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
Jon grew up on the Burns Paiute Tribe. He is currently in his Sophomore year at the UO and is double majoring in Music Education and Trombone Performance while minoring in Native Amercian Studies. Since starting band in fifth grade, Jon has taken advantage of every musical opportunity he could find which includes participation in several honor bands, solos competitions, and learing different instruments on his own. Most notable, he has performed with the Sound of America European Honor Band in Australia on trombone and with the State Honors Ensemble Program on clarinet. Jon participates in the Oregon Marching Band, UO large ensembles, trombone choir, and is a member of the Native American Student Union. Jon also enjoys running and is an avid lover of animals, especially puppies.
Jon is proud to be the first in his family to attend college as well as the first and only person to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship from his hometown – Shout out to Bill Gates! Upon completing school, his dream is to become a music educator and return to his hometown to give back and to inspire future generations. Like most Native students in higher education, Jon is a kid from the Rez who decided to just go for it!
Seven Converse, Tenor Trombone
Seven grew up in a tiny south coast town in the middle of nowhere, teaching himself many different instr
uments since joining band in the 5th grade. As soon as Seven began playing music, he knew he wanted a career as a professional musician. Throughout high school he participated in his school jazz and concert bands, local honor bands, the Western International Band Clinic, and the State Solo Competition. Seven also began singing during his soph
omore year of high school, and found a true love of singing jazz and big band music. He brought his voice to his school choir, the local Bay Area Teen Idol voice competition, the Curry County Fair, the State Fair Talent Search, and State Solo Competition, taking away several first place awards. Seven is a Jazz Studies major at the University of Oregon, and is very involved in the performing groups at the university. He is a part of the Top Symphonic Band, lead trombone and vocalist for Jazz Lab II, and the bass singer in the male acapella group On the Rocks.
Cory Francis, Bass Trombone
Cory started learning the drum set in 3rd grade and playing trombone in the 5th grade. Since then he has had the opportunity to perform with several honor bands and ensembles around the Salem area on euphonium, trombone, electric guitar and bass guitar. Cory enjoys learning new instruments and writing arrangements and new pieces of music for others to perform. Currently he is studying for his Bachelor’s in Music Composition at the University of Oregon. In his free time, Cory likes to beat his
friends at Mario Kart, play basketball, and support his favorite team – the Portland Trailblazers.
Ian Gravelle, Bass Trombone
Ian moved to Oregon from Stockton, California and soon joined the Sherwood School District where the band program is phenomenal. Ian started playing in 6th grade and loved to do any musical opportunities
he could find. These include Solo and Ensemble, Jazz Bands, marching band, community groups, and pit orchestras for musicals. Ian is most proud of his achievements in his high school band among being the recipient of the John Philip Sousa award. Ian is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Ian enjoys writing brass quintet arrangements and reading in his free time.
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.
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.
Kenny Ross, Tenor & Bass Trombone
Kenny Ross is a senior studying Trombone Performance at the University of Oregon. He performs with a variety of groups including Orchestra NEXT, Eugene Composer’s Big Band, Swing Shift Jazz Orchestra, Greater Eugene Sacred Choir, Oregon Jazz Ensemble, the UO Hip-Hop Ensemble, the UO Symphony Orchestra, and the highly-acclaimed brass quintet Teen Angst. He served as the director of the Green Garter Band, a scholarship ensemble through the Athletic Bands and held leadership positions in the Oregon Marching Band and Oregon Basketball Band.
As a soloist, he placed 2nd in both trombone and euphonium at the OSAA State Solo Contest. He was also selected as the alternate winner of the Petri Scholarship competition. His primary teachers are Henry Henniger, Michael Grose, and Jack Quinby. In his free time Kenny enjoys playing basketball, board games, or watching the hit cartoon, We Bare Bears. Kenny hates all memes.
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 ciry 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.