Mr. Carubia has been a professional musician since age 15 and has been involved in all aspects of the music business. As a performer, Mike has played on six National telethons, recorded over 50 CD's of industrial and sports library music, numerous commercials, 4 jazz albums and several pop and contemporary recordings. He has performed in orchestras which accompany the worlds best singers including; Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, Englebert Humperdinck, Sammy Davis Jr, Jerry Vale, Lena Horne, Maxine Sullivan and most recently Frank Sinatra Jr.
Mr. Carubia played five years with the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band completing a five week World Tour and a two week jazz cruise in the 1980s. His credits, as a substitute trumpet player on Broadway (25 different shows), include: Sugar Babies, Les Miz, 42nd Street, Starlight Express, Sweet Charity, The Wiz and most recently Fosse, Chicago and Saturday Night Fever. Mike has been a regular substitute on the Village Vanguard Orch. (Formerly the Thad Jones -Mel Lewis Orchestra) for the past 20 years.
As a composer and arranger Mr. Carubia has written and recorded over 130 original pieces of music for Omni Music, a music source for TV, Radio and Industry. He has also published over 75 Jazz Ensemble arrangements or compositions plus 3 books on improvisation for Warner Bros. Music and Alfred Music.
Mr. Carubia taught high school in East Meadow, New York for 8 years, and spent 3 years as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut before spending the past 13 years at Ward Melville H.S., East Setauket, NY as Jazz Ensemble Director and Theory Instructor.
He received is Bachelor of Arts from LIU Post and his Masters degree in Theory and Composition from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.
Mike played professional baseball for the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Angels farm teams as a pitcher after high school. He made the major league roster as a pitcher for the Angels but an arm injury forced retirement from the sport.
Rich DeRosa has toured the world having performed and/or recorded with Gerry Mulligan, Bob Brookmeyer, Marian McPartland, Susannah McCorkle, Jackie Cain & Roy Kral Peter Nero, Chuck Wayne, Harry Sheppard, Chris Connor, and Larry Elgart.
His credits as a jazz arranger include arrangements for Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Mel Lewis, Glenn Miller and Gerry Mulligan big bands and vocalist Susannah McCorkle.
Other works for jazz ensemble are published by Kendor, King Brand, Music Minus One, and Creative Jazz Composers and his music has been performed by such prestigious groups as the RYAS Big Band in Berlin, Germany, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Stockholm, Sweden, the Zurich Jazz Orchestra, Switzerland, and the One O’Clock Band at North Texas State University.
Mr. DeRosa now spends most of his time composing scores for the commercial media and theater. His Television credits include Another World, The Guiding Light and commercials for Telex, Bristol-Meyers and Kodak in addition to various documentary films. His works for video and audio projects have been produced by Jumbo Pictures, Lucasfilm, BantamDoubledayDell, Scholastic, Peguin and Random House. His scores for the theater company ArtsPower have been performed throughout the USA including the Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Paper Mill Playhouse and NJPac.
Mr. DeRosa is currently a full-time faculty member at the William Paterson University in New Jersey, serving as the head of jazz composition/arranging studies. He has also joined the faculty at Julliard in September ’04, teaching a course in orchestration. He is the author of Concepts for Improvisation: A Comprehensive Guide for Performing and Teaching, published 1997, which is currently in worldwide distribution through Hal Leonard Publications. Mr. DeRosa’s service to teaching was duly recognized upon his nomination for inclusion in the 3rd edition (1994) of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
Dave Lalama is currently Professor of Music and Associate Chair of the Music Department at Hofstra University and is a founding faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Program. He received his doctorate in music composition from New York University and is active as a clinician and performer throughout the United States.
Dr. Lalama has performed and recorded with Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis and numerous other Jazz artists and continues to actively compose, arrange and perform in the New York City metropolitan area. He is a sought-after accompanist having been musical director for noted Jazz singers; Eddie Jefferson, Dakota Staton and Anita O'Day. He is the founding director of the new Long Island Jazz Orchestra and was a co-director of Hofstra University's recent Louis Armstrong Symposium. He has also been featured in academic conferences on Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby as a performer and conductor along with numerous jazz education programs for Carnegie Hall (JazzEd) with Justin DiCioccio and Friends Of The Arts (JazzLink) with Cecil Bridgewater. His most recent CD is on the Arbors Record Label as a member of the Joe Ascione Trio entitled Post No Bills. He has also been a featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz series on National Public Radio.
Along with performing, Dr. Lalama has also published big band jazz arrangements and articles about MIDI techniques and software. He has received composition grants from the Society of Composers, Meet-the-Composers, New York State Council of the Arts, and several American universities and has recently been cited in The Biographical Encyclopedia Of Jazz, published by Oxford University Press.