Mary Emery: Mary Emery is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, she has been a member of the Middletown Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony, and Cincinnati Philharmonic. As a member of the Greater Dayton Brass Trio she was a Muse Machine performing artists. As an instructor, Ms. Emery has been the adjunct horn teacher at the Stivers School for the Arts since 2007 and also teaches lessons in the Centerville and Fairfield school districts. In addition she is a member of the University of Dayton’s summer Brass Performance Institute faculty. Ms. Emery enjoys teaching students of all levels and has helped her students to achieve positions in the Dayton and Cincinnati Youth Symphonies and State and Regional Honor Bands.
Christopher Braun is a Southwest Ohio performer and educator. Chris currently serves as the adjunct Trumpet Instructor at Sinclair Community College, Band Director at The CinDay Academy, trumpet teacher at Spring Valley Academy and adjunct instructor at Edison State Community College. As a performer Chris plays trumpet with Sinclair’s Community Wind Symphony, the Sinclair Faculty Jazz Combo, Mad River Brass, the Greater Dayton Brass Ensemble, Ryan Roth and The Comeback Special and is regularly called upon for freelance work. Chris earned his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance degree from Wright State University and his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from The Ohio State University. He is often called to present clinics and masterclasses and is a regular contributor to the International Trumpet Guild Journal.
Art Downey, U.S. Army Retired
While serving in US Army, Art was part of the military band. He earned his music education degree from the University of Dayton and has experience as a school band director, as well as serving as auxiliary staff for the low brass section for several local school marching bands. Art has also been on staff for the music department at University of Dayton and led the Flyers pep band. Art helps his students relax, feel comfortable in lessons, and enjoy the process of learning through his sense of humor.
Trombone and low brass
Mr. Begel has 30+ years teaching & performing experience. He leads Greater Dayton Brass Ensemble and the Miami Valley Klezmer Ensemble. Performance experience includes trombonist for Dayton Philharmonic, Southwest Ohio Philharmonic, Columbus ProMusica, Cincinnati Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Boston Ballet, and more. As a teacher, Rich has taught private lessons as well as coached ensembles from elementary through college levels and ran a summer brass camp. He is also a certified teacher in 3 states, teaching general music, orchestra, and brass ensembles. He has taught at Sinclair College, Earlham College, IU East, Miami Valley School, and Spring Valley Academy. As an author, Rich wrote ‘A Modern Guide for Trombonists & Other Musicians’ and edited ‘Intonation Repair Tool’.
Mr. Begel states, “I want to elevate the role of music, connect it to humanitarian causes, & help students ‘get off the page’ by learning to play more by ear”.