Some of the Composers and Conductors Karen has worked with include:

Francis McBeth

Vaclav Nelhybel

Norman Dello Joio

Alfred Reed

Col. Gabriel

Frederick Fennell

Claude T. Smith

Dr. Art Bartner
(Director of All-American College Marching Band for The Olympic Games 1984/ Inauguration of Pres. Reagan 1985/ Liberty Band 1986/ Disney Bands/ Marching Trojans USC)

Karen has had the honor of meeting with the following well-known musicians:

Louie Bellson (Drums)-several occasions

Buddy Rich and Band (Drums)- several occasions

Freddie Green (Guitar player for The Count Basie Orchestra)

Teed Larsen (Pianist for Count Basie while he was sick just prior to his death, April 1984)
Several Others from the Count Basie Orchestra including bassist and drummer Dennis Mackrel

Chick Corea and Band including: Paco De Lucia (Guitar), Steve Kujala (Woodwinds), Don Alias (Congas/Percussion), Carlos Benavent (Bass), and Tom Brechtlein (Drums)

Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet)

Jeff Watts (Drums)

Charnett Moffett (Bass)

Various Musicians from Maynard Ferguson’s Band

Ed Shaughnessy (Drums for the Tonight Show Band)-numerous occasions

Philip Bailey (Vocalist for Earth, Wind & Fire and Phil Collins)

Several Falconaire’s (U. S. Air Force Jazz Band)

Al Jarreau (Jazz Vocalist)

Jerry Steinholtz (Conga)

Sonny Emory (Drums for Earth, Wind and Fire)

Dom Famularo (Drums)

Jack Bell (Percussion Atlanta Symphony)

Chester Thompson (Drums)

David Sanborn (Sax)

Omar Hakim (Drums)

Cloyd Duff (Timpanist) 

Walfredo Reyes Sr. (Conga)

Paul Rekow/ Karl Perazzo (Percussion for Santana)

David Garibaldi (Drums for Tower of Power)

Rocco Prestia (Bass for Tower of Power)


Alex Acuna (Drums/Percussion)


Steve Smith (Drums for Journey)

Akira Jimbo (Drums)


Dave Watts (Guitar for Dotsero)

Keith Carlock (Drums for Steely Dan/ Sting)

John Beck (Percussion-Eastman School of Music)

Billy Cobham (Drums)

Peter Erskine (Drums)

Mark Ford (Mallets)

Stefon Harris (Vibes)

Stanton Moore (Drums)

Jeff Queen (Marching Snare)

Steve Reid (Percussion for The Rippingtons)

Ralph Hardimon (Marching)

Jim Chapin (Drums, Educator)

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