In July 2008, Trumpeter Justin Bartels began his tenure as principal trumpet with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Over the last 5 seasons Justin has made the city of Denver his home. In 2012, Justin was appointed to the newly created Lecturer of Trumpet Position at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he helps with the University of Colorado trumpet studio and is a member of the faculty brass quintet. Since 2009, Justin has been the applied trumpet instructor at Regis University in Denver and also served as an adjunct sabbatical replacement instructor at the University of Denver in the Fall of 2012. In 2011, Justin, along with fellow colleagues in the Colorado Symphony and friends around the area formed a brass sextet called the Bartels Brass.
Trumpeter Alan Hood hails from the small upstate New York town of Pumpkin Hook and has been performing music for over 30 years. Mr. Hood toured the world with the Phil Collins Big Band, appearing at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals and New York City's prestigious Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He is among featured soloists on the band's live compact disc recording "A Hot Night in Paris," on the Atlantic jazz label. Appearing with the orchestras of Woody Herman, Glenn Miller and Harry James, and performing on stage with Ray Charles, Doc Severinsen, Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer, Arturo Sandoval, the Richie Cole Alto Madness Orchestra, Jon Faddis, Conte Candoli, Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis, to name just a few, has rewarded Alan with an array of irreplaceable memories and a well spring of professional experience.