Musicians


Jack Mahoney - Cornet, French Horn

Jack MahoneyJack began playing in high school and continued at the University of Oregon while getting his B.A and Masters degrees in Music. During his time in military service, he played with the 748th Army Air Force Band. Jack has taught instrumental and vocal music for twenty years, the last five years at Portland's Centennial High School. He has played professionally since high school and fronted his own dance bands for over 40 years. Jack is also the Music Director of Portland's East Count Community Orchestra.
Here is a link to a recent newspaper article about the East County Community Orchestra. Gresham Outlook 01/13/10





Earle Minor - Alto Saxophone

Earle Minor Earle started his first formal training as an accordionist at age twelve. He began playing saxophone and clarinet a few years later. He played his first engagement with a professional band at age fifteen as an accordionist. He later became a professional woodwind player at age eighteen after realizing nobody wanted to hear him play jazz accordion. He graduated Portland State University with a B.S. in Arts and Letters. In his mid life Earle also became a defensive flautist. He has primarily been a full time woodwind musician his entire adult life.

He has performed professionally in the Portland area over the years with such bandleaders as: Johnny Rietz, Joe Dardis, Carl Smith and his Natural Gas Company, Monte Ballou, George Reinmiller, Woody Hite, CT 99, LeRoy Anderson, Walt Bridges, Dick Schwary, Dr. T., Jim Little and The Portland Timbers soccer band.

Minor has performed professionally as a sideman with a few national names including: Johnnie Ray, Lou Rawls, Dennis Day, The Ink Spots, Don Ellis, Mark Russell, The Joffrey Ballet, and Les Elgart.

In the early 1960's he lived and played in New York on the avant garde jazz scene with Pharaoh Sanders, Don Cherry, and Ed Blackwell. He also played commercially in the Catskill resort area up state. He is also a musical arranger who has written for many various situations; from beauty pageants, to big bands and small combos.

Earle Minor has also been a private and institutional instructor throughout his career. He was employed at the Jefferson Performing Arts Magnet School as an artist in residence from the program's beginning to its cessation. He was also an Applied Music Instructor of Saxophone for students of Portland State University, Mt Hood Community College, Portland Community College and Warner Pacific College. He still teaches privately and is saxophoning publicly when called upon to do so.

Dennis Costi - Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet

Dennis CostiDennis was born Portland, Oregon. After graduating from US Grant High, he attended 2 years ar the University of Oregon, and 2 Years at Portland State University, graduating with a BA degree.
He started playing clarinet at age ten, added the saxophone at age 12, and the flute at age 20. Dennis became a member of the Portland Musicians Union Local 99 at age 18, and began his career as a private music instructor and performer at age 22. Dennis has had numerous students who won city solo contests, allowing them to go to state competitions. He continues teaching to the present time.
Dennis was a member of the Oregon National Guard Band for 9 years, headquartered at the Portland Air Base. Dennis has performed with numerous groups, including The Oregon Symphony, Oregon Symphony Pops Orchestra, Norman Leyden Pops Orchestra, Portland Opera, Portland Festival Symphony, Keller Auditorium Orchestra, and the Portland Symphonic Band. He has also has been a member of the Oregon Saxophone Quartet, Woody Hite Band and George Reinmiller Band. He is the Director of the Dennis Costi Big Band (Swing DC), featured on the Queen of the West cruise ship (1999 through 2006), and currently performing on various casual dates.