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Demondrae Thurman


Demondrae Thurman is considered one of the stars of the formidable generation of brass soloists. His euphonium playing has been described as “awe inspiring,” and he is touted as “an amazing musician.” Demondrae has a firm international reputation as a euphonium soloist having performed in Europe, Asia and throughout North America. Demondrae is also an active chamber musician. He plays first euphonium and trombone in the highly regarded Sotto Voce Quartet which tours and records extensively.

Currently, Demondrae is Professor of Music at Samford University where he teaches low brass and conducting while serving as conductor of the wind ensemble and Director of Graduate Studies. He was recently appointed Professor of music Euphonium at the Arnold Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and will begin teaching there in the fall.


Carl Fischer


Carl Fischer is one of the most visible trumpet players of today, keeping a consistent world-wide touring schedule. Fischer can be seen on some of the biggest stages in the world as a part of record-breaking sold out stadium & arena tours with pop music icon Billy Joel whose band Fischer has been a member for more than 12 years playing trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone and saxophones. “The crowd goes nuts...He’s just such a good musician. He just blows people away.” (Billy Joel) He has also earned a platinum record/DVD for his performance and participation in Billy Joel’s “Last Play at Shea.”

As a band leader, Fischer has two groups of his own creation; “Organic Groove Ensemble” and the larger “Nouveau Big Band.” Late jazz legend Maynard Ferguson, who also featured Fischer, said he’s “one of the best jazz trumpeters of today.” He’s been a featured soloist with the legendary Diana Ross, former music director and lead trumpet player with the iconic jazz rock horn band Blood Sweat & Tears, in addition to sharing the stage and/or recording with a virtual who’s who of the music industry including artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Gavin Degraw, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Stephen Tyler, Sting and many more.


Dan Miller


Growing up with the music of the Chicago jazz scene in the 70's and 80's, Dan was inspired to study and to become one of the great jazz trumpeters of our time. He has played with many of the greats the Woody Herman Orchestra, Harry Connick, Jr., Maynard Ferguson, Wynton Marsalis's Big Band, and Tom Jones. Today shares a majority of his time between NY and FL both performing and teaching. He's a regular on the New York City jazz scene and is a member of the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra with regular small group appearances in the area.


Dave Steinmeyer


Dave Steinmeyer is one of the music world's most sought-after jazz trombonists. “Stumpy,” as he is known to his associates, is truly a musician's musician. His reputation was forged during his 28 years as a musician in the United States Air Force, with 24 or those years playing lead trombone with the world famous “Airmen of Note” and the last ten years of his tenure as that ensemble's director. Dave is currently the Adjunct Professor of Trombone at the University of North Florida. Dave is known for his high-range ballad-style of playing and his love of working with young musicians.


J.B. Scott


J.B. Scott is currently Associate Professor, Area Coordinator, Trumpet (Artistic Director of Great American Jazz Series) University of North Florida. Scott performed professionally with the Mickey Finn Show and numerous Latin bands led by jazz luminaries Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval. As a soloist, Scott has performed on many festivals including the Macieo Jazz Festival, (Brazil), the Elkhart Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the Pescara Jazz Festival in Italy. A Warburton Trumpet Artist, he has appeared with such notables as Nick Brignola, Ira Sullivan, Arturo Sandoval, Rufus Reed, and Ed Calle, to name a few.



Lisa Kelly


Profiled in the 2010 international book, The New Face of Jazz, Lisa is an 8 time DownBeat Magazine award winning vocalist, composer, and arranger . Winner of many vocal awards and scholarships, and 2013 Jacksonville Jazz Festival "Hall of Fame" Inductee, she has been the featured vocalist with the Larry Elgart Orchestra, the UNF JE I, the St. Johns River City Band, the Chris Riddle Orchestra, and on many TV and radio commercials. Partnering with JB Scott, the two have performed internationally for major festivals, jazz clubs and jazz societies, as featured soloists with big bands, as well as their own big band and small groups.


Nicole Sasser


Nicole Sasser is currently a headliner entertainer all around the world on major luxury cruise lines as a trumpeter and singer. With her bubbly and charming personality, sultry voice and beautiful trumpet sound, she remains a highly successful in-demand entertainer. Her latest album fused trumpet, flugelhorn, and voice with electronic dance music. Nicole began playing the trumpet at age 9 and was classically trained at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.


Ryan Sorenson


Ryan Sorenson comes from a long line of musicians and began playing the tuba at age 12. After studying with Tom Waid at Stetson University and Jay Hunsberger at the University of South Florida, he went on to receive his master's degree in tuba performance from Northwestern University. Since returning to Florida in 2011, Mr. Sorenson has performed with numerous ensembles, including chamber groups, wind ensembles, and orchestras. He has also maintained a healthy private studio and currently teaches low brass at several colleges in the Central Florida area including Professor of Tuba at Stetson University.


Aaron Romm


Classically-trained trumpeter Dr. Aaron Romm has performed with orchestras such as the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (Guadalajara, Mexico) and the Sarasota Orchestra, groups such as Mannheim Steamroller and Elsinore, in addition to solo performances and masterclasses at international brass festivals. Chamber music has always held a special place in Aaron’s heart; he, along with Ronald and Avis Romm, have dazzled audiences internationally in The Romm Family Trio, a unique two-trumpet-and-piano ensemble. Aaron is also a founding member of Nightmusic, a quintet exclusively comprised of trumpets and trombones, with their own specially-arranged repertoire ranging from Renaissance vocal music to samba. Prior to his appointment at State College of Florida, he taught at Illinois State University. He also serves as a trumpet coach for band programs in the Sarasota-Bradenton area.


The Brass Band of Central Florida


The Brass Band of Central Florida, under the music direction of Professor Gareth Pritchard, features central Florida’s finest brass and percussion musicians performing in the British brass band style with a uniquely American twist. BBCF has an active performance schedule of concerts, outreach programs and competitions throughout the United States. This dynamic ensemble has appeared with world class soloists including David Childs, Robert Childs, Steven Mead, Philip Smith and Demondrae Thurman and has won the North American Brass Band Association championship and the U.S. Open Championship four times.

Internationally, BBCF has performed at the British Open Brass Band Championships in Birmingham, England, the Brass on Sundays Gala Concert in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and, after a record breaking finish in 2011, returned for the third time to the Brass in Concert Championship at Sage, Gateshead in the fall of 2014.