Jazz Jump Start

49th Annual NMSU Jazz Festival and Jump Start

November 15-16, 2017

The New Mexico State University Music Department Jazz Ensembles are proud to present the 49th Annual NMSU Jazz Festival and Jump Start.  The purpose of this event is to promote America’s cultural music, JAZZ and jazz education.  Student jazz ensembles from throughout the region are invited to participate.  Clinics and workshops will be presented by our guest artists/educators. 

  • One hour clinic with jazz ensemble (string, choir, or traditional jazz ensembles)
  • Improvisation clinic (beginning and intermediate)
  • Jazz reading session (new music for middle school and high school jazz ensembles).
  • Jazz history clinic (Women in Jazz) presented by Tia Fuller
  • Jazz arranging clinic presented by Patty Darling
  • Lead playing clinic presented by Tanya Darby

This year’s theme will be “Women in Jazz” featuring Tanya Darby, University of North Texas, Patty Darling, Lawrence University and Tia Fuller, Berklee School of Music and saxophonist with Beyoncé.  Registration fee is $150 per ensemble which includes admission to all the events, clinic and admission to the Thursday evening concert.

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A member of The DIVA Jazz Orchestra since 1997, Tanya Darby is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of North Texas, where she teaches lead trumpet lessons and Introduction to Jazz Recordings and directs the Three O’Clock Lab Band. She earned a master’s degree in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University in 2012 and a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in 1998. Formerly an adjunct faculty member at Temple University and The New School University, she is a current member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Roy Hargrove Big Band, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Ron Carter’s Great Big Band, Michel Camilo Big Band, the Rufus Reid Large Ensemble and the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra. She has performed and toured with artists and ensembles including The Count Basie Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, The Mingus Band, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Paquito D’Riviera, Gladys Knight, Frank Foster, Bill Cosby, Slide Hampton, George Gruntz, the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Dianne Reeves and many others. She has appeared on the television show “BET on Jazz” as part of the T.S. Monk Sextet and performed with Aretha Franklin as part of the Arista Records Twenty-Five Year Anniversary Special on NBC.

Tanya’s accomplishments as a lead trumpet player keep her in demand. She has played lead in numerous bands including Paquito D’Rivera and the United Nations Orchestra, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Roy Hargrove Big Band, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, the Rufus Reid Large Ensemble, DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Jimmy Heath’s Queens Jazz Orchestra, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, and the Frank Foster Loud Minority Big Band.


Patty Darling directs the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble and also teaches classes in jazz composition, arranging and functional jazz piano.  Patty completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in 1985. While pursuing an advanced composition degree at the University of Minnesota, she assisted in the Electronic Music Department.  She has over 15 years of experience in the creation, recording and production of original soundtracks for broadcast and corporate multimedia events that have been distributed worldwide.

She has composed music for a wide variety of mediums, including works for orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, and numerous instrumental soloists. Patty also serves as a clinician and adjudicator at high schools and jazz festivals throughout the U.S.

Patty has received awards for her compositions and arrangements from Down Beat Magazine, the Presser Foundation, the Eastman School of Music, the International Association for Jazz Education and the Wisconsin Arts Board.  Her most recent compositions for jazz ensemble are published through Sierra Music.


When Mack Avenue recording artist, Tia Fuller picks up her sax to play, something amazing happens as the reverberations of her musical elixir fill the room. Balancing both worlds of performance and education, it is understood why this touring artist and full-time professor (at the Berklee School of Music), has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, (Magna Cum Laude) and Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder (Summa Cum Laude), was selected to be a member of the all-female band touring with R&B star, Beyoncé. As part of the I AM.. Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé Experience World Tour, where Tia has played in various venues throughout the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. She is a featured soloist on the Beyoncé Experience DVD (Me, Myself and I), I AM Yours DVD (Wynn Theatre) and also appeared on a number of major television shows, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, BET Awards, American Music Awards and Total Request Live, and the 2010 Grammy Awards, As well as having performed as the featured soloist with Beyoncé for President Obama at the White House. An accomplished performer in her own right, Tia has recorded three CDs with her quartet.

As a devoted educator, Tia is a a full-time professor at Berklee College of Music, where she directs the prestigious Rainbow Big Band and Rainbow All-Stars, in addition to 6 other resembles including repertoire and jazz improvisation classes. It is here and beyond that she believes her passion for teaching and inspiring students is due to her parents being educators/administrators in the Denver Public School District. In addition, she presents lectures, residencies and masterclasses at some of the most respected institutions in the country including: Duke University, University of Colorado at Denver, Spelman College, University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, New Mexico State University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, China Residency, and Rimon School of Music in Israel.


For information, please contact:

Trista Pior
(575) 646-2304
Dr. Frank “Pancho” Romero
(575) 646-5341
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