Instruments: Piano, Trumpet, Mellophone
Program: Piano Program
CHERI COLE '08, M.M. '10, enjoys a career as a professional freelance musician and dedicated instructor. As a performer, she plays with a number of regional orchestras, chamber groups, jazz bands, commercial groups, churches, musical theater, etc. Her performance experience includes subbing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and touring with Maiden Voyage Big Band.
As an instructor, she teaches students from preschool age to university students to adults. She is the founder & director of the Arcadia Pop-Jazz Band, maintains a private teaching studio, coaches music students at a number of secondary schools, as well as the Claremont Community Music School.
Ms. Cole has a Master of Music & Artist Certificate from Azusa Pacific University.
Instrument: French Horn
Master of Music, Bowling Green State University
Bachelor of Music, Eastman School of Music, New York
Audrey Lamprey is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she received a B.M. in music education. She taught Jr. High school in New York and Ohio before earning a M.M. degree from Bowling Green StateUniversity in Ohio. Her college teaching began at Heidelberg College in Tiffin,Ohio, where she taught horn and directed small ensembles. After moving toCalifornia, she began teaching introductory music classes at Cal Poly Pomonawhich she continues to do while adding UC Riverside to her curriculum vitae.
Recently Mrs. Lamprey has begun to coach French horn at Chaparral Middle School in Diamond Bar.
As a performer, she has been active in orchestras and chamber groups from an early age. Presently she is a member of the Riverside Philharmonic, Redlands, San Bernardino Symphonies and the Lordsburg Trio. She also maintains a studio where she provides private instruction on horn.
Bachelor's of Music, Clarinet Performance, Eastman School of Music
Performer's Certificate, Eastman School of Music
Master's of Music, Clarinet Performance, Florida State University
Master's of Music Education, Boston University
Leslie Schroerlucke has studied with many prominent clarinetists including Stanley Hasty, Mitchell Lurie, James Campbell, Frank Kowalsky, and Peter Hadcock. After earning her Bachelor's degree in Clarinet at the Eastman School of Music, she won a position with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida under the direction of English conductor James Judd. While in Florida she also performed with the Miami Opera, and was Principal Clarinet of the Symphonia of the Americas. Leslie has performed with the Spoleto Opera Festival and as a soloist, clinician, and chamber musician throughout Europe and in Brazil. She has also premiered several works at Miami's New Music Festival. While in Florida, Leslie served on the faculty of Florida International University and Broward Community Colllege. She is currently the clarinet instructor at UC Riverside, a member of the Orange County Wind Symphony, and Director of Bands at Chaparral Middle School in Diamond Bar, CA. In addition, she is a member of the Carodonna trio and freelances with L.A. area orchestras.
Instruments: Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
Destiny explains one part of Gary Tole’s stellar career as a trombonist, band-leader and educator. In a family of dedicated musicians, his calling was more or less a fait accompli. Destiny, however, doesn’t account for any musician’s continued success in a very challenging and capricious business. Gary is certain his good fortune can be credited to the humble philosophy held and taught by his parents: in short, “Keep your eye on the ball.” Since he is a baseball fanatic as well as an A-list musician, the advice was easily understood.
Gary was born and raised in Pittsburgh PA. After attended Duquesne University, Gary traveled on the road for four years playing first trombone with the Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Jimmy Henderson. In 1978, Tole made his permanent residence in Southern California. Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, Gary was hired to play first trombone with the Harry James Orchestra and performed on Harry’s last recording. Another great opportunity opened and Gary was now performing with the Les Brown Band of Renown and recording television shows with legendary entertainer Bob Hope. On stage as well as recording, Gary’s smooth but dynamic style placed him in constant demand with such stars as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, Bernadette Peters, Kenny Rogers, Rita Moreno, Melissa Manchester, James Ingram, Peter Cetera, and Phil Collins. He has been seen and heard on numerous television programs backing great performers such as Diana Ross, Sammy Davis, Pia Zadora, Sheena Easton, Peabo Bryson, The Pointer Sisters, and many more. Gary has also spent numerous hours in the recording studios doing record sessions, TV film, jingles, and major motion picture sound tracks.
Gary has had a long and illustrious career in the big band world including performances with the orchestras of Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Ray McKinley, Tex Beneke, Stan Kenton, Ray Anthony, Benny Goodman, Xavier Cugat, Woody Herman, Louis Bellson, Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Buddy Childers and many more.
In addition to trombone, Gary also plays bass trombone and euphonium. As an active clinician for Yamaha, Gary participates in music education programs as a judge for jazz festivals, band and orchestra festivals, private teaching of the low brass instruments, and traveled throughout the country conducting various clinics.
Having a sharp eye for perfection, in 1984 Gary started his own entertainment production company Gary Tole Music Productions, Inc. From weddings of Hollywood’s elite to fund raisers at LA’s top hotels to corporate events internationally, Gary Tole has done it all. Gary has accomplished what seems economically and socially impossible in the new century also: his own sixteen piece ensemble, Legends of Swing, has become one of the world’s most sought after Big Bands, in heavy demand nationally and internationally for its white-hot tributes to icons like Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, The Dorsey Brothers and Benny Goodman. In 2007, Legends of Swing released its second recording, the multiple-Grammy nominated “One Kettle For Count” (Summit), award categories of Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Best Instrumental Composition, and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).
Being known and recognized for his accomplishments and high standards, from January of 2011 to December 2011, Gary Tole was the leader and director of the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Presently, Gary Tole is producing many internationally acclaimed artists. He is well establish in this arena and recognized for his outstanding production work, all recorded, mixed and mastered at Capitol Records in Hollywood California. His latest production is a Gospel album “My Angel” with a 43 piece orchestra.