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Rotarians hear about jazz camp

Iowa Lakes director tells of summer fun

July 30, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

It's a pretty big deal for Iowa Lakes Community College and a pretty big deal for Estherville.

The Estherville Rotary Club heard about the Iowa Lakes Community College Reggie Schive Jazz Camp - and The Headliners - at their meeting last Thursday.

Carol Ayres, music professor at Iowa Lakes Community College, told Rotarians about the camp that also features four days of entertainment throughout the area by The Headliners, music professionals from around the country who devote their time to teaching the camp and performing. This year's came was June 11-14.

Headliners concerts were held at the MT Vault in Estherville, Pearson Lakes Art Center and The Inn at Okoboji as well as camper concerts at Iowa Lakes and Little Swan lake Winery.

According to Ayres, The Headliners include:

n Scott Hesse from Chicago, originally Sioux City, who plays guitar and teaches at Steans Institute for Young Artists. He's been with the camp since 1977 and is himself a former camper. In addition to recording, he's a composer and arranger.

n Tony Gulizia from Vail, Colo., originally Omaha, Neb. The vocalist/pianist received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Education and Vail Valley Jazz Educator Award. He's been with the jazz camp since 1981 and has his own weekly jazz radio show. Ayres said Gulizia hasn't missed a camp in 32 years.

n Andy Hall, from Lincoln, Neb., plays bass and teaches at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He's been with the camp since 1989 and plays with Marilyn Maye.

n Dr. C.J. Kocher, jazz professor at the University of South Dakota at Vermillion, plays saxophone and has been with the camp since 2001.

n Dan Cassady, Iowa City, plays trombone and taught at Iowa Central Community College before retirement. He's been with the camp since 1985.

n Joey Gulizia of Omaha, percussionist/electronic wind instrumentalist, received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Education and has been with the camp since 1981. He's also percussionist with Mannheim Steamroller. He began playing professionally at age 10 with his father's band.

n Roger Neumann of Los Angeles, formerly Spencer, plays soprano and tenor sax and was 2011 Los Angeles Jazz Educator of the Year and 2002 Los Angeles Jazz Society Jazz Composer and Arranger of the Year. He's been with the camp since 1984 and writes new music for the woodwind group every year of the camp. He has written music for Ray Charles and has played with Les Brown and Ray Anthony.

n Kirk Garrison of Chicago, formerly Truman, Minn., has played trumpet with the U.S. Air Force and has been with the camp since 1988. He's also a Grammy nominee composer and arranger.

Campers from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Colorado, Texas, Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin in seventh through 12th grades attended. Ayres said the oldest camper was Joe Carroll, 89.

Ayres said upon arrival campers take a theory test which places them in one of three theory classes. She said three full-ride tuition scholarships were given out this year.

Anyone who would like to help a camper pay for the camp can contact Ayres at (712) 330-3647 or E-mail

Those who would like to help through a continual giving plan may contact Jolene Rogers at (712) 362-0491 (office), (712) 380-2252 (cell) or by E-mail at



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