Ben Benavides – Trumpet, Saxophone
Ben Benavides has been teaching in the Fremont area for a decade. He currently teaches Elementary After-School Bands for the Fremont Education Foundation. Mr. Benavides is also an instructor of Saxophones and Trumpets at C&L Music where he has been able to organize and rehearse many small and large groups that focus on many different genres of music. Ben is also a member of the Chops Big Band in Fremont.
For the past 4 years he has been the marching coach and drum major instructor for the Irvington High School Marching Band. In addition to this Ben has also been the assistant conductor for the Fremont Flute Ensemble for the past 3 years and primarily works with the Jr. Group and has been performing with the senior group on Bass Flute. The Fremont Flute Ensemble was asked to perform this last year at the National Flute Association Convention 2010 and plans on touring Toronto, Canada this year.
Michael Beveridge – Trumpet
Michael Beveridge comes from a musical family and started playing trumpet at age 6. After obtaining an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Diablo Valley College, Michael continued pursuing his love of trumpet, eventually transferring to California State University East Bay, where he Majors in Music, with an emphasis in Music Education. Michael hopes to one day become a public school music teacher.
Mr. Beveridge has played in numerous groups throughout the Bay Area. While attending Diablo Valley College, he sat Principal Trumpet in the DVC Wind Ensemble and Brass Choir, and Lead Trumpet in the DVC Jazz Ensemble. He also performed with the DVC Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Night Jazz Band. During his time at CSU East Bay, he sat Principle Trumpet in the CSU East Bay Wind Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also played Lead Trumpet in the CSU East Bay Jazz Orchestra, which placed in the top 5 college jazz bands at the Reno Jazz Festival in 2016 and 2017. Most recently, Michael played in the Hot Rhythm Nights show at California’s Great America.
Mr. Beveridge currently studies with Scott Macomber at CSU East Bay.
Nathan Huie – French Horn, Trumpet
Nathan is born in the Bay Area and is a raised musician hailing from San Francisco. He attended School of the Arts High School where he graduated in 2004. Then, he continued his musical education at California State University, Hayward with a focus in Horn Performance, graduating in the Spring of 2010 with a BA in Music Performance. He has performed with a number of Bay Area groups in the past 10 years both on the Peninsula and the greater Bay Area.