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BILL WOLAVER

Bill Wolaver received his BM in piano performance from Oklahoma City University.  He is a prolific and renowned composer and arranger in Nashville, TN, working with multiple publishing companies.  He and his wife, Robin, have been involved with Christian music over 20 years, with songs, musicals, and arrangements published by a number of leading Christian publishers.  Together, they composed Make His Praise Glorious, recorded by Sandi Patty and nominated for Dove Award for 'Song of the Year.'  In addition, they have received an ASCAP Award for 'Inspirational Song of the Year.'  He is also the pianist/composer/arranger for the Annie Moses Band.

 

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CAMILLE DASILVA

Camille DaSilva is a harpist, pianist, and B3 player living in Nashville, TN.  She travels as a musician with the Annie Moses Band.  The group has multiple successful PBS specials, the most recent being "The Art of the Love Song".  Camille made her debut with the Annie Moses Band at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.

Camille has won multiple awards and accolades for classical piano and harp.  She has studied with master pedagogues such as, on harp, Emily Mitchell (Eastman School of Music), Licia Jaskunas (Indiana University, Eastman School of Music), and Marian Shaffer (Memphis State University) of Vanderbilt University and, on piano, Amy Dorfman (Indiana University School of Music), Dr Jerome Reed (Catholic University of America; Middle Tennessee State University); Viktoria Mushkatkol (Kiev Music School, St Petersburg Conservatory, University of Illinois) of the Juilliard School of Music in NYC.  

 

TRUMPET

 

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JULIAN KAPLAN

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Julian Kaplan and his family moved to North Carolina, where he began playing trumpet at age 12. He soon began studying with the principal trumpet of the Charlotte Symphony, Michael Miller, who now plays in the Cleveland Orchestra.  While in high school, Julian was first chair in the wind ensemble, lead trumpet in the marching band, and featured soloist at several concerts. During that time, Julian participated in the All-County, All-District, and All-State Honor Bands, along with countless other honors bands across North Carolina. Julian was part of the first graduating class at the then-new North Lincoln High School, was an honor student, and graduated in the top 10 of his class.

Julian received a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Kentucky, where he received his undergraduate degree in trumpet performance and studied with Mark Clodfelter. He was also a student of Vince DiMartino at Centre College.

While at the University of Kentucky, Julian played at several large venues, including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and has performed concerts in Greece and China. Julian served as the principal trumpet in the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has been a featured soloist.

Shortly before graduation, Julian was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Lexington Philharmonic, where he played for two seasons, before being appointed second trumpet of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Julian served two seasons as second trumpet, and in the 2012-2013 was appointed principal trumpet, the position he currently holds.

Julian has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, as lead trumpet for Manhattan Transfer, and as a featured soloist with several chamber music groups. Julian is also a recording artist, spending time in Nashville recording for various albums.

During his time off from the orchestra, Julian is often a featured soloist at Chamber Music Festivals in Florida. He also enjoys golf, racquetball, and tennis.

DRUMS

JAVIER SANTIAGO

 Javier Santiago is a graduate of the University of Miami with a Masters degree in Jazz Pedagogy.  His unique style is a fusion of the diverse influences of his musical background, encompassing the traditional Latin music of his native Puerto Rico, as well as a thorough knowledge of jazz, classical and pop music.  In addition to his prowess as a drummer, Javier is an adept performer of the cajon, an instrument native to South America, applying traditional dance and flamenco rhythms in a modern day context.  Though many know Javier as drummer for the Annie Moses Band, hismusical journey began in 1982 studying percussion and theory at the Escuela Libre de Musica, a performing arts school, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.As a young boy, Javier, along with his brother, were serious about music, as were Manuel and Pepita Santiago, their devoted parents and biggest fans.  Soon he began performing with church groups and friends, and from 1987 to 1992 he set out on his first experiences as a touring musician, traveling across Central and South America, as well as Spain with the Latin Continental Singers and Orchestra.

Upon his high school graduation Javier continued his musical training at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, earning a Bachelors degree in Percussion Performance in 1993 with honors.  After graduation, he embarked on a year of heavy performing, producing, and teaching, but his desire for excellence brought him back to school, at the prestigious University of Miami, where he earned a Masters degree in Jazz Pedagogy.  With a master’s degree under his belt, Javier returned to Puerto Rico where he was became an instructor of percussion and drum set at the Interamerican University.

In 1999 he moved to Nashville and took to the road, touring with the group TRUTH across the U.S. and Canada.  Since then Javier has performed with: Ron Kenoly, 4HIM, Russ Taff, Wayne Watson, Nikki Leonti, LaRue, Marco Barrientos, Nestor Torres, Ronnie Freeman, Frank and Diane Marino, Edwin Cotto, OLEM and many others.

In the spring of 2003, Javier became the drummer for the Annie Moses Band.  Since that time he has traveled all over the U.S. and beyond recording in both studio and live projects, including the band’s top ten Billboard classical crossover album, This Glorious Christmas, as well as two PBS specials:  Christmas with the Annie Moses Band and Pilgrims and Prodigals, which have received over 1000 hours of air time. Since 2005 he has served as percussion director for the Annie Moses Band’s Fine Arts Summer Academy, as well as teaching drum and rhythm section clinics across the US.

In addition to his work with the Annie Moses Band, Javier continues to pursue other independent projects. In 2010 he launched the JJ Saint James Band, a contemporary jazz fusion ensemble. Their first album, Rhythm & Songs, was released in 2011.

Currently, Javier continues a busy touring, recording, and teaching schedule both in Nashville and Puerto Rico.

Javier Santiago is proud to endorse Innovative Percussion and Longo Custom Drums.