DAVE DICKEY - Director and Trombone

Dave Dickey is a jazz and classical trombonist, educator, and band leader. Dave attended the University of North Texas and received a Bachelors in Jazz Studies. While at North Texas, he recorded two CDs with the famed One O’ Clock Lab Band directed by Neil Slater and one CD with the Zebras under the leadership of Dan Hearle. While at North Texas, Dave took lessons from the late great Vern Kagrice. Dave then moved to Miami and lived there for six years as a performing / touring musician and also a jazz radio DJ for WDNA-Miami. While living in Miami, he received his Masters in Jazz Performance from Florida International University. While at FIU, Dave took jazz lessons from the legendary Art Seres and classical lessons from Mark Hetzler. Next, Dave moved to Urbana, Illinois to work on his DMA in Jazz Performance. While he was there he was teaching music classes and jazz ensembles at The University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and Richland College in Decatur. Dave also took lessons at Illinois from trombone great Jim Pugh. He was also a busy freelance musician in the Chicago and Indianapolis area for jazz, salsa, studio recordings, club date bands, and classical performances.

Dave Dickey currently lives in Saint Louis, MO as a music educator and band leader. He current teaches the trombone studio and also jazz brass at The University of Missouri-St Louis. Dave has also taught classes and ensembles as the Director of Instrumental Music at St Charles Community College, Music Business at Lindenwood University, and Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, and Music Technology at Lindbergh High School. Dave frequently performs in the St. Louis area, has his own private low brass and jazz improv studio, writing music, and contracting the 6 piece horn section for the popular Austin, TX touring rock band called Spoon. He is also the director of the Dave Dickey Big Band, an 18 piece jazz big band featuring faculty from University of Missouri-St Louis, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Webster University, St Louis University, University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri State University, and University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. www.davedickeybigband.com He is also Past-President for Missouri Association of Jazz Education (MOAJE) and board member for the St Louis Low Brass Collective (STLLBC).

Dave Dickey has performed with artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Tito Puente, Nestor Torres, David Sanborn, Louie Bellson, Dave Liebman, Bobby Shew, John Fedchock, Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker, Byron Stripling, Vincent DiMartino, Kevin Mahogany, Art Seres, Vic Damone, Johnny Mathis, Melton Mustafa Orchestra, Dennis Noday Orchestra, Four Freshman, St Louis Symphony, St Louis Philharmonic, Lee Harris Orchestra, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Pete Peterson Jazz Colection Orchestra, Jim Widner Big Band, St Louis Jazz Orchestra, and many others.

Dave has also worked Motown and R&B artists such as the Temptations, Roberta Flack, Denise Williams, O'Jays, and the Manhattans.

While living in Miami, Dave Dickey has performed, toured, and recorded with many Latin / salsa artists, such as Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Israel López "Cachao", Rey Ruiz, Eddie Santiago, Tito Nueves, Luis Enrique, Huey Dunbar (DLG), Roberto Torres, Hansel y Raul, Tropicana All-Stars, Tito Puente Jr., Los Doctores del Ritmo, Marco Antonio Muniz, and others. During that time, Dave was an musician and actor for 2 DVDs: Arturo Sandoval’s HBO movie “For Love or for Country" and perfored and soloed in a documentary DVD/CD on Cuban music called "La Cuba Mia" backing up Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Miliki, and other Cuban artists. Other artist on the DVD include Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Albita, Donato, and others.

While living in Illinois, Dave was the leader of the Dave Dickey Big Band (still active), a 18 piece jazz big band featuring members of the University of Illinois Jazz Faculty (Jim Pugh, Chip McNeil, Chip Stephens, Tito Carrillo, Dana Hall, Larry Gray) and the top jazz musicians in east and central Illinois. Leader of the C-U Jazz Crusaders, a tribute band to the original The Jazz Crusaders / The Crusaders. Leader of Weapons of Mass DisFunktion, an 8 piece funk band. Dave is also co-leader of the Tom Garling and Dave Dickey Quintet (J.J. Johnson / Kai Winding tribute band) and the Jeff Helgesen / Dave Dickey Quintet.

Dave was also the creator and programmer of a popular trombone internet radio show called Groove Bone from 2004-2013. This was a radio show featuring the trombone on small group and big band jazz, Latin jazz, and funk recordings. The show also featured interviews with well-known jazz trombonists and autographed CD contests. Dave was also a jazz DJ at WDNA - Miami for 5 years and at WEFT - Champaign for 4 years.

RANDY HAMM - Alto Saxophone

Randy Hamm is an Associate Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Southwest Missouri State University. Randy joined the faculty of SMSU in 1989, and his duties include applied saxophone, jazz improvisation, jazz arranging, and jazz ensemble. Randy is in demand as an artist/clinician and has recently been featured at Emporia State University, the University of Illinois, North East State University, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the University of New Mexico, Texas Wesleyan University, Roosevelt University, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Pittsburg State University, Oklahoma State University, and has performed at numerous regional and national conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the World Saxophone Congress, and the International Association of Jazz Educators. Randy received his Bachelor and Master Degrees from the University of North Texas, including being a member of UNT's acclaimed One O'clock Lab Band.

He maintains an active performance schedule and his work as a composer, arranger, and featured soloist can be heard on the Arabesque, Seabreeze, and Origin/OA2 record labels. Hamm has released two solo CD’s on the Encore Music Presents (EMP) record label, “Yellow Cadenza" and “Abstract Thought". Randy Hamm is an Artist/Clinician for The Music Group and plays Keilwerth Saxophones.

Kristian Baarsvik - Alto Saxophone

Kristian Baarsvik, a graduate of the Jazz studies program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, is a St. Louis transplant originally hailing from Southeast Massachusetts. He currently performs with the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Prior to joining the Air Force, Kristian performed on cruise ships in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, and in venues in Boston and New York City.

Kristian also performs regularly with Tommy Halloran's Guerrilla Swing, winner of the Riverfront Times Best Band of 2014. His teachers include Gary Keller, Rick Britto, Hal Crook, and Paul Demarinis.

ARTHUR WHITE - Tenor Saxophone

Dr. Arthur White is the director of Jazz Studies and assistant professor of music at the University of Missouri, where he directs the Concert and Studio Jazz Bands; teaches jazz improvisation, arranging and pedagogy; oversees the jazz combo program; and coordinates the MU/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival.

Originally from Kansas, Dr. White received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Emporia State University (KS), a Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from West Virginia University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary teachers include Dr. Steven Stusek, Paul Scea, Curtis Johnson, and Branford Marsalis. His dissertation is an examination of the harmonic improvisation style of jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson.

Prior to his appointment at MU, Dr. White was the director of jazz studies at Northeastern State University (OK). During his tenure at NSU, Dr. White produced five critically acclaimed CDs with the NSU Jazz Ensemble and some of the top performers in jazz. NSU named Dr. White as a Centurion, signifying him as one of the 100 most influential people in the university’s history. He was also named the 2007 Oklahoma Jazz Educator of the Year by the Oklahoma Jazz Educators Alliance. Dr. White has also taught at UNCG, WVU, Frostburg State University (MD), and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Emerging nationally as a saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator, Dr. White has recorded with Fred Wesley, Chris Murrell, Scott Wendholt, Bobby Watson, Henry Johnson, Robin Eubanks, Russell Malone, and jazz legend Dewey Redman. White has arranged music for jazz luminaries Mike Mainieri, Peter Erskine, Eric Person, Mulgrew Miller, Kevin Mahogany, Henry Johnson, Dewey Redman, Scott Wendholt, Bobby Watson, Bob Mintzer, Robin Eubanks, Kathy Kosins, Paul Hanson, Russell Malone, Bob Sheppard, Andy Narell, and Randy Brecker. White is published by Second Floor Music, through Hal Leonard, Inc.

Recently, Dr. White has performed with Russell Malone, Bob Sheppard, Randy Brecker, Kristin Chenoweth, Amici New York Orchestra, the RA Ensemble, Byron Stripling, and as an invited performer at conferences for the North American Saxophone Alliance, International Society for Improvised Music, and Oklahoma Music Educators Association. He has performed with hundreds of nationally acclaimed jazz, pop, and country artists, and his arrangements and original compositions have been performed by high school and college jazz ensembles throughout the country. White is a member of the Jazz Education Network, International Society for Improvised Music, North American Saxophone Alliance, Music Educators National Conference, College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Kappa Psi.

HUGH JONES - Tenor Saxophone

Hugh Jones is a native of Bloomington, Illinois. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1992 with a Bachelor of Music Performance. He completed a Master of Music degree in 1997 at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Hugh is currently in his fifteenth year of teaching instrumental music at the middle school and secondary levels. He taught at Chaminade College Preparatory School from 1997 until 2004, and since then has taught music at Westminster Christian Academy from 204 until the present, where he is also the Head of Fine Arts Department. He is an adjunct professor in the Jazz department at the University of Missouri, St Louis. In 2007 Hugh received the "St Louis Area Christian Educator of the Year" award. Hugh is a freelance saxophonist in the St Louis area. He has performed with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Mulgrew Miller, Bobby Watson, the O'Jays, Petula Clark, the 4 Cities Sax Quartet, the Jim Widner Big Band, and the St Louis Jazz Orchestra. He has taught at many jazz camps including the Webster University Jazz camp, the IAJE jazz camp at UMSL, and the 2002 International Summer Jazz Academy in Krakow, Poland. in 2011 Hugh performaed as guest soloist with the STO Jazz Orchestra in Prague, Czech Republic. Hugh has served as guest conductor/clinician for Middle School Honors Jazz Bands in the St Louis Metro 8 and St Louis All-Suburban districts. He has taught saxophone privately at the St Louis Symphony Community Music School (now the Webster Community Music School). He lives in St Louis with his wife, Rennae, and daughters Hannah, Holly and Haley.

AARON LEHDE - Baritone Saxophone

Aaron is the Associate Director of Bands at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, in St Louis, MO, where he has taught since 2002. Aaron earned his Master's and Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Performance and Music Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Aaron has served as the St Louis Suburban Music Educators Association Vice-President of Jazz for Middle School (2004-2008) and High School (2010-present).

Aaron has played saxophone and other woodwinds with numerous nationally known acts including the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Manhattan Transfer, Maynard Ferguson, Frankie Valli, Bernadette Peters, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Wayne Newton, and Bob Newhart. His touring and performance experience has brought him to 47 states and 27 countries worldwide. He can be found in St Louis playing with a variety of groups, including Downtime, Push the Limit, Musica SLESA, The 4 City Saxes and the Sessions Big Band.


Andy Tichenor studied piano as a youngster, but was more attracted to the trumpet and began to pursue serious trumpet studies by age sixteen. He holds a degree in music from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois, and is a top freelance trumpet player in the St. Louis area. He is the lead trumpet player with the Muny Opera and the Fox Theater in St. Louis and is often called to perform with the St. Louis Symphony. He also has performed with Tony Bennett, Ray Charles and Doc Severinson, Clark Terry, 'Blue' Lou Marini, Randy Brecker, Tom 'Bones' Malone, Byron Stripling, Joel Grey, Kristen Chenoweth, Linda Ronstadt, Rosemary Clooney, Diane Reeves, Mercedes Ellington, Carol Channing, Steve Lippia, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Ann Hampton-Calloway, Vic Damone, Michael Amante, Sheena Easton, Richard Chamberlain, Clay Aiken, Mary Wilson, Dennis DeYoung, Barry Manilow, Mannheim Steamroller, Roberta Flack, Toni Tenille, Kevin Kline, Hal Linden, Lou Rawls, Ben Vereen, James Ingram, Bernadette Peters, Shirley Jones, Johnny Mathis, Ken Page, Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond, Tito Puente Jr., Shoji Tabuchi, The Manhattan Transfer, Peabo Bryson, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The OJ's, and Aretha Franklin, and others.


Frank Goessler is one of the most in demand trumpet players in St Louis. He has been a mainstay with the Bob Kuban Band for several years as well as the Sessions Big Band which performs regularly at BB's. Goessler is well known not only for his jazz playing, but for he lead trumpet playing as well.


St. Louis native Randall G. (Randy) Holmes holds a B.A. degree from Webster University, where he was jazz trumpet instructor from
1980-2010 as well as big band director from 1991-95 and a founding member of the Webster Jazz Repertory Ensemble (1987-), which specializes in recreating jazz classics from the 1920s and 1930s. Soloist/member of the Legacy Big band, Kim Portnoy Ensemble and Sessions Big Band (CDs with latter two). Performed/recorded with St. Louis Symphony under Leonard Slatkin, Richard Hayman and Doc Severinsen. Over a career spanning some forty years has performed with such jazz luminaries as
Toshiko Akiyoshi, Louis Bellson, Dave Brubeck, Jon Faddis, Roger Ingram, Rob McConnell, George Russell, Bobby Shew, Ed Shaughnessy, Lew Tabackin and Clark Terry as well as backing Clarence Clemons, Perry Como,
Vic Damone, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, the Four Tops, Buddy Greco, Jack Jones, Ben E. King, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra Jr., the Spinners, Donna Summer, the Temptations and Nancy Wilson, among others.
Founder and leader of the Hard Bop Heritage Quintet/Sextet (a.k.a. the Randy Holmes Quintet/Sextet), which has performed at the Missouri History Museum (Miles Davis 75th Anniversary Exhibit), the Saint Louis Jazz Festival,
the Whittaker Music Festival, Jazz At The Bistro, BB's, Finale Music and Dining, Atomic Cowboy and Robbie's House Of Jazz. The group, which has issued a CD--"At Home With Holmes"--on the Victoria label (2010), specializes in presenting tribute concerts highlighting the music of such jazz
legends as Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Clifford Brown/Max Roach and
Horace Silver, among others.


Allen is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 1984 he met and became a student of Bobby Shew. Allen has performed with jazz artists Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillispie, Louis Bellson, Conte Condoli, Gary Foster, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, John Faddis, Marvin Stamm, Buddy DeFranco, Conrad Herwig, Bill Watrous and John Fedchock, to name a few. Some of the entertainers Allen has performed for include Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Mel Torme, Jack Jones, John Davidson, Olivia Newton-John, Bob Hope, Bob Newhart, Glen Campbell, Frank Gorshin, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jan & Dean, The Beach Boys and The Manhattan Transfer.

Allen is currently on staff with the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the University of Missouri-Columbia where he teaches Jazz Trumpet, Jazz Combos and Jazz Improvisation. In addition

Allen performs regularly with the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra, the Columbia Jazz Orchestra, The Jim Widner Big Band, Norm Ruebling Band, Lenny Klinger’s Galaxy, The University of Missouri Jazz Combo-MUFJAC and is in demand as a studio musician, as well as a performer/clinician in
Jazz Festivals throughout the Midwest.

In 2004 Allen produced a solo CD entitled “First Time Out" available on the Chase Music Label. As a Yamaha Performing Artist, Allen uses Yamaha Trumpets and Flugelhorns exclusively.


Brett Stamps is Professor of Music at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where he teaches jazz trombone, composition/arranging, improvisation, pedagogy, history, combo, and directs the SIUE Concert Jazz Band. Stamps founded the jazz studies program at SIUE in 1979 and served as its director until 2011.

A well-respected trombonist internationally, Brett is based out of the St. Louis metropolitan area. He has performed worldwide with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the United States Army Jazz Ambassadors, and the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band. Local performance credits include the Jim Widner, Mo Bottom, Kim Portnoy, and Gary Dammer Big Bands, the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra, the Fox Theater and MUNY Orchestras, Legacy, Galaxy, and the SIUE Faculty Jazz Group. Brett has also built a strong following on the Trad circuit, having played with the St. Louis Rivermen and now the ever-popular, Cornet Chop Suey.

Brett has recorded three albums as a leader, In Your Own Sweet Way, Bad to the Bone, and In Retrospect. The latter (and most recent CD) features twelve original compositions written for five trombones and rhythm section. It was produced as a retrospective glimpse of Brett’s last 32 years as an arranger and educator. All three CD’s are available for purchase/mp3 download on iTunes and CD Baby.

A member of ASCAP, Brett publishes all of his arrangements through either UNC Jazz Press or Slideshow Publications. He has written for big bands, combos, trombone ensembles, and concert band.

Brett holds degrees from the College of William & Mary (BA) and the University of Miami (MM).

CODY HENRY - Trombone

Cody Henry is an active trombonist in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. He attended college at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville where he studied jazz and received a Bachelors and Masters. Mr. Henry believes versatility is a strength as a professional musician and therefore plays in a variety of styles from jazz and classical to hip-hop and R&B.

Along with performing, he is an active jazz clinician, having contributed to Jazz St. Louis, the Birch Creek Music Academy, and the Jim Widner summer jazz camps. While attending SIUE, Mr. Henry has explored a niche in big band and small group arranging/composing. Mr. Henry has made Godfrey, IL his home where he lives with his wife, Tami (also a trombonist!), his baby girl, Zoe, and his two dogs, Basie and Ellie.

JIM OWNES - Trombone

Jim Owens is a trombonist and keyboardist based in St Louis Missouri. He graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a Bachelors degree in Jazz Studies and from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with a Masters degree in Jazz Studies.

Jim currently plays trombone in St Louis with Jim Manley's Wild, Cool, and Swingin' Orchestra, trombone and keyboards with the ska/funk/raggae band from Carbondale, IL called the Jungle Dogs, and keyboards in the St Louis based group The YoAngelos.

Jim is also active in recording/arranging for Victoria Records, a St Louis based jazz label. On victoria he recorded the album "Bad to the Bone" with Brett Stamps. The record pays homage to J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding and also features Cody Henry and Jim Martin on trombone.

Jim has also performed on recordings by Jim Manley (Splendor in the Brass, Splendor in the Brass II, Eight, Alter Ego, Brass Poison and Brass Poison II), Wild Cool and Swingin, The Jungle Dogs, St Louis saxophonist Larry Johnson, Blues Guitarist and Singer Michael Terry, Molly Irene, Dan Rubright, Brett Spainhour, Sandy Weltman and the Sandroids, Dean Christopher, and others. His arrangements have also been featured on many of these recordings.

BILL HARTMAN - Bass Trombone

Bass trombonist Bill Hartman resides in Springfield, MO where he is Professor Emeritus at Missouri State University. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and a graduate degree from the University of Iowa.

Before his tenure at MSU he was a member of the United States Marine Band, "The President's Own", and the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He has performed with the St Louis Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Ballet Orchestra, the Mahlerfest Orchestra, and various area performing groups.

At present he is bass trombonist with the Springfield Symphony, the Missouri Jazz Orchestra, and the Dave Dickey Big Band.


Chip Stephens is currently Associate Professor of Jazz Piano & Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Sought after for his outstanding collaborative abilities, Chip can be heard on nearly 70 records and compact discs as a side-man and band leader. In 2011, he performed with legendary jazz musicians, Benny Golson and Curtis Fuller. An album recorded with Fuller in 2010, entitled, “I Will Tell Her" remained at number 1 on the jazz radio charts for nearly two months. Mr. Stephens is regarded in the industry as a powerful jazz pianist, hard swinging, lyrical and clear. He has performed on 4 continents with some of the most prestigious names in jazz. Having performed on Grammy and Emmy winning recordings with trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval, his performing credits are many and include; Eden Atwood, Michael Brecker, Jerry Brown, Kenny Burrell, John Fedchock, Maynard Ferguson, Curtis Fuller, George Garzone, Greg Gisbert, Benny Golson, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Charlie Haden, Conrad Herwig, Milt Hinton, Red Holloway, Javon Jackson, Ingrid Jensen, Randy Johnston, Steve Kirby, Bill Kirchner, Ernie Krivda, Ralph Lalama, Tony Leonardi, Joe Lovano, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Keith Oxman, Tito Puente, Nelson Rangell, Bobby Shew, Howie Smith, Clark Terry, Frank Tiberi, Roseanna Vitro, The Jim Widner Big Band and Glenn Wilson.


Rick Haydon is Director of Jazz at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he is head of the Guitar Program and manages the recording studio. He teaches Advanced Jazz Improvisation, Rhythm Section Workshop, Private Applied Jazz Guitar, supervises the Jazz Combo System, and directs the Jazz Guitar Ensemble. Rick has served on the summer faculties of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director Academy, the Birch Creek Music Center and the Jim Widner Summer Jazz Camps.
Rick has been playing guitar for forty years and has studied with many of the Masters of Jazz Guitar. Among these are, Johnny Smith, Howard Roberts, Pat Martino, and most recently Bucky Pizzarelli (7-string).
Professor Haydon has been performing professionally for over thirty-five years and has played in a variety of situations. In 1996 he performed with Herb Ellis and Mundell Lowe during the Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Convention. He performed with Bucky Pizzarelli before a sold out concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St.Louis in November of 1998. Rick was the featured guest artist at the 2002 Quad City Jazz Festival along with Mulgrew Miller. In 2004 Rick performed with John Pizzarelli at the Classic American Guitar Show in Long Island, New York as part of the Jazz Cabaret Series. Also Professor Haydon received the 2004 Woody Herman Award from the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County,Wisconsin. His most recent recording titled Rick Haydon and John Pizzarelli ‘Just Friends’ for Mel Bay Records has recently reached 19 on the Jazz Week Top 100 charts.


Eric Warren is an active Acoustic and Electric Bassist. He started Acoustic Bass in his native Portland, Oregon under the tutelage of west coast session Bassist Leroy Vinnegar. After earning his B.A. in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon, Eric left for Paris, France to record and tour with Francois Theberge. After returning to the United States, Eric spent time playing and living in New York, Nashville, and St. Louis working with various artists including: Dave Pietro, Julian Priester, Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein, Mario Cantone and many others. Eric currently plays in The Randy Holmes Quintet and the Sessions Big Band in addition to the Dave Dickey Big Band. Eric is also an Educator, Conductor, Writer and Arranger of Concert Band music. His most recent arrangement was performed by the St. Louis Symphony at the opening of the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts. The New York City Trumpeter Chris Jaudes, for whom it is dedicated, will perform Eric’s new work “Jaudes," written for solo trumpet and concert band this spring.


Kevin Gianino currently teaches Jazz Percussion at Webster University, University of Missouri - Columbia, and St Charles Community College. A native of St. Louis, Professor Gianino attended St. Louis Community College-Meramec, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Webster University. He has served as a faculty member for the International Summer Jazz Academy in Poland and for the Webster Summer Jazz Combo Camp, and the Jim Widner Summer Jazz Camps. He is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and performer on a national basis. He is a member of the Webster Faculty Jazz Ensemble, Brilliant Corners, the Sessions Big Band, and the Hard Bop Heritage Quintet. Among the many artists with whom he has performed are Michael Buble, Diane Schurr,Toshiko Akiyoshi, Nick Brignola, Richie Cole, Buddy De Franco, Jon Faddis, Terry Gibbs, Al Grey, Rob McConnell, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Clark Terry, Dianna Krall and Nancy Wilson. He has toured the U.S., Canada, and Mexico with the Ice Follies and Holiday on Ice Shows. He has made numerous appearances at jazz festivals as adjudicator, guest artist and clinician. Gianino is an instructor at Fred Pierce’s Drum Studio Drum Shop.


BEN REECE - Alto Saxophone

Ben grew up in the St. Louis area, graduating from Parkway South High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville in 2002. Since college, he has taught saxophone and clarinet in both the University City and Mehlville School Districts, in addition to teaching privately. Ben has performed with many St. Louis based bands and is a proud member of the Funky Butt Brass Band. Over the last four years, Ben has been apprenticing in instrument repair and is currently a technician for Saxquest. He lives in the Affton area with his wife Sarah, their two kids Sam and Camryn, and their dog Marley.


Rick Zelle has been a freelance pianist/keyboardist in the St. Louis area since 1975. He also teaches privately in his home and is on the faculty of The Community Music School of Webster University.

At age 15 Rick began subbing for his father, the late Richard (Dick) Zelle, Sr. as well as playing in local rock and bluegrass bands. The day after his high school graduation, he began a four year stint playing shows, rehearsals and auditions for Six Flags Show Productions, where he met many of St. Louis’ busiest musicians.

Over the years Rick has played with many of St. Louis’ most popular groups and agencies including: Bill Archer, Russ David, Jack Engler, 40 West Band, Ed Fritz, Don Scherrer, La-De-Da, Encore, Alteration, Bob Kuban, Phoenix, Everyday People, Trilogy, St. Louis Jazz Quartet, Gateway Jazz Ensemble, St. Louis Repertory Big Band, Horns in the House, as well as playing solo piano, and many duos and trios, ranging from pop, to country to jazz.

Rick can be heard on many CD recordings including his own solo recording “I’ve Got the World on a String" (2002). He has also had the opportunity to work with legendary performers such as Danny Seraphine, Oliver, Doby Gray, Henny Youngman, Jim Chapin (two CDs) as well as opening for Chuck Berry, Confederate Railroad, Frank Sinatra, Jr. and Maynard Ferguson.


Lorenzo Trujillo began his musical life at the age of four on the violin. By the time he was only six, he could be seen performing throughout Colorado and New Mexico; and by the age of 8, was winning solo competitions on violin and piano. As a young musical prodigy, Lorenzo rapidly picked up other instruments. By the age of 15, he could be seen performing a wide variety of classical, jazz, and folk music on violin, cello, piano, drums, guitar, bass, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, tuba, vihuela, and guitarron. During his high school years, he could also be seen conducting the high school orchestra and directing the high school jazz band. It wasn’t until his junior year of high school that he started seriously playing the trumpet. Lorenzo was self-taught for two years before he began studying with local Denver, Colorado trumpeter Tony Rodriguez. It was with Tony that Lorenzo developed his concept of sound and also developed his tremendous range. Lorenzo's lessons consisted of more than 90 minutes of playing in more than 4 octaves. Lorenzo continued his study with Dr. Michael Tunnell at the University of Louisville Dr. Tunnell motivated Lorenzo's excitement about classical trumpet music and most importantly, practicing. With Doc T's guidance, Lorenzo developed into an extremely versatile trumpeter. During Lorenzo's graduate study at the California Institute of the Arts, he studied with Edward Carroll. Ed introduced new music to Lorenzo and helped him to realize some of the most difficult music in the trumpet's literature. Lorenzo most recently spent time studying with international trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann, where once again Lorenzo was challenged to stretch his technique and musicianship to another level.

Lorenzo Trujillo holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Louisville, a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of California-Los Angeles. His performances have taken him to over 400 cities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. He has studied, performed and recorded a wide variety of classical, jazz, and popular styles. Lorenzo is also known as a creative musician whose work and collaborations have included tape music, live electronics, video, animation, and choreography. He has premiered 16 new works for written for trumpet. Lorenzo is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including full-tuition music scholarships at the University of Louisville, the California Institute of the Arts, the University of California Los Angeles, and the Manhattan School of music. Lorenzo has performed as a soloist with the Bakersfield Symphony, the UCLA Philharmonic, Lindenwood University Jazz Band, University of Missouri-Saint Louis Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, and Symphonic Band, and many other high school and college bands, jazz bands, and orchestras throughout the United States. Among the world famous artists with whom Lorenzo has appeared with are: John La Barbera and his Big Band, Jim Widner and his Big Band, Travis Tritt, Michael MacDonald, Kid Rock, Slash (From Guns ‘n’ Roses), Gregory Hines, Taylor Dayne, Mary Wilson, Phil Woods, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Pat La Barbera, Bill Watros, Wayne Bergeron, Kenny Burrell, Gerald Wilson, Lew Soloff, Joe La Barbera, Harry Connick, Poncho Sanchez, Papa Rodriguez, Sheila E, Charlie Haden, Vinny Golia, Delfeyo Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, Robin Eubanks, John Fedchock, Brad Leali, Nelson Rangell, Don Braden, Dick Lowenthal, Kenny Werner, Ron Miles, Marcus Printup, Allen Vizzutti, Jens Lindemann, Edward Carroll, James Miller, David Rosenboom, Alejandro Fernandez, and Linda Ronstadt. Lorenzo’s professional experience also includes principal trumpet of the Lyric Opera of Los Angeles, principal trumpet of the Symphonica del Barrio, principal trumpet of the American International Orchestra, principal trumpet of the Korean-American Symphony Orchestra, principal trumpet of The Sounding Brass, 2nd trumpet of The Brass Company, 1st trumpet with Yari Moré y Su Orquesta, 1st trumpet with Orquesta Tabaco y Ron, 1st trumpet with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, principal trumpet of the Music Theater Louisville, principal trumpet of the Derby Dinner Playhouse, principal trumpet of the JCC Symphony Orchestra, lead trumpet of the Jerry Tolson Jazz Orchestra, and 2nd trumpet with the Denver Jazz Orchestra. Lorenzo currently teaches at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.