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.
Justin Benavidez is the Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Florida State University and leads an active career as a performer and educator. He previously held a similar professorship at the Ithaca College School of Music. Dr. Benavidez is the Tuba-Artist Faculty at the Round Top Summer Music Festival and is the acting Principal Tuba of the Syracuse Symphoria Orchestra and the Syracuse Opera. He also plays with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.
Justin has been a prizewinner at several national and international solo competitions and is a past winner of the prestigious Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition.
Vikentios Gionanidis is a Greek tuba player and arranger for brass. He was born in 1988 in Corfu, Greece. He began his musical studies in 1998 at the wind band “Manzaros”, which included Theory, Percussion, Euphonium and finally the Tuba. In the year of 2004 he entered the Conservatory of Corfu to continue his higher musical education in tuba and harmony, following the classes of George Rarakos and Anastasios Kazianis. In October 2007 he started his studies at the Hochschule für Musik,
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,
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.
Marvin’s experience as a traveling musician with the Midnight Movers provided technique with a legendary sound,
Tom is Principal Cornet of the world famous Cory Band and is well-known as a brilliant cornet soloist. He began learning the cornet at the age of nine and joined his local brass band, Stannington. As an early teenager he joined Barnsley Building Society Band and quickly ascended to the position of principal cornet.
Tom’s first taste of playing ‘top man’ in a championship section band happened a few years later, aged fifteen,
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,
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.
Christopher has a Bachelor of Music for classical trombone performance from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music in New York. While at the conservatory he studied with critically acclaimed trombonists Weston Sprott (Metropolitan Opera),
John is a brass instrumental teacher and conductor based on the Isle of Man and until recently, held the position of Principal Tuba with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra; South Africa’s leading professional symphony orchestra.
After studying at Chetham’s School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Academy of Music, John worked with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and ensembles including the Hallé Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Ensemble,