Passaic County Community College Big Band

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Passaic County Community College
Associate in Arts Degree in Liberal Arts: Musical Studies Option provides each student with a foundation for success in musical performance, music education, and music computer technology. Students will gain skills in music theory, piano skills, learn how to read and write music, and take part in performance workshops. The program is suited either to students who want to transfer to a four-year college or those who want to begin or continue an interest in music.
The evening will feature the Dalton Gang, a 10 piece Latin jazz ensemble led by PCCC Guitar Instructor, Willy Dalton. Prof. Karl Latham (Percussion Instructor) will also be performing with the ensemble. The evening will also include performances by PCCC music students and music faculty members..
About the Coordinator

Samuel (Frisco) Ayala, Jr. is a composer, educator and session bassist who performs on both electric and acoustic instruments. As a musician, he has performed and/or toured with a variety of artists who are heavily involved in the gospel, jazz, classical, rock and Latin music scenes. A sampling of artists he has performed with include: singer, Brenda K. Starr (Salsa), Wil Figueroa, Jr. (Latin Jazz/Salsa); drummer, Karl Latham (Jazz) and singer/songwriter, Stephen Bard (Rock). Samuel Ayala, Jr. is also Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Music Department at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey. He has a Master of Arts degree from Montclair State University (Montclair, New Jersey) and has studied composition with Ludmila Ulehla (Manhattan School of Music), Dr. Matt Halper (Kean University) and Duke Anderson (private jazz arrangement lessons). Ayala?s commissions include string quartets, piano sonatas and works for orchestra as well as incidental music for theater. His Double Bass studies were with Linda McKnight (Manhattan School of Music). Currently, Ayala is completing a Doctor of Education degree in College Teaching of Music at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.   Contact Information:
Samuel Ayala, Jr.
Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Music
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Email: Phone: (973) 684-5735