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Jazz Quartet Concert

"The President's Own" United States Marine Band Pianist

Sponsored by Ned and Diana Creighton

Sunday, May 2, 6pm

Oracle Center for the Arts

AnnaMaria Mottola

Pianist Master Sergeant AnnaMaria Mottola joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 2003. She was appointed principal and section leader in September 2013. Master Sgt. Mottola began her musical instruction at age 4. After graduating in 2000 from Robert Service High School in Anchorage, she attended Arizona State University in Tempe where she studied jazz and classical piano with Chuck Marohnic, Mike Crotty and Robert Hamilton.


Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Master Sgt. Mottola participated in several competitions, winning the Arizona State University Concerto Competition in 2000 and Alaska Music Teacher Association piano competition from 1996-1998.


She has been featured as a soloist under guest conductor Leonard Slatkin in Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Opus 26, and was featured as a tour soloist in 2006 performing George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and in 2009 performing George Gershwin’s Allegro from Concerto in F.

With a professional career spanning over 30 years, Joe has performed many different styles of music from jazz and Latin jazz to Brazilian to country to rock, and records on numerous projects, both live and in-studio.

Joe was inspired by iconic musicians Mongo Santamaria, Giovanni Hidalgo, Luis Conte, Roy Haynes and Joe Morello, to name a few.

Joe’s professionalism and engaging personality have earned him a stellar reputation in the music business and he is “first-call” with many bands and recording artists.


Joe Garcia

With a professional career spanning over 30 years, Joe has performed many different styles of music from jazz and Latin jazz to Brazilian to country to rock, and records on numerous projects, both live and in-studio.

Joe was inspired by iconic musicians Mongo Santamaria, Giovanni Hidalgo, Luis Conte, Roy Haynes and Joe Morello, to name a few.

Joe’s professionalism and engaging personality have earned him a stellar reputation in the music business and he is “first-call” with many bands and recording artists.


Dwight Killian

Dwight grew up in Kansas, the “heartland” of America. He started his musical journey by playing guitar, which led to tuba and finally to electric and acoustic bass. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Wichita State University in 1986. From 1982 to 1988, Dwight was a “Kansas Jazz Artist in Residence” and a member of the “Kansas Touring Arts”. He also taught jazz bass at WSU, Bethel College, and Hutchinson Community College. In 1988 he moved to Denver CO. and free-lanced with local and national artists.

Dwight has performed with many top jazz artists such as Benny Green, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Art Lande, Herbie Mann, Teddy Edwards, Mark Murphy, Ernie Watts, Richie Cole, Mose Allison, Myra Melford, Jerry Hahn, Milcho Leviev, Claudio Slon, Paul McCandless, Nick Brignola, Lee Konitz, Ken Peplowski, Bob Florence, Lennie Niehaus, and Marvin Stamm. He has performed at many of the major jazz festivals in the Midwest and also at the Holland Blues Festival.

Dwight relocated to Phoenix Arizona, in November of 1998, as bassist with the Discovery Jazz Trio at The Boulders Resort in Carefree AZ for six years. He currently freelances throughout the valley doing Jazz Concerts with some of the area’s top musicians. Dwight’s festival performances while living in Arizona include: 1999 Wichita Jazz Festival, Carefree Music Festival from 2003 to 2007, and the Prescott Jazz Summit from 2003 to 2006. While in the valley he’s taught Jazz Bass at Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College, Southwestern Christian College and Arizona State University from 1999 to 2006. From 2005 - 2020 Dwight was Music Director of Music Serving the Word Ministries and the bassist for Inner Journeys led by pianist Bob Ravenscroft. Dwight is currently performing in a 2 bass duo with electric bassist Todd Johnson.

Matt McClintock

Matt McClintock is a drummer, composer, and educator based out of Phoenix, Arizona. After receiving his Bachelors of Music in 2016, Matt was invited back to Arizona State University to work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and receive a Masters of Music degree. As a performer, McClintock maintains a busy schedule and has had the opportunity to perform with world class musicians such as Michael Kocour, Brice Winston, and Eric Rasmussen. He has also been involved in a number of studio recordings with other Phoenix area professionals. He is an active educator and arts advocate, working closely with non-profit organizations such as The Nash and Phoenix Conservatory of Music. In addition, McClintock is the curator of the weekly jazz jam session at Spinelli’s Pizzaria in Tempe.

Poised to become the next great American music festival, the Oracle Piano Society delivers piano and other musical programs of exceptional quality and artistry to the beautiful high-desert rural community of Oracle, Arizona.

We create transformative cultural opportunities for students and members of the community through innovative performances and dynamic educational events.