Denis Wick Artist and Ambassador Groups

Denis Wick Artist and Ambassador Groups

Denis Wick is honored to support a wide variety of professional musicans around the world who soley perform on Denis Wick Product. In North America, we have added an additional Denis Wick Ambassadors group that includes artists who use Denis Wick products in addition to other manufaturers. In addition to learning more about our Artists and Ambassadors in this section, make sure to Educator Resources and Performer Resoursces to read articles and watch clinics all provided by the members of teh Denis Wick Artist Groups.

Aaron Tindall

Aaron Tindall

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…

Adrian D. Griffin

Adrian D. Griffin

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.

Alex Dubrov

Alex Dubrov

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

Amy Nelson

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.

Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton

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…

Andy Baker

Andy Baker

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.

Arnetta Johnson

Arnetta Johnson

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

Audrius Salz

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…

Bastien Baumet

Bastien Baumet

Born in 1988, Bastien Baumet began playing the euphonium at the Nîmes Music School (in Patrick Maurin’s class) and continued his musical education at the Villeurbanne Conservatory (in Christian Delange’s class). In 2006, when he was 17, he was admitted into the famous National Conservatory of Music (CNSM) of Paris , where, with the unanimous decision of the jury, he won his Premier Prix with in 2009.

Bella Tromba

Bella Tromba

Bella Tromba is a trumpet quartet that have performed at national and international festivals, recorded for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and have been featured on the front cover of Classical Music and Brass Herald magazines. The ensemble consists of three trumpets, all playing the various sizes of the instrument, and a bass trumpet. Creating outstanding brass repertoire from leading composers and arrangers has been key to the success of the trumpet quartet. The Guardian described Bella Tromba as “a glamorous all-trumpet girl band, dedicated to exploring and expanding the instrument’s potential”. Support from the Park Lane Group, Ralph Vaughan-Williams Trust and the Britten-Pears Foundation has ensured a wealth of commissions by composers such as Peter Longworth, Peter Yarde Martin, Paul Max Edlin and Howard Skempton.Bella Tromba appeared as Guest Artists at the International Women’s Brass Conference in Toronto and performed on the main stage at the Frankfurt…

Buddy Deshler

Buddy Deshler

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 Wallen

Byron Wallen

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

Carl Lundgren

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 Houlding

Chris Houlding

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.

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Brass specialist Chris Johnson was born and raised in Inglewood, California. It was in Inglewood where Chris fell in love with the trombone after hearing his middle school music teacher playing one day after school. It was one of the most beautiful sounds he had ever heard. He continued playing the trombone and studying music throughout high school, winning several awards on the way, including a full tuition music scholarship to the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. While attending UAPB, Chris participated in as many musical ensembles that time permitted. He studied with UAPB's renowned music faculty, cultivating a broader knowledge of music. He also got a chance to study and spend time with the legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, which inspired him to continue to grow as musician. He knew that continuing studies in music was an absolute necessity.

Chris O'Hara

Chris O'Hara

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 Bill

Christopher Bill

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.

Chung-Hsiang Yang

Chung-Hsiang Yang

Chung-Hsiang Yang was born in 1982 in Taipei and studied with Yi-Ching Hsieh, Jen-Chih Chen, Yueh-Chun Chiang, and Jean-Michel Vinit. He was a member of Taipei Youth Wind Orchestra Tier 2, Taipei Civic Symphonic Band, Sound By Ourselves Wind Ensemble, and Voices of Spring Symphony Orchestra and had many successful concerts with them.

Conner Eisenmenger

Conner Eisenmenger

Chicago based trombonist Conner Eisenmenger's experience as a musician is as varied as it is substantial. Eisenmenger holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Western Kentucky University and a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from University of North Texas where he studied with Tony Baker and Andre Hayward. While at UNT, Eisenmenger played for two years in the seven-time Grammy nominated One O'Clock Lab Band. As a member of the One O'Clock, he performed with Stefon Harris, Sean Jones, Danilo Perez, Dennis Mackrel, and James Morrison. Eisenmenger also served as a teaching fellow at UNT, teaching multiple courses in jazz trombone fundamentals and directing the Six O'Clock Lab Band, the Seven O'Clock Lab Band, and the U-Tubes jazz trombone ensemble. During his time as a student, Eisenmenger performed and competed in Australia, Spain, China, California, and Washington D.C. An active musician, Conner Eisenmenger keeps a busy schedule…

Decker Babcock

Decker Babcock

Decker Babcock has performed across the United States and is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, he currently resides in Denver, Colorado. Decker is a featured trombonist on several albums recorded since 2011. In 2015 Decker was featured as a soloist for a series of Einstein Brothers Bagels television commercials, and in 2017 Decker became the full time trombonist for Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles jazz band. Decker is well known for his ability to cover a wide range of musical styles, in particular, traditional jazz, swing, and early jump blues. Decker Babcock has studied under the direction and mentorship of Wes Funderburk, Dr. Tom Gibson, Lee Watts, Dr. Gordon Vernick, Dr. Bill Mann, and Dr. Cory Mixdorf. Some of Decker Babcock’s performing credits include playing with Lady Gaga, Carmen Bradford, Duffy Jackson, Jeff Barnhart, Joey Defrancesco, Dan Barrett, Lizzy & the Triggermen The Atlanta Hipster Orchestra, The Macon Pops Orchestra, The Dirty River Dixie Band, Johnathan Stout,…