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Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet

The Brubeck Institute was established by the University of the Pacific in 2000 to honor its
distinguished alumni, Dave and Iola Brubeck. The mission of the Institute is to build on
Dave Brubeck’s legacy and his lifelong dedication to music, creativity, education, and the
advancement of important social issues including civil rights, international relations,
environmental concerns, and social justice, through its five programs, including the Brubeck
Collection, Brubeck Festival, Brubeck Fellowship Program, Summer Jazz Colony, and the
Outreach Program.

The members of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ) are in the Institute’s Fellowship
Program. Winners of numerous DownBeat awards, including the 2007, 2009, 2010, and
2011 awards for best collegiate jazz group in the country, this group has performed on the
Monterey Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Brubeck Festival, Detroit International Jazz
Festival, and others, and have done concerts in California, New York, Washington, Florida,
Texas, Chicago, Toronto, Minneapolis, Washington DC, and on a State Department tour in
Spain. They have performed in jazz clubs such as Yoshi’s in Oakland, Herb Alpert’s club
Vibrato in Los Angeles, Blues Alley in Washington DC, the Dakota in Minneapolis, and the
Jamboree Jazz Club in Barcelona. They have also performed at the annual conference of the
International Association for Jazz Education, and at the First Annual Jazz Education
Network conference in St. Louis, MO. The BIJQ also does clinics and performances in
schools throughout the country.

The 2011-2012 Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet

Tree Palmedo
Trumpeter Tree Palmedo is a 2011 graduate of the Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, OR. He played
trumpet in the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Jazz Band, PDX Jazz Project,
and the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble. He has won numerous awards including outstanding soloist at
the Reno Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, University of Portland Jazz Festival, and others. He has
won DownBeat awards for outstanding performance and composition, was a GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles
finalist in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and has participated in both the Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation
Jazz Orchestra, 2010-2011 and the 2010 Jazz Band of America. Tree also attended the Brubeck Summer Jazz
Colony in 2009 and 2010 and the 2008 Vail Jazz Workshop. Artists he has studied and played with include
Terell Stafford, Randy Porter, Alan Jones, Brian Lynch, Ingrid Jensen, Ambrose Akinmusire, Terri Lynn
Carrington, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Lewis Nash, and Bill Cunliffe. Tree is in his first year as a Brubeck

Rane Roatta
Saxophonist Rane Roatta is a 2011 graduate of the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. He has
played in the Thelonious Monk Combo, first tenor chair in the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Orchestra,
the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and the NWSA Wind Ensemble. Rane received the Essentially
Ellington Outstanding Soloist Award in 2009 & 2010, a DownBeat award for outstanding performance in
2011, numerous musicianship and soloist awards in his school, and was nominated for membership in the
National Society of High School Scholars. Rane attended the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in 2010
and has performed with Ira Sullivan, Ingrid Jensen, John Fedchock, Antonio Hart, and Ed Calle. His private
instructors include Julian Santacaloma, Tom McCormick, David Fernandez, Tivon Pennicott, Jason Kush,
Matt Vashlishan, and Joel Frahm. Rane is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.

Alec Watson
Pianist Alec Watson is from Geneva, IL and is a 2010 graduate of Geneva Community High School. He has
studied in the Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Program in Chicago, IL, the Merit School of Music Jazz
Studies Program in Chicago, classical piano with Danik Kooistra, and jazz piano with Josh Moshier, Stuart
Mindeman, Steve Million, Reggie Thomas, and Bill Cunliffe. Alec has performed with the Vail Jazz All-Stars
with John Clayton, in the Honors Jazz Combo at the Illinois Music Educators Jazz Festival, the Chicago All-
City H.S. Jazz Ensemble, and in numerous school, festival, and community jazz organizations. He has
performed at the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park in Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, Jazz
History Museum in Kansas City, and in Chicago’s Symphony Center. Alec is in his second year as a Brubeck

Bill Vonderhaar
Bassist Bill Vonderhaar is from Houston, TX and is a 2010 graduate of the High School for the Performing
and Visual Arts. He has studied jazz with Joe Locascio at Houston Community College, Ray Drummond at
the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, at the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and Berklee College of Music
summer programs. He has performed with the 2010 GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles, the HSPVA Combo and
Big Band, University of Houston Downtown Civic Jazz Orchestra, and the Young Sounds of Houston Youth
Jazz Orchestra, at the IAJE Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada, and with the Houston Symphony. Bill
has received an Outstanding Soloist Award for performance with the HSPVA Jazz Combo with the
Thelonious Monk Institute, an Outstanding Soloist Award for performance at the North Texas Jazz Festival,
and was a 2010 Merit Award winner with the NFAA Young Arts. Bill has performed with many jazz artists
including Dennis Dotson, Tony Campizi, Warren Sneed, Wood Witt, Richard Cruz, Joe Locascio, Chris
Cortez, Make Nase, Joel Fulgham, Tiana Hall, Diane Landry, and Dan Strba. He is in his second year as a
Brubeck Fellow.

Malachi Whitson
Drummer Malachi Whitson is a 2011 graduate of Vista High School in San Pablo, CA. He has studied at
the JazzSchool in Berkeley, the East Bay Performing Arts Center in Richmond, CA and performed in the SF
Jazz Organization’s All Star Jazz Ensemble from 2009-2011. Malachi’s principal teachers include Alan Hall,
Erik Jekabson, Paul Cantos, Israel Sims, Babatunde Lea, and David Flores. He has done workshops with
Ndugu Chancler and Ingrid Jensen at the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, Erik Harland, Nicholas
Payton, Ron Carter, and Mike Clark. Malachi’s numerous accolades include outstanding soloist at the
Monterey Next Generation’s Festival in 2011, a 2010 DownBeat award for jazz composition, best drummer at
Stanford Jazz Workshop in 2009, best overall musician at San Jose Jazz Workshop in 2009, outstanding
drummer award at the Folsom Jazz Festival in 2008 and 2009, and outstanding drummer award at the Reno
Jazz Festival from 2005 through 2009. Malachi is in his first year as a Brubeck Fellow.