CSU faculty member Shilo Stroman has assembled a “killer” band for the recital of covers featuring a diverse set of female-led rock, punk, and funk artists!
Shilo Stroman is a musical chameleon determined to fit into any musical situation supported by his wide range of musical talent, a laid back attitude and a desire to push himself artistically. His thirst for performing began at the age of 5 when his parents purchased a toy Drumset. Armed with his dads record collection, an empty basement and chopsticks as drumsticks, the journey began. He continues on this path with a diverse schedule of performing, composing and teaching.
A versatile performer, Mr. Stroman’s credits range from playing triangle in symphony orchestras, electric bass in salsa bands, drums in funk bands and flower pots in chamber groups. Performing Stroman originals, Red Hot Chili Pepper covers and the occasional country tune, Shilo’s contemporary jazz quartet, Square Peg, released their first recording, “Searching” in 2013. In 2006, he commissioned and performed the world premiere of “Sticks and Stones” variations for drumset and wind ensemble by Jim Bonney. Shilo can also be heard on various Jazz and singer/songwriter recordings.
As an educator, Shilo is adjunct instructor of Percussion and Jazz at Colorado State University where he teaches lessons, freshman percussion ensemble, drumline, Jazz Pedagogy and is charge of the Jazz combo program. Mr. Stroman is also very active in the marching arts and has worked with the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble, Longmont High School and currently with Fossil Ridge High School, Loveland High School, Dakota Ridge High School and The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corp. Shilo’s company, Invert Percussion, was formed to support band directors with show design, arrangements and the hiring and training of instructional staff. Invert was very active in the Fall of 2014 working with 8 different schools from as far away as Panhandle, TX.
Tom Amend is a pianist, composer, and arranger from Riverton, Wyoming. As a pianist, Amend performs throughout the Rocky Mountain Region in various settings as both a leader and sideman. Tom has worked extensively with Soul/Blues artist Taylor Scott appearing at notable blues venues across the country as well as appearing on several of Scott’s records. Tom was also selected as a semifinalist for the 2014 American Jazz Pianist Competition.
Tom’s compositions draw on elements of Jazz, Blues, Soul, Americana and are often rooted in the spacious landscapes of Wyoming. Tom was commissioned to compose a piece for the 2013 Wyoming All State Jazz Band to be performed 2013 Kinser Jazz Festival. Tom’s composition “What Do You Say” was selected to be performed by the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra at the 2015 JEN Student Composition Showcase. In the near future, Tom Amend and composer/saxophonist Kenyon Brenner plan to release an album of original music written for strings, woodwinds, and jazz quartet.
Tom just completed a masters degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado. As a member of UNC’s Jazz Studies program, Tom performs with nationally recognized, UNC Lab I and UNC Vanguard Combo.
Katie Harris is a Fort Collins, CO native who has been singing and performing for over 18 years. Drawing inspiration from pop, jazz, and musical theater, she strives for an approach that’s both fresh and classic. She currently performs across Northern Colorado as the lead vocalist of the jazz group Even Still, faithfully delivering standards alongside distinct arrangements from across the popular music spectrum, including James Taylor, Prince, and Beyonce.
Ryan Fourt’s career began at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he privately studied jazz guitar and upright bass with Professor James Greeson. He has also had the privilege of studying with local Colorado guitarist Dale Bruning (who taught Bill Frissell) as well as New York guitarist Mark Elf. After establishing himself in the music community Ryan began performing with some of the regions best players including his teacher Jim Greeson, saxophonist Keefe Jackson (Delmark records), as well as a very important musical partnership with his mentor, pianist Claudia Burson.
In 2004, Ryan moved to the fertile musical environment of Northern Colorado. Since then he has established himself as one of the top performers on that scene, sharing the stage with local and national talents such as Brad Goode, Peter Sommer, Dana Landry, Ken Walker, Dave Pope, Gareth Malone, Jeff Jenkins, Devin Hoff, Alvin Lucier, Ben Markley, and Paul McKee. Ryan’s most recent album, “Big Slick” was released on the Dazzle Recordings label in December of 2015 and received extensive international radio play upon its release. The album is a mix of originals and standards and features some fantastic Colorado players including Peter Sommer and Ed Breazeale.
Currently Ryan lives in Loveland Colorado and maintains a busy performance schedule with various jazz and pop groups along the front-range and mountain west regions – he can be heard most every weekend in Ft. Collins playing at all the local jazz spots, including Ace Gillett’s, Jay’s Bistro, and the Crown Pub. On top of performing Ryan is also an adjunct instructor of jazz guitar and lecturer at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.