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

Lauren Meccia

Lauren Meccia is a vocalist, saxophonist, educator, composer, and lyricist. Her vocal tone has been compared to Norah Jones, Eva Cassidy, and Ella Fitzgerald, effortlessly transitioning from a deep, rich lower register to crisp, clean high notes, evoking a sense of tranquility. Her saxophone sound has an organic warmth, incorporating influences of bright jazz and … 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

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

roderick brown

Roderick Brown

Roderick “Rod” Brown is a native of Florence, SC. He is the child of Willie C. Brown and Marcella Lunn Brown. His parents were gifted in music; his mother grew up singing in church with her sisters and playing piano, and his father grew up playing guitar in various R&B bands. Roderick began his musical … Read more

Gray Mayfield

Gray Mayfield began playing the saxophone at the age of twelve. By the time Mayfield had entered high school, he was already actively playing in church and playing in a funk band with his childhood friends. Mayfield became serious about playing the saxophone after meeting his first saxophone instructor, William T. Robinson who insisted that … Read more