Christopher Brigham is an American horn player currently living in Germany. Christopher first obtained his bachelor's degree from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford in 2013, where he studied with David Wakefield and Susan Spaulding.
Atlanta native David Byrd-Marrow is the Solo hornist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), a new music collective that performs internationally and serves as ensemble-in-residence at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Working with a uniquely wide range of performers, he has premiered works by Matthias Pintscher, Arthur Kampela, George Lewis, Tyshawn Sorey, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Du Yun, Marcos Balter, Wang Lu, Kate Soper, Miguel Zenón, and Chick Corea.
Bass trombonist Alan Carr is Director of Brass and Assistant Professor of Music at George Mason University. He is also on faculty at the University of Maine at Augusta and New England Music Camp. Previously, he taught at Bates College and Concordia University Wisconsin.
Dr. David Johansen is the Professor of Trombone at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA and is also a member of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra; he has held both positions for twenty years.
Mr. Larsen holds a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from Old Dominion University, studying with Dr. William Bartolotta, and a Master of Music in trumpet performance from Rice University, studying with Armando Ghitalla. Mr. Larsen regularly performs with the New Haven Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Ridgefield Symphony, Wallingford Symphony, Nutmeg Symphony, and Berkshire Jazz Orchestra.
Daphna Schmidt is a freelance trumpet player and teacher in New York City. A native of Philadelphia, Daphna graduated from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance – classical and jazz. She also holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a Music Education Certificate. She is currently the General Music teacher for grades K-5 at Linden Tree Elementary School in Bronx, New York.
Andrew Willmott, an alumnus of NEMC, is the senior trumpet instructor at the Westport Music Center, where he has been teaching students of all ages and levels of ability since 1996. Mr. Willmott has been on our faculty since the summer of 2011, and is an active performer in the greater New York City area where he plays in a variety of styles from classical to contemporary.
3-time GRAMMY-nominated trombonist-composer-arranger Alan Ferber has been called “one of the jazz world’s premier composers and arrangers for larger groups” by All About Jazz NY. Jazz Times magazine describes Ferber’s compositions as “inspired and meticulous” and the L.A. Weekly deems him “one of the premier modern jazz arrangers of our time.” For the last seven years, he has been recognized as one of the leading trombonists of his generation in Down Beat magazine’s International Critics’ Poll and Readers’ Poll.