Staff

Craig Buhler

Workshop Director, Woodwinds, Big Band, Jazz Combos, Ear Training &  Improv

Craig is on the worship team at DCC.  For several years, he was Worship Leader at Little Brown Church.  Before that, he was Worship Director and Pastoral Care meSupervisor at Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Seattle.  He toured internationally and recorded with Vineyard artists Brian Doerksen, Andy Park, and Kevin Prosch.  Craig is director of the 18-piece Stardust Dance Band, music director of The Carmel Big Band Workshop, former big band director at Camp Heebie Jeebies, and former co-director of Northwest Big Band.  He has recorded and toured for decades with “Honk” and has recorded and performed widely with numerous jazz and rock combos.  Of his 9 self-produced CDs, 6 are jazz, 3 are worship.  He has presented his 2-day worship workshop “Total Immersion” at churches in five states using his 30-page syllabus.  He has published 2 books on music, wrote a monthly ear training column for  Saxophone Life Magazine, and offers private music lessons at his Sequim studio.

Hannah Jensen

Vocal Ensembles, Contemporary Worship

Hannah is Academy Director at Joyful Noise Music Center.  Born and raised in Port Angeles, WA, she thrived under the instruction of choral director Jolene Dalton-Gailey at Port Angeles High School performing diverse, advanced repertoire in many solo and ensemble competitions.  She was accepted with scholarship to Adelphi University in Long Island’s beautiful Gardenhannah City, where she met her voice teacher and confidant, Lisa Von Goerken, under whose guidance Hannah began intensively studying and performing operatic repertoire.  This genre is most suitable for her voice and representative of her boisterous personality.

Only forty minutes from Manhattan, Adelphi provided Hannah with opportunities to perform for large audiences and attend the Metropolitan Opera, where world-class singers present masterworks from the operatic repertoire.  After a Summer at Italy’s Siena Summer Music, Hannah finished her BS degree at Adelphi in 2012.

For the past three years, Hannah has been a full-time instructor at Joyful Noise Music Center in Sequim, WA, teaching piano, guitar, ukulele, as well as her primary focus, voice instruction for all ages.  She also volunteers with the Port Angeles School District, works with worship teams at several churches, and sings in the Soul Machine Blues Band with her husband, guitarist Christian Jensen.

Hannah is excited about being a part of the Dungeness Christian Music Workshop and is looking forward to a week of fun, faith and music!

Dr. Gary McRoberts

 vocals, piano

Gary is emeritus Professor of Music from Fullerton College. He holds a BA in piano performance as well as MA and DMA degrees in conducting. Gary was a professional choral conductor for 40 years. Performing jazgary-at-piano-in-concertz and “third stream” music, Gary’s choir gained international acclaim as the first jazz choir invited to appear at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Currently, Gary performs with the Deka Piano Trio and other ensembles—returning him to his “roots” as a performing pianist.

Taylor Ackley

 Bass, Guitar, Vocals, & Contemporary Worship

Taylor is a performer and composer of classical, jazz, and traditional American music.  As an undergraduate, he attended Adelphi University, where he studied classical vocal performance, jazz bass and taylorcomposition.  He is currently a graduate student at Stony Brook University, where he has studied composition with Daria Semegen, Perry Goldstein, Margaret Schedel and Ray Anderson.  Along with his substantial success as a multi-instrumentalist, Taylor has been commissioned by a number of choirs, ensembles, and jazz bands, including significant projects for The Peninsula Singers and Discernment Music.  His music has been featured in festivals throughout the United States as well as Denmark and China.  Taylor is also an experienced church musician, having led worship for congregations around the United States the past 18 years.  He specializes in arranging music for a wide variety of musicians and ensembles, with a careful attention to meeting the diverse worship needs of today’s church.

Vern Fosket

 Brass, Big Band, Bass, Theory

Vern is the music teacher at Sequim High School and vernthe Worship Director at Olympic View Church of God.  Since earning his BA in music education from Seattle Pacific University, Vern has taught music for 30 years.  His groups have performed widely, having travelled as far as Moscow, Russia.  He was chosen Outstanding Music Educator by the North Olympic Music Educators Assoc. and was named to the Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2012.  Vern currently works for the Washington Music Educators Association as an All-State coordinator.

Bryan Taylor

Percussion, Contemporary Worship, Jazz Combos

Bryan Taylor’s recording and international touring credits include work with such artists as Gwen Stefani, Eric Hutchinson, Tommy Walker, Bill Champlin (of “Chicago”), Crystal Lewis, Ed Cash, Tyrone Wells, Lee Ritenour, Justo Almario, Mac Powell, Tristan Prettyman, Laura Story, Dale Kristien, Linda McCrary, Lee Sklar, Bill Cantos, Chuck Gerard, Bear McCreary, CeCe & Bebe Winans, Tom Brooks, Bill Gaither, John Pena and Abrahabryantaylorm Laboriel.  Recently, he has played for the hit TV shows “The Walking Dead” and “Eureka.

Bryan began playing trombone, drums, and guitar at the age of nine and performed in many groups throughout high school.  He studied with percussionists John Magnussen and Alan Waddington at Citrus College in Southern California and toured with The Blue Note Swing Orchestra throughout the United States and Japan.  Three years later, Bryan transferred to Azusa Pacific University to study percussion with Bill Schlitt.  While a student at Azusa, he performed with classical, fusion, jazz, and contemporary groups.  Bryan earned both a B.A. and an M.M. in percussion and drum set performance from Azusa Pacific University, and continued his studies under Jeff Hamilton and Mike Packer.

Today, Bryan is a fulltime performer and recording artist, as well as faculty percussion instructor at Citrus College.

Bob Woll 

Piano, Jazz Combos, Improvisation

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Bob teaches jazz piano at Northwest University (NU) in Kirkland, WA.  He is also Music Specialist in the Lake Stevens School District.  Bob holds degrees in both music and Bible from NU.  He has been a professional musician since the age of 14, working in rock, jazz, and show ensembles.

Bob and his wife Mary Beth are the proud parents of four grown children.  They have served as Associate Pastors and have led worship for several Washington congregations.  Bob is the pianist for the Critical Mass Big Band and the “Jazz Illusionz” combo.

Alison Rowe 

Bowed String Instruments, Improvisation 

An avid chamber musician, cellist Alison Rowe performs repertoire from the Baroque through Contemporary eras. Highlights of her 2016-2017 season include performances with the New York based new music ensemble Contemporaneous, the Chamber Music at the alisonroweheadshotBarns Series at Wolftrap in Virginia, and the Hoch Chamber Music Series at Concordia College with members of the Emerson String Quartet, the Three Village Chamber Players, the Stony Brook University Baroque Ensemble, and the Stony Brook Roots Ensemble, a group that explores traditional American music. This past summer, she attended the
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival where she was a recipient of the Aldo and Elizabeth Parisot Scholarship. As a soloist, she has performed on Wisconsin Public Radio after winning the Neale-Silva Young Artists Competition, and on the Rising Stars Series in Green Lake, Wisconsin.  As a student of Richard Hirschl, she received her Bachelor degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, where she performed the Barber Cello Concerto as the winner of the CCPA Concerto Competition.  Last spring, she graduated with a Master of Music degree from Stony Brook University, where she is continuing her studies and pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the studio of Colin Carr.

Mike Klinger 

MIDI technology, arranging, piano 

Mike has trained over 5000 music educators on synthesizers, computers, and MIDI mike-klinger-pianotechnology at his Synthesis MIDI Workshop.  He earned a master’s degree in music composition & theory from North Texas State University.  Mike is currently an adjunct faculty member of Indiana University Purdue, Seattle Pacific University, and WizIQ online music technology courses, as well as a guest speaker in music technology at several international music conferences.

As a professional jazz pianist and organist, Mike has performed and recorded extensively in settings ranging from funk, fusion, and straight ahead jazz combos to jazz big bands.  He has performed at The Mt. Hood Jazz Festival on numerous occasions and has appeared with Ernie Watts, Gary Hobbs, Bill Watrous, Mel Brown, and Pete Christlieb.

Wayne Yamamoto

Chaplain 

wayne%20yamamotoWayne has been on staff at Dungeness Community Church (DCC) since November, 1994.  He is the Associate Pastor of men’s, discipleship, and assimilation ministries.  Born in Long Beach, California, he graduated from Narbonne High School in 1973.  He attended San Diego State University and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona and graduated with a B.S. in Soil Science in 1980.  After a brief career with the Boise National Forest, Wayne received an M.A. in Biblical Studies from the Cole Center for Biblical Studies in Boise, Idaho.  In 1980, Wayne became a lay staff minister to junior high students at Cole Community Church in Boise.  Four years later, he became an intern in charge of the junior high ministry.  After two and half years in Montana, Wayne returned to Boise to head up the Junior High department at Cole in 1989.  In 1994, the family moved to Sequim, as Wayne headed up the youth ministry at DCC.  After 32 years of student ministry he transitioned into the Associate role at DCC in August of 2011.  He and his wife have been married for over 30 years and have three grown children.  He likes to chase salmon and steelhead in the rivers of the Olympic Peninsula in his spare time.  Building houses in Mexico is another of his favorite activities.

Bobbie Usselman

Administrative Director

bobbie-head-shotBobbie is Manager of Stardust Dance Band.  She is also Assistant City Clerk for the City of Sequim.  In addition to playing tenor sax & clarinet with Stardust, Bobbie has performed with the PA and PT symphonies and Sequim City Band for over a decade.   Bobbie and her husband Neil were long-time members of the worship team at Sequim’s Trinity United Methodist Church.  Neil will be the Sound Engineer for the DCM Workshop.

Laurie Campen

Chef

Laurie Campen 004Laurie is Food Service Director for the Sequim School District.  She formerly served as Culinary Arts Instructor and Production Lead at Port Angeles High School, as well as Production Kitchen Manager for Sequim School District.  Laurie holds a Vocational Teaching Certificate and a ServSafe Certificate from the State of Washington.  We’re thrilled to have her on staff at DCMW and can rest assured that we will all eat well!

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