Jerry Younce - guitar (Music Director) Not only does Jerry bring his superb musicianship to the program, he directs The Copper Cats and overseas the selection of our featured performers. As a professional guitarist, Jerry has performed Jazz, Rock, Top 40, and Country music in show bands and various musical groups during his 30+ year career as a musician. When not performing at The Red Jacket Jamboree, he performs with his son in Younce Guitar Duo, an acoustic improvisational collaboration inspired by jazz, fusion, and world music. View video of Younce Guitar Duo.
Bill Carrothers - piano A native Minnesotan, Carrothers has lived in the Keweenaw Peninsula with his family for nearly 20 years. He is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer who has been featured in top ten lists published by Jazz Magazine, Le Monde, and JAZZIZ Magazine. Down Beat called him "a probing, intelligent player" with "a beautiful touch and a wide stylistic range" who "never sounds less than a musician who thinks on his feet and channels emotions freely." Carrothers was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque for Jazz in 2004 and was nominated for the Les Victoires du Jazz (French Grammy Award equivalent) in 2005 and 2011. When not performing, Carrothers is a lecturer of music at Lawrence University (bio)
Harry South - bass Harry South began performing music in Flint, MI at the age of 14. After a few years of playing electric bass in rock bands his ear was drawn to the sound of the upright bass. Upon arriving in Marquette, MI in 2007 he began study upright bass in earnest. Harry enrolled in the music education program at Northern Michigan University and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2013. In college he studied classical styles and supplemented his income by playing gigs and teaching music lessons. Harry student taught under esteemed orchestra director, Janis Peterson, and remains involved in Marquette's orchestras. He has a successful private lesson studio and directs an after school strings program for 4th and 5th graders in the Marquette public schools.
Carrie Biolo – Percussion Fifth generation Marquette native, Carrie Biolo, currently tours as the percussionist with the legendary Wayne Newton. Biolo performs on timpani, mallets, congas, bongos and accessories, providing a charismatic rhythmic backdrop to Newton’s classic Vegas style show. A world-class percussionist who brings highly experimental sound, rhythm and movement into her work, Biolo has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. She has recorded over 25 CD’s and her music compositions can be heard on Ira Glass’ This American Life, and Chicago and Boston Public Radio. Biolo teaches World Music at Northern Michigan University, is the Band Assistant at Marquette Senior High School, facilitates a bi-monthly drum circle with members of Lake Superior Hospice’s Adult Day Services and is the founder of the Percussive Attack Camp in Marquette.
Travis Aukerman - percussion Travis Aukerman is a drummer, percussionist, composer, and arranger based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has studied drum set and percussion under Dr. Olman Piedra and Jonathan Ovalle, as well as composition and arranging with Tad Weed. In May of 2015, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Toledo with a Bachelors in Music Performance (jazz concentration). He furthered his skills under the tutelage of acclaimed drummer Henry Cole. He performs regularly with the Estar Cohen Project, Talking Ear, Dragon Wagon, Stonehouse, and many local groups around Ann Arbor and the Greater Toledo area.
Zach Ott - Percussion Zach Ott began playing electric guitar while in his middle school jazz band in Fontana, WI. Upon entering high school, he had the opportunity to study percussion and began taking regular gigs in rock and blues bands. After gaining experience teaching private lessons, Zach decided to pursue music education at Northern Michigan University with a concentration in percussion. His college career was highlighted with performances at the 2015 and 2016 Hiawatha Music Festival, and the 2017 Marquette Area Blues Fest. In 2018, he earned his Bachelor’s in Music Education. Zach is currently the associate band director at Badger High School in Lake Geneva, WI where he teaches percussion ensembles and jazz combos.