Board of Directors

 

Peter Petty

Peter Petty has been performing as an actor, vocalist, emcee and bandleader in and around the Central California Valley since 1986. He has worked with The Capital City Stage, Music Circus, and performed voice work for the State of California. He starred in a series of industrial training films for Tower Records, and in the independent GIG Ventures feature film Jump-Cut. Mr. Petty has recorded with Elektra recording artists Papa’s Culture and Columbia Records’Cake, as well as singing with the Sacramento Opera through 8 seasons. As a bandleader he has garnered fourSacramento Area Music Award (SAMMIE) nominations, won the 2018 Live Performer SAMMIE award, and has performed repeatedly for the Sacramento French Film Festival, the Sacramento Ballet, the Crocker Art Museum, the Mondavi Center, and the Sacramento Music Festival & Jazz Jubilee. He is a member of the nationally touring Rat-Pack Tribute band The Deanoholics, and is the singing, swinging bandleader of his own 13 piece Swing band Peter Petty & hisTitans of Terpsichore!,  his Bluegrass ensemble Peter Petty & his Dubble P Boys! and his 7 piece milieu meldingPeter Petty & his Double P Revue!  for which he has coined the term Hep-Hop-era to describe the infectious, eclectic, electric/acoustic mash-up that connects the dots between seemingly disparate musical genres with an adventurous and hilarious theatricality that entertains the “swell” out of audiences of all ages.                        
 
As a board member, he is commited to fostering opportunities for the lifelong pursuit of musical education and expression for all interested individuals, and as such, also serves as a director on the board of the Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy.  He lives in East Sacramento with his wife Theresa and two hermit crabs.

Dr. Torence Powell

Dr. Torence Powell is an educator, urban designer, husband and father with a passion for working in urban communities. A Valley Hi native, Dr. Powell served as an urban planner in Seattle, WA before returning to Sacramento to work in the California Community College System. Dr. Powell currently serves as a Vice President for online education in the Los Rios Community College District.

Brandon Au


Currently a clinician for the Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation’s Traditional Jazz Project, Brandon has promoted Traditional Jazz in many school music programs over the years including Mission Ave Elementary, Arden Middle School, Churchill Middle School, Sutter Middle School, El Camino High School, and many more. Brandon grew up listening to his uncle (Howard Miyata) play San Francisco Style trombone in the High Sierra Jazz Band.  In 1996 trombonist Bill Allred (instructor at the Teagarden Jazz Camp), turned him on to Chicago style of playing. After years of playing festivals with local youth bands (including TNT) he graduated with a music performance degree at CSU Hayward, where he taught the Section 7 Trad Jazz Band and played with Dave Eshelman’s Jazz Garden Big Band.  Over the years Brandon has been a side man playing trombone (and tuba) on multiple occasions for the High Sierra Jazz Band, The Grand St. Stompers, Polly’s Hot Paupers, Fulton Street Jazz Band, Cell Block 7, Hot City, Neely’s Rhythm Aces, and the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra. He founded the Sacramento based group, The Crescent Katz, and co-leads The Au Brothers Jazz Band, The AUchestra, and the West End Stompers.

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