Bob is the founder of Magnolia Music Publications. A graduate of the University of the Arts (B.M. in Saxophone and B.M.E.) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he has been arranging and composing for many years. Bob has been a band director in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. In 2009 he decided to start writing music for High School and Junior High concert bands and has since expanded the library to include Jazz Ensemble music. His newly created “Flexible Instrumentation” jazz charts were created so that band directors would have the opportunity to create a jazz ensemble of their own choosing rather than being tied to one format of instrumentation.
Erik earned a B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Theory and Composition from Luther College in Decorah, IA. At Luther, he wrote and arranged for the jazz band, jazz combos, the theater and dance department and numerous student recitals. He has since been very active as a composer and arranger. With over 25 commissions to his credit, he has written music for solo artists, high school and collegiate jazz ensembles, middle school and high school concert bands, choirs, churches and musical theater throughout the Midwest. Many of his works have been performed internationally and are published by C.L. Barnhouse, Smart Chart Music, and Alliance Publications. He lives with his wonderful wife, Kaia, and their two daughters in St. Paul, MN where he remains active as a composer, arranger and performer.
Nicholas imbues traditional and modern jazz with classical and popular music hues to create a sound that is fresh yet familiar. His works have been performed internationally, at Carnegie Hall, Blue Note NYC, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola NYC, Amsterdam Music Hall, the International Association for Jazz Educators’ annual conference and high school jazz festivals throughout the Philadephia region. His debut CD, Nicholas H. Fernandez and his New York Nonet was released in April 2012. Nicholas is a dedicated educator with several years experience as a private composition and trumpet instructor. Educated at NYU (Ph.D.), Manhattan School of Music (M.M) and Rowan University (B.M.) in composition and performance, Nicholas has studied with Rich Shermaria, Ezequiel Vinao, Denis DiBlasio, George Rabbai, Bryan Appleby-Wineberg and David Shapiro.