Skipp Pearson

Skipp Pearson

Born in Orangeburg, SC and graduated with a degree in music from Claflin University; worked as a band director|music teacher South Carolina (Bamberg and Clarendon counties) for 24 years; worked with Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Patti LaBelle, Wynton Marsalis, Ron Westray, Wycliff Gordon, and others; his current band, Jazzology, has performed regularly at local clubs … Read more

Mike Frost

Mike Frost

A former student of jazz legends Pat Martino and Jaco Pastorius, Mike Frost is a composer, studio musician, educator, recording engineer, and designer of Brickhouse speaker enclosures. He leads his own Mike Frost Band and has toured with Jesse Colin Young and with guitarist Esteban. Mike Frost Band has released five albums, Inside Your Eyes … Read more

Jim Mings

Jim can be described as ‘being able to turn a melody.’ His playing is melodic, sophisticated, direct, and always grounded in his blues roots. He draws upon a vast knowledge of songs from all eras to sing through his instrument. Jim began his career in his hometown of Austin, TX. By the age of 15, … Read more

Amos Hoffman

Amos Hoffman

Amos Hoffman is an Israeli Jazz Guitarist known worldwide as a pioneer in fusing the rhythms and melodic themes of the Middle East with Modern Jazz. Hoffman started playing guitar at the age of 6, and oud a few years later. He studied guitar privately, and later attended the prestigious Rubin Academy of Music in … Read more

Bryson Borgstedt

Bryson Borgstedt

‘I believe that returning to USC at this point in my life feels like coming full circle in the very best way! Having the opportunity to share, teach and mentor young musicians at the School of Music is a delight and provides a way of paying forward the attention, care and instruction I received on … Read more

Tony Lee

Tony Lee

My playing career began in the smallest of towns in South Carolina’s Pee Dee region, Floydale. Watching my first parade in Latta, SC, at the age of 10, I knew I would be a drummer for the rest of my life. I had no idea where this pursuit would take me, but seeing that marching … Read more

Robert Gardiner

Robert Gardiner

Dr. Robert A. Gardiner is a Professor of Music at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. He conducts the jazz ensemble and teaches applied saxophone, jazz improvisation, and courses in music education. Robert recently released his first recording, ‘Soul of Confidence,’ a CD of original compositions featuring his jazz quartet, which performs every Friday at … Read more

Mark Rapp

Mark Rapp is a distinguished trumpeter, composer, arranger, didgeridoo player, recording and touring artist and has performed with such distinct artists from Branford Marsalis to Hootie and the Blowfish. Rapp has released 7 diverse recordings, and is featured on the closing track of Disney’s “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” CD. Artists such as Roy … Read more