Jonathan Bhatia is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and is currently the Lecturer of Music in Trumpet at the University of Nevada, Reno Department of Music. Jonathan has performed in various venues and competitions across the globe. He was a prizewinner at the International Prize Competition in Tuscany, Italy, a featured artist at the 2017 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Hershey, PA and a contributing artist at the 2017 International Horn Symposium in Natal, Brazil. Jonathan is also a three time winner of the Stanley Wilson Award, and the only two time winner of the Fred Ohlendorf Award for outstanding musicianship.
He has also held positions with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, as their tenured Principal Trumpet, the American Youth Symphony, as their second trumpet, and was fortunate enough to play alongside Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson in a live performance of “The Miners’ Hymn”, which was featured in the Los Angeles Times’ List of The Best 25 Classical Moments of 2014. As a recording artist, Jonathan has been featured on National Public Radio, can be heard playing on various films and albums including the animated feature film Duck Duck Goose, Jens Lindemann's album 'Northern Lights' and various recorded performances his YouTube channel he shares with hornist Natalie Brooke Higgins, the BrassHaus Network.
Jonathan’s flair for trumpet solo performance has earned him numerous appearances with ensembles of varying size and scope. Jonathan was featured as a soloist with the University of California, Los Angeles’ Philharmonia, the Debut Orchestra for their 60th Gala Celebration, and performed the national anthem with Jens Lindemann at Pauley Pavilion for a sold out crowd of over 12,000 people.
As a college professor, Jonathan educates both undergraduate and graduate level music performance and music education majors students through applied lessons, studio classes, and chamber music ensembles. Prior to his appointment at the University of Nevada, Reno, Jonathan held various titles at Lamar University's Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music, in which he increased the size of the Lamar University Trumpet Studio from nine students to a peak of twenty-three students, and provided them with numerous performance opportunities, including an appearance at the 2018 International Trumpet Guild Conference in San Antonio, TX.
Jonathan Bhatia holds two degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied with Jens Lindemann and Tom Hooten. Additional mentors include Mark Hughes, Rob Roy McGregor and Darren Mulder.
Jonathan is a founding member of the Alias Brass Company.
Dr. Timothy J. Tesh is a Grammy-nominated trumpeter, Yamaha Performing Artist and a member of the University of Southern Mississippi School of Music faculty, having become Assistant Professor of Trumpet in the Fall of 2016. T.J. has relocated to Hattiesburg, Mississippi after an exciting and successful career as a freelance trumpeter and music educator in Los Angeles. During his time in southern California, T.J. performed as a member of the internationally renowned brass quintet, Presidio Brass, and had the distinct pleasure of performing with Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Take 6, Quincy Jones, Dave Koz, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, and many other music greats. Dr. Tesh's career has also included a tour throughout the United States and Canada with Mel Brooks’ award-winning Broadway musical, The Producers, where he served as principal trumpet. His debut solo recording, Adaptations for Trumpet, is available at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/tjtesh. T.J. completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance and Music Education at The University of Southern California in 2012. He received a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Kentucky in 2004 and a Bachelor of Arts from Mars Hill College in 2002.
For more information please visit TJ’s website at www.tjtesh.com.
Aaron Woolley, TRUMPET, is a Los Angeles-based trumpet player and educator. Aaron has studied with David Washburn, Bob Slack, Tom Hooten, Jens Lindemann, and Tim Saeger. Aaron received his Bachelor of Music from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Masters of Music from Azusa Pacific University.
As a freelance artist, Aaron can be heard on recordings such as “Room 3A”, a Japanese TV drama, “Song of Hope” with Jens Lindemann, and the “Miners’ Hymn” a film on the history of coal mining in Northern England. He has also performed world-premieres on the stage of Royce Hall, and has opened for the Rolling Stone’s 50th anniversary tour.
In 2013, Aaron enlisted in the California Army National Guard and subsequently graduated from the U. S. Armed Forces School of Music. Upon graduating, Aaron won a place on Colonel Bruce Pulver’s Commandant’s List. The Commandant’s List is reserved for the top ten percent of soldiers who demonstrate musical excellence and achievement in a wide variety of leadership and soldiering tasks. During his time with the 40th Infantry Division, Aaron has performed in over 50 concerts, including the 2016 Fourth of July celebration, where he was a featured soloist in front of over 20,000 attendees.
Dr. Natalie Brooke Higgins, HORN, currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Music in Horn at the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music. Dr. Higgins received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, Masters of Music from George Mason University, and Bachelor of the Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Higgins is an active performer, educator, administrator, and entrepreneur. Based on her innovative achievements, service to her community, and commitment to inspire the next generation of musicians and music educators, she was recently recognized as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s 40 Under 40 honorees, a feature that celebrates the best and brightest in business, government, nonprofits, education, healthcare, banking, and professional sports.
As an active soloist, Dr. Higgins is a prizewinner of the International Winds, Brass, and Percussion Enkor Competition, finalist of the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Brass Competition, and winner of the St. Louis Artist Presentation Series. Dr. Higgins has also performed with such ensembles as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, Symphony of Southeast Texas, Macon Pops, St. Joseph Symphony, American Festival Orchestra, Banff Festival Orchestra, and Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Higgins has studied and participated in masterclasses with many internationally recognized and accomplished brass performers and teachers, among them Martin Hackleman, Chris Cooper, Brian O’Connor, Jens Lindemann, and Patrick Sheridan.
Dr. Higgins is a co-founder and the managing member of the Alias Brass Company.
Dr. Timothy Dueppen, TROMBONE, is an in demand international performing artist and educator. As a performer, Tim is known for his smooth sound, vibrant musicality, and ability to perform everything from Jazz to Baroque music. He has toured with John Marcellus in New York and Pennsylvania, including performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the National Presbyterian Cathedral in Washington D.C. Additionally, he was a member of the international brass quintet Metales M5 and toured extensively throughout North and South America.
Tim has made appearances on international television for his performances in Colombia, Canada, and the United States. In 2017, his brass trio, the Tephra Collective, released their first international album “Distorted Mirrors” to rave reviews. Tim is also an active freelance trombonist in the U.S. and has performed with jazz greats Horace Silver, John Clayton, Bill Watrous, Kenny Burrell, Bill Evans, and others. He has also performed with numerous pop icons in stage performances including a 2015 performance with superstar Frankie Valli. Additionally, Tim has made recordings for the Disney Corporation and recorded music for the 2011 Miss USA Pageant. Serving as Assistant Professor of Music in trombone at Lamar University’s Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music since 2014, Tim has built a strong reputation as a pedagogue across North and South America. Tim has also given master classes at numerous colleges, universities, and secondary schools, including at the International Festival of Music in Cartagena, Colombia.
Tim has played with the Houston Symphony (as a member of Virtuosi of Houston), Disney Jazz Band, Opera Pasadena Festival Orchestra, Golden States Pops Orchestra, Lone Star Lyric Opera, Intermountain Opera Orchestra, Montana Ballet Orchestra, Bozeman Symphony, Rapides Symphony, and others. He is currently Principal Trombonist with the Symphony of Southeast Texas. He is a performing artist sponsored by Denis Wick and BAC Custom Trombones.
Tim is a co-founder of the Alias Brass Company.
Clayton Maddox, a native of South Bay, Florida, is an active soloist, educator, and freelance musician. He currently holds positions with Arkansas Tech University and Henderson State University, where he is Visiting Lecturer of Music and Adjunct Instructor of Music.
Clayton has competed in and placed in many solo tuba competitions including, the Leonard Falcone International solo artist competition, the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference solo artist and chamber music competition, and the University of Alabama's Concerto-Aria Competition. As an award winning chamber artist he is the 1st tuba of the Boreas Quartet, which debuted its first album, “The Serpent’s Kiss”, in 2014, and has since received the Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording from the International Tuba and Euphonium Association.
As an in demand soloist he has traveled to Tokyo, Japan to perform a recital at the Yamaha Headquarters, Sapporo, Japan where he performed at the Sapporo Clock Tower, and Madison, Wisconsin where he performed with the University of Wisconsin Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble.
Clayton has been a guest artist with several professional orchestras, among them, The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony, and the Orquesta de Sinfonica in Monterrey, Mexico.
Clayton holds degrees from the University of Alabama, the University of Memphis, and Florida State College, where his primary teachers included Dr. Demondrae Thurman, Paul Weikle, Paul Ebbers, and James Jenkins.