After receiving his Masters Degree from the University of Miami, Denis DiBlasio joined the big band of legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, serving as Maynard's Musical Director for five years. During that time he honed his virtuosity on the baritone saxophone and flute as well as a prodigious scat-vocal technique, and developed estimable composing and arranging skills. His scores have been published by Kendor, William Allen, Kjos, Doug Beach and Hal Leonard, and he has written several books on jazz improvisation. He is currently Director of the Jazz Department and conducts the Jazz Lab Band at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. As a clinician for the Yamaha Musical Corporation, DiBlaslo has taught and performed all over The United States; his "education as entertainment" style has also taken him to Thailand, Italy, Luxemburg, Prague, Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Switzerland, Denmark and Japan. Denis is currently the Executive Director of the Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz.