STEVE SUTTON - TRUMPET
Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Steve Sutton made his way east to Winston-Salem early on while growing up in the brass band tradition of the Salvation Army. Over the years, Sutton has performed with some of the most prestigious brass bands in the Southeast, including the Southern Territorial Band. He has also toured and performed as a soloist with brass bands throughout the United States, Spain, Brazil, and the Bahamas. Now as a freelance trumpet player, he regularly plays with the Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Roanoke, and Charleston Symphonies, and is also a founding member of the da Capo Brass Quintet, which is also based in North Carolina and performs frequently throughout the state. To pay tribute to his formative years, Sutton now serves as a conductor, brass instructor, and featured performer for the Salvation Army. As a Bandmaster for the International Corp., he conducts several bands including the Triad Brass, Carolinas Youth Band, and the International Corp. Band.
Steve attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet performance. He continued on to the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts where he earned his Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts where he received instruction from Mark Niehaus, Ryan Anthony, and Philip Smith.
JOSH TILLMAN - TRUMPET
Josh Tillman has established himself as an accomplished trumpeter and arranger in North and South Carolina. While in college, Josh began playing jazz by ear at Hunter Gatherer, a local jazz club in Columbia, SC that has featured artists such as Chris Potter and Wycliff Gordon. As an active performer, Josh has appeared with various artists from the Temptations and the Moody Blues, to the Irish Tenors. He has also performed with the Greensboro Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Piedmont Wind Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Winston-Salem Symphony. Josh is currently a member of local jazz jam sessions held at Krankies Coffee, Tate’s Bar, and Azul Lounge in Winston-Salem.
Josh has pursued a career into Music Education at the University of South Carolina, Columbia studying with Keith Amstutz, Robert Nagel, and Michael Miller. Josh was invited to perform Henri Tomasi’s “Concerto for Trumpet” in the National Trumpet Competition held at George Mason University. After receiving a Masters in performance from USC, he moved to North Carolina to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem studying with Canadian Brass and Principal Dallas Symphony trumpeter, Ryan Anthony. Josh has held the position of Trumpet Professor at Coastal Carolina University, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and is currently Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Winston-Salem State University. He also teaches private lessons at his trumpet studio at Jackson’s Music in Winston-Salem, NC.
SETH FRACK - TROMBONE
After making his way down from Alberta, Canada…through Columbus, Ohio…Seth is happy to call Winston-Salem his true home. Shortly after moving south, he attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance under the instruction of James Miller of the LA Philharmonic. He continued on to a earn a Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance also under James Miller, and has remained a freelance trombone player in the area ever since. During the day, Seth works as a software and graphic designer and maintains a small landscaping company. His classical trombone playing has taken him across the southeast performing with such groups as the North Carolina Symphony, the New World Symphony, Opera Carolina, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Greensboro Symphony, the Fayetteville Symphony, the Carolina Brass Quintet, the North Carolina Chamber Brass, the Da Capo Brass Quintet, the Giannini Brass Quintet, and the Piedmont Wind Symphony. His jazz experience includes the Charlotte Jazz Orchestra, the Doug Woolard Big Band, the Camel City Jazz Orchestra, and the Piedmont Jazz Collective, as well as local jazz jams in the Triad area. He currently serves as principal trombone of the Carolina Philharmonic and is a founding member of the Ardmore Brass Quintet.
SEAN DEVLIN - TROMBONE
Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Sean moved to Greensboro where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He continued his education at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he earned his Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance under James Miller. Sean is currently the bass trombonist in the Salisbury Symphony and has performed with the North Carolina Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Winston-Salem Symphony, and the Greensboro Symphony. In 2002, Sean won the position of principal trombone in the annual National Wind Ensemble, hosted at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In the summer of 2003, Sean was the principal trombonist of the Catania Festival Orchestra, a month-long music festival held in Catania, Sicily. He has been a finalist twice for the International Trombone Association’s Van Haney competition, and he is a past winner of the UNCG Concerto Competition. In addition to playing the trombone, Sean is an IT professional for the Forsyth County Sheriff's office in Winston-Salem.
BRENT HARVEY - TUBA
Raised in Apple Valley, Minnesota, Brent Harvey holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Harvey has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Catania International Festival Orchestra in Italy, the Fountain City Brass Band in the United Kingdom and Western Europe, the Pine Mountain Music Festival Symphony Orchestra (MI), the Charleston Symphony and Long Bay Symphony Orchestras (SC), the Greensboro Symphony and Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestras (NC), and has appeared on National Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio broadcasts with the Minnesota Orchestra. Brent is also a founding member of the da Capo Brass Quintet, with whom he maintains an active performance schedule.
Brent Harvey currently serves on the faculties at High Point University, Pfeiffer University, Winston-Salem State University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Community Music School teaching applied low brass and music education. Additionally, Harvey is a Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army, NC National Guard, and serves as the Commander and Conductor of the 440th Army Band. On a lighter, non-musical note, Brent was also named “Patron of the Week” at Old Town Draught House in Greensboro in January 2006, and has been a three-time recipient since. In his free time, Brent enjoys running, racquetball, college sports, the outdoors, motorcycles, beer, and long walks on the beach.