Robert Waggoner has been involved in the music education field since 1964, at all levels, including elementary through university. Fomerly, the Director of bands at Parkway West H.S. and the Monday Night Jazz Club at Meramec-St. Louis Community College, Mr. Waggoner is currently the director of Genesis Jazz Project Big Band. He also teaches Jazz Education for Webster University and the Jazz Lab Ensemble at the Community Music School.
A professional bassist, Robert has performed in jazz trios to symphonic orchestras, including playing at Six Flags/St. Louis where he also served as conductor of the Palace Show for 4 years. He has also been involved as a staff member of the Jim Widner Jazz Camps and the SLUH Middle School Jazz Camps. Through out the Midwest, Robert maintains a busy schedule as a clinician, adjudicator and conductor in the Jazz Education area.
He has received the following awards: St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Certificate of Merit(1990-91), St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Hall of Fame(1995-96), NBA Outstanding Jazz Educator Award(2003), and the MOIAJE Jess Cole Award(2004) for Outstanding Contributions to Jazz Education.
Mr. Waggoner attended the University of North Texas, graduated from St. Louis Institute of Music and continued with graduate work at Sothern Illinios University at Edwardsville.
He is also the President/Owner of St. Ann Music LLC, a business that he operates with his wife, Ann.
Tim DeFries (piano and organ)
Tim DeFries is a 6th generation student of Beethoven, and his teaching lineage includes Rachmaninoff and Czerny. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from Louisiana College, he studied with Ruth Slenczynska at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, and graduated with a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. During this time, Tim was organist at Nameoki Presbyterian Church, Granite City, Illinois.
Tim has been a piano instructor at the Suburban School of Music in Webster Groves, MO, Lindenwood University, St. Louis Community College - Meramec, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and SIU (where he was a part of the Childhood Piano Preparatory Department and the Adult Education Department).
In 2010, Tim received a business administration degree from St. Louis Community College.
For more than 27 years, Tim has served as Organmaster at First Church of Christ, Valley Park, Missouri.