Nick Muellner is saxophonist studying at Lawrence University where he is a candidate for the Bachelor of Music degree in instrumental music education and saxophone performance. As an improviser, he has studied with Jose Encarnación, Steven Jordheim, and has played in groups directed by Mark Urness, Tim Albright, Matt Turner, Bill Carrothers, and Patty Darling among others. As part of his involvement in the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble, the group won two Downbeat awards for best undergraduate jazz ensemble. As a classical saxophonist, Nick also plays in several regularly performing chamber groups. At Lawrence University, he has played in the Wind Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, Improvisation Group of Lawrence University, Spectre Saxophone Quartet, Saxophone Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra.
Zoe Markle is a musician who enjoys exploring many different genres on her double bass. She is from DeKalb, IL and is currently studying music performance at Lawrence University. She has performed with Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, Cantala, Improvisational Group of Lawrence University (IGLU), Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble (LUJE), and also enjoys jazz combo playing and chamber music. In her time with LUJE they were awarded best undergraduate ensemble by Downbeat Magazine twice. Zoe also enjoys performing with various jazz combos around the area, especially the jazz series at the Neenah Public Library, currently running for a second year. In her spare time, she likes to spend time baking, enjoying the outdoors, or hanging out with her cats.
Nolan Ehlers is a percussionist whose interests range from classical percussion, to world music, jazz, and contemporary chamber music. As an orchestral musician, Nolan has performed with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra. His love of Cuban percussion has resulted in Nolan receiving a fellowship to study rumba and Batá drumming in Havana and Matanzas, Cuba. Nolan’s new music trio, Else, If Else, is currently working on a commissioning project to develop an album of pieces inspired by nature. Nolan is a student at Lawrence University, primarily studying with Dane Richeson and Jose Encarnación. At Lawrence, Nolan is the Student Director of Tambotoké, the Afro-Cuban ensemble. He also participates in Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, the New Music Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Kinkaviwo (Ghanaian drumming and dance), Sambistas, various chamber ensembles, and teaches for the Lawrence Academy of Music.