Maurice attended Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento. During this time he had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout California and the United States performing with the Sacramento Youth Band and the Northern California Demolay Show Band.
Maurice earned a music scholarship to attend the University of Nevada / Reno from which he graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education. In 1971, following a short period of student teaching at Reno High School, he was awarded a scholarship to the Berklee School of Music in Boston where he studied with Herb Palmeroy and the world renowned Carmine Carusso.
Based on his extensive experience in music education and performance, Maurice has been involved with the nationally acclaimed Reno Jazz Festival since 1965 and served as an adjudicator since 1986. A professional, freelance musician for over 40 years, he is currently a member of The California Musical Theatre Orchestra, performing Broadway Shows at the Sacramento Community Center and Music Circus. In addition, he is also currently a member of the Sacramento Symphonic Winds and Curved Aire Brass, helping to bring a high level of professional and artistic performance to the community, thus creating role models for thousands of young band musicians, educators and music connoisseurs.
Larry Hudson taught band in the Medford, Oregon schools for 30 years, and spent 25 years teaching the Trumpet Studio and working with education majors at Southern Oregon University. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Western International Band Clinic where he serves as the Master of Ceremonies. His bands have been featured twice at WIBC as well as the Oregon Music Educators State Convention.
Upon retirement, Mr. Hudson began a consulting business, “Educators EMT”, (Educators Musical techniques) providing school districts and music teachers with staff development, teaching methods, materials, curriculum development, and evaluation services. He has conducted honor bands in California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska and clinics throughout the Western States, Florida, Maine and South Carolina. He holds a BS degree in music education and a Master’s in Trumpet Performance and Literature.
Mr. Hudson was in his 6th year of retirement when he accepted the position of band director with the Placerville Union School District. It is this position that brought him to the Sacramento area and SBQ.
David graduated from the California State University at Northridge with a degree in Horn Performance and the University of Utah with a degree in Music Education. He is currently pursuing a masters in Conducting from the American Band College at Sam Houston State University.
He has studied horn with Dr. David Hoover at Northridge and Stephen Proser of the Utah Symphony. He has performed under the direction of Sir David Whitwell, Dr. Barry Kopetz, and under such guest conductors as Karel Husa, Frank Erickson, and Zubin Mehta. David has performed to appreciative audiences in Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Germany, as well as conducted a concert aboard a cruise ship on the Pacific Ocean. He has performed with numerous community bands, orchestras, theatrical productions, and one funk & soul band throughout the past 25 years.
In addition to the Sacramento Brass Quintet, David currently is a member of the Sacramento Concert Band and the Sacramento Symphonic Winds. Since 1999, he has been a public school music teacher in Oregon and California. He is currently the director of bands at Bear River High School, north of Auburn, CA.
Lester graduated from Sacramento High School, California State University, Sacramento, Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, and the University of Southern California '75-'76, completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
As a professional musician, clinician, and conductor, his career spans over 40 years, including band tours to Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and performing with such celebrities as Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Mitzi Gaynor, Liberace, Nelson Riddle, Nat King Cole, and many others.
In 1983, he founded the Sacramento Valley Symphonic Band Association which led to the formation of many other local community bands. Since 1966, Dr. Lehr was Director of Bands at American River College until retirement in 2000, conducting the Concert and Symphonic Bands.
In 1989, he was awarded the Excellence in Music Education Award from the Music Educators National Association. In 1995 he formed The California Wind Orchestra, a 38 piece professional ensemble. He is now the Director of the Sacramento Symphonic Winds (www.sacwinds.org) and co-producer and musical director of "Oh, Mr. Sousa", a musical biography touring the United States. Lester is available for conducting and clinics.
Bruce, a Sacramento native started his musical career at the age of 10 on the alto saxophone. Upon entering junior high school he moved on to play horn, finally settling on the tuba in the eighth grade. While at Mitchell Junior High he studied with Sacramento Symphony Principal Tubist Ken Cave. Bruce continued playing tuba in High School in addition to singing in the choir.
After graduating from Cordova high school in 1980 he attended American River College. While at American River College, Bruce studied under Dr. Les Lehr and performed as principal tubist in a wide variety of musical groups including, the ARC Symphonic, Concert and Pep Bands. He also played in the ARC Dixieland band which had the honor of performing at the Sacramento Dixieland Jubilee in 1981 and 82. During this period Bruce was the principal tubist in the American River College Orchestra under Walter Kerfoot and performed professionally in small chamber groups throughout the Sacramento area.
In addition to playing in the Sacramento Symphonic Winds, Bruce currently is the substitute tubist for the Camellia Symphony Orchestra.