Ed Mudrak is the head of the music department and instructor of music foundations, songwriting and history of American pop. Mudrak is also the director of the jazz ensemble, orchestra, jazz combo, chamber orchestra, electronic ensemble and pit band. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, recording with the internationally-acclaimed and Grammy-nominated Jazz Ensemble I. Mudrak then performed on Holland America Lines and Carnival Cruise Lines, serving as musical director aboard the Carnival Destiny in 2004. Mudrak relocated to Las Vegas, earning a master’s degree of music – jazz performance from the University of Nevada and played at many of the hotels along the famous Strip. He has now become a sought-after musician in the New England area since moving here in 2008. Mudrak has performed with Ne-Yo, The Manhattan Transfer, Bebe Neuwirth, Nipsey Russell, Tommy Tune, Ruth Brown, and Elvis Crespo, and has opened for Buddy Guy, Emeril Lagasse, Howie Mandel and several heads of state. He has also written arrangements for a variety of artists and has published several original pieces.