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Rory Snyder

Rory is a Professor Emeritus at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, where he just retired as the Director of Jazz Studies. For 16 years was the Director of Bands at Homestead High School and Jazz Director at Santa Clara University. He earned a B.A. from UCLA and an M.M. from the University of Northern Colorado, and is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, honor band director, and guest artist throughout the west. Rory recorded his first CD as a leader titled "New York Sessions" featuring Michael Wolff - piano, Wallace Roney - trumpet, John Patitucci - basses, and Victor Jones - drums. He held these leadership positions during his career: NorCal President of the CA Unit of IAJE for almost 10 years, CMEA State Jazz Representative, NorCal Vice President of MACCC, CMEA Bay Section Area V Representative, NorCal Representative of CAJ, and Music Department Chair at Homestead HS and Diablo Valley College


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Dale Head: Swing, Straight Up

Read "Swing, Straight Up" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Dale Head is a high-energy singer who doubles on trumpet and makes up in drive and enthusiasm for what he may lack in singularity and polish. Swing Straight Up, on which Head is backed by Rory Snyder's admirable Night Jazz Band, underlines the singer's strengths (strong voice, an abundance of self-confidence) while serving as a reminder ...


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Dale Head: Swing, Straight Up

Read "Swing, Straight Up" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Vocalist and trumpeter Dale Head is an unheralded local guy and a staple sideman from the Bay Area who performs the music of Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams to Harry James and others as he plays the classic to standards for audiences throughout southern California and elsewhere. On Swing, Straight Up, Head makes a splashing, swinging national ...


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