Carl CoanMoraine Valley Jazz Ensemble

March 4, 2022

Featuring Tim Bales and Mona Roy
Directed by Douglass Bratt

Dorothy Menker Theater

Although never marquee name, saxophonist Carl Coan (1961-2020) remained one of the best kept secrets of the Chicago area music scene for more than 30 years. For those who were fortunate enough to hear him in his element unleashing a torrent of notes while navigating angular, rapidly evolving harmonies, along with a mischievous grin, there was no doubt one was bearing witness to something incredible. A virtuoso-level musician on both the saxophone and the EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), his deep knowledge of his craft, technical skill and tremendous musicianship put him easily among the giants of the music world.

Carl attended Berklee College of Music and received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in saxophone performance from Indiana University – South Bend. An accomplished author, he wrote three highly regarded anthologies of saxophone solos by two icons of jazz, Michael Brecker and John Coltrane. Two of these books remain available through Hal Leonard Publishing. Carl also provided solo transcriptions for David Liebman's Chromatic Concept book. During his career, Carl performed with noted jazz fusion groups Power House and Sonic Species, as well as with musicians such as Victor Wooten, Billy Dickens, Richie Cole, David Liebman, Frankie Avalon, Bo Didley, and Leslie Gore. As a devoted music educator, he shared his passion for music through his many private lesson students in Merrillville and South Bend, Indiana, as well as here at Moraine Valley Community College.

The Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble invited Carl to first join us in concert as a featured guest artist in March 2008. While we still scratch our heads as to exactly why such a tremendous player would want to stick around our rag-tag bunch of community jazz enthusiasts, indeed, something must have clicked because by the following fall he became a regular member of the group. Regardless of the reason, we’re certainly thankful that he continued to make a weekly, two-plus-hour, round-trip journey from his home in Michigan City, Indiana every Tuesday evening for the next twelve years to be with us. Within a few years of the joining the ensemble, Carl became part of the Moraine Valley music faculty where he taught courses in applied saxophone and jazz improvisation.

Tonight we celebrate the memory of our dear friend and colleague, Carl Coan, with a concert featuring several selections he performed with us over the years. We’re grateful to have two of Carl’s

friends and musical associates, Mona Roy and Tim Bales, with us tonight to pay tribute to his genius musicianship, kind heart and quirky sense of humor which was always full of rapid-fire, hilarious-but-groan-worthy puns

Tonight’s Special Guests:

Tim Bales

Tim Bales
Born in Harvey, Illinois in 1953, Tim Bales began playing the cornet in 1959 as a first-grade student in Calumet City, Illinois. The Hoover Schrum grade school band had a Music Man like band director that took the extraordinary band to hundreds of carnivals and county fairs, traveling to perform at the 1964 and 1967 World’s Fairs in New York City and Montreal.

At the age of eighteen, Tim went to work in a local nightclub running the stage lighting for professional touring bands including Styx, Rufus w Chaka Kahn and the legendary Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Riders with the genre-changing Jaco

Pastorious on bass. This was the epiphany that perhaps, he could do that too. Joining a funk band while he was studying music at Eastern Illinois University, he ended up spending five continuous years on the road leading a nationally touring 10-piece show band performing five sets a night, six nights a week, for 47 weeks a year also playing for stars of the time like Jackie Wilson and also The Coasters.

After coming off the road in 1979 found a career in medical electronics and raised a family for the next twenty-some years. Two amazing adult children are today preparing for him to be a continued burden to them today, in the future, and forever. Sitting in with a friend's blues band in 2001 after not playing trumpet for twenty-one years the idea came to him “How come I’m not doing this?” After two decades of not playing music, he quit his straight gig in 2002 and accidentally became a full-time musician. Trying to find a place in an unknown music business as a beginner again at the age of forty-nine, was daunting.

Aware that his musical skills and career were progressing too slowly, he returned to school in 2008, and was accepted into the DePaul School of Music. After twice failing music theory, he changed majors to film and graduated with a B.A. in Documentary Production and Film Scoring while continuing to play, perform and record in all the pro level DePaul Big Bands. Currently in the DePaul film school completing the thesis documentary for his Masters in Fine Arts in Documentary Production.

As a working musician he has performed live with Norah Jones, Chaka Kahn, Joan Rivers, Don Rickles and many known stars and Grammy winners. Recorded piccolo trumpet with the Ides of March Horns on the opening track of Styx’s Dennis DeYoung’s final album. Recorded and performed live with jazz icons Phil Woods, Ira Sullivan, and Jeff Hamilton.

For the last ten years his steady gig has been in the Ides of March Horns with Grammy winner Jim Peterik and the Ides of March known for Peterik’s hit songs Vehicle and the iconic Rocky III film theme, “Eye of the Tiger.”

Returning to Moraine Valley Community College Big Band with director Doug Bratt is like coming home for Tim. This was the first real reading band that he played in while trying to get his chops together back in 2003. He is grateful that

Doug Bratt welcomed him then, and tonight, for the concert honoring our great friend, Carl Coan.


Mona Roy

Trained in both piano and voice, Mona Roy has established herself as an exceptionally versatile musician. Her talents have allowed her to perform at many premier local and regional venues as well as festivals, television and abroad.

Mona has received numerous awards and has performed in a wide range of settings, including jazz ensembles, wedding bands, studio work for various artists, commercials, voice-overs, operas, musicals, choral works, and her own original Indian-Electronic fusion band. Some of Mona’s previous singing credits include her membership in several suburban choral ensembles including Eclectic Choral Artists, Heartland Voices, New Classic Singers and DuPage Opera Theatre, as well as the funk/dance band Funk du Jour. Her voice is on the title track to the indie movie Silhouettes and was also the featured singing voice in a back-to-school Sesame Street commercial with none other than Elmo.

Mona can now be seen regularly singing with her new children’s music band called The Kid-Ups performing within the community at park districts, libraries and festivals. The band is comprised of six talented musicians including her eight-year-old daughter on vocals. She is also a regular summer vocalist with the Glen Ellyn Jazz Ensemble and The Dixie Dogs.

Mona earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Education from Benedictine University and VanderCook College of Music. In addition to performing, she is a middle school choral director in West Dundee, IL. Her chamber ensembles actively perform in regional contests, festivals, and outreach performances throughout the year. She remains an active clinician, adjudicator, and voice instructor. Her professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education and American Choral Directors Association.

Doug Brat

Douglass Bratt
Director, 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 June 2008.

Bratt has taught students ranging in age from four to eighty 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.

Currently, 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:


Rachel Antone (Alto I/II)
Tom Hahn (Tenor I)
Salvador Macias (Alto I/II)
Bob Rzeszutko (Baritone)
Emmanuel Onyango (Alto I/II)
John Ruf (Tenor II)

Moraine Valley Student
Musician/Home Builder
Moraine Valley Student
Musician/Music Educator
Moraine Valley Student


Marvin Davis
Alexa Fortu
Paul Howard
Frank Huber
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)

Music Director
Automotive Technician
Moraine Valley Student
Teacher/Moraine Valley Student

*Denotes Moraine Valley music faculty member

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

Paul Baker

The Dance of Denial
Michael Phillip Mossman

Deed I Do
Fred Rose and Walter Hirsch
Arranged by Bill Holman

Fables of Faubus
Charles Mingus
Arranged by Sy Johnson

Full Count
Mark Taylor

Quincy Jones and Jeremy Lubbock
Arranged by Quincy Jones and Sammy Nestico

Impressions (for Carl Coan)
John Coltrane
Arranged by Tom Hahn

Six of One
Paul Baker

The Sound of Silence
Paul Simon
Arranged by Tom Hahn

‘S Wonderful
George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Arranged by Dave Wolpe

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Fine and Performing Arts Center Staff

Technical Director

Manager of Theater Operations and Services

Assistant Technical Director


Art Gallery Coordinator

Front-of-House Staff

Technical Crew

Sean McIntosh

Julian Tillery

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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