Rory Snyder
First name: Rory
Last name: Snyder
Title: Instructor
Department: Music
Description: Faculty
Office: M-117
Campus: Pleasant Hill
Extension: 2452
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Rory Snyder is the Director of Jazz Studies at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill and for 16 years was the Director of Bands at Homestead High School and Jazz Director at Santa Clara University. He earned a B.A. from UCLA and an M.M. from the University of Northern Colorado, and is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician and guest artist throughout the west. He served as the Northern President of the Music Association of California Community Colleges (MACCC). Rory recorded his first CD as a leader, "New York Sessions" featuring Michael Wolff - piano, Wallace Roney - trumpet, John Patitucci - basses, and Victor Jones - drums. He has recorded 5 album/CD projects with Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band, and two with the Mike Vax Jazz Orchestra. He has appeared as a sideman with Johnny Mathis, Clark Terry, Ed Shaughnessy, the Smothers Brothers, Jack Jones, Vicki Carr, Bob Newhart, Don Menza, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin, Bobby Shew, The Temptations, and many more. Rory performs professionally on saxophones, flutes, and clarinet and leads The Rory Snyder Jazz Groups. Appearances include the west coast's premiere jazz club Yoshi's, Jupiter, D'Vine Jazz and Wine, the Monterey, San Jose & Vallejo Jazz Festivals, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, UCLA, Cal State Stanislaus, and San Jose State University. At DVC he has produced 2 CDs with the Night Jazz Band: one featuring Phil Woods, and the second featuring Toshiko Akiyoshi. With the Homestead HS groups he recorded 3 albums. Rory has led DVC and HHS Music tours to China, Paris, London, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Disneyland and Disneyworld. He has presented many major jazz figures as guest artists at DVC including Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, Bruce Forman, Bill Watrous, Michael Wolff, Ed Shaughnessy, Don Menza, Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Hutcherson and more.


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