Bill Schuck was born in Los Angeles in 1957 and started playing music at age eight, given an accordion and lessons by his parents and by age ten, started studying piano with David Pinto. After High School in Lone Pine, California, Bill attended the Conservatory of Music at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon studying with Florence Chino (piano), Donald Schwejda (music theory, composition, history), and Albert Freedman (conducting, orchestration). After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Music, he studied post graduate with Iren Marik (piano) and Laura Spitzer (piano). Bill Received his California Teaching Credential in 1981 and has held instructional positions in Lone Pine, Independence, Big Pine, Bishop, and Deep Springs College.
Always interested in the concept that a teacher can only share what they have truly mastered, Bill has kept cultivating his performance and writing skills in the Eastern Sierra, Los Angeles, and Canada. Bill has played and recorded with numerous local and international musicians, and has performed with the Bishop Big Band, The Eastern Sierra Symphony, Lone Pine Film Festival, White Horse (Yukon Territory, Canada) “Jazz On The Wing” International Jazz Festival, Playhouse 395 Orchestra, Mammoth Jazz Jubilee, The Bishop First United Methodist Church Choir in settings ranging from Country, Rock, Folk, Jazz, Classical, Broadway and Sacred. In 2011 he was an ASCAP Plus Writer Award winner.
Hadi began studying the trumpet and flugelhorn in 1962 at the age of seven, paying for his own lessons and buying his first horn with his paper route money. He started his professional career at age 16 with the Muskadine Blues Band. Growing up in California’s music-rich San Francisco Bay Area in the ’60s and 70’s brought many opportunities to mix with other skilled musicians. While still in high school he played with Sound Hole, a precursor to Huey Lewis and the News; and Saving Grace, featuring David Freiberg of Quicksilver Messenger Service and a founding member of the Jefferson Starship.
Since then Hadi has played continuously with many artists and groups, with jazz his favorite genre for “the challenge and the artistry.” His horns have adapted to many styles and in the Bay Area he played with soul, rock and roll, top forty, retro dance music and Latin bands. One of his most fun adventures was The Fabulous Titans, a six-piece rock/raggae/ska group out of Berkley touring Cuba in 1981 as the first American pop band to perform in multiple venues, including playing three sold-out nights in Havana’s teatro Carlos Marx for 5000 screaming Cubans.
Performing with Keith and Donna Godchaux of the Grateful Dead led to opportunities to play with Dead luminaries like Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter, and Bill Kreutzman. Hadi played and toured with Zero, a genre-bending jazz-rock jam band, from 1985-1989 and still joins them as a core member when they reunite. Hadi has also played with other prominent musicians including John Cippolina, Van Morrison, Vince Guiraldi, Huey Lewis, Eddie Money, and sons of the Champlin.
Orion Boucher spent his youngest years growing up in Yosemite, just outside of the Valley in a very small town called Foresta. As a child of two musicians he attended Strawberry Music Festival and Millpond Music Festival yearly, and while he was usually more interested in running amok with rebellious peers at these events, it’s apparent there was some sort of impact from the music. His family moved to the comparably “big city” of Bishop when he was 9 years old, making him a TRUE Bishop local. In fact, he even had the pleasure of having Mr. Schuck (as he knew him at the time) as an art teacher while in 5th grade! He began musical instruction on piano and eventually moved through flute, trombone, valve trombone, and eventually received an electric bass and amplifier from his mother on his 13th birthday which he felt an immediate connection to playing. As the bassist of the Funk Jazz Collective while in High School, he and his musical compatriots kept busy with gigs at Mammoth Mountain, Kava Café, Mill Creek, and The Mobil, and Raymond’s Deli, just to name a few. Upon graduating High School he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied upright bass in the jazz idiom.
While in college he explored other types of music outside of the jazz he was learning in the classroom through playing and performing with groups in the styles of: funk, reggae, bluegrass/old time, post-rock, hip hop, and a myriad of others. Eventually choosing the more practical college route, Orion decided to major in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology while at Berklee. After completing college he had a 6-year stint in San Diego during which he completed a Music Therapy internship, held many different contracts in the field (military, Alzheimer’s, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities), and played with a variety of different groups. He has now returned to Bishop and is a homeowner, active community participant, and works for Inyo County Behavioral Health as a counselor working with children where he gets to incorporate Music Therapy often.
Ryan was born and raised in Visalia, California and from the moment he picked up the saxophone in 5th grade, he fell in love with instrumental music. At the age of 18, Ryan left the central valley for Southern California where he graduated in 2010 from the university of Redlands with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Teaching Credential from the state of California.
While attending University, Ryan held a student position with the professional Redlands Symphony Orchestra, and after graduating was the principal percussionist with the Grossmont Symphony in San Diego. Ryan was also actively involved in choral singing and opera and attended the Festival 500 Choral festival in Newfoundland, Canada in 2010 and played the part of Dr. Dulcamara in the University of Redlands production of L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti. Ryan’s education also took him to Hungary during a semester abroad where he learned in depth the teachings and techniques of Zoltan Kodaly, a pioneer in the realm of elementary music education.
From 2013-2017, Ryan was the Band Director at San Jacinto Valley Academy in San Jacinto, California, and before leaving he received the Crystal Apple Award for excellence in teaching after being nominated by his students. He currently teaches privately in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes, and performs regularly with the Eastern Sierra Community Orchestra and Playhouse 395.