Rich Begel, low brass
Rich has taught at McCutcheon Music since 2004. He also teaches at Sinclair Community College, Earlham College and the Kroc Center of Dayton. He is a member of the Dayton Philharmonic and has performed with orchestras throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has also performed with many popular artists such as Canadian Brass, John Pizzarelli, Arturo Sandoval, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, and Sarah McLachlan. Rich is the author of “A Modern Guide for Trombonists and Other Musicians,” and he holds Ohio Teacher Certification. He teaches all brass instruments and has students in youth orchestras, on college scholarships, and in military and professional ensembles. More information can be found at www.richbegel.com.
Norlan Bewley, low brass
Norlan is one of the most sought-after low brass teachers in the area. He is a clinician for the Bach, Holton, and Martin brands of the Conn-Selmer Corporation, and is represented by Joanne Rile Artists Management. As much in demand for his writing as he is for his playing, Norlan composes and arranges virtually all of the music he performs. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for music composition in 2005.
Ron Duncan is currently a Staff Sergeant and trumpet section leader of the 38th Infantry Division Army National Guard Band in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a member of the 38th Infantry Division Band Duncan has performed solo “Taps” at the 2011-2015 Indianapolis 500. Duncan served 15 years as a public school music educator. As a music educator, his ensembles consistently earned superior ratings in marching, concert band, and choirs at OMEA State Finals, and been finalists at Mid-States Band Association and appeared at Bands of America Grand Nationals the last several years. Before becoming a music educator, Duncan studied trumpet performance and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Business from Anderson University. He received his Master’s Degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to his placement at MTSU, he served for five years as a member of “The Commandant’s Own” United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps in Washington, D.C. Read his full biography here.
Jay Halpin, trumpet
Jay was a member of the Air Force Band with over 22 years of experience playing around the world, He also traveled with the Glenn Miller Orchestra as lead trumpet and appeared as guest musician with both the Cincinnati & Cleveland Pops Orchestras. Jay has been a trumpet instructor since 1977.
John Harner, Trumpet and Trombone
John Harner is a freelance trumpet player, music educator, clinician, and conductor that performs at clinics and concerts throughout the United States. For 25 years John was a music teacher in the Xenia Community Schools, and for 4 years at Dayton Christian Schools where he conducted High School Concert and Symphonic Bands, Middle School Bands and Choirs, the Marching Band, and Jazz Bands. He is the Orchestra Director at Patterson Park Church Beavercreek, and Artistic Director of the Dayton Jazz Orchestra. John has an extensive performance and recording background that you can read more about here.
Sean Vore, french horn
Sean Vore is currently Assistant Principal Horn of the Dayton Philharmonic and a member of the Utah Festival Opera and Theatre Company. In addition, he has an active freelance and teaching career in southwest Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. As an orchestral musician he has performed in orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He performs regularly with the Cincinnati Pops, Dayton Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and the Richmond (IN) Symphony.
Mr. Vore maintains an active horn studio and in the past has served on the faculty at Wright State University and the Bay View Music Festival. Mr. Vore received his Masters of Music in Horn Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelors of Music from Mannes College of Music in New York.