About Us

About The Jazz Studio

• The Jazz Studio, a program of Mobile Big Band Society, Inc. (TJS),  is a new young people’s program and a standing committee of MBBS. Professional musicians and music educators will teach the fundamentals of music, using historical retrospectives of legendary artists who inspired and molded both genres. TJS will also provide unique opportunities for relevant supplementary experiences, such as field trips, professional performances and mentorships with Mobile Big Band Society, Inc. members. The program is geared, primarily, toward youth from the greater Mobile area.

• Ongoing classes will be held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, from 2-4pm, at the Spring Hill College Fine Arts Building, located at 4000 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama.

• TJS program is designed to provide students with a maximum impact experience using our “3Es” approach:

  1. Educating students in the traditional Jazz curriculum
  2. Engaging students through audio/visual presentations, studying the musical arrangements of past and present Jazz & Big Band era artists
  3. Exposing students to live performances, travel, mentorship, Jazz camps, master classes, and music history presentations.

• Participating students must have their own instruments, be able to read music and perform at an intermediate level (at a minimum, students must be able to play basic scales).

• Participation in TJS requires a completed registration form, a formal audition and placement process and parental consent for participation in activities and regional field trips. The cost is $50 per student for one year (i.e., June 2016 – April 2017).

• TJS will provide opportunities for students to perform throughout the greater Mobile community.

• TJS staff instructors and master class leaders are well educated, seasoned professionals, possessing a wealth of knowledge and experience.

• TJS is dedicated to the education, appreciation and preservation of Jazz as America’s only original music art form.

• The Jazz Studio, a program of Mobile Big Band Society, Inc. (TJS) is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Committee Biographies

The Jazz Studio is a standing committee of Mobile Big Band Society, Inc. Its structure consists of the chairman and four members who are community activists, music enthusiasts and educators.

Hosea London: Chairman & Music Director
Leader and manager of the Excelsior Band, Hosea London is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University with a B. S. in Music Education. Mr. London retired from the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. London serves as a board member and performer with the Mobile Big Band Society, Inc. the E.B. Coleman Orchestra andHe has taught private music lessons in Mobile and Huntsville, AL, grant programs in Pensacola, FL and taught in the Memphis City School System. Hosea’s total existence is related to his love for music. He has played along the Gulf Coast and Southeast United States.

Peggy Castile Thrash: Program Director & Student Liaison
Peggy is retired from the United States Coast Guard and a graduate of Leadership Mobile. She has worked for the last 22 years with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. She is experience in: large event production (e.g., NFL, NBA, Academy Awards, SAG Awards, Trumpet Awards, Grammys, and Presidential Inaugurations). Her expertise in volunteer program development lead her to South Africa in 2001. Working for Standard Bank, she developed the first corporate employee volunteer program.  She has additional experience in back stage management, sponsorship activation, and event logistical management.

Ryan Noble, M.F.A.: Digital Media Consultant
Ryan has been on faculty at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL for four years, developing the Digital Video Production concentration in the Communication Arts Department. For over 20 years, he has been a very active filmmaker completing diverse media projects in the form of documentary films, television commercials and narrative feature films.

Donna Buckley, M.S.W.: Student Development
Donna is a retired Social Work professional in Mobile.  She is an avid supporter of voting rights and has an enthusiastic interest in Jazz and education.  She lends her time and expertise to TJS program by assisting with student development activities.

INSTRUCTORS:
Hosea London  –  Music Director Kent Murdick  –  Instructor

RESERVE INSTRUCTORS:
Deborah McIntosh – Pianist, Experienced music educator
Shane Philen – Saxophonist, Experienced high school band leader, arranger and music instructor