Zachary Barrows, Tenor Trombone
Born at an early age, Zach started playing trombone before he could walk. On his fourth birthday he started the tradition of performing a Bordogni before he would blow out the candles on his birthday cake. He continued playing through elementary and middle school only stopping once when he accidentally dropped his horn into Cresent Lake! The scream could be heard throughout the Cresent Lake community and the people still talk about the day they heard the scream. Currently, Zach is a music education major at UO and has a new trombone.
Zoe Brewer, Tenor Trombone
From the heavily wooded and forgotten town of Brightwood Oregon, Zoe was born into the family business of Sasquatch sightings. From an early age Zoe hiked through vast portions the Mt. Hood National Forest with her family, on the lookout for any sign of Sasquatch. It was a dark, rainy day when she first heard the unusual sound while hiking in the woods. Drawn to the sound, she followed it deep into the woods until it stopped. It was then when she noticed a trombone resting on a moss covered log. Who left this here? Was it the Sasquatch? She picked up the instrument and has been working to play it ever since in hopes of luring the beast out of hiding. Currently Zoe is a music education major at UO while finishing her book, “The Sasquatch plays trombone; my time in the deep forest playing long tones.”
Bethany Case, Tenor Trombone
Bethany grew up in a household full of music. Her mother plays the violin and her three older sisters played flute, clarinet, piano, and saxophone. Inspired by a character in a donkey Kong video game playing trombone, Bethany decided to pursue the instrument in 6th grade. She went to Sunset high school where she primarily did Jazz, marching band, and wind ensemble. Her love for orchestra began when she sat in on her mothers’ orchestra rehearsals and when she joined the PYP organization her senior year of high school. Ever since then, she pursues a dream of going to Germany to play in an orchestra and to learn more about music. But before that, she’s studying to get her bachelors at University of Oregon for Music Performance. If you ever see her, she’s probably petting animals, sitting in a practice room, painting, walking around in the music department looking lost but really she’s just trying to find a practice room or she’s actually lost, eating by herself at somewhat fancy restaurants, and working to become a champion at Mario kart.
Trevor Davis, Bass Trombone
Jocelyn Edgar, Tenor Trombone
Jocelyn was born and raised in the Colorado mountains. Her early years
consisted of throwing plastic sippy cups at her older siblings, much to
everyone’s dismay except her own. At the ripe old age of 9, a mysterious
hooded figure handed her an oversized slide whistle, sealing her fate
forevermore. She has been trying to fully understand the trombone ever
since. She is still trying. Jocelyn has had the opportunity to participate in a myriad of festivals and honor ensembles throughout high school, including Colorado All State bands, All State jazz bands, All State orchestras, and others across the state. She has also performed in national festivals and national honor bands. She has had the opportunity to perform in pit orchestras, pep bands, trombone choirs, big bands, combo groups, brass bands, and various small ensembles for much of her playing career. In addition, she enjoys exploring music and instruments from cultures around the world. Jocelyn is currently planning on getting a degree in music education. In her free time, she enjoys scouring the internet for obscure memes, exploring the frontiers of power napping, and completing an unhealthy amount of jigsaw puzzles and books.
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.
James Kuzmic, Bass Trombone
James Kuzmic is a first year Master’s students at UO in Multiple Brass Performance. He hails from Allenton Wisconsin and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Alongside playing bass trombone, James is often seen practicing and performing on tuba and euphonium. As an active soloist, James has performed many solo and chamber recitals all across Central Wisconsin, and has played in front of many ensembles, such as the UWSP Low Brass Choir and Hartford City band. James’s passion for music stretches across many genres, instruments, and area’s of music. He has played in top Wind Ensembles, Jazz Ensembles, Orchestras, Pit Orchestras, and is the founder and executive director of the Northwoods Brass. Alongside his extensive performance schedule James spends a lot of his time composing and conducting. Ha has conducted and premiered several compositions with ensembles on and off campus, including a full band symphony entitled Beyond the Skies.
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.
Noah Ochander, Tenor Trombone
Noah is a freshman trombone performance major at the UO. He is originally from Michigan, but spent his high school years in Bend, Oregon at Summit High School. He switched to trombone from alto saxophone after his freshman year, and really found his passion in the instrument. While he loves performing all kinds of music, Noah really found his love in orchestral/classical trombone. During his high school career, Noah got the opportunity to perform with a wide variety of ensembles, including the All-Northwest Band, the Oregon All-State Wind Ensemble, and the Central Oregon Community College Big Band. He also won two 5A Band State Championships with Summit High School’s Wind Ensemble, and participated in two OSAA State Solo and Ensemble Competitions. When Noah isn’t practicing or thinking about music- which is quite rare- he loves to hike, paddle board, watch movies, and play basketball.
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.