Justin DiCioccio is internationally recognized as one of the foremost jazz educators of our time. In January 2001, he was inducted into the Jazz Education Hall of Fame. His keen insight into teaching and his inventive approach have earned him the title “the musician’s teacher.”
In 2011, he was named Associate Dean of the Jazz Arts Program of Manhattan School of Music, and under his leadership, the Jazz program was completely restructured, as well as added a new jazz program. Mr. DiCioccio has also served as program director and clinician for Carnegie Hall Jazz Education. The mayor of New York gave him a commendation for “Distinguished and Exceptional Service to Young Instrumentalists.”
He has performed with Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Donny McCaslin, Jane Monheit, Jon Faddis, Arturo O’farrill, Dick Oatts, Terell Stafford and Clark Terry.
Greg Bunge is a jazz director at Badger High School, Lake Geneva, WI. Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Competition and Festival in New York City invited Greg Bunge and his jazz ensemble to perform there. This was a huge honor for Mr. Bunge. He participated as the director of the Badger High School Jazz Band during the Grow Your Own Event, where three high schools came together for a night of jazz, dancing, food, and fun.