BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Roger Roger Villines, President

Born in Roswell, NM, Roger lived in several states before enrolling at the University of Central Oklahoma where he earned a bachelors degree in music education. He taught band at schools in Oklahoma for three years. In 1971, Roger joined the Air Force during the Vietnam era, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. He retired from the Air Force after 25 years, going on to earn a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas in 2003. He and his wife, Kat, moved to Pensacola shortly thereafter and became involved in JSOP. Roger is a trumpeter and local band leader. He is also an adjunct music professor at Pensacola State College (PSC), Director of PSC Jazz Ensemble. Roger serves on the music committee for the Pensacola JazzFest, programs music for Jazz Gumbos and leads the first Monday Jazz Jam.

dustin200Dustin Bonifay, Vice President

A Pensacola native, Dustin studied music, business and finance at the University of West Florida. Since graduating in 2003, he has been very active in the local music scene performing in numerous groups, church orchestras and musical theatre productions.

In addition to freelance work, Dustin is a founding member of two local groups: Pensacola Brass (2004) and Palafox Horns (2009). Dustin’s passion for music also extends into his day job as general manager of Schmidt’s Music. Additionally, Dustin has been very involved in Pensacola JazzFest, serving as logistics director since 2012.

JohnJohn Eisinger, Treasurer

John graduated from Georgia Tech in 1957 and retired as a U.S. Air Force pilot with 22 years of active service and reserve. He is a retired airline pilot, having flown 25 years with Pan Am and seven years with United Airlines.

John has been married for 58 years to his lovely wife, Myrl. He grew up listening to jazz and has loved it ever since. In addition to jazz, John’s hobbies are golf and duplicate bridge.

 

john200John Link, Secretary

John is a native of Connecticut, where he attended the University of Bridgeport as a music major. While there, he was fortunate to have studied with many top New York City musicians, including Gerry Niewood and Ed Xiques on saxophone, and Andy Laverne and Rob Aries on piano.

John enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1992 and spent 12 years as a research technician, developing defensive B-52 electronic warfare upgrades. In 2003, he won the Air Force Worldwide Talent competition and was invited on a 14-month world tour with famous Air Force Entertainment group Tops in Blue. Following this tour, John auditioned for and was accepted into the U.S. Air Force Band program as a pianist/keyboardist and bandleader. His tours with the band included stations in Ohio, Germany, and Georgia, and allowed him to travel the world with a number of world-class musicians.

Among his notable achievements in the USAF bands, he completed deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and also served as leader of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Big Band, considered to be the “direct descendants” of Col. Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force band.

John retired from the military in 2014, and relocated to the Pensacola area. He has been active in many bands and musical organizations in the area and has played with the Curt Bol Band, Jones and Company, Fred Domulot Trio, vocalist Holly Shelton, and the legendary 50s/60s group The Drifters. Currently, John plays keyboards and saxophone in The Blenders and with the Holly Shelton Quartet.

CrystalCrystal Joy Albert

Crystal began her singing career as a toddler and continued her formal musical studies winning awards and scholarships until she eventually left Boston University to devote time to her flourishing singing career. Soon she was appearing at New York’s top clubs, gaining national acclaim. She was discovered by Steve Allen and appeared on his television show. She also recorded an album for him titled “The Fabulous Crystal Joy Sings Steve Allen.” Of Crystal, Allen said, “She has pure and simple talent and a beautiful style of her own.”

She has traveled all over the U.S., the Caribbean and Europe in various roles promoting her recordings, acting and directing. After retiring from a career in interior design she moved to Navarre, Florida to return to her first love, singing. For the last ten years Crystal has been Musical Director for the Pensacola JazzFest.

TommyTommy Bell

Tommy was born in Montgomery, Ala., during WWII, but he has been a resident of Pensacola since the age of 6 months. During the first 6 years of his life, Tommy and his mother traveled the southeast with his father as he called on military bases. Tommy grew up in Warrington and was in the first graduating class to complete 3 full years at Escambia High School. After attending PJC, he attended FSU and Tulane University. Tommy graduated from Livingston University in 1966. Later he earned a Masters of Education from the University of West Florida, thus began his teaching career. Starting in 1966, he taught for 4 years at Pensacola High School. He then worked for a short time at Gulf Power’s Crist Plant and sold life insurance for a brief time. In 1973, on the day his son was born, he began a thirty-one year teaching career at Woodham High School. Tommy retired from the Escambia County School System in 2004 after thirty-five years of service in the system. His wife of forty-seven years, Brenda, was an elementary teacher in the school system, also. Their only son, Dr. Thomas J. Bell resides in New Orleans.

fred200Fred Domulot

Originally from Groton, Connecticut, Fred has performed, toured and recorded with international artists such as Pacific St. Records-founder and pianist Eric Doney, bassist Will Lee, and GRP artist Scott Jarrett. He has performed with artists such as guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, pianist John Coliani, Jeff Lorber, guitarist/vocalist Junior Marvin of The Wailers, vocalist Kevin Mahogany, Blue Note artist Bob Dorough, bassist Roberto Vally, the Harry James Orchestra featuring Art Depew, multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan, vocalist Jo Belle, trombonist Phil Wilson, clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, Rich Matteson, bassist Steve Gilmore, Duke Ellington vocalist Lil Greenwood, trumpeter Longineu Parsons, Giacomo Gates, saxophonist Art Sherrod Jr., the Frank Stallone Big Band, Champian Fulton, and the legendary Clark Terry.

Fred is a founding member of the jazz group The Guffman Trio. Fred is currently on staff as an adjunct professor of percussion and Jazz Band/Jazz Workshop director at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida; music teacher and band director for Montessori School of Pensacola; and works as a freelance studio session musician.

His professional affiliations include Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Collegiate Music Educators Association, Florida Jazz Educators Association, Jazz Education Network, Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund, and the American Federation of Musicians Union #389. Fred is endorsed by Silverfox Drumsticks, Dream Cymbals and Taye Drums.

PaulPaul Herrick

Born in St. Paul, Minn., Paul was raised in a small tourist town of Mercer, Wis., until age 18. He taught himself to play drums as a teenager, and worked part-time at Knapps Drum Studio while in high school.

He later organized a seven-piece group called the “Skyliners” during college. After college, Paul left home for Chicago, where he played with many different groups from duet to ten pieces. About that time, he joined the army, became a U.S. Army aviator, and served in Vietnam. He continued to play drums throughout his Army career, until the obligations of raising a family put the music on the back burner.

Paul retired from the army as a standards instructor pilot and instrument examiner along with aircraft accident investigator in 2004. Between military and civilian flying, he accumulated over 21,000 flight hours. Paul attended graduate school in 1974, after attending a number of schools, including Georgia Southern University. He received a couple of degrees, neither of which led to a career. Paul retired to Pensacola with his wife Marliese in 2004. After moving over 60 times, having a multitude of careers, jobs, kids and belonging to many organizations, Paul reports that he is happy to make Pensacola his home. As he commented, “there’s is so much talent and fun to be had here in the “Redneck Riviera.”

Kathy_LKathy Lyon

Kathy moved to the Pensacola area in 2005, with her husband Tom and son Greg. She has been a professional vocalist for over 30 years, including several overseas tours for the US military. Kathy has also worked as a free-lance graphic designer for many years. She now performs regularly in the Pensacola and Gulf Coast area. Kathy and Tom joined the Jazz Society shortly after arriving in Florida, and have been active members since. She also served as the JSOP Administrator for 5 years. “One of my most important reasons for joining the Board of Directors is to continue our Jazz Education programs, in order to nurture the next generation of jazz musicians. It’s been gratifying to see a number of our student competition winners out performing professionally.” Kathy also enjoys welcoming guests to JSOP events at the admissions table, working on promoting and publicizing our events and activities, and sitting in on “air trombone” at the monthly Jazz Jam.

NormanVolunteer Executive Director, Emeritus

Norman Vickers

Dr. F. Norman Vickers had a career as a busy gastroenterologist in Pensacola, Florida, from 1965-2001. His early experience as a serious amateur pianist, chromatic harmonicist and guitarist gave him a love and appreciation for jazz. On arriving in Pensacola, he connected with local jazz musicians and discussed starting a jazz society and festival, but everyone acknowledged that it would be “too much work.” In 1982, in conjunction with local the arts council and University of West Florida radio station, it was decided to start Pensacola JazzFest. Vickers spearheaded the effort of starting a jazz society as a support group. Pensacola JazzFest started in 1983, and the Jazz Society of Pensacola (now named Jazz Pensacola) was chartered as a not-for-profit corporation the same year. Initially, the Jazz Society of Pensacola (JSOP) operated out of a corner of his Pensacola medical office. The community joke was that when you called the office and asked for Norman, the question would be: “Is it musical or medical?” Vickers was a board member of the Jazz Society and when his 3-year term was up, the board appointed him a volunteer executive director to keep him engaged. Since 2004, Vickers has been retired from his active management role, by adding "emeritus" to his title of volunteer executive director. However, he continues as an active participant.

Read Troy Moon's profile of Norman Vickers in the Pensacola News Journal.

To contact any of the Board members, email info@jazzpensacola.com or call the office, (850) 433-8382.

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