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The Garn Family Jazz Studies Program

Under the direction of Dan St. Marseille, performing groups and individuals from the The Garn Family Jazz Studies Program have won several local and national awards, including the Reno Jazz Festival, Fullerton Jazz Festival, and the Spotlight Awards. In addition, Jazz Studies Program students have participated in the Grammy Jazz Camp, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Next Generation Jazz Festival, Jazz Band of America, and All-Southern and All-State Honor Jazz Ensembles.

Guest artists such as Claudio Roditi, Bob Sheppard, Gary Foster, Ira Nepus, Bill Cunliffe, Jeff Ellwood, Joey Sellers, and Gilbert Castellanos, have all recently performed with the Ambassador Jazz Orchestra. Top musicians and educators like Sal Lozano, Chuck Tumlison, Ramon Banda, and Jeff Tower have eagerly conducted clinics for our talented students.

Dan St. Marseille
Director, Instrumental Music Conservatory

 Dan St. Marseille, Coordinator, IM Jazz Studies Program

Degrees and Studies:

  • M.M. Saxophone Performance, Jazz Studies, California State University, Fullerton
  • B.M. Music Clarinet Performance, Chapman University Conservatory of Music

Teaching Experience:

  • California State University Fullerton
  • Calvary Christian School – Santa Ana
  • Music Instructor - Orange County Department of Education
  • Idyllwild Arts Jazz Workshop
  • Master Classes and Clinics – North America and Europe

Professional Experience:

  • Leader/Manager, Dan St. Marseille Quartet
  • Founder, Resurgent Music – Jazz Recording Label
  • Published Composer, affiliated with BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated)
  • Performances throughout North America and Europe


  • 2008-Wind Symphony Award, Chapman University Conservatory of Music
  • 1999-Saddleback Valley School District Hall of Fame
  • Recognized by County of Orange and State of California for performance excellence and career in music and recording


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