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MEETTHEBAND

Matt Couzens - Alto Sax

 

Matt has been playing alto/tenor/

baritone saxophone for over 20 years. He holds degrees in music (classical and jazz) from Santa Rosa Junior College (AA 1998) and Sonoma State University (BM 2000). He also briefly studied post graduate at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Matt studied saxophone (reading, tone, technique, etc.) with Ralph Carney, Duane Ewing, Ari Camarota, Ernie Small, and Harvey Weinapple. He has also studied jazz improvisation with Bennett Friedman, Jeff Pittson, and Mel Graves. He has toured and recorded extensively.

www.mattcouzens.com

Chris Lundeen - Trombone

 

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Chris studied trombone with Ross Holcombe and jazz improvisation with David Fague at Gonzaga University, where he received a minor in jazz studies. In 2015 he was honored as a "Young Giants of Jazz" featured soloist with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, and he has toured and recorded with a multitude of West Coast ska bands. Outside of music, Chris daylights as a scientist, and holds degrees in chemistry from Gonzaga University (BS, 2015) and the University of Oregon (MS, 2016).

Adam Borden - Trumpet

 

An East Bay native currently hailing from Oakland, CA, Adam, the lead (well... only) trumpet in WGBB has been playing trumpet since the 4th grade. While in school, Adam led the ACSI California honor bands in both 2002 and 2003, and spent time with the Diablo Wind Symphony and the Concord Blue Devils. His professional career began around 2008 with encouragement and direction for Steve Sage, a local legend who helped raise many Bay Area Musicians. Despite having a number of students and a busy gig schedule, in 2015, Adam graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Rhetoric and a minor in Music. He is very excited to be a part of WGBB and is looking forward to brilliant future with a great up and coming brass band.

Noah Ortiz - Bass Trombone

 

Noah has been playing the trombone for over 15 years. He received his BA in Music from Cal State East Bay, where he became close with bandmates Tom and Jordan. Along with WGBB, Noah also performs with bands Shark Punch, Day Labor, Jokes for Feelings, and has the occasional freelance gig.

Jordan Nadell - Sousaphone

 

Arguably the most famous sousaphone player to come out of Truckee, CA in the last decade, Jordan Nadell traded in his skis for a horn and began studying at CSU Chico. After some soul searching in Europe, he found himself in the Bay Area where he has been performing, composing, and producing for the past 5 years. His hobbies include cooking, yoga, and (like most tubists) drinking.

Tom Dreiman - Drums

 

Tom Dreiman graduated from CSUEB in December of 2016, where he studied Classical Percussion Performance and Composition with Artie Storch and Jeffery Miller, respectively. Tom regularly performs with community, semi-professional and professional orchestras around the Bay Area, including the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Livermore-Amador Symphony, Prometheus Symphony and Oakland Civic Orchestra. Tom teaches the percussion studio and ensemble at Mt. Eden High school and gives private basic piano lessons.

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Demo Release

December 27th, 2017 

WGBB is happy to announce that our first set of recordings is out now! Check them out on our music page or directly on SoundCloud. Much more to come in the near future!

Help Support WGBBs First Album!

July 3rd, 2018 

The time has come! WGBB will be taking to the studio later this summer to record our first full length album! We've set up an Indiegogo campaign so you can help out by pre-ordering the album, along with merch items and other rewards. Full details for the project are available on the campaign page!

ALBUM RELEASE!

November 14th, 2018 

Good News Everyone! After months of work, we have finally set a release date for our debut album! Look for Party To The People on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, and more starting next week on Tuesday, Novermber 20th!

 

Want to be notified as soon as it's available? Visit our Distrokid page to pre-save the album on Spotify so it'll be ready when you are. We'll have some fun stuff coming your way before then, so keep your eyes peeled!