Wes Miller
Soprano Saxophone

Wes holds a Bachelor's Degree in Saxophone Performance from Bowling Green State University where he was a student of Dr. John Sampen. He has performed with the Tulsa Philharmonic, Adrian Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Toledo Concert Band, Columbus Symphony, the United States Navy Band Woodwind Quintet, University of Kentucky Orchestra, Bowling Green Philharmonia, the Lexington Philharmonic and the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. As one of the original members of BSSQ, Wes was a First Prize Winner of the 1992 Wind Division of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. He has also had the pleasure of participating in masterclasses with Claude Delangle (Paris Conservatory), Don Sinta (Univ. of Michigan), and Fred Hemke (Northwestern University).

Currently he is one of the owners of Columbus Music Academy Ltd. where he teaches private lessons, coaches small ensembles, conducts the CMA New Horizons Band and the CMA Buckeye Band for Home Schoolers. He is also the band director at St. Matthew, St. Pius X and KIPP Journey Academy schools
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Tom Regouski
Alto Saxophone

Tom Regouski holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where he studied saxophone with Russell Peterson.While completing a Master's Degree in Multiple-Woodwind Performance at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he was the principal saxophonist with the UW Wind Ensemble as well as a clarinetist with the UW Symphony Orchestra, The Madison Repertory Orchestra, and the Beloit-Janesville Symphony.

An active theater musician, he has performed most recently with The Weston Playhouse, Theatreworks, Columbus Children's Theater, and Red Herring Theater. He can also be heard on the New York Times Critic's Pick Production "Then She Fell". In 2011, Tom was a winner of the Concordia College Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the orchestra. He has participated in masterclasses with artists such as Eugene Rousseau, Tim McAllister, William Bolcom, and The Prism Saxophone Quartet.

A passionate educator as well as musician, Tom teaches general music at Washington Elementary in the Hilliard City Schools. He also teaches saxophone, flute, and clarinet lessons through Music and Arts in Hilliard.

Michael Cox
Tenor Saxophone

Dr. Michael Cox is a tenured Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies who has taught at Capital since 1990. He currently chairs the Woodwind Area and teaches an Audiation Lab in addition to teaching jazz and classical saxophone to students majoring in Performance, Music Education, Jazz Studies, Music Industry, Music Technology, and Composition. For fifteen years he has also taught improvisation, jazz styles & analysis, woodwind repair, coached combos and saxophone quartets, and for two years directed Capital's vocal jazz ensemble. Beginning in 2008 Michael will serve as coordinator of graduate jazz studies for students pursuing the Master of Music Education-Jazz Pedagogy degree at Capital.

While making a career commitment to teaching full time at the collegiate level, Michael has maintained a continuous schedule as a freelance saxophone and woodwind soloist and performer in the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Columbus and Lancaster Symphonies, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, and numerous groups including Brasileira, the Science Gravy Orchestra, Magically Delicious, Too Far North and the Powerhouse Trio among others. Although primarily an alto, tenor, and soprano saxophonist, he recently assumed the clarinet chair in the popular traditional/New Orleans style group the High Street Stompers. In 1999 Michael released the rare but highly acclaimed Abstractions, Dedications and Red Dirt (CoJazz CJ-1007) featuring Matt Wilson on drums and Dennis Irwin on bass, and he occasionally leads his own trio or quartet, focusing on jazz standards, originals, and crossover styles. Current recording projects include a new jazz CD and a CD of French classical chamber music composed by Pierre Max Dubois, in addition to appearances on a new Columbus Jazz Orchestra CD and others.

Michael's educational credentials include independent studies with jazz luminaries Joe Lovano and David Liebman, mentoring with IAJE Hall of Fame educator Gene Aitken, concentrated study with renowned saxophone professors Roger Greenberg and Jean Lansing, a Doctor of Arts degree in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s degree in Music Performance from Wichita State University, and a Bachelor's degree from Cameron University in his home town of Lawton, Oklahoma. In the year 2000, Cameron University honored Dr. Cox with one of its three Alumni of the year awards, reflecting his commitment to academic tradition as well as his artistic pursuit of music as a performance art.

Jay Miglia
Baritone Saxophone

Jay Miglia is an active member of the jazz and classical music community in Columbus, Ohio. He appears regularly in clubs and concert settings, as a sideman on recordings, as a backup musician for touring jazz and popular music artists, and in pit orchestras for Broadway Across America tours. He is a long-time member of the Famous Jazz Orchestra and subs in the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Jay has also appeared with the Columbus, Newark-Granville and Lancaster Festival Symphony Orchestras and is a regular member of the Ohio Capital Winds, appearing on their 2009 recording, Men of Ohio; the Music of Henry Fillmore.

Jay has been teaching at colleges around the Midwest since graduating from the University of North Texas in 1995. He currently serves as Saxophone Instructor and Jazz Studies Coordinator at Otterbein University, a position he has held since 2006. Jay maintains a small private studio of jazz and classical saxophone students and is a founding faculty member of the Jazz Academy, a division of the Columbus-based Jazz Arts Group.

Jay’s big band music has been performed by colleges and high schools around the Midwest and has recently been recorded by the University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band on their 2008 recording, As of Yet. He has served as Jazz Chair of the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association (OPCICA), Secretary of the Ohio Chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education, and currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Jazz Education Connection of Ohio (JECO).


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