Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble

Featuring Gina DeGregorio
Directed by Douglass Bratt

Dec. 3, 2021

Dorothy Menker Theater

Tonight’s Special Guest:


Gina DeGregorio

Gina DeGregorio has emerged in Chicago as a powerful and skilled bandleader able to bring together top-notch Chicago talent in any genre. A stylistic chameleon, her versatility is showcased in each ensemble. When performing vintage music, she delivers an authentic sound with an incredibly wide range. Gina's original songs are catchy, energetic and dripping with drama. In addition to leading The Gina Marie Swingtet, Gina Marie and the Golden Bucks, and The Retroactive, she also performs with Paul Asaro and his Rhythm and the Chicago Swell Sisters.

A graduate of Vandercook College of Music, Gina maintains an active performing schedule in and around Chicago. She has appeared on ABC, WGN, FOX television and has been a featured performer at such iconic Chicago venues as the House of Blues, Metro, Double Door, Green Mill, and Lincoln Hall. Gina toured throughout the continental United States, Europe and South America where she has performed numerous events and festivals including the Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender, Lollapalooza, the Chicago Auto Show, Chicago Craic Oyster Festival, Moon Runners Music Festival, Symco Shakedown, Mountain Top Music Festival, and more.

​Gina DeGregorio has made a multitude of appearances with Chicago's premier bands in every genre including Chicago Bears Drum line, Chicago Bulls Stampede Drum Line, The Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra, Speakeasy Swing, The Flat Cats, Sway Chicago, Rhythmique, and The Chicago Cellar Boys,

Behind the scenes, Gina has produced all of her own work with the help of the fine fellows at Rax Trax Recording Studios. She has also co-produced albums for King By Friday and The Westerlees.

Doug BratDouglass Bratt
Director, Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble

Chicago-area percussionist and educator Douglass Bratt has performed at the Jazz à Vienne, North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals as well as noted Chicago venues such as the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill and Millennium Park. He has worked alongside colleagues such as Kyle Asche, Kimberly Gordon, Stuart Mindeman, Sarah Marie Young, Jo Ann Daugherty, Victor Garcia, Rich Moore and Liam Teague. In addition, Bratt performed with Under the Streetlamp, a group featuring the former Chicago cast of Jersey Boys, in their second national PBS television special. In 2006, Bratt joined with saxophonist/composer Douglas Stone, to create the Stone/Bratt Big Band, a group dedicated to the performance of original big band music. The band released their full-length album, Stone Bratt Big Band, in 2008.

Bratt has taught students ranging in age from 4 to 80 and has been a clinician/visiting artist at DePaul University, the University of Texas at Arlington, University of Missouri, Truman State University, VanderCook College of Music as well as numerous K-12 programs throughout Illinois. Other invited appearances include guest directing the 2021 Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) District 8 Senior Jazz Ensemble, presenting at the 2014 Illinois Music Education Conference (IMEC) and serving as a panelist for the 2012 and 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC). Under his direction, the Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2017 IMEC. In 2015 Bratt was inducted into the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Co-Curricular Hall of Fame.

Bratt is a tenured professor of music at Moraine Valley Community College where he serves as coordinator of Academic Music; instructor of applied percussion; and directs the college’s jazz ensemble, concert band and percussion ensemble. A strong supporter of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), Bratt was host of the 2016 Illinois PAS Day of Percussion and has served as both president and secretary/treasurer of the Illinois PAS Chapter. Douglass Bratt also is proud to be a Remo Education Artist and Balter Mallets Artist.

Douglass Bratt received a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in music with an emphasis in percussion performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University, where he toured for three years in the acclaimed NIU Jazz Ensemble. Additional scholarship includes a bachelor’s in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and African drumming and dance studies with Ghanaian master-drummer, Frederic Kwasi Dunyo. His principal percussion instructors are Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, Jeff Stitely, Orlando Cotto, Joel Spencer, Jeffrey Moore, and William Elliott, SGM.

Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble Personnel:


Tom Hahn (Tenor I)

Tom Hahn (Tenor I)

Rita Hernandez (Tenor II)

Salvador Macias (Alto II)

Mike Maksym (Baritone)

Emmanuel Onyango (Alto II)

John Ruf (Alto I)

Musician/Home Builder

Musician/Home Builder

Moraine Valley Student

Moraine Valley Student

Product Development Director

Moraine Valley Student



Mark Alder

Marvin Davis

Alexa Fortu

Paul Howard

Nathan Morgan

Cesar Vazquez



Moraine Valley Student


Moraine Valley Student

Moraine Valley Student


Luke Malewicz*

José Pineda

Stephanie Renfrow

Sebastian Santos


Moraine Valley Student


Security Guard


Joani Hoerger (Piano)

Scott Kirby (Bass)

Johnny Poindexter (Drums)

Alejandro Samuels (Guitar)

Matt Tate (Guitar)

*Denotes Moraine Valley music faculty member

Music Director

Automotive Technician


Moraine Valley Student


The selections for this evening’s performance by the Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble

Herbie Hancock
Arranged by Alan Baylock

The Christmas Song
Mel Tormé and Robert Wells
Adapted by Myles Collins

A Fine Romance
Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern
Arranged by Thomas Matta

I Remember Clifford
Benny Golson

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
Irving Berlin
Adapted by Alan Glasscock

Jingle Bells
James Lord Pierpont
Arranged by John Clayton

Limehouse Blues
Phillip Braham
Arranged by Les Hooper

The “S” is Silent
Kris Berg

Switch in Time
Sammy Nestico

Taste of Honey
Ric Marlow and Bobby Scott
Duke Pearson

Towednack (Home Parish)
Bob Curnow

We Three Kings
John Henry Hopkins
Arranged by Alan Baylock

White Christmas
Irving Berlin
Arranged by Roger Holmes

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Fine and Performing Arts Center Staff

Managing Director

Technical Director

Assistant Technical Director


Art Gallery Coordinator

Front-of-House Staff

Technical Crew

Tommy Hensel

Sean McIntosh

Amanda Hantson

MaryAnn Luciano-Smith

Cecilia Vargas

Ramsey Bauer, Karen Datro, Page Domikaitis, Tom Gerez, Robin Kmiec, Jim Novak, David Roczkowski, Lisa Rock, Sujith Saju

Jaclyn Bobbitt, Nathan Carpenter, Alex Craig, Samm Hilger, Jessica Miller, Tom Schoenbeck, Guadalupe Sosa, Quintin Turnbow

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