Aaron Turner is an active percussionist, educator, and composer in Colorado Springs.  Aaron currently teaches percussion at Colorado State University-Pueblo.  He has performed with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, United States Air Force Academy Band, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.  He is the co-leader of the flute and marimba duo, the Timberline Players. He has published original compositions and arrangements with C. Alan Publications and Permus Publications.  Aaron holds a Bachelor of Music from Lawrence University in percussion performance and a Master of Music from the University of North Texas in percussion performance with an emphasis in jazz studies.

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Jay McGuffin (multi-string instrumentalist) is  currently teaching music in Douglas County School District(since 2002) at Castle View High School and Castle Rock Middle School. He is the Director of Orchestras and guitar instructor. Jay began his professional career at the age of 13. During that time, he has performed with Frank Finelli, William “Bug” Barbie, Dave Grusin, the Brubeck Brothers and Itzhak Perlman. In addition, Jay has been a member of the Double McGuffin Band on Bass and Vocals since 2002, performing regularly with his father since 2005 and has been the leader of the group since 2008. He also performs in several music groups across the Front Range including acting Principal Bassist of The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. In his freetime, Jay enjoys spending time with his wife Stephanie and son Michael in the garden and out on the lake.

James Bader has been a cello coach and teacher for the CSYSA since 2010.  Receiving his B.A. in Music from Fort Lewis College, and  M.M. in Music from the University of New Mexico, he has played in regional orchestras such as the San Juan Symphony and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Bader is currently an adjunct faculty member at Pikes Peak Community College.