
For 16 years, Mr. Eisel served as Executive Director of Guitar
Foundation of America, the largest guitar organization in
America. He is listed in Who's Who in Entertainment
and Who's Who in the West.
Proficient on piano/midi keyboards, mallet instruments (6
mallets) and bass, Mr. Galvan has been a featured performer
in a variety of venues including film composition (Kingsley’s
Meadow, aired on Pax nationwide, The Pope’s North American
Tour and others), on stage (musical director and actor: Patsy
Cline review: A Closer Walk) and as a jazz soloist playing
piano and vibes simultaneously for the Bob Newhart stage show
accompanied by a big band, and on recordings including Royale
Crown Revue and the Guy Lombardo Band. Mr. Galvan has recently
produced a training video for the U.S. Government on the Air
Curtain Burner, a large scale high efficiency burner for environmentally
friendly disposal of forest products. His work included scripting,
camera, non-linear editing, voice over and music composition.
Mr. Galvan’s voice has been heard over KCIV 99.9 FM
advertising the facilities of an organization camp in a radio
commercial produced in his home studio.
In collaboration with a colleague from the philosophy department,
Mr. Galvan has completed a musical on the politic scene of
America which includes composition, arranging, orchestration
and recording. Prior to his employment at Citrus College,
Mr. Galvan was an Assistant Professor of Music at Cal Poly
Bill Hoehne is the Director of Chamber Winds and Percussion
at Citrus College. He is an accomplished musician with
over 27 years experience as a professional woodwinds performer
and 25 years as a music educator. Mr. Hoehne earned
a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of
North Texas, a Master of Music degree from the University
of Miami at Coral Gables, and is pursuing a Doctor of Musical
Arts degree at the University of Southern California.
He has performed extensively in numerous recording studios
in the Miami and Southern California areas, and has performed
with leading artists, including the Ralph Carmichael Orchestra,
Sammy Davis Jr., Andy Williams, the Temptations, Joan Rivers,
the Modernaires, and many others. Mr. Hoehne is certified
as a Master Adjudicator for the concert, street and field
events of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra
Association. During his term as Vice-President of Field
Adjudication, Mr. Hoehne initiated the evolution of the SCSBOA
Field Adjudication System, and implemented the first Field
Adjudicator Evaluation System. In 1996, 1998 and 2000,
he toured Europe as featured soloist and member of the instruction/conducting
staff with the Southern California Ambassadors of Music.
Mr. Hoehne was the conductor of the 1995 and 2003 SCSBOA All-Southern
Middle School Honor Bands, and is honored to be continuously
called upon to work as an adjudicator, guest conductor and
clinician for distinguished school wind band programs and
honor groups in the Western United States.
Robert Slack received a Master of Trumpet Degree from Indiana
University, and since then, has grown to be a respected professional
in the music industry.
Mr. Slack shares with his students and faculty impressive
personal and professional experience. After several
years touring professionally with Paul Anka and Buddy Rich,
Mr. Slack has also performed with Celine Dion, Ella Fitzgerald,
Whitney Houston and Trisha Yearwood, among others.
Mr. Slack’s talents have extended into numerous recording
sessions for Mattel, Toyota, Diet Coke, Pillsbury, Ford Motor,
Taco Bell, Tristar Pictures, Disneyland, NBC News and CNN.
Film credits include Disney’s D3: The Mighty Ducks,
Casper, Dillinger and Capone, Desert
Storm for HBO and most recently the hit movie, That
Thing You Do! Mr. Slack also performed for former
President Ronald Reagan in Phil Donahue’s 25th Anniversary
Among his honors, Mr. Slack received the coveted Jazz Educator
of the Year Award from the International Jazz Educator’s
A major driving force behind the visionary conception and
planning of the innovative Entertainment Technology Complex,
Mr. Slack continues to guide and develop the exemplary instrumental
music program into a creative and professional training vehicle
for the students of Citrus College.
Few community colleges can boast of the professional experience
and assiduous commitment Mr. Slack has brought to the music
students of Citrus College.
Bachelor of Music, Cal State Northridge, David has been active
on the Los Angeles studio music scene since 1978. He has been
a member of the Bill Watrous Refuge West Big Band and is currently
performing with the Ralph Carmichael Orchestra. Among many
recording credits are jingles for Mercedes Benz, Budweiser,
Carnival Cruises and NBC News as well as motion pictures such
as A Minor Miracle, Newsies, Hocus Pocus and Heavyweights.
Additionally, he has numerous recording credits for almost
every major gospel artist and has participated in live recordings
for The Integrity Music Label in Israel and South Africa.
He is the founder of “Slideworks”, a professional
trombone quartet and also maintains a vigorous teaching schedule
at a number of Southern California colleges and universities.
Bachelor and Master of Music from the University of North
Texas, Steve directed a big and taught guitar classes while
attaining his Master degree in Music. He has had the opportunity
to work with Marc Johnson, Buster Williams, Randy Brecker,
Bobby Shew, Gerry Mulligan, Dave Pike, Sandra Booker, James
Mahone, Willie Jones III, Duffy Jackson, Roy McCurdy, Bobby
Caldwell and many others. Steve joined the Citrus College
faculty in the Fall of 1997. He teaches Applied Music, Guitar
and Jazz Combo.
Joseph Jackson is a graduate of the University of Southern
California where he studied with Tommy Johnson and Jim Self.
Joseph is principle tubist with the Rio Hondo and Carson
Dominguez Hills Symphony. Joseph has performed with the New
West Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and the Long Beach Ballet.
Besides orchestral work, Joseph has performed many solo and
chamber music concerts and festivals.
Joseph is the instructor
here at Citrus College. He also organizes and instructs master
classes and is frequently a clinician at schools in the Los
Angeles area. He has recorded with the GKM Jazz Orchestra
and can be heard on the soundtrack for the movie Barbershop.
Joseph recently was a featured performer at the Southwest
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Jennifer Scott is an active orchestral and chamber music
performer in the Los Angeles area. She performs regularly
with various orchestras such as Los Angeles Philharmonic,
Los Angeles Opera, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, New West Symphony,
and the Pacific Symphony. She is currently principal
flute with the Stockton Symphony and second flute with the
Long Beach Symphony and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Performers
she has worked with include John Williams, James Galway,
Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Dianne Reeves, Jerry Goldsmith,
Terence Blanchard, Kelsey Grammer, John Lithgow, Quincy Jones,
and Herbie Hancock. You can hear Jennifer on recent soundtracks
such as Night at the Museum 2, Eagle Eye, Rest Stop and 2012. Jennifer
received her BA from California State University, Stanislaus
where she studied with Caryl Mae Scott and received her MM
and DMA from University of Southern California where she
studied with Jim Walker.
Dan Silva, a former Citrus College student, received his Bachelor’s
degree from the University of North Florida, where he studied with
the legendary Chicago Saxophonist “Bunky” Green. Dan
had the honor of being the first winner of the Mullikin-Matteson
Jazz Scholarship Competition in 1999, and was also the recipient
of the North East Florida Jazz Scholarship in 1999. Dan is currently
the tenor saxophonist with the Pacific Saxophone Quartet and freelance
musician. Dan’s career highlights so far include performances
with Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente, Diane Schurr, Impacto Latino
and a performance for the Queen of England and Royal Family.
Michael Sushel is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music
in New York City and has earned a reputation as an extremely
versatile musician, having played and recorded with almost
every conceivable type of musical ensemble from classical,
jazz, and rock groups to film and records. He has performed
in concert with singer B.J. Ward at Carnegie Hall in New York,
played for film and TV shows such as the Emmy Awards, appeared
in concert with rock groups such as Ambrosia, and recorded
for artists as diverse as R&B singer Rick James and composer
Daniel Lentz, the latter with whom he toured Japan in 1991.
In the spring of 2003, he traveled to China to meet with piano
faculty and teach young pianists at the Beijing and Shanghai
Conservatories. In addition to his performing engagements
and private teaching, Michael is currently Professor of Piano
at Citrus College.
Bryan began his
instrumental music training at the age of nine. He has studied
trombone, percussion, drumset, guitar and piano privately.
Upon graduating from high school, Bryan focused his studies
strictly on percussion. He attended Citrus College in Southern
California and played with several of their performing groups
including the acclaimed Blue Note Swing
toured throughout Japan and Hawaii.
After completing three
years at Citrus College, Bryan transferred to Azusa Pacific
University to continue his studies in percussion. He performed
with several of the ensemble groups on campus, which spanned
the genres of classical, fusion, jazz and contemporary styles.
In 2003 Bryan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in
percussion performance and began working as a full-time staff
member at APU. In 2006 Bryan completed a Masters of Music
degree from Azusa Pacific.
Today Bryan works at Azusa Pacific
as the Associate Director of Chapel Programs. He is also
a faculty percussion instructor at Citrus College. He has
traveled and played with many different musical artists to
Greece, Australia, Japan, China, France, Philippines, London
and across the United States. Bryan has had the opportunity
to play, record and or perform with such artists as Justo
Almario, Mac Powell, Lee Ritenour, Chuck Gerard, Tommy Walker,
Brendan McCrery, Gwen Stefani, Jeff Hamilton, Candace Divine
and Abraham Laboriel.
Alan Waddington has performed in many varied settings. He
has played percussion or produced music from punk rock to
classical and about anything between those categories.
Alan got his “first break” in the US with the
rock band “The Unforgiven” which was the subject
of a record setting bidding war in the music industry. This
led to appearances on MTV, radio airplay, and major touring.
This also led to his involvement with Bon Jovi, Vince Neal,
Joe Walsh, and Willie Nelson.
In 1995 Alan was on tour in Seoul with the musical “A
Chorus Line”. This led to his ongoing association and
friendship with Mr. Ha and “The Seoul Pops Orchestra”.
This is also where he met his beautiful wife Seung Ah. Recently
he drummed with Gwen Stefani on the song “Rich Girl”
on “The Grammies” world wide television production.
He is also responsible for the drum line that performs with
Gwen on her number 1 song “Hollaback Girl”. Alan
is active with placement of students professionally and academically
during and after their tenure at Citrus College.
He has helped develop the music program at Citrus College
since 1987 primarily with the award winning jazz, pop and