Flute

Dylan King is currently pursuing a Masters in Performance at the University of Florida studying under Dr. Kristen Stoner. King began his collegiate career here in Gainesville at Santa Fe College where he won the 2010 Santa Fe Winds Concerto Competition. King went on to earn his Bachelors of Music in flute performance from Stetson University as a scholarship student of Dr. Jean West and Susan McQuinn. There he held positions of the University Symphony Orchestra, University Symphonic Band, and the University Wind Quintet. King was awarded the Merridy Williams Memorial Scholarship and was chosen to perform two recitals with the Stetson faculty.

 

King has recently been appointed principal flute of the Central Florida Lyric Opera for their 2016 season and has made appearances in other local orchestras such as the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, Ocala Symphony, and Space Coast Symphony. He has toured throughout Florida with renowned tenor, Fernando Varela, from David Foster and Friends, and with the Video Games Live Orchestra performing at venues such as the Hard Rock Café in City Walk, Orlando. King has frequented the Wayne Densche Performing Arts Center for several musical theater productions doubling on saxophone.

 

In addition to his performance career, King was a faculty member of the Volusia County Community School of the Arts from 2011-2015 and has taught students varying from beginners to adult amateurs. He has lead sectionals at Ocoee High, University High, Seabreeze High, and Bucholz High. In 2014, he joined the Stetson staff as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Bands where he gained conducting and directing experience, particularly with the Stetson Pep Band at basketball events. He currently serves as the Assistant to the Admission and Advising Director for the University of Florida, School of Music.

 

 

 

 

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Oboe

Kaitlyn Kett is a sophomore studying Criminology with a minor in Music Performance at the University of Florida. For most of her life she has involved herself in music, beginning piano at a young age and learned other instruments such as flute and percussion. For the past five years, she has played in middle, high school, and intercollegiate All-State and All-County bands, in addition to other honor bands. She has performed in both the Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony at UF. Currently, Kaitlyn is studying with Dr. Leslie Odom, professor of Oboe at the University of Florida. Kaitlyn is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a women's professional music fraternity.

Kaitlyn Kett is a sophomore studying Criminology with a minor in Music Performance at the University of Florida. For most of her life she has involved herself in music, beginning piano at a young age and learned other instruments such as flute and percussion. For the past five years, she has played in middle, high school, and intercollegiate All-State and All-County bands, in addition to other honor bands. She has performed in both the Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony at UF. Currently, Kaitlyn is studying with Dr. Leslie Odom, professor of Oboe at the University of Florida. Kaitlyn is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a women's professional music fraternity.

 

Clarinet

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Twice, one of ten finalists in the biggest clarinet competition in the world.

 

Dale Fedele, a self-labeled
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Dale began study of Saxophone from Paul Magersuppe, Clarinet from Ben Armato, and has since studied privately and in master classes with such superlative musicians as Stanley Drucker, Clarence Clemons, Franklin Cohen, Robert Spring, Jimmy Heath, Ethan Sloane, Michael Rusinek, Michael Forte, Frank Kowalsky, Julia Heinen, and Mitchell Estrin.

As educator, Dale has seen incredible success with his students, with many earning top spots in All-State and All-County Bands and Orchestras, and several moving on to become music majors, gaining admittance into the top programs in Florida (including UF, FSU, UCF, and UNF).

 

 

Dale is devoted to the future of music education. He was a founding member and a creative force behind the Pro Series: Guided Practice System, an educational supplement containing over 100 DVD's of Private Lessons.

 

Bassoon

A basoon performance major at the University of Florida, Grace Houde has studied with such acclaimed musicians as Dr. Shannon Lowe, Anthony Anurca, and Yoshinori Honda-Tominaga in Salzburg, Austria. She performs as principal bassoonist of the UF Symphony Orchestra, and has played with the US Airforce Band, the WASBE Youth Wind Orchestra, and the UF College of Theatre and Dance. Grace holds many scholarships for her study at the Universtiy of Florida, and has even volunteered at the UF Health & Shands Hospital.

 

Saxophone

Gerard Spicer is a Master of Music candidate at the University of Florida, where he serves as graduate assistant to the saxophone studio and studies with Dr. Jonathan Helton. He holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors in Music Education and an Artist Diploma from Western University, Canada, where he studied with Barry Usher, Bobbi Thompson and Laura Kerslake. He has been privileged to work in master classes with artists such as James Houlik, Julia Nolan and Jonathan Helton.

 

 

In 2014, Gerard was the winner of the University of Florida Concerto Competition, performing the Tomasi Concerto with the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra. He presented a number of recitals in recent years, performing works by composers such as Albright, Bach, Denisov, Desenclos, and Lennon. He served twice as the concertmaster of the Western University Wind Ensemble, and can be heard on their recording, entitled Apparitions, conducted by Colleen Richardson and published by Albany Records.

 

 

He has presented clinics for the TVDSB Honor Band, UWO Wind Ensemble Tours, and the Usher Studio Quartet. Gerard maintains a private studio at Great Southern Music in Gainesville, Florida, and was previously the saxophone instructor for the New Horizons Adult Band in London, Ontario. He has also assisted at the Interprovincial Music Camp, coaching sectionals and quartets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a chamber musician, Gerard performs with the Collision Saxophone Quartet, with recent performances at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 6 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia and at The Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida. Collision will perform at the 50th Society of Composers, Inc. in November, 2015. Other notable performances include the 2015 Florida Contemporary Music Festival, performing the music of Katharina Rosenberger.

 

Gerard performed in jazz ensembles in London, Canada, appearing with the Moonliters Big Band, the Billy Sherry Big Band, the London Jazz Orchestra and the Western University Jazz Ensemble. He has also performed the reed part for the Original Kids Theatre Company’s production of Avenue Q.

 

Gerard maintains research interests in the psychology of learning and the saxophone in early twentieth-century French music.

 

Horn

Margaret Dixon is a free-lance performer and teacher currently residing in Gainesville. During her time in Florida, she has become an active member in the music community. She has worked extensively with the University of Florida Gator Marching Band, GatorLand Band Camps, and various UF school of music related ensembles. Outside of the University, she coaches and teaches at various high schools in the Gainesville and central Florida areas. She has a rapidly growing private studio of students of varying abilities, ranging from ages 10-60. Margaret also has experience teaching in the Alachua County School System and she is certified to teach Music K-12 and general Education K-6.

 

Aside from teaching and coaching, Margaret also has a thriving performance career. She is holds the principal horn position in the Gainesville Chamber orchestra, and the second horn position in the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. She also substitutes with various Orchestras in the surrounding states and areas, has recorded with Carl Fischer and the Trade Winds Ensemble, and has played in numerous performances around the community and around the world.

Outside of the classical realm. Margaret has an active network with local hip-hop, R&B, and gospel artists, and she is an active member of the Spirit of Faith Music Ministry. Margaret has a Bachelor's in Music from the University of Alabama where she studied with Professor Charles "Skip" Snead, and a Master's in Music from the University of Florida where she studied with Dr. Paul Basler.

 

Cello

Mattia Imponenti is a third year Music and Finance Major at the University of Florida currently studying under Dr. Steven Thomas. Mattia has been playing cello since the third grade and plans to earn a Master's degree  when he graduates in 2018.

 

Mattia performs regularly with the Gainesville Orchestra and with other local ensembles. Mattia has had experience teaching cello and string ensembles for 5 years as a volunteer at the Music Foundation Summer Camp in Fort Myers, Florida.

 

Voice

Ann Harding is currently Middle School Performing Arts Teacher at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School. Previously, she held positions teaching band and chorus in Colorado. She holds a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Masters of Music with emphasis in Education and Conducting from Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

 

 

Hailing from Melbourne, Florida, Tu Tram "Lindsey" Tran is currently in her fourth year at the University of Florida, but third year of studying music education, choral emphasis, with a focus on voice under the teaching of Dr. Brenda Smith

 

From a young age, she grew fond of many instruments, but stuck her guns to the guitar, singing, and conducting. She has taught guitar, voice, and dance to many different age groups ranging anywhere between 6 and 32. She also performed on numerous occasions showcasing dance, conducting, singing, and guitar playing in various cities throughout Florida, including Melbourne, Orlando, Daytona, Naples, West Palm Beach, and Jacksonville.

 

Lindsey serves as the current president for the Music Ministry at St. Augustine's Catholic Church and is an active member of the cNAfME chapter at UF, the Vietnamese Student Organization (VSO), and many other organizations on and off campus. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, cooking, spending time with friends and family, and ultimately sharing in the gift of music with others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trumpet

Doug Meyers has played trumpet since age 5, and played professionally since 12. Featured soloist with the Utica NY Symphony at 16. Special student at Eastman School of Music 16-18. Boston Conservatory Principal trumpet performance major. Studied under Principal Trumpets of the Rochester, Toronto and Boston Symphonies and personal instruction from principal trumpet players with the Chicago and New York symphonies.

 

 

Big Band work in Naples, Miami, Ft Myers, Punta Gorda, as lead trumpet. Doug has played behind many “on the road” musicians, including Patty Page and Tom Jones.

 

 

 

He currently plays lead with Salsumba d’G’ville Salsa Band, Studio trumpet work with Koqui Acosta Latin composer/performer, and lead trumpet with “Uncle Morty’s Rhythm Cream” , an 11 piece R&B show band. In his spare time Doug is co-lead trumpet with the University of Florida sight-reading Big Band. The boy can hit high notes that only Maynard Ferguson could hear.

 

 

 

He currently plays lead with Salsumba d’G’ville Salsa Band, Studio trumpet work with Koqui Acosta Latin composer/performer, and lead trumpet with “Uncle Morty’s Rhythm Cream” , an 11 piece R&B show band. In his spare time Doug is co-lead trumpet with the University of Florida sight-reading Big Band. The boy can hit high notes that only Maynard Ferguson could hear.

 

 

Trombone

Brian Stevens teaches in Gainesville, FL and performs throughout Florida and the southeast U.S. He is experienced symphonic, jazz & blues, marching band, theater, world, gospel, and commercial musics. In addition to teaching private lessons Mr. Stevens works with various middle school and high school band programs in Alachua County and as a substitute teacher for the School Board of Alachua County.

 

On trombone, Brian has had the privilege and pleasure of performing alongside a talented and diverse array of musicians and artists including Terry Plumeri, Spyder Turner, Alfie Zappacosta, Little Jake Mitchell, Ted Shumate, Charlie Blade, and Longineu Parsons. In addition to maintaining a regular performance schedule, Mr. Stevens’ past performances include the International Blues Challenge Semifinals (Memphis, TN), the Live Oak Jazz Blues and Arts Festival, Gainesville Jazz Festival, and Celebrity and Azamara Cruises.

 

Brian Stevens holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Psychology from The Florida State University.

 

 

 

Low Brass

 

Cody Ray is an accomplished freelance tubist and low brass instructor from Gainesville, Florida. Cody’s performance experiences include, but are not limited to, the Tree City Brass Quintet, the Gainesville Brass Quintet, the Gainesville Pops, the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra, and several more. Outside of the classical realm, Cody has been an active musician in the Gainesville community, performing as a studio musician for rock band “Morning Bell,” and he has leading, coordinating, and performing with his local church ensemble on both tuba and bass guitar.

 

A Cum Laude graduate of the University of Florida School of Music, Cody holds degrees in both Instrumental Performance and Music Theory and Composition, as well as a secondary degree in Business Administration.

 

 

Percussion

Paul Keck is a percussionist and music educator based out of north central Florida. Paul is a sought after performer, clinician, and arranger/composer and is versatile in all major areas of percussion including chamber, world, and marching percussion. In addition to performing as a percussionist with the Ocala Symphony and Dance Alive National Ballet Paul has worked as a freelance percussionist throughout the region.

 

Paul has also worked

as a high school and elementary school band director and percussion instructor for Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Ga. While in Atlanta Paul worked with several indoor percussion groups but focused much of his attention toward young musicians and worked

towards developing a countywide percussion curriculum. He was a percussion staff member for Capitol Sound Drum & Bugle Corps from Madison, Wi and Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps from Lexington, Ky from 2002-2004, and he played snare drum for Southwind from 1999-2000.

 

Currently, Paul is the Professor of Instrumental Music at Florida Gateway College in Lake City Florida. There he conducts the Symphonic Band, directs Gateway Steel: the Florida Gateway College Steel Band, and teaches private lessons for winds and string

instruments as well as percussion. In addition, Paul is the Percussion Instructor for the University of Florida Marching Band where he writes, arranges for, and instructs FDL: Florida Drum Line.

Paul earned his Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Florida where he focused on studying traditional drumming of West Africa and its influences on Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Brazilian, and Afro American popular music and

percussion. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in

Percussion Performance from the University of Central Florida. A list of Paul’s percussion teachers include: Dr. Ken Broadway, Dr. Larry Crook, Jeff Moore, Kirk Gay, Dan Neimeyer, and Jim Yakas.

 

Rickie Santiago is a highly sought-after percussionist and educator throughout the state of Florida. He has performed with such varied and superlative ensembles as the Blue Man Group, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Walt Disney World Percussion Ensemble. An educator for many years, Rickie works will all of the top programs in Gainesville, Florida.

 

Rickie teaches all styles and instruments of the percussion family.

 

Guitar

Kevin Bogle has taught guitar in Gainesville for over 20 years. His specialty is classical guitar, with particular skill in Latin American works, but he teaches all guitar styles. Kevin works with students of all ages and skill levels.

 

Marina Tucker has been a dedicated violinist since high school, when she was selected to perform with the London Symphony Orchestra during their performances at the 2007 Florida International Festival in Daytona Beach, FL. Ms. Tucker holds a Bachelors Degree in Music from the University of Florida, and is currently pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance, also at the University of Florida, under the tutelage of Dr. Janna Lower.

 

Since she began her studies at the University of Florida, Ms. Tucker has enjoyed many performance and teaching opportunities. In the summer of 2012, she completed a string quartet internship in Rome, Italy as part of a study abroad program through UF. Most recently, she has been performing violin in and around the Gainesville area with various ensembles, including the Gainesville Orchestra, the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, and the UF Graduate Chamber Ensemble. Additionally, Ms. Tucker has been concertmaster of the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra since 2013. Her violin is on generous loan from the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention.

 

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Piano

Janet Holley started playing piano at the age of 8, and immediately knew that she wanted to be a piano teacher. She has been teaching  for over forty years, and she especially loves teaching beginners!

 

She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Pedagogy with a secondary in Organ from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

She has been the organist at Trinity United Methodist Church for 24 years.

 

 

Charlie Alexander taught at the Remillard School of Piano for thirty years. After graduating from the University of Rhode Islande, he taught music at Moses Brown, St. Matthew's and also at ST. Paul's schools in RI.

 

He has served as Music Minister for various churches since 1978. Recently, he has been playing shows throughout Canada and the United States.

He currently plays frequently in Orlando and is looking forward to getting back to teaching again!

 

 

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