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Artist in Residence

Artists for the 2019 HPS Artist in Residence and Hastings College Jazz Festival include Tom “Bones” Malone and “Blue” Lou Marini, members of the original Blues Brothers Band.  Kirk Garrison, member of the Lt. Dan Band, Joey Gulizia, member of Manheim Steamroller, Tony Gulizia, founder of Jazz Goes To School, and Keri Chryst, member of Sweet System.

The Artists will work with Hastings Public Schools students, 4th grade through High School, April 2nd and 3rd. We are still looking for help to sponsor this event; if you wish to contribute, you can donate online at the HPS Foundation website or send a check to the Foundation via school mail, put “artist in residence” in the memo line. 

The Artists will headline the Hastings College Jazz Festival Rhythm and Blues Revue Concert, April 1, at 7:30 pm, in Lynn Farrell Arena.  Groups performing include: HHS Tiger Jazz Ensemble, HHS Chamber Choir, HMS Jazz Cats and Choir, HPS 5th grade Jazz Combo, and the HC Jazz Ensemble.  More information can be found at

“We have been doing Artist in Residence programs for many years in the HPS District. Last year was our first District Wide Artist in Residence. We like to provide these programs to our students because they inspire our students to work harder, they showcase the talent we have at HPS, and give us an opportunity to put a spotlight on our music programs and on the community of Hastings,” said Rick Matticks, Hastings Public Schools Music Coordinator.

All performances are free and open to the public, with a free will donation accepted at the Rhythm and Blues Revue Concert, with all proceeds going to the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Artist Bios

Thomas “Bones” Malone (trombone) is an American jazz musician, arranger, and producer. As his nickname implies, he specializes on the trombone, but also plays trumpet, tuba, various saxophones, clarinets, flutes, piccolo, and other instruments. He is famous for being a member of The Blues Brothers Band, Saturday Night Live Band (served as leader of the band from 1981 to 1985), and a member of the CBS Orchestra, the house band for the Late Show with David Letterman. Malone currently plays with the Lt. Dan Band.

“Blue” Lou Marini (saxophone) is one of the most sought-after session horn players on saxophone, flute, and clarinet. Solo artist, arranger, and composer Lou Marini has electrified audiences with his “sultry, seductive and singular” sounds in jazz, rock, blues, classical music and in film and television shows and specials. He’s been a member of Blood, Sweat and Tears, The Saturday Night Live Band, The Blues Brothers Band, and his credits include hundreds of albums, many of which have gone platinum.

Kirk Garrison (trumpet) is an active performer, educator, and composer in the Chicago area. A veteran of the Chicago jazz scene, Kirk attended Mankato State University before honing his skills in the United States Air Force Band. After leaving the Air Force in 1992, he completed his master’s degree in Jazz Studies at DePaul University where he was also a member of the jazz faculty. He is on the faculty at Elmhurst and Concordia University, Chicago. Garrison plays with the Lt. Dan Band.

Joey Gulizia (percussion) has been performing since childhood. By the age of 10, he was drumming regularly with his father Joe Gulizia Sr. and brother Tony. Joey’s been involved in music education for over 30 years. He has conducted hundreds of residencies, workshops, and clinics for students of all ages. He has been inducted to the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame and has received the Excellence in Education award by the Governor of Nebraska. Joey has traveled extensively including all 50 of the United States. Just this past year, Joey was drumming in Austria and Switzerland, performed on the annual Gulizia Brothers Jazz Cruise to Alaska and the Caribbean, and he once again toured with the Mannheim Steamroller.

Tony Gulizia (keyboard and vocals) began his music career at the age of 8, working with his father, and, later, with Joey, his brother. Tony studied music at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. It was there the Gulizia Brothers were formed. In 1979, the talented musical duo began working, in conjunction with the Nebraska Arts Council, in the Artists in Schools program. By 1990, their involvement in music programs for youth had escalated to leadership in the Mid-America Arts Alliance, involving themselves increasingly in Artist in Schools programs spanning a seven-state region.

Keri Chryst (vocalist) is an international performer and educator, currently living and working in Paris, France – by way of Chicago, where she studied jazz at Northwestern University. Her spunky, authentic “in the pocket” swing, soulful groove, together with an instrumental approach to singing and improvisation, have charmed audiences across the Western Hemisphere and fast earned her a reputation as a musician’s singer.

Thank you to District Music Coordinator, Rick Matticks for working so diligently to bring this incredible opportunity to our students and to the community of Hastings.