Otmar Borchard, Tenor Trombone
Born at a very young age, Otmar is from Bend, OR studying Trombone Performance and Pre-med with a minor in Chemistry.
Starting trombone in his Freshman year of high school, Otmar has had the honor to perform in groups such as the Western International Band Clinic, OMEA All-State Band and State Solo and most notably, the National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Band. Now, he performs in the UO ensembles, trombone choir and the Up & Down trombone quartet. Outside of music, Otmar enjoys playing soccer, rock climbing, mountain biking, swimming at the Oregon Coast and is currently training for a marathon.
Jon Caponetto, Bass Trombone
From a small town in Eastern Oregon called Burns, Jon actually grew up on the Indian Reservation just outside of town. Jon started his musical career in fifth grade learning to play the alto saxophone, but didn’t find it that amusing to play so he switched to the trombone and fell immediately in love with the instrument and with music. Since then, Jon has had the opportunity to play in many honor bands such as the NAfME All-Northwest Orchestra, WIBC honor bands, performed in Europe with the Sound of America European Tour Honor band, and the Pacific Honours Ensemble Program In Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. At the UO Jon has been apart of many ensembles such as the marching band, symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz band, and various small chamber ensembles. Currently, Jon is a Music Performance major with a double minor in Anthropology and Native American Studies. He is the first in his family to attend college and is one of few from his tribal community to go as well while being the only Gates Millennium Scholar from the town of Burns. He is proud to be the trailblazer that will show his people that higher education is possible no matter what background you come from and will be there for anyone who needs help going through college. When not practicing, Jon likes to hangout with his friends, attend UO Native American Student Union meetings, work at the campus Zero Waste program, and volunteer at Churchill High School’s band program. Jon is a kid from the rez not just surviving, but also thriving!
Cory Francis, Bass Trombone
Cory is a 3rd year Music Education Major at the University of Oregon. Switching from tenor to bass trombone in his sophomore year, Cory has enjoyed playing in ensembles such as Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Trombone Choir, Green Garter Band and other small ensembles. His career goal is to teach high school wind ensemble and marching band. In his free time, Cory likes to play Super Smash Bros. with his friends and watch his favorite team—The Portland Trailblazers.
Daven Tjaarda-Hernandez, Tenor Trombone
Daven started playing the trombone in 5th grade. Since then he has been in a multitude of honor bands, most notable the Oregon Ambassadors tour in Europe and the All-Northwest wind ensemble. Currently Daven is studing trombone performance and participates in the Oregon Marching Band, trombone choir, and the Up and Down trombone quartet. In his free time Daven works at Beall Hall and watches plenty of movies, especially Mary Poppins.
Miles Jones, Tenor Trombone
Miles was born in California but moved to Corvallis at age 6 when his little brother was born. Beginning trombone in the 7th grade, Miles found an affinity for music and continued to pursue that throughout high school and now college. In high school he attended many honor bands such as, WIBC, All-State, and All-Northwest. These experiences drove him further down the music path and eventually to pursue a music education major at the University of Oregon. Miles spends his free time working on a 1969 Volkswagen bug with his friends and creating delicious meals in his kitchen.
Keith Lunsford, Tenor Trombone
Keith Lunsford started playing the trombone at 12 years old. Growing up, my dad had been a huge influence on my musical taste, and since he played Trombone, it was a natural fit to follow in his footsteps. I’ve always loved the unique sound and presence of the trombone. After taking a long break after high school, I choose to move to Eugene and enroll at Lane Community college and study music education; and Trombone with Ron Bertucci. Transferring to the University of Oregon has been a dream of mine since high school and hugely part of my cross country move. Being a Duck feels like family and a home away from home. My dream goal is a Masters degree in conducting to propell me into a Symphony director job. I really enjoy contributing to the growth and hardwork of musicians. When im not doing my best Joe Alessi impression, I enjoy watching sports, hanging out with my friends and working on cars.
Brandon Pressley, Tenor Trombone
Born and raised in Salem, Oregon Brandon was inducted into a school district with many great educators. Brandon joined band in the fifth grade and started as a percussionist. Since then Brandon has won several awards as a percussionist including 12 medals from the OSAA state solo contest and a first place medal in OSAA’s second annual state ensemble competition. In eighth grade, Brandon asked his parents for a trombone for Christmas. The same day he received his trombone he started teaching himself how to play. After just a year and a half of playing, he earned the solo chair in West Salems top jazz band, and won a solo award at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival; one of the biggest jazz festivals in Oregon. Currently, Brandon is attending the UO as a jazz studies major with a focus on trombone. He participates in the Oregon Athletic bands and is lead trombone in both the Green Garter Band and the Oregon Jazz Ensemble. While percussion is not currently his area of study, he contiues to practice percussion in his spare time and enjoys performing for a lively audience. Catch him at an Oregon Jazz Ensemble or Green Garter Band concert near you!
Jacob Raffee,Tenor Trombone
San Diego, California
Jacob began the trombone in the 5th grade. Since then he has played in everything from youth orchestras to ska bands, including a multidure of jazz bands and pit orchestras. Currently, Jacob is studying music at the UO and is planning on getting his bachelors degree in Trombone Performance. When he’s not playing the most beautiful of all instruments, Jacob can be found listening to music, reading, or scouring the internet for the most enjoyable memes.
Josh Thomas-Urlik, Tenor Trombone
Bay Area, California
Josh Thomas-Urlik is a trombonist originally from the Bay Area. He switched to the dark side of music with the trombone at 16, previously having played trumpet for 7 years. Josh went to the Santa Rosa Junior College for two years, winning the Santa Rosa Symphony youth orchestra concerto competition in his first year with the first movement of the Launy Grøndhal trombone concerto. After two years, he was able to attend the Boston Conservatory for his bachelors in trombone performance. At the Boston Conservatory, Josh was an active member of the No Strings Attached Brass Quintet, the top brass quintet at the Conservatory. With the quintet, he was able to go to Washington D.C. to play on the Kennedy Center Stage, performing Enrique Crespo’s Suite Americana, Anthony Plog’s Four Sketches, and Bach’s Contrapunctus 9. While at the Conservatory, Josh also played with the Conservatory orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Musical Theater pit, Opera pit, and in Chamber orchestra. When Josh isn’t playing trombone, he enjoys playing video games, spending time with his girlfriend, eating delicious food, watch the Oakland A’s/Golden State Warriors/ San Francisco 49ers, and exploring his surroundings.
Adriana Wagner, Tenor Trombone
Adriana grew up in north Portland and started playing trombone at the age of 13. Soon after starting trombone she discovered jazz and fell in love. Adriana performed with the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra in high school and attended many competitions nationwide including; the Essentially Ellington Competition, the Mingus Festival, both in New York, and the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterrey, California. Outside of jazz Adriana also enjoy’s playing many other genres of music including salsa, funk, reggae, and Neo-soul. Currently, Adriana is studying to complete a Jazz Performance major in trombone at the UO. In her free time she likes to read books, annoy her younger sister and mother by playing the trombone at inappropriate times and places, and tend to her plants.
Dylan Whitney, Bass Trombone
Hailing from the Emerald City, Dylan Whitney started playing trombone in the 6th Grade. While in high school Dylan performed with the Willamette Valley Honor Band, Eugene Youth Symphony, and the Western International Band Clinic. It was Dylan’s senior year of high school when he went to the dark side and switched to bass trombone. Currently Dylan is studying for his bachelors degree in music education and working for the campus zero waste program. When not working or practicing Dylan can be found fishing or sailing.
Alan Wood, Tenor Trombone
One stormy day in the city of Roseburg, Alan Wood was born. His parents knew he was special from the moment they saw him because he was born with abnormally long arms. Alan tried, and subsequently failed at many activities throughout his childhood such as backetball, soccer, skate boarding, guitar, Tae Kwon Do, boy scouts, cross country, and track and field until he finally settled on playing the trombone. Alan is currently majoring in Music Education and minoring in German. He has performed in a myriad of different UO ensembles including: symphonic band, jazz band, ska band, jazz combo, trombone choir, blues band, trombone quartets, pep band, brass quintets, orchestra, brass band, and marching band. When Alan is not practicing or performing he enjoys gaming and playing unusual instruments like bagpipes. Alan also enjoys surfing the deep web for the dankest memes.
Jose Ysais, Tenor Trombone
Jose started playing the trombone his sophomore year of high school. Although starting trombone at such a late grade Jose didn’t let that become an excuse. During his high school years Jose was able to make many honor bands including the All-State Orchestra, All-Northwest, and All-City; as well as place at the OSAA Solo competition. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, playing video games, and making dank memes. Jose is currently a trombone performance major.