Guest Clinicians

Each year the Young Musicians Summer Academy welcomes guest clinicians to offer new and exciting musical perspectives and experiences.

2020 Guest Clinicians

Behn Gillece

After a decade on the New York jazz scene, vibraphonist Behn Gillece has built a solid reputation as a virtuosic instrumentalist and prolific composer. Following the release of Walk of Fire, his last album, Gillece was named the Downbeat Rising Star for Vibraphone in 2018. His new installment, Parallel Universe has just been released on the Posi-Tone label.

Gillece has also been featured as a sideman on more than 30 other recordings. The most recent of these include albums by the Posi-Tone collective New Faces, Walt Weiskopf, Michael Dease, Melody Gardot, and Ensemble Novo, a Philadelphia-based group dedicated to Brazilian repertoire.

In addition to his robust performance life, Gillece also has a burgeoning career as a music educator. Gillece is a member of the faculty at New Jersey City University and Rowan University, where he teaches vibraphone, jazz ensemble, and music theory. In addition to the various workshops he has been asked to give at colleges and universities across the world, he has prepared over 700 lessons for online instruction on, which benefits percussion students internationally.

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2018 Guest Clinicians

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June 26th, 2018

Bryan Bourne has recently retired from the "The President's Own" United States Marine Band after nearly 30 years of active service. The last 23 years he was the band’s Principal Trombone. In that capacity he performed in the Marine Concert Band, as solo trombone with the White House Orchestra and on many chamber music concerts. Bryan also performed in a number of episodes of the PBS series “Music at the White House,” which features many of the country’s finest artists from many different musical genres. He was a featured soloist on many concerts including 6 Concert tours amassing over a total of 200 solo performances of 35 different solo works. Bryan is principal trombone with the Washington Concert Opera, the Chesapeake Orchestra and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and was principal trombone with the RAI Orchestra in Turin, Italy in 1981. Bryan was second trombonist with the Baltimore Opera Orchestra for 22 years, and has performed with the Kennedy Center Opera and Ballet Orchestras and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Bryan comes to the YMSA courtesy of B&B Music.

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June 27th, 2018

Baritone saxophone and flute Artist Denis DiBlasio directs the jazz program at Rowan University in New Jersey. He is also the Executive Director of The Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz at Rowan. With nine recordings of his own along with published texts, arrangements, and compositions, DiBlasio is known through out the world.

After five years as Music Director with Maynard Ferguson along with touring on his own, DiBlasio continues to travel around the world performing and teaching. His approach of keeping things simple, informative and positive keeps his schedule extremely busy, booking dates sometimes three years in advance. His inspirational connection with young musicians is what makes a DiBlasio clinic so special. Keeping things attainable and fun make up the foundation of his friendly approach. It's what some people have termed 'Edutainment'. Why not?

Denis comes to the YMSA courtesy of the Yamaha corporation of America. Visit for more information about Yamaha.