A respected jazz trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger, Mike Steinel has performed with Don Ellis, Bill Evans and Jerry Bergonzi, the Chicago Jazz Quintet, and the Frank Mantooth Big Band. Prior to his association with the University of North Texas, Steinel was jazz artist-in-residence at Bethel College and served on the jazz faculty of Northern Illinois University. His textbook, Building a Jazz Vocabulary, was published in 1994 by Hal Leonard Publications.
Terence Reynolds is an adjunct instructor of horn and chamber music at the University of North Texas. He is an original member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra horn section. He performs regularly with Texas Winds Musical Outreach, the Basically Beethoven Festival and numerous other Metroplex groups. He was a member of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for 15 years. He has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Montana Chamber Music Festival, Dallas Summer Musicals, and Casa Mañana Orchestra. He also toured with orchestras for Frank Sinatra and Andrea Bocelli.
Donald C. Little, Principal Tuba and Cimbasso of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, performs frequently in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with many orchestras and ensembles including the Sundance Brass, Texas Winds Brass Quintet, and UNT Faculty Brass. During summers he performs with the Summit Concert Band and Blue River Brass of Summit County, Colorado. Little has performed and recorded with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony and the German Radio-Symphony Orchestra of Berlin.
John Holt is professor of trumpet and chair of the Division of Instrumental Studies at the University of North Texas. Holt is also principal trumpet with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, a position he has held since 1989. Holt was the recipient of the 2016 UNT Creative Impact Award, an award “given to a full-time University faculty member whose publications, performances, or exhibitions in the literary or creative arts have had the greatest societal impact.”
Rodney Booth has been an active professional musician for over 30 years. A native of El Paso, Texas, he began his professional career at age sixteen as a trumpet player in his father’s bands. He received his degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas and was a student of Don "Jake" Jacoby. Rodney was a member of the renowned North Texas State One O’Clock Lab Band.
Considered one of the finest trombonists of his generation, Tony Baker is currently a faculty member at the University of North Texas College of Music. Previously, Mr. Baker served as assistant professor of trombone at Ohio University and as visiting assistant professor of trombone and euphonium at Kent State University. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, he is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota and the University of Central Arkansas. Mr. Baker's professional experience is as varied as it is substantial.
Adam Gordon is a member of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he was principal trumpet of the Sacramento Symphony, Opera San Jose, the Monterey County Symphony, and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. Gordon has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet orchestras. Overseas, he has performed with the Jerusalem Symphony and the National Orchestra of Mexico. In a review of his performance in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.