Rachael Cowell, 2019-2020 Chair – Reno High School – Rachael.Cowell@washoeschools.net
2020 All-State Jazz Band Conductor
Kris Berg is an international best-selling composer and arranger.He has written charts for Kurt Elling, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wayne Bergeron and Chris Vadala, for honors bands in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, South Carolina, Maine, Maryland and Missouri, and for professional, college and public school bands around the globe. Kris is also the author of the popular bass method book, BASS LINES IN MINUTES, available at www.krisbergjazz.com. His charts are available through Alfred Music, Kendor Music, C.L. Barnhouse, krisbergjazz.com and J.W. Peppers.
Mr. Berg has released two highly acclaimed CD’s (MAMA Records) as leader of the Metroplexity Big Band. “Time Management”, winner of two Global Music Awards, and “This Time/Last Year” feature his unique writing and arranging, special guests such as Phil Woods, Wayne Bergeron, Delfeayo Marsalis, Chris Vadala, Clay Jenkins and others, and the best jazz and studio musicians in north Texas. Russ Davis (MOJA Radio) says “(Metroplexity) takes big band to another place for the 21st century.“ Metroplexity has been featured at multiple Jazz Education Network conferences and has appeared at festivals around the United States. Kris is currently active mixing Metroplexity’s third CD, “Perspectives”, due out early 2020.
Mr. Berg is the Artistic Director for Jazz with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra foundation and directs the GDYO Jazz Orchestra. He taught college for 27 years and is the founder of the award-winning Jazz Program at Collin College including the Collin Jazz Fest and the Texas All-Star Jazz Camp.
An award winning bassist, director and educator, Kris has appeared or recorded with the likes of Wayne Bergeron, Phil Woods, Kurt Elling, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Delfeayo Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, Tom “Bones” Malone and many others. As a clinician for the Yamaha Corporation, Mr. Berg regularly appears at jazz festivals and camps throughout the United States and is endorsed by Bag End Loudspeakers. He has been selected as director for the IAJE International Community College All-Star Jazz Band, and has directed All-State Jazz Bands in Nebraska, Montana, Oklahoma, Maine, South Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Arizona, Texas and Wyoming.