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Dan Keberle is director of jazz studies and trumpet professor at Whitworth, where he teaches studio trumpet and jazz improvisation, directs the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble 1, and teaches jazz arranging, jazz methods, and ear training.  He is a past recipient of Whitworth's Outstanding Faculty Service Award and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach jazz at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1995.

Keberle's trumpet students have been winners numerous times of the collegiate jazz trumpet solo competition at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and at the Spokane Music Fest Northwest Young Artist competition.

Keberle is an experienced performer in both the jazz and classical styles. He has served for 15 years as music director of the Spokane Jazz Orchestra and is leader of the jazz quintet Viva Jazz!; he also appears frequently as a guest soloist with public school concert bands and jazz bands. He has performed often with the Phoenix and Spokane symphony orchestras and has played in groups led by Doc Severinsen, Billy Eckstein, and Louie Bellson. He performs regularly at faculty recitals and has also backed a variety of entertainers, including Ernie Watts, Bob Mintzer, Bob Hope, The Four Tops, Marvin Hamlisch and Andy Williams, in addition to performing with the Whitworth University Wind Symphony, jazz ensemble, and choir.

Brent EdstromBrent Edstrom received a bachelor of music degree in classical piano performance from Washington State University and a master of music degree in jazz studies and contemporary media from the Eastman School of Music. Edstrom's active performance career has placed him on stage with many well-known performers, including Clark Terry, Ernie Watts, Lee Konitz, John Faddis, Bob Berg, Bob Mintzer, and Peter Erskine. In addition to his work as teacher and performer, Edstrom is active as a composer and arranger. He currently works as a freelance writer and arranger for Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation. Highlights of his publishing work include transcriptions and arrangements of the music of Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Kenny Barron, John Williams and many others. Edstrom has completed several new publications, including Making Music With Your Computer, distributed nationally by EM Books, and Bill Evans Signature Licks, Hard Bop For Piano, and Latin Jazz Piano, distributed by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation. He recently signed a contract with A & R Editions for a new book titled Music Notation Algorithms in C++. He teaches jazz piano and coordinates the music theory and composition program at Whitworth.

Adjunct Jazz Faculty

  • Chris Parkin, superb jazz and classical sax artist, directs the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble 2 and teaches jazz combos and jazz saxophone. He is a sought-after performer in the Northwest.
  • Eugene Jablonsky, one of the most in-demand jazz bassists in the Inland Northwest, teaches jazz bass and jazz combos.
  • Eric Moe, a top trumpeter from Denver, now lives in Spokane and teaches jazz trumpet and jazz combos.
  • Charles Tappa, a superb jazz guitarist who performs often in the Spokane area, teaches jazz guitar.
  • Tom Shook, one of the area's most acclaimed jazz pianists, teaches jazz pianol; he is also a classical clarinetist who plays with the Spokane Symphony.
  • Rick Westrick, one of the most versatile and popular percussionists in the Inland Northwest, teaches jazz percussion.