Stone Bratt Band

Oct. 23, 2022

John and Angelin Oremus Theater

Opening Today’s Show
The Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble
Doug Stone

Doug Stone
Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies, Louisiana State University
Co-Founder, Stone/Bratt Big Band

Doug Stone’s career has involved work as a touring musician, primarily with jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson and his band, the Big Bop Nouveau, as well as with the “world-jazz” group Panoramic, and with a number of ensembles from Chicago, Illinois. His time on the road has taken him to virtually every corner of the United States as well as Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and Canada. As a member of groups at Northern Illinois University, Stone had the opportunity to perform with Frank Foster, Benny Golson, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath, Rufus Reid, Larry Ridley, and Carl Allen. As a member of the Birch Creek Academy Band he has performed with jazz luminaries Dennis Mackrel, Harold Jones, Derrick Gardner, Tanya Darby, Reggie Thomas, and Clay Jenkins. He spent six years working full-time as a freelance saxophonist and woodwind player, teacher, composer, and arranger in the rich musical environment of Chicago.

Stone can be heard on recordings from the Sam Craine Quartet, the Dave Hoffman Sextet, the NIU Jazz Ensemble and Jazztet, the Jazz Arranging Syndicate, Birch Creek Academy Big Band, the Ed Breazeale Group, the Ji Young Lee Quartet, the Stuart Mindeman Group, the Ian Torres Big Band, the John Burnett Orchestra, Panoramic, Quintopus, the Rick Holland Little Big Band, the Rich Thompson Quartet and Trio, the Westview Project, the John Nyerges Quintet, the Bob DiBaudo ensemble, the Eric Schmitz Sextet, and the Tom Marko ensemble. Stone has four recordings to his credit as a co-bandleader: Doug Stone/Josiah Williams “The Early Riser,” Stone/Ziemba Duo “In the Zone,” Nick Fryer/Doug Stone “Quartet,” and The Stone/Bratt Big Band “SBBB.”

Stone is also a published arranger and composer (Kendor Music). His compositions and arrangements have been performed by professional, university, and high school level jazz ensembles throughout the United States.

In 2009 Stone moved to Rochester, New York to pursue a double master’s degree in jazz performance and music education at the Eastman School of Music. He has performed in Rochester with the Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Westview Project, the Gap Mangione Big Band, Quintopus, the John Nyerges Duo and Quartet, Jeff Campbell, Rich Thompson, and other talented local jazz artists. While in western New York, Stone has worked with several noteworthy musicians including George Caldwell, Bobby Militello, Harold Danko, Gene Bertoncini, Bill Dobbins, Mark Ferber, Ike Sturm, Charles Pillow, Allen Vizzutti, and the Mambo Kings.

Since 2009, Stone has taught private lessons, ensembles and classes at the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS). He also has served as chair of the ECMS jazz department and has directed the prestigious Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra. In 2012 Mr. Stone accepted a position as the director of jazz ensembles at the Rochester School of the Arts (SOTA) in Rochester, New York. He taught several ensembles, classes, and lessons at SOTA.

In the summers Stone teaches at the Eastman Summer Jazz Studies Program, the Tri-Tone Jazz Camp, has previously served as co-director of the Eastman at Keuka College Jazz Camp, and served as assistant to the director at the Birch Creek Jazz Camp. Stone has held teaching positions at The State University of New York at Brockport and the Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts in DeKalb; and he worked as a private saxophone, jazz and small-group instructor at St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, Illinois.

Doug Bratt

Douglass Bratt
Professor of Music, Moraine Valley Community College
Director, Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble
Co-Founder, Stone/Bratt Big Band

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 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. Bratt also is proud to be a Remo Education Artist and Balter Mallets Artist.

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

Jeff Carsten (Flute)
Rachel Antone (Alto I/II)
Tom Hahn (Tenor I)
Salvador Macias (Baritone)
Carolyn Modrich (Alto II)
Emmanuel Onyango (Alto I/II)
John Ruf (Tenor II)

Marvin Davis
Paul Howard
Frank Huber
Tom Tumino
Liam Van Dril

Bob Parham
José Pineda
Stephanie Renfrow

Jerry Goodwin (Drums)
Joni Hoerger (Piano)
Scott Kirby (Bass)
Johnny Poindexter (Drums)

*Denotes Moraine Valley music faculty member

The selections for this afternoon’s performance by the Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble will be chosen from the following:

Black Hole Sun
Chris Cornell
Arranged by James Miley

I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’
George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Arranged by Bill Potts

On the Ginza
Wayne Shorter
Arranged by Mark Taylor

Billy Strayhorn

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Stone/Bratt Big Band Personnel

Steve Duke (Alto I)
Chris Werve (Alto II)
Doug Stone (Tenor I)
Michael Salter (Tenor II)
Jacob Slocum (Baritone)

Nolan Wible (Lead Trumpet)
James Davis (Trumpet II)
*Gerald Bailey (Trumpet III)
Chad McCullough (Trumpet IV)
Ryan Shultz (Bass Trumpet)
Trombone Raphael Crawford (Lead Trombone)
*Luke Malewicz (Trombone II)
Rick Rohde (Trombone III)
Mark Houston (Bass Trombone)

*Brien O’Callaghan (Guitar)
Scott Mertens (Piano)
Alex Austin (Bass)
*Doug Bratt (Drum Set)

*Denotes Moraine Valley music faculty member

Selections for the Stone/Bratt Big Band’s performance:

88th Avenue Shuffle
Douglass Bratt
Arranged by Justin Haynes

A Child Is Born
Thad Jones

Finally Finding Doug Stone
Doug Stone

Fatherhood Suite
Doug Stone
Arranged by Justin Haynes
I. Fatherhood (Doug)
II. Meagan
III. David
IV. Derek
V. Dylan
VI. Drew

Moth Man
Justin Haynes

Boppin’ To P-Town (Swingin’ to Peoria)
Doug Stone

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Fine and Performing Arts Center Staff

Managing Director—Tianna Conway

Technical Director⁠—Sean McIntosh

Manager of Theater Operations and Services—Julian Tillery

Assistant Technical Director—Amanda Hantson

Secretary—MaryAnn Luciano-Smith

Front-of-House Staff—Ramsey Bauer, Karen Datro, Page Domikaitis, Tom Gerez, Nicholas Mokelke, Jim Novak, David Roczkowski, Lisa Rock, Sujith Saju

Technical Crew—Ala Nator, Camari Morrison, Evan Johnston, Guadalupe Sosa, Jackie Bobbitt, Jeremy Kalisz, Joel Catalon, Leslie Nance, Nathan Carpenter, Quintin Turnbow, Sam Dell, Tom Schoenbeck, Nataile Krol, Jessica Miller, Omar Eloiza

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