OP as educators
Outside Pedestrian is a cutting-edge modern jazz trio comprised of three talented and progressive educators. Their recent clinic and performance at College of the Desert in Palm Springs inspired many students and educators with incisive analysis of jazz tradition and form mixed with a dynamic performance of the group’s original material.
Founded by Berklee College of Music alumni Dr. Anthony Fesmire and David Lockeretz, the ensemble’s style is an eclectic blend of modern jazz, indie-rock, blues, and other contemporary influences that fuse to create a distinct musical voice.
Guitarist Dr. Anthony Fesmire is a Professor of Music and Chair of the Arts and Media programs and founder of the jazz studies program at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, where he directs the jazz ensembles and teaches the full sequence of music theory courses. He holds a bachelors degree from Berklee College of Music and a masters degree from the University of Southern California, both in guitar performance. He received his doctoral degree in music education from the University of Northern Colorado.
As a performer and composer, Dr. Fesmire has extensive experience including an appearance at the IAJE convention. In addition to his work with Outside Pedestrian, he can be heard on a number of commercially available recordings including his own “Songs Without Words.”
Bassist David Lockeretz is an honors graduate from Berklee College of Music. Since 1995 he has been active as a private and classroom instructor and is also a regular content contributor to music websites such as http://www.8notes.com. As a bassist, he has toured internationally and performed and recorded with a variety of artists. In addition to Outside Pedestrian, Lockeretz has toured nationally and internationally with a variety of artists, including a 2015 appearance at the Saikai American Festival in Sasebo, Japan. His second solo record, “Mulligan!”, was released in 2020.
Drummer David Oromaner is an alumni of The Collective School of Music in NYC and also holds a bachelors degree from University at Albany and a masters from Touro College in New York. Oromaner has given masterclasses and clinics at many schools and organizations including MLK Arts and Technology, New York City College of Technology, and was a member of the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Education concert series from 2001-2005.
As a performer, Oromaner has worked with musicians in many genres touring nationally and internationally, and sharing the stage with such diverse artists such as Taj Majal, Avishai Cohen, Ben Harper, Maroon 5 and REM. Oromaner’s recording credits as a drummer, arranger, and producer include nationally distributed records and soundtracks including releases by Capital and Universal Records.
As educators, the trio’s goal is to creatively inspire students. They accomplish this by taking the listeners inside the music: they deconstruct, slow down, and recompose making it easy to hear the traditional western foundation while at the same time pushing the boundaries of “jazz.”