Our Board

Cory Maccarrone

One of the band's founding members in 2012, Cory built the band from the ground up, and continues to be an important part of the band's success through leadership both at rehearsals and as the lead alto sax player.  He represents Northwest Swing as a committee chair for our parent organization, the Boeing Employees Concert Band.

Cory got his start in jazz in high school, when he joined his school's big band. Taught by his father, a practicing jazz musician and saxophonist himself, he learned to play as a prominent lead of the band, eventually becoming proficient on clarinet and flute as well.

After graduating from college, he continued studying with Jazz Night School, and went on to found Northwest Swing itself. Since then, he has played with many groups around the Puget Sound region, including The Tempos and Coal Creek Jazz Band

Bertram Gulhaugen

Bertram Gulhaugen is a singer (lyric bass), recitalist, choral conductor, band leader, music director, and a long-time voice teacher. Bert earned a Bachelor of Music from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Music from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has maintained a private vocal wellness and training studio, In Good Voice, since 1984 and is a self-described voice geek. In 1993, He formed Seattle Glee Clubs, a non-profit 501(C)(3) choral and musical theater organization for amateurs and served as conductor/music director for the Offbeats Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Seattle Womens Glee Club, the West Seattle Glee Club and the Olio Players Theatrical Troupe, an ongoing project. As director of the Offbeat Vocal Jazz Ensemble he taught vocal jazz workshops and worked will many of Seattles best jazz musicians giving regular performances at Tulas Nightclub.

In 2013 Bertram, partner Jerry Halsey, and friend Mary Pat Graham founded Expressive Music & Theater Arts, a nonprofit 501(C)(3) created to encourage and enable personal growth through deeper participation in the arts.

Bertram has presented numerous recitals of art song, standards, and show tunes. He held the position of bass section leader for the Seattle Jewish Chorale from 2010 - 2013 and over the years has served as soloist/section leader for synagogues, and various Christian denominations.

Bertram is currently the music director and choir conductor at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation where he plans worship service music, conducts several vocal ensembles, and leads Westsides professional rhythm section made up of some of Seattles finest jazz musicians. He also produces the bi-annual Pacific Northwest Unitarian Universalist Music Festival.

Matt Verbon

Joining Northwest Swing in 2016, Matt is dedicated to the continued success of the band.  He works tirelessly to reach out to our community for performances and to recruit new members, while playing a little Trumpet for us on the side!

Matt started out playing music at an early age following in his brother's footsteps of picking trumpet to play.  He played in two bands (symphonic and jazz) all through high school.  It's in high school where he found the love of playing swing tunes.  His high school band leader (Percy Bronson) was a local professional musician who led a local area swing band who Matt would go watch and learn from.
 
After high school he took some time off but always had the desire to continue playing, so he started again with Highline Community Symphonic Band and Boeing Employees Concert Band.   The aspiration to play swing music again has brought him to Northwest Swing where he can continue the passion he once had at such an early age. 

 

Our Members

Vocals

Lisa Mahan, Vocals
Cyndi Moring, Vocals

Saxophones

Cory Maccarrone, Alto Sax*
Monica Rosman Lafever, Alto Sax
Lisa Mahan, Tenor Sax*
Pete Grimm, Tenor Sax
Joseph Keyes, Baritone Sax

Trombones

Dan Lewis, Trombone*
Brandon Dalessandro, Trombone
Matt Shevrin, Trombone (French Horn)
Dick Simonson, Trombone
Tony Wright, Trombone
Joe Veneziani, Bass Trombone

Trumpets

Jason Wright, Trumpet*
Matt Verbon, Trumpet
Mike Andrews, Trumpet
Rob Lind, Trumpet

Rhythm

Alan Findley, Piano
Dennis Haacks, String Bass
Erik Haugen, Guitar
Tom Dean, Drums