In 1980, age 20, Chris toured with the London Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Celibidache at the invitation of Denis Wick and was appointed Principal Trombone of the Orchestra of Opera North in the following year, a seat he held for twenty seven years. He has since appeared as Guest Principal with most major UK ensembles including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic and London Brass and still plays regularly with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, MusicFabrik, Scottish Chamber, Superbrass and the Symphonic Brass of London. A graduate of London’s Guildhall School of Music, he studied with Denis Wick, Eric Crees and Peter Gane, and was awarded the Principal’s Prize.
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Jay Jennings has been a member of Snarky Puppy since 2004. Before meeting his Snarky family at the University of North Texas, Jay grew up in the small town of Grapevine, TX. He was lucky to have a piano in the house growing up, which he considers his introduction to music education. Jennings started playing the trumpet at age 11, and by 15 he was already playing professionally. In high school he was selected to the Texas All-State Jazz Ensemble both sophomore and senior years and was selected for the High School Grammy Jazz Ensemble, which performed at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA. Jennings auditioned as a college freshman and was selected for a jazz soloist chair in the world renowned One O'clock Lab Band at UNT. When he was 22 he joined the Dallas based, symphonic rock band The Polyphonic Spree. He recorded and toured with them until moving to Brooklyn, NY in 2009. Jennings eventually began touring with capital records artist Eli…
Dr. Josh Calkin is currently Associate Professor of Low Brass and Assistant Director of Bands at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. His duties at WSC include teaching all applied low brass, directing the Jazz Band, Chamber Brass Ensembles, Pep Band, Symphonic Band, and Mariachi Oro y Negro, assisting with the Marching Band, and teaching low brass methods, world music, and jazz pedagogy. Josh holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Plymouth (NH) State College, a Master of Music in Tuba Performance from Boise State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Tuba Performance from the University of Iowa.
Josh Rzepka is an award winning Chicago based trumpeter, composer, and author. He has been featured on NPR, PBS, and has performed all across North America. His albums have been heard around the world reaching the #9 spot on the JazzWeek radio chart and the #5 spot on the CMJ Jazz chart. Since the fall of 2015 Josh has toured with retro-rock sensation Under the Streetlamp performing in nearly every state and throughout Canada.
Kent Eshelman is Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Baylor University, where he joined the faculty in 2009. Previously he held full-time teaching positions at Northern Arizona University and Western Kentucky University, and he has also taught at Grand Valley State University and the Interlochen Arts Camp. A graduate of the University of Michigan in tuba performance (BM) and jazz piano (BFA), he earned a master’s degree in tuba performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a doctorate in tuba performance at Michigan State University. At UW-Madison he held the Prize University Fellowship and at Michigan State University the University Distinguished Fellowship.
Marvin "MoHorns" Thompson is an arranger, producer and phenomenal trombonist. Coming from a very musical family, Marvin was exposed to the craft and approach to music on many levels. At a young age Marvin studied with the extraordinary music teacher, James Pope, under this tutelage, he was introduced to understanding of music. Marvin continued his studies under Curtis Pope, musical director for Wilson Pickett and the leader of the Midnight Movers.
Mr. Travis E. Harris is originally from the Texas Gulf coast area where he attended Lamar University and received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trombone Performance. From there he attended The University of North Texas in pursuit of a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Studies where he was a member of the award winning and nationally acclaimed Two O’clock Lab Band. In the interim, Mr. Harris earned his Texas Teaching Certification in Music EC-12 and became a full-time teacher. He has resided in the Denton area since 1993 and enjoys spending time with his wife, Maria, and their four children Michael, Jonathan, Abby and Travy.
Trumpeter and Marion, Massachusetts native Aaron Janik has been steeped in the discipline of music from the age of 10. His earliest introduction to music was by way of revered New England trumpeter Jack Martin.
Dr. Aaron Tindall is the assistant professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Tuba Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master's of Music degree in Euphonium Performance with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, UK, and a Bachelor of Music Performance degree on both the Euphonium and Tuba from The Pennsylvania State University. He has additional studies at Indiana University. His principal teachers have included Velvet Brown, Mel Culbertson, Warren Deck, Mike Dunn, Steven Mead, and Daniel Perantoni. He has also studied with Roger Bobo, and Dr. Benjamin Pierce. He previously served on the faculty of Eastern Michigan University, at the University of Miami-Frost School of Music as a visiting professor, at Penn State University as a visiting professor, and as a visiting tutor for tuba and euphonium at the Conservatoire National de…
International orchestral musician and trumpet soloist Adrian D. Griffin is enjoying a vivid and busy career. Prior to his appointment of principal trumpet with the Filarmonica de Jalisco, Adrian has held positions as the co-principal trumpet with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Monterrey, Ballet de Monterrey and Opera Metropolitana de Monterrey, fourth/utility trumpet with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra as well as the trumpet professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Maniacal 4 tenor trombonist Alex Dubrov is the ensemble’s electric trombone expert. His skills as a soloist combined with his expertise in using pedal distortion allow him to create some of M4’s most sonically vibrant fusions of jazz, pop and rock. His electronically synthesized trombone sound defines much of M4’s rock tribute material, enabling dead-on imitations of guitar legends such as Jimmy Page and Tommy Shaw. Currently residing in Dallas, Alex is an active freelancer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on both tenor and bass trombone. Credits include performances with a variety of jazz and pop luminaries, including Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Bobby Burns, Jr., and he is a popular figure in numerous cover bands. In addition to maintaining his own studio, where he teaches trombone, tuba and euphonium, Alex is pursuing electronic music production.
Amy Nelson’s versatile resume crosses classical and commercial spectrums, ranging from pop and Broadway to orchestral and chamber. A native of Waukegan Illinois, she has lived and performed around the world. As a New York resident, she worked regularly on Broadway. She also spent two years touring with the International Broadway tours of Cinderella starring Lea Salonga, Fiddler on the Roof starring Topol, and the Sound of Music. She’s currently an active musician in Chicago’s Broadway theaters. Amy has performed with pop star Adele and Iceland’s Sigur Ros at the United Center and Madison Square Garden.
Trombonist, composer, arranger, and educator Dr. Andrew Hamilton is originally from Amelia Island off the northeast coast of Florida. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of North Florida, Andrew moved to Chicago, Illinois where he quickly made his way into the rich jazz scene there. Dr. Hamilton played at the biggest jazz venues in Chicago, from The Green Mill uptown, to Andy's and The Jazz Showcase in the heart of the city. After finishing his Master's Degree in Jazz Performance at Depaul University in 2009, Andrew continued working in Chicago, playing in a diverse list of bands including Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra, and Bob Perna's Persistence. In 2012 Andrew moved to Miami, Florida to begin his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance at the University of Miami. Andrew has been working extensively in straight ahead and latin jazz since moving to Miami, including playing with Brian Lynch's…
Born and raised in London, trombonist Andy Baker was performing professionally at the age of 14 and had appeared on recordings and TV shows by 18. Andy toured extensively, performing at major jazz festivals and clubs across the world before relocating to Chicago in 2001. Quickly establishing a reputation as one of the most versatile musicians in town, Andy performs and records with many of Chicago’s finest jazz and contemporary music ensembles, is the musical director of the New standard Jazz Orchestra, a member of Fulcrum Point, and leads his own sextet. Andy’s recorded compositions and arrangements include works for brass ensembles, jazz orchestras, rock bands and commercial television. Andy is an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Young trumpeter on the rise, Arnetta Johnson is an aspiring musician from Camden, New Jersey. At the age of 13 Arnetta began playing trumpet under the instruction of Nasir Dickerson. While in her first year of playing she joined a group called the Little Jazz Giants led by Hassan Sabree. This group consisted of middle school students planning to pursue music as a career. During her time in the group she performed at various jazz festivals such as the Cape May Jazz Festival and the Tony Williams Jazz Festival. Doing so allowed Arnetta to gain a deeper understanding behind the discipline and importance of music. She then continued her journey at the Camden Creative and Performing Arts High School. Arnetta was in the marching band, concert band, small jazz ensemble, and the big band all under the direction of Jamal Dickerson, as well as other ensembles inside and outside of the program. Throughout high school Arnetta has received many accolades and awards. She has received national…
Audrius Salz was born in 1991 in Šilutė, Lithuania. Since childhood, he was surrounded by music records and since the age of 10 he began to show interest in wind instruments and began to play cornet. When Audrius graduated from music school and conservatory, specialising in classical music, he became more involved in jazz and popular music. As time passed, French horn, trombones and saxophones joined his collection of music instruments and performances. Audrius graduated from Klaipėda University and Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, where he studied jazz trumpet and saxophone. He did his residence in Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Netherlands and in Dresden, Germany. He is a laureat of many contests, big band, wind orchestra player and soloist. He participated in master classes and workshops of Frits Damrow, Adam Rapa, Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton. Audrius has played with such musicians as Igor Butman, Eric Marienthal, Victor Mendoza, Sheila Raye Charles, Gunhild…
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Trumpet Artist Buddy Deshler is an ambassador for the transformative powers of the arts, champion of living composers, and agent for change in the instrumental music ﬁeld. His bourgeoning career has taken him around the country, as well as internationally, and has allowed him to share the stage with ensembles such as the King’s Brass, The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, Foden's Band of Sandbach, Cheshire, his own Vice City Brass and Marquee Brass, and as of 2017, the illustrious Dallas Brass.
Byron was raised in a musical environment and started learning his first instrument, the piano, at an early age. He then went on to study the trumpet with Jimmy Owens, Donald Byrd and Jon Faddis in New York. His early music career was forged while he was studying for a degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Maths at Sussex University (he graduated in 1992). During this period he recorded for Loose Ends and Cleveland Watkiss, and played trumpet with the likes of Mervyn Africa, The Style Council, Charles Earland, Courtney Pine and Jean Toussaint.
Carl Lundgren (tenor) is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is pursuing a Master's degree at the University of North Texas. He studies with Jan Kagarice, Tony Baker, Vern Kagarice and Steve Wiest. He is a former member of the six-time Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, whose CD "Lab 2009" was nominated for two Grammys. During his 3 years in the band, Carl toured Europe and Thailand, and performed at Birdland in New York, and Catalina in Los Angeles. He has performed with such artists as Dave Brubeck, James Carter, Rich Perry, Steve Davis, Pete DeSiena, Brad Leali, Denis DiBlasio, Lyle Mays, and Wayne Bergeron.
Chris O’Hara is an internationally renowned trumpet soloist, chamber musician, and educator. His playing is described as “virtuosic and impressive in every way” (Chicago Music Examiner), and “a treat beyond measure” (Arlington Advocate), and the International Trumpet Guild Journal hails him as a “true master of [the] instrument.”
Christopher is a trombonist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist based outside of NYC, but more accurately based on the internet. He has been playing piano since he was 6 years old, trombone since he was 10, and he has been composing/arranging since he was 12.