Instructors – Brass

Ben Benavides – Trumpet, Saxophone

Ben's PhotoBen 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.

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.

Shawn Williams, Trumpet

shawn_20A native of California, trumpeter Shawn Williams grew up in the Bay Area and developed a passion for music while he was a member in the San Jose Youth Symphony and the San Jose Youth Jazz Orchestra. While in high school Shawn toured with the San Jose Youth Symphony to Japan in 2003 and was a recipient of the International Trumpet Guild Youth Award in March 2005.

In Fall 2005, Shawn moved to Los Angeles, CA to study jazz trumpet at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). At CSUN, Shawn studied with Bobby Shew and Howie Shear and was apart of the award winning Jazz A Band. In 2008 this ensemble won 1st place at the Monterey Next Generation Competition. In 2010 the CSUN Jazz “A” Band released their third album entitled “CSUN Originals II”, which was recorded at Capitol Records the summers of 2008 & 2009. Shawn graduated with a BM in Jazz Studies from CSUN in the spring of 2009.

After graduating from CSUN, Shawn was accepted to the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Shawn moved cross-country to begin his studies at Eastman in the fall of 2009. As a master’s student in the Jazz & Contemporary Media program, Shawn studied jazz trumpet with Clay Jenkins. While at Eastman Shawn was apart of the Downbeat awarding winning Eastman New Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dave Rivello as well as the acclaimed Eastman Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Bill Dobbins. To assist Shawn in his studies at Eastman, he was granted a graduate award scholarship where he taught a jazz improvisation class to Eastman non-jazz major students.

Upon graduating from Eastman in May 2011, Shawn accepted a position playing trumpet for Royal Caribbean International Cruise lines. Shawn travelled to Europe on the Independence of the Seas, playing lead trumpet from May 2011 to August 2011. He accepted a second position playing jazz trumpet on board the Radiance of the Seas from November 2011 to February 2012, travelling to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands.

In July 2012, Shawn began touring with the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra playing the 3rd/jazz trumpet chair. Shawn has performed over 230 shows in 47 states, Canada, and Japan while touring with the orchestra for 13 months. In January 2013, the Glenn Miller Orchestra recorded its latest album, which was released in June 2013. Shawn is honored to have been featured on the album. In August 2013, Shawn left the Glenn Miller Orchestra to return to the Bay Area to focus on a versatile career in music. Shawn hopes to share his love for music through education.

Andrew Walker- Trombone, Bass Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba

Joseph (Joe) Ayers – Trombone, Trumpet

Amberle Mitchell – French Horn, Trumpet