Small Ensembles

  • Executive Director

    Erik Hanson

    Erik Hanson studied jazz piano and has a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz composition and arranging from Berklee College of Music, Boston,...
  • Instructor

    Dawn Clement

    Pianist, singer, and composer, Dawn Clement has made a name for herself as a master musician whose exuberant and crowd-pleasing performances...
  • Instructor

    Rick Leppanen

    Rick Leppanen has been a member of Pearl Django since 1998 and is an accomplished double bassist, composer, and educator. He has toured nationally...
  • Instructor

    Jared Hall

    Winner of the Jazz Division’s 2013 National Trumpet Competition and the 2008 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival’s Outstanding Trumpet Award,...
  • Instructor

    Leah Pogwizd

    Leah Pogwizd is a jazz bassist and instructor. She holds a BM in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas and a PhD in Ethnomusicology...
  • Instructor

    Clif Swiggett

    Clif Swiggett grew up in New York and started playing jazz trombone as a teenager, including touring with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, playing...