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U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Band Brass Quintet

The U. S. Air Force Band Ceremonial Brass Quintet
TSgt Aaron Lovelady, trumpet (UF Alum)
MSgt Adrian Holton, trumpet (UF Alum)
TSgt Alexis Lovelady, horn (UF Alum)
TSgt Andrew Reich, trombone
TSgt Darren Workman, bass trombone

Master Sgt. Adrian Holton is a trumpeter with the Ceremonial Brass, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Originally from Palm Harbor, Florida, his Air Force career began in 2012 as a trumpeter with the United States Air Force Academy Band, Peterson Air Force Base, CO, where he performed with the Concert Band, Marching Band, and Stellar Brass.

Before joining the Air Force, Holton worked five seasons as a student musician at Walt Disney World a was a member of the 2005 Collegiate All-Star Band.  He toured Japan twice with Broadway shows, Blast! and Blast II: MIX, and spent two years performing aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships. Holton has also toured and/or performed with Brass of the Potomac, American Chamber Winds, Colorado Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra.  Additionally, he was the Conductor and Music Director of both the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Orchestra and Colorado Springs Brass and has guest conducted the United States Air Force Academy Band and the United States Air Force Band on multiple occasions. Holton is currently the music director and principal conductor of National Concert Band of America and assistant director of the Maryland Band Directors Band at Montgomery College.

Holton holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University. His teachers include John Rommel, Dr. Jay Coble, Gary Langford, Roger Steward, and Dr. Shanti Simon.

Technical Sgt. Alexis Lovelady is a French hornist with the Ceremonial Brass, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.  Originally from Madison, Alabama, her career in the Air Force began in 2018 with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band where she performed with the Concert Band and Heritage Brass.  Her career with the Ceremonial Brass began in 2020.

Before joining the Air Force, Sgt. Lovelady served as third horn in the Ocala Symphony (2015-2016) and performed regularly with the Prescott Pops, Gainesville Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, and Gainesville Brass Quintet.  In 2017, Lovelady toured Europe as a member of the American Chamber Winds.  She is an alumna of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp (2016, 2017) and served as a camp staff member in 2018.

A graduate of the University of North Alabama, Lovelady received a Bachelor of Science in horn performance in 2014.  She then earned her Master of Music in horn performance from the University of Florida in 2016. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. Her primary teachers are Mr. Mark Gessner (Huntsville Symphony Orchestra), Dr. David McCullough (University of North Alabama), Dr. Paul Basler (University of Florida), and Dr. John Ericson (Arizona State University). 

Technical Sergeant Andrew Reich serves as trombonist with the Ceremonial Brass, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. A native of Lexington, South Carolina, he joined the Air Force in 2017 to become a member of the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

Reich earned a Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance from the University of South Carolina in 2005 and a Master of Music in trombone performance from the University of Georgia in 2007. While at the University of Georgia, Reich held the prestigious Bulldog Brass Quintet assistantship and had the honor of being on faculty at the renowned Brazil Instrumental Festival in Tatuí. His primary teachers include Brad Edwards, Philip Jameson, Fred Mills, John Rojak, and Greg Cox.

Prior to joining the Air Force, Reich toured with Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass from 2009 to 2016, performing 120 concerts a year across the United States and abroad including Europe and South Korea. Additionally, he maintained a teaching and performance schedule which included performances with symphony orchestras in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, and solo appearances in Japan, Italy and Bulgaria.

Highlights of his Air Force career include multiple appearances on the Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” morning show, marching in the 2017 New York City Veterans Day Parade, and performing with the U.S Air Force Heritage of America Band’s pop and hip-hop band “Full Spectrum” at a halftime show for a Baltimore Ravens game.

Technical Sgt. Kenneth Darren Workman is a trombonist with the Ceremonial Brass, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Originally from Thomasville, North Carolina, his career in the Air Force began in 2016 with the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America, Scott Air Force Base, Belleville, Illinois where he performed as a member of the Concert Band, Shades of Blue, and Airlifter Brass. His career with the Ceremonial Brass began in 2019. 

Sgt. Workman has won prestigious awards such as first place in the American Trombone Workshop's Division III National Bass Trombone Solo Competition and the Big 12 Trombone Conference Solo Competition. Additionally, Workman has performed with the Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony, Round Rock Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, Brazos Valley Symphony, and the award-winning University of Texas Trombone Choir. 

Sgt. Workman holds degrees from Appalachian State University and The University of Texas at Austin. His primary teachers include Dr. Nathaniel Brickens, Dr. Harold McKinney, John Kitzman, and Allen Barnhill. Before enlisting in the Air Force, Workman served as assistant professor of trombone at Texas Lutheran University and adjunct lecturer of trombone at Texas A&M - Kingsville. 

Paul Basler
Professor of French Horn

Paul Basler, 1993-94 Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Music at Kenyatta University (Nairobi, Kenya), 1995-96 University of Florida Teacher of the Year and the 2001-03 College of Fine Arts University of Florida Research Foundation Professor is Professor of Music at the University of Florida where he teaches horn and undergraduate composition courses and has been a member of the faculty since 1993.

He taught at Western Carolina University for four years and prior to coming to WCU, was the North Carolina Visiting Artist in Residence at Caldwell Community College. He received his B.M. degree from Florida State University, M.M., M.A. and D.M.A. degrees from Stony Brook University and has received teaching awards and citations from the University of Florida College of Fine Arts, Stony Brook University, Western Carolina University, Kenyatta University and the Kenya Office of the President/Permanent Music Commission. Dr. Basler has also served as a board member and consultant to numerous national and international arts organizations and is a frequent guest lecturer at educational conferences worldwide.

Basler was resident hornist at the annual Composers Conference in Boston from 1991-2004 and has performed as guest artist at numerous International Horn Society Workshops, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, the Winchester International Music Festival in England, the Festival Internacional de Música de Cantonigrós in Spain and the St. Petersburg International Chamber Music Festival in Russia. Basler has been a member of the Brevard, Charleston, Valdosta, Greenville, Asheville, Tallahassee and Gainesville Symphonies, and continues to maintain a busy performing schedule throughout the United States and abroad, having premiered over 200 works written for him. He also has received several American Cultural Affairs Specialist Grants from the U.S. Department of State and has served as Visiting Professor with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Culture and National Conservatory of Music. Basler has been a faculty member of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp since 2012 and was a featured artist at the 2015 Northeast Horn Workshop at Penn State University and the 2016 Northwest Horn Symposium at Central Washington University.

One of the most performed composers of his generation, his music have been received with enthusiastic acclaim throughout the world, the New York Times describing his music as “virtuosic and highly athletic.” The recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Composer's Fellowship and several National Endowment for the Arts Composer/Teacher grants, Basler's compositions have been performed throughout the world and recent compositions have received performances at Carnegie Hall, the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Tanglewood, the Spoleto Festival, Symphony Hall in Chicago, Kennedy Center, the National Theatres of the Dominican Republic and Kenya, Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, the Aspen Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival and in Shanghai by the Shanghai Philharmonic. His music is published by Carl Fischer, Colla Voce Music, Walton Music, Hinshaw Music, Southern Music, R.M. Williams Publishing,  Veritas Musica Publications, ALRY Publications and the IHS Press.

Basler's horn teachers have included William Purvis, William Capps and Barry Benjamin and his composition teachers have been John Boda, John Downey, Bülent Arel, John Lessard and Billy Jim Layton.

Randolph Lee
Assistant Professor of Trumpet

From Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, trumpeter Randolph Lee has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious concert venues, giving appearances throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Spanning a career as a soloist, teacher, and a recording artist, he can be heard on Deutsche Grammophon, Centaur Records, Tantara Records, international television and radio broadcasts, albums, television shows, commercials, video games, and movies.

Randolph Lee has performed as a soloist in Carnegie Hall, premiered new works, and presented guest artist recitals at various universities. A collaboration with Columbian composer and pianist Mauricio Arias brought about the creation of a new concerto for trumpet, piano, and orchestra titled Rapsodia Camaleonica, as well as its world premiere and Carnegie Hall debut. A new cantata for trumpet and choir titled The Mystic Trumpeter was also written for Randolph by Anthony Maglione; and after giving its premier, he recorded it on Centaur Records (to be released in 2015). Other solo appearances with various ensembles include the Bells at Temple Square, Salty Crickets Composers Colletive, Azlo Orchestra, Scottsdale Musical Arts Orchestra, Academy of St. Barnabas on the Desert, ASU Schola Cantorum, UCLA Philharmonia, UCLA Brass Ensemble, UCLA Symphonic Band, BYU Synthesis jazz band, as well as high school and community bands.

As an orchestral trumpeter and collaborator, Randolph Lee has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Opera Hong Kong as guest principal trumpet, Tucson Symphony Orchestra as substitute principal trumpet, Orchestra at Temple Square with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as principal and section trumpet, Philip Glass Ensemble, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Utah Wind Symphony, Phoenix Chorale, Phoenix Boys Choir, Salt River Brass as principal solo cornet, Scottsdale Arts Orchestra as principal trumpet, Utah Regional Ballet, and various chamber ensembles including the Potsdam Brass Quintet.

Prior to the University of Florida, Dr. Lee served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Trumpet at State University of New York Potsdam and has taught at Arizona State University, University of California Los Angeles, Brigham Young University, BYU - Idaho, and has given clinics at various high schools and middle schools. He holds degrees from BYU (BA), where he studied with David Brown, UCLA (MM) with Jens Lindemann, and ASU (DMA) under the tutelage of Regents’ Professor David Hickman. Other teachers include K. Newell Dayley, Nick Norton, Donald Green, and Jay Posteraro. When not performing or teaching, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and children.

Jemmie Robertson
Assistant Professor of Trombone

Jemmie Robertson is Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of Florida and is Principal Trombone of the Gainesville Orchestra. Dr. Robertson studied at Northwestern University (DM, 2006), Yale University (MM, 2003), and the University of Northern Colorado (BM, 1997). Jemmie was a founding member of the American Trombone Quartet, which released the “Premiere!” (2020, Mark Masters) and were featured artists at the  2019 Lille Trombone Festival in Lille, France and the 2017 & 2018 International Trombone Festivals.

In May 2019, Jemmie performed as the international guest artist at the ATPB 2019 Trombone Festival in João Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil. In June and July 2019, Jemmie performed Turrin’s Fandango at the Les Anches d'Azur Music Festival in La Croix-Valmer, France and chamber music at L'église de la Madeleine in Paris with the UF Wind Symphony. In July 2019, he gave a solo recital tour in Japan and returned for his twentieth season as a member of the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra (CO) where he appeared as a featured soloist with the ensemble in Robert Starer’s Concerto a Tre at the Vail International Dance Festival.

Jemmie is an active orchestral musician, having recently performed with the Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, and the Jacksonville and Ocala Symphonies, as well as throughout the Midwest where he has performed with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Civic Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Philharmonic, and many others. Jemmie, in addition to numerous ensemble recordings, has published four solo recordings: Red Dragonfly (2022, Mark Masters), Collaborations (2017), Conditions of a Solitary Bird (2014), and A New Day Dawning (2008, MSR Classics) of which the ITA Journal wrote in a July 2018 review: “expertly interpreted and performed with personality, charm, and precision.” and “Jemmie Robertson is not just an accomplished trombonist, but a true artist of the instrument who has taken the time to craft his artistic vision of each piece.” Before pursuing graduate studies, Jemmie was a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (2000) and the USAF Heritage of America Band (1996-1999). Jemmie is an Edwards performing artist.

Danielle VanTuinen
Assistant Professor of Low Brass (Tuba and Euphonium)

Dr. Danielle VanTuinen joined the faculty of the University of Florida in August 2019 as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium. Danielle is a performer, educator, and entrepreneur based in Rochester, New Hampshire. She previously served as Visiting Lecturer of Music at Plymouth State University where she taught low brass methods and applied low brass lessons. She also served as brass faculty at the Portland Conservatory of Music, adjunct staff for the marching band at the University of New Hampshire, Educational Representative with Music and Arts, and a private lessons instructor at Timberlane High School and throughout northern New England. Danielle is the co-founder of the Moreau | VanTuinen Duo and an active presenter, clinician, and performing artist throughout the United States and Europe. 

Prior to her work in New England, Danielle was the low brass instructor for the Phoenix Youth Symphony. Her responsibilities included small group and ensemble coaching for middle and high school students participating in the organization’s bands and orchestras. During the 2016-2017 academic year, she coached the Arizona State University concert band low brass section, comprised of first-year and non-major performers. Danielle has been invited to adjudicate at a variety of festivals, including the New Hampshire MEA Solo & Ensemble Competition, the Paul l. Willwerth Brass Competition at Central Michigan University, the Maine and Arizona All-State Festivals, and the AETYB Young Artist Competition in Spain. As a strong proponent of new music, she has actively participated as a member and coordinator of several commissioning projects for both solo euphonium/tuba and percussion/euphonium repertoire. This passion has resulted in over 15 new works from 2016-2019, three of which will be premiered by her in 2019. 

Dr. VanTuinen has performed with several ensembles throughout Arizona, Michigan and the New England areas, including the Phoenix Ballet, West Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Salt River Brass Band, and the New England Brass Band. As a co- founder of the Moreau | VanTuinen Duo, she has been invited to perform at the International Alliance for Women in Music, the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, Spanish Association of Tubas and Euphoniums, Northern Arizona University, Ithaca College, the Miraphone Academy of the Southwest, the United States Pershing’s Own Army Band Tuba- Euphonium Workshop, and the International Women’s Brass Conference as a guest artist and educational presenter. 

Danielle earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Performance from Arizona State University. Her culminating doctoral project, “Euphonium and Live Interactive Electronics: A Performer’s Examination of Three New Works”, sought to provide historical context and expand the electroacoustic repertoire for low brass. She holds a Master of Music degree in Music Performance from Arizona State University and a Bachelors of Music degree in Music Performance from Central Michigan University. Her principal mentors include Dr. Deanna Swoboda, Professor Douglas Yeo, Dr. Mark Cox, and Professor Scott Hanson. Danielle is an active member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association and the International Women’s Brass Conference. 

Tampa Brass Band

Established in 2019, the Tampa Brass Band consists of some of the Tampa Bay area’s most skilled brass and percussion performers. Performing exciting music from the brass band repertoire, as well as brass band arrangements of orchestral classics, the Tampa Brass Band presents an eclectic range of styles in high-level performances in venues throughout the Tampa Bay area. The Tampa Brass Band has performed works by Peter Graham, Philip Sparke, Joel Collier, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Andrea Hobson.

Tampa Brass Band Music Director Tina DiMeglio is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree at the University of Miami, studying Instrumental Conducting with Dr. Robert Carnochan. She holds a Master of Music Degree in Wind Conducting from West Chester University, where she studied with Dr. Andrew Yozviak. Ms. DiMeglio earned a bachelor’s degree in music education, clarinet concentration, from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music, where she studied clarinet with Paul Demers of the Philadelphia Orchestra. While at Temple University, Ms. DiMeglio served as the President of CMENC Chapter 51 and was awarded the PMEA Award for Excellence in Service. She was a clarinetist with the Temple University Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Orchestra, and served three years as the drum major of the Temple University Diamond Marching Band. Ms. DiMeglio graduated Magna Cum Laude, was a member of the academic honors program, and received both the Diamond Key Band Award and the Emily and Arthur Crosby Award upon graduation.

Recently, Ms. DiMeglio was selected as a finalist for the Frederick Fennell Conducting Competition, to be held in Modica, Italy in April 2021. She was a Conducting Fellow in the 2019 Midwest Clinic Reynolds Conducting Institute, and was also a recipient of the 2019 CBDNA Mike Moss Diversity Conducting Fellowship Study Grant.

A native of the Philadelphia area, Ms. DiMeglio served as the Band Director of Ridley High School, her alma mater, from 2011 – 2018. She was an active member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and served as the Indoor Liaison for the Cavalcade of Bands marching band circuit. Ms. DiMeglio maintains a private lesson studio and has performed professionally in the Philadelphia and Miami areas. Outside of music, Ms. DiMeglio enjoys spending time with her husband and their 10+ rescue animals.

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