Craig Marshall, tenor, is producer of In Full Swing and Marshall Music Productions. Marshall has written arrangements for vocal quartet, jazz ensembles, big bands and concert bands. His recording credits include six CDs as a trombonist with the Grammy Award-nominated University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band and two with the UNT Jazz Singers. A versatile musician, he has performed professionally on a wide variety of instruments. Mr. Marshall has taught jazz improvisation, music business courses, and directed jazz ensembles including guest conductor of the One O'Clock Lab Band. Born in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, Marshall is co-founder with his wife, Sheri, of The Living Christmas Card Inc., a network of more than 100 singers performing in holiday quartets in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Detroit, Mich.; and Houston, Texas. Marshall received his bachelor and master of music degrees in jazz studies from the University of North Texas, where he is currently manager of the lab bands and associate producer for the North Texas Jazz record label.
Sheri Marshall, soprano, originally from Sturgis, Michigan, has a background in musical theater, with leading roles including Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady," Nanette in "No, No, Nanette" and Jeannie in "Brigadoon." Co-founder of The Living Christmas Card Inc., she has recorded as a studio vocalist for national music publishing houses Hal Leonard, Columbia Music, Shawnee Press, Western Michigan University's Gold Company and with the UNT Jazz Singers. A former music teacher in Texas public schools, she received a bachelor of music education degree from Western Michigan University and a master of music education degree from the University of North Texas. In addition to her involvement with LCC, she is manager of Marshall Music Productions Inc. a corporation whose divisions include recording, publishing, booking, contracting of musicians and all LCC operations.
Rosana Eckert, alto, is an accomplished vocalist, French hornist and dancer who first enchanted audiences at age two. She has performed on stages throughout the U.S., including Carnegie Hall, Disneyland and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she performs frequently as vocalist with Latin, jazz and calypso bands in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Rosana may be heard on UNT Jazz Singers recordings and on the newly released recording of Dallas singer/songwriter Gary Eckert entitled Up All Night. She earned a bachelor of music theory degree and a master of music in vocal jazz from the University of North Texas, where she is currently adjunct faculty and vocal jazz workshop staff member.
Gary Eckert, bass, originally from Kent, Ohio, is a highly innovative vocalist, percussionist, keyboardist, writer, arranger, and producer who has performed in Venice, Italy; Athens, Greece; Egypt, Israel, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. He holds degrees in both music and philosophy from the University of North Texas. Eckert is owner of GEM Productions, Publishing, & Records (Gary Eckert Music/ASCAP) and recently released his first solo CD, Up All Night. Eckert, a jingle writer/performer in the Dallas area, also taught commercial voice and philosophy at Cedar Valley Community College in Lancaster, Texas, and is currently director of music at First Christian Church in Gainesville, Texas.
David Joyner is arranger, pianist, and vocalist for In Full Swing. He holds a bachelors degree and doctorate in music from the University of Memphis, and a masters degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As a pianist, vocalist, and clinician, he has performed and adjudicated at festivals in California, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, Mexico, and Europe. He has been a staff vocalist/writer/keyboardist for major jingle studios in Memphis, Dallas, and Tampa and has performed with popular artists such as Bob Hope, Henry Mancini, and Roy Clark. For fourteen years, he was Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at The University of North Texas in Denton. He is now an active free-lance musician in the Portland, Oregon and Puget Sound region spanning Olympia to Seattle, Washington. Dr. Joyner is currently Associate Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. More information about David can be found at www.joyneronline.com.
Maria Joyner plays the drums and is the website designer for In Full Swing. She is a graduate of The University of North Texas where she majored in Jazz Studies Performance. A native of Washington state, she played for over fifteen musical productions in Portland, Oregon during the four years she attended college. In Dallas, Maria performed with a number of big bands and headliner acts including the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. As an educator and clinician, Maria has taught private drum lessons for ten years, and participated in jazz combo and jazz vocal workshops in Oregon, Washington, and Texas. She has now returned to Washington where she directs the Seattle Womens Jazz Orchestra (www.swojo.com),and continues to perform with various jazz groups, including her own trio. More information about Maria can be found at www.joyneronline.com.