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Rob Foster
flute, alto flute, bass flute, shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), Irish flute, saxophones, composer, arranger

Rob Foster - flute, alto flute, bass flute, shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), Irish flute, saxophones, composer, arranger

Dr. Robert Foster integrates a wide range of interests and experiences into the music he performs and composes. A versatile woodwind performer, he honed his musical skills in Detroit, where he was immersed in the varied sounds that city is known for — jazz, blues, Motown, funk, rock, and classical music. He furthered his studies and professional experience in Los Angeles and Colorado, where he obtained his doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado and played lead alto sax in the Downbeat award winning Lab Band I.

His recent explorations into the world of the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) have influenced his musical endeavors to encompass inclusive global/spiritual perspectives.

As a Professor of Music in the Department of Music at Georgia Regents University (formerly Augusta State University), Dr. Foster directs the jazz ensembles, teaches courses in improvisation, theory, jazz history, and World Humanities. He also teaches and coordinates applied instruction on woodwinds.

In addition to extensive experience in chamber music and orchestral settings, Dr. Foster has performed with jazz artists such as Ralph Alessi, Louis Bellson, Dave Brubeck, Ravi Coltrane, Michael Dease, Dizzy Gillespie, Wycliffe Gordon, Lalo, Art Lande, James Newton, Terrell Stafford, Clark Terry, and Rodney Whitaker, as well as with popular artists such as Joey Bishop, Albert Collins, Charlie Daniels, John Denver, The Four Tops, Crystal Gayle, The Ink Spots, Melissa Manchester, Maureen McGovern, Bob Newhart, Olivia Newton-John, Mitch Ryder, The Temptations, The Platters, etc.

He currently performs with several musical groups, including UTAKÉ, Rob Foster & Pulsar, Foster-Jones Duo, Rob Foster Jazz Quartet, ABBA (Augusta Big Band Aggregate), Columbia County Orchestra, Ed Turner and Number 9, Mood Indigo, and Symphony Orchestra Augusta.

Education: University of Northern Colorado – Doctor of Arts (Music Theory & Composition); Wayne State University – Master of Music (Flute Performance); Oakland University – Bachelor of Music (Jazz Woodwinds).

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Wayne Hankin
historical woodwinds, composer/arranger

Considered one of the major performers of his generation, Wayne specializes in preclassical winds with over 4000 performances to his credit worldwide. He has mastered instruments played only by a small handful of people on the planet including various bagpipes, hornpipes, flutes, whistles, gemshorns, trumps, bone flutes, double reeds and others. There are also instruments made exclusively for his talents of which he is the sole performer

Wayne is best known for his 8 productions with Cirque du Soleil, most recently Toruk, based on James Cameron’s Avatar. Along with his credits in the classical and circus world Wayne is no stranger to film and television. His most recent film credits include Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and The Lego Movie, and television’s Breaking Bad and Disney’s Princess Adventures. His most recent performances for video games include Pixel Privateers and Hero’s Charge.

Wayne’s film debut in 7 Solos earned him Best Short Subject at the World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington DC. He has received over 30 awards and grants from various organizations including ASCAP, Meet the Composer and The National Endowment of the Arts.

Wayne is also a conductor; he made his debut at Houston Grand Opera conducting Meredith Monk’s Atlas .  He returned to the world of opera in 2018, performing with the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra in Kevin Puts Silent Night.  As a composer, Wayne’s music was recently performed by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.  His next orchestral performance as guest artist will be with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Spring of 2019.  

Wayne teaches all over the country with major residencies at the Chautauqua Institution and the Interlochen Arts Academy. He would like to thank his major teachers Shelley Gruskin, David Hart, Michael Schneider and Mattius Maute who helped shape his technique and musicianship. His latest project is JUBO which is designed to turn our nation into a nation of music makers by way of a simple instrument that is affordable and easy to play. For more about Wayne, please visit his website.

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Michael Katterjohn
Percussion, Conductor, Arranger

Michael A. Katterjohn is currently the conductor of the wind ensemble and percussion instructor at Augusta University. During the past 25 years, Michael has played with the Augusta Symphony, Augusta Choral Society, Augusta Opera, Augusta Players, Fort Gordon Dinner Theater, Savannah River Winds and many churches in the area.

Michael has been active as a conductor in Georgia and Illinois. He has experience teaching and conducting at all levels of education, from middle school to college. The highlight of Michael’s career was guest conducting the symphonic band at his alma mater, Wheaton College, conducting a piece by his favorite composer, Philip Sparke.

Mr. Katterjohn is an active arranger for concert band, jazz band, marching band and orchestra as well as smaller ensembles. He has three arrangements published through LifeWay Publishing Co. for church orchestra: Worship Chorales, Praise to the Lord Almighty, and Christ the Lord is Risen Today. In addition to writing music, he wrote the percussion chapter for the book, The Instrumental Resource for Church and School, published by LifeWay Church Resources.


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