Jefferson State Brass

Jefferson State Brass

Performing in the 2013 Green Show Wednesday, October 9.

This is their first season with the OSF Green Show.

Brass music artistry across the ages and around the world.

Jefferson State Brass is a large brass ensemble comprised of the leading brass players from the Rogue Valley. Most of the players are musicians in the Rogue Valley Symphony and many are also teachers in the public schools and Southern Oregon University. The group seeks to introduce music from the large brass ensemble repertoire to its audiences.

Jefferson State Brass is: Bruce Dresser, Erik Osberg, Steve Kessler, Cindy Hutton, Linda Harris, Mark Jacobs, Mike DeRoest, Jerry Ostermeier, Mike Knox and Theresa McCoy.

Bruce Dresser, trumpet: Principal trumpet of Rogue Valley Symphony, plays in the Southern Oregon University Brass Quintet, performed with OSF in Enter the Guardsman, The Music Man, and Pirates of Penzance, principal trumpet in the Ashland City Band. Also performs regularly with the Britt Festival Orchestra.

Erik Osberg, trumpet: Trumpet with the Rogue Valley Symphony, has played with the Southern Oregon University Brass Quintet, and with the Navy in the United States and Japan. Director of bands at McLoughlin Middle School in Medford.

Steve Kessler, trumpet: Has played with the Rogue Valley Symphony, has played with the Southern Oregon University Brass Quintet, and performed with the Dallas Brass. Director of bands at North Medford High School Jeff Richmond, trumpet Plays in the Southern Oregon University Brass Quintet, is a prolific jazz composer and performer, teaches jazz band, theory and trumpet at SOU.

Cindy Hutton, horn: Plays horn in the Rogue Valley Symphony, is director of bands and professor of horn at SOU, music director of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon. Sought after clinician for honor band festivals, plays in the Southern Oregon University Brass Quintet.

Linda Harris, horn: Plays horn in the Rogue Valley Symphony, is an obstetrician/gynecologist in Medford, performs locally in her woodwind quintet, organizes horn ensemble events.

Mark Jacobs, trombone: Principal trombone in the Rogue Valley Symphony, has played for OSF in The Music Man, She Loves Me, Pirates of Penzance, and Animal Crackers. He is also a composer, with his work, The Orchard City: Medford, Oregon 1913, receiving its world premiere in March 2013. The Rogue Valley Symphony also premiered Las Ranas de Katanchel, which was recently recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. He also plays in the SOU Brass Quintet, and performs in the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra on serpent and ophicleide.

Mike DeRoest, trombone: Director of bands at Phoenix High School, plays trombone in the Ashland City Band, the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band, and the Rogue Trombones trombone ensemble.

Jerry Ostermeier, bass trombone: Has performed with the Rogue Valley Symphony, plays euphonium in the Ashland City Band and the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band, owns an alternative energy installation company.

Mike Knox, tuba: Principal tuba of the Rogue Valley Symphony, plays in the SOU Brass Quintet, the Ashland City Band, and the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band. He is a retired social worker.

Theresa McCoy, percussion: Principal timpanist with the Rogue Valley Symphony, sought after jazz musician in the Rogue Valley area, has numerous LA studio recordings to her credit.

Jefferson State Brass on Community: Jefferson State Brass connects to audiences who enjoy classical music, brass ensemble music, and appreciate high quality performances. Individually and collectively we also seek to connect to students of all ages, introducing them to the power, beauty, exuberance, sadness, joy, and wonder of music. Music is a uniquely human experience, which is valuable in and of itself as an expression of emotion, story, and the inexpressible. Brass instruments infuse the music being played with brilliance, strength, and energy. Brass music has the capacity to deeply touch people with the composer's conviction and intent in a way that can be joyful and plaintive, playful and serious, and powerful and warm. We seek to share these qualities with our audiences.