President – Dr. William Au
Bill has been a charter member of STJSF since its inception, and was introduced to traditional jazz by his brother-in- law Howard Miyata, trombonist for the High Sierra Jazz Band. Bill’s three sons attended STJS Jazz Camp and are now professional musicians and music teachers. Bill played trombone from 6 th grade, and was a member of the Cal Marching Band representing the US at the 1970 Osaka World’s Fair, and a founding member of the UC Berkeley Jazz Ensemble. He continues to play trombone whenever he has the time and enjoys jamming at the STJS Sunday meetings and at home with his sons. Bill is passionate about supporting youth music education, particularly traditional jazz, and jazz in general. He has served as President of STJSF in the past, and is currently serving again as President.
Bill is a neurologist with special expertise in Alzheimer Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. He has served as Chief of Staff at Sutter Medical Center, Chairman of the Board for Sutter Health Sac-Sierra Region, and most recently, finished his term as Board Chair of Sutter Medical Group.
Vice President – Jill Harper
As a founding member of STJS in 1968, Jill has been involved in all its programs from the Jubilee and Jazz Sunday to all the youth education programs, especially jazz camp. She’s served on the board in several capacities including President and as the society’s Executive Director and the Director of Jazz Camp in its early years. Jill’s been on the Board of the Foundation for many years and and currently serves as Vice-president. She’s committed to helping continue the Foundation’s mission of educating young musicians in the style of traditional jazz. In her “other life,” she’s retired from a career of administration in the field of early childhood education.
Patti Jones – Executive Director/Secretary
Patti Jones has been involved with the STJS since the early 1970s, and over time served as STJS Board Member, editor of the STJS Newsletter, Jazz Festival volunteer, and Education Committee Chair. Having left the STJS Board, she was asked in 2009 to join the STJS Foundation Board, and soon took over the secretarial duties. By 2015 it was obvious that the Foundation needed a part-time Executive Director, and Jones, recently retired from the Sac Metro Chamber of Commerce, seemed the obvious choice. She still puts in a lot of volunteer time chairing the Education Committee, fundraising, and working hard to expand the Foundation’s programs.
Jim Roberson – Treasurer
Jim Roberson has served on the Foundation Board since October 2013 and as Treasurer since February 2015. In June 2008 through June 2010, as president of the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society, Jim was an ex-officio member of the Foundation Board. He was a member of the STJS board for six years, including his two-year term as president. Jim is a drummer who plays with Dr. Bach and the Jazz Practitioners, various vocalists and the quintet that backs the gold card vocalists at the monthly Jazz Sunday meetings of the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society. Jim’s music career started in the early 60’s in the casinos in Reno, Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. He has been playing music for nearly sixty years and is committed to youth music education. He served on the boards of the Hilton Head Jazz Society (Hilton Head Island, SC), the Dixieland Jazz Society of the Low Country and the Hilton Head Arts and Cultural Council before returning to California in 2003.
Jim is a certified public accountant who has been licensed in California since 1973. He practices in Grass Valley, CA and specializes in auditing and business valuation. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of CPA’s, and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. He graduated from the University of Nevada in Reno in 1971 with a BS degree in business and a major in accounting.
Heather R. Chubb is a Life Transitions Lawyer based in the Sacramento area and principal in the Chubb Law Firm. Heather is a member of the State Bar of California Trusts and Estates section; WealthCounsel, LLC, a national organization of professionals who design sophisticated planning techniques for individuals and families; and the Advisors Forum, a national organization of wealth planning professionals dedicated to collaborative comprehensive planning. Heather lives in Fair Oaks with her husband and their two sons. Before receiving her law degree from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, cum laude, Heather received a B.S. in chemical engineering and worked as an environmental consultant.
Jack Cornelius, Jr.
Jack is the principal of Jack Cornelius & Co. and began his distinguished career in public accounting in 1963. In 1977, he was the founder and managing partner of Cornelius & Company, where he began specializing in litigation support. He became a stockholder and officer of Sacramento’s largest public accounting firm, Pfanner & Company Accountancy Corporation, again specializing in litigation support. Jack later formed Jack Cornelius & Co., where he continues to provide litigation services to clients throughout Northern California. A member of the American Institute of CPAs, and the California Society of CPAs, Jack has actively served on the Board of Directors and numerous committees of the California Society, including Professional Conduct, Careers in the Accounting Profession, and Chapter Services Enhancement. He is past president of the Sacramento chapter of the California Society, chaired the Ethics Committee and Careers in Accounting, and served on several committees, including Litigation Support, Practice Management and Taxation.
Since 2008, Mica has taught music to elementary students in the San Juan Unified School District. At the same time, he has served as Director of the Sacramento Youth Band, overseeing the SYB’s jazz music programs. He has led his students from both Mission Ave Elementary and SYB to performances in the Sacramento Music Festival, the Trad Jazz Youth Band Festival, and the Hot Jazz Jubilee, as well as at fundraisers and community events around Northern California. Mica joined the STJS Foundation Board in the fall of 2017, and administers the Trad Jazz Project alongside fellow Board member Craig Faniani.
A lifelong resident of Sacramento county, Mike attended area schools and began playing trumpet at age 11. In 1973 he joined the Sacramento Youth Band, and performed in the Junior Marching Band, Senior Marching Band and Jazz Band. He was also drum major for the Senior Marching Band for 5 years. A graduate of Kennedy High School, Mike performed in the Concert Band at Cosumnes River College, then moved on to CSU Sacramento and a degree in Communication Studies. For nearly two decades he has been employed by the California Prison Industry Authority. Mike currently serves as President of the Sacramento Youth Band Parent’s Assn. and has been involved with the Sacramento Youth Band for over 44 years.
Craig has been a Jazz Educator since 1981, and is a professional pianist, vocalist, and clinician. He directed the Rio Americano High School Band from 1982-2007, and served as the San Juan Unified School District Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Coordinator from 2007-2016. He is the recipient of eleven Teacher of the Year awards from various organizations; four Music Administrator of the Year Awards; Capitol Section Administrator of the Year 2012; CASMEC State Music Administrator of the Year 2016; California Alliance of Jazz Educator Hall of Fame 2017; and STJS Foundation Music Education Award 2017. Dr. Faniani considers empowering students to create and innovate in a musical setting to be his biggest accomplishment.
Dr. Charles Gehlbach
Charles Gehlbach (AKA “Dr. Bach”) began playing trumpet at age seven, and played in various school bands through college at UCLA. After college, he put his horn away while attending medical school, serving in the Air Force, and starting both a family and a private medical practice – a total of about 20 years. But when he heard the “Oakland A’s Bearcats Jazz Band,” he got out his horn, joined the STJS and started playing his most loved styles of music– -Dixieland and Swing. Now retired from his medical practice, Dr. Gehlbach leads “Dr. Bach & the Jazz Practitioners” in addition to playing with several other bands. He is especially interested in helping young musicians and following their improvement. He likes to say he practiced medicine until he got it right, and now he practices “Jazz Therapy.”
Mike McMullen has been a professionally working musician for over 40 years. His career as a performer, composer, arranger, and educator has taken him all over North America, Europe, and Scandinavia, and into almost every imaginable musical setting. Mike was a founding member of the
Sacramento region’s premier jazz group, Capital Jazz Project, and is currently in his 24th year performing summer and winter shows in the pit for California Musical Theatre. He serves as principal saxophone for Modesto Pops, plays in backing orchestras for celebrity acts, travels to Europe to
work every year and records periodically. As an educator, Mike currently serves on the jazz
faculty at Sacramento State University in addition to maintaining a sizeable private student roster.
In 1993 Ken attended his first Sacramento Dixieland Jazz Jubilee. Since then, his interest in traditional jazz festivals has grown to where he now attends about 5-7 festivals each year. He currently serves on the STJS/STJSF youth education committee. In 2012 he produced a one night fund raising concert for the jazz society utilizing Tom Rigney & Flambeau which resulted in a net $6500 donation to the society. Ken has also volunteered with the TJYBF event, the summer fundraiser for the Teagarden Jazz Camp, The Sacramento Music Festival and several other STJS events. Ken joined the Foundation Board in 2013. In that same year, he started the Hot Jazz Jubilee as a way to continue the need for more Traditional Jazz live music in the Sacramento area.
Dennis’s involvement with the STJS and STJS Foundation began thirty years ago as a volunteer with the annual Sacramento Music Festival, which he considers a cultural jewel for the city. He is proud of the Jazz Society’s youth programs and will always be its biggest promoter. Dennis is a lifelong resident of California and a US Army veteran, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting. For the past eleven years he has been employed by the CA State Controller’s Office as an Accounting Administrator. Dennis has served on the STJS Board of Directors for past six years, taking over as President in January 2017.
Professional jazz pianist Jason Wanner started piano lessons at the age of six. From that point he began classical training while developing an interest in ragtime and jazz piano. At the age of 12, after being a spectator for quite a few years at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, he attended his first STJS Trad Jazz Camp where he studied with Johnny Varro and “K.O.” Eckland. Immediately following the camp, he received many opportunities to perform with several youth bands, including The New Traditionalists (TNT) (1990-1991), Crushed Red Pepper (1991-1992), and Timeless Tradition (1992-1997). Jason graduated high school in 1996, then attended the University of Southern California and Sacramento State University with a major in jazz studies. After “ageing out” of the STJS Jazz Camp, Jason became one of the camp’s piano instructors. He has also taught at jazz camps in Mammoth Lakes, CA and Helena, MT. Jason currently lives in San Diego, and performs at Disneyland and at jazz festivals and cruises everywhere.
As a young student, Felicia participated in virtually every program that STJS offered, including years at the summer STJS Jazz Camp, and performing at the Sacramento Music Festival. Inspired to pursue a career in music education, she became a music educator and now teaches at River City High School in West Sacramento, where she created a traditional jazz band (Syncopating Sea-Monkeys) program. She has been responsible for many young musicians pursuing an interest in Traditional Jazz, even to the point of becoming professional performers of the music.