Jazz Educators Inspire Benjamin Logan High School Students


Recently, music clinicians hailing from Capital University and Ohio Northern University made a significant impact on the Benjamin Logan High School music education program. The clinicians shared their wealth of knowledge and experience, engaging with students of varying ages and skill levels.

Myles Bowers, the Instrumental Music Director at BLHS, regularly extends invitations to clinicians, creating opportunities for his students to interact with and draw inspiration from professional musicians. The presence of these accomplished artists has become a highlight in the students’ music education journey.

During the clinic sessions, students had the unique chance to establish connections with these professionals, receiving valuable ideas and suggestions for enhancing their musical performance.

Dr. Andrew Liebermann, a professor in the Music department at Ohio Northern University, enjoyed working with the saxophone and wind sections. His extensive background includes degrees from Bowling Green State University and the Eastman School of Music.

Stan Smith, an associate professor of music in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University, shared his expertise as the head of the jazz/contemporary guitar curriculum since 1978. In addition to his academic role, Smith is a guitarist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and has contributed to Broadway Series productions.

Smith, a recognized composer, has received Fellowship Awards from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. His compositions have garnered international acclaim and can be accessed digitally, including his CD “Silent Memory” available at artofliferecords.com.

Roger Hines, currently serving as Bass Professor at Capital University, brought his three-decade-long musical career to the clinic. Hines, who toured with Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Diane Schuur, also served as the bassist for Ray Charles from 1980 to 1987. His extensive collaborations include performances with a roster of well-known artists and ensembles.

Beyond performing, Hines has shared his expertise as a bass teacher at The Ohio State University School of Music for over 12 years. Since 2006, he has been an integral part of the music faculty at Capital University, receiving recognition through individual artist grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Hines has also actively participated in the Artist in the Schools Program, further demonstrating his commitment to musical education and community engagement.