Samuel Ambrose turns back-row tuba playing into frontline artistry, bringing high-caliber style to performances, outreach, and educational experiences. His sound supports a variety of ensembles, most recently with the Fairfax Wind Symphony. Sam has also performed for the Sunrise Pops Orchestra in Sunrise, FL, as well as freelancing in the Baltimore/Washington area.
Will Baker is a versatile low brass musician with a passion for powerful orchestral classics, dramatic new compositions, and sizzling horn bands.
Will is currently the Bass Trombonist with The Des Moines Symphony. While living in Chicago he held positions in Orchestra Iowa and the Quad City Symphony, and subbed in many midwestern orchestras including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony, and the Elgin Symphony.
Originally from Bayamón, Puerto Rico, Juan Berrios enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer and educator. A member of the renowned Dallas Brass, he has performed hundreds of concerts and educational clinics across the country every year since his appointment in 2010. Known for his great versatility, Juan has enjoyed performing with a variety of musical ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to big bands and British style brass bands.
Dakota is an active educator and performer currently residing in the D.C. metro area. He frequently travels up and down the east coast as a freelance musician. Dakota's current titles include Acting Third Horn of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Director of Operations and Program Development at FredBrass, as well as President and Artistic Director of the Tidewater Brass Institute.
Trumpet soloist 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.
With a history of professionalism and compassion, Briana Engelbert enjoys sharing her passion for music with whomever she meets. Hailing from Hammond, Indiana, Briana was lucky enough to be taught by her aunt, Kristen Engelbert, before pursuing her B.M.E. at Tennesse Tech University, where she studied with the illustrious R. Winston Morris and met her partner-in-euphonium-crime, Austin Vogt.
Trombonist Andrew Friedrichs is a consummate musician whose expertise and lexicon span all modes of musical expression. Adept in the classical, jazz and contemporary mediums, Andrew possesses a unique capacity to express himself as a trombonist, composer, conductor, arranger and producer.
Dr. Derek Ganong is currently the Professor of Trumpet Performance and Director of Jazz at Boise State University, where he also serves as the artistic director for the Gene Harris Jazz Festival.
A California native, Derek is highly regarded as both a jazz and classical trumpeter and has developed a reputation for professionalism and excellence in all areas of music.
Samuel Huss is in his first season with the Richmond Symphony as Principal Trumpet. Originally from Sanford, Michigan, Sam started out his life as a trumpeter after being given his mother’s trumpet in the fifth grade. In high school, Sam began his studies with Dr. Dennis Horton. Sam attended the Eastman School of Music and earned a Bachelor of Music Performance studying with James Thompson.
Originally from Fredericksburg, VA, Kenneth Johnson first began playing trombone in elementary school under the guidance of his musician parents. Kenneth has performed in numerous orchestras and in September 2018, Kenneth was appointed Principal Trombone of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and Bass Trombone of the Gainesville Orchestra. In September 2017, he was appointed Principal Trombone of Sinfonia Gulf Coast.
Jean Laurenz is an eclectic musician who loves variety and collaboration. She is a former member of Ensemble ACJW and currently a fellowship advisor at Carnegie Hall. As an active trumpet player, she has performed all over the world with various ensembles including the Hong Kong Philharmonic, New York Symphonic Ensemble's Japan tour, Chamber Music Northwest, and a concert tour of Lucerne Festival's Divamania.
Dr. Timothy Shade is the currently Director of Bands at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Previous appointments include Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra (FL), Visiting Director of Orchestras at Florida Atlantic University, and Director of Instrumental Music at Bethel College (KS).