Director: LaShaun Tweedie

Trumpets

LaShaun Tweedie
Andy Rich
Jacob Bozicevic
Jonathan Tipton

Trombones

Dave Hughes
Scott Thomas
Chris Thompson
Jhon Honce (bass)

Saxes

Mike Wojciechowicz (alto)
Barron Halfen (alto)
Ray Botte (tenor)
Nolan Morse (tenor)
Kerry Vesper (baritone)

Rhythm

Brandon Hang (piano)
Chris Hite-Devine (bass)
Jeff Pellaton (drums)

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Dave Hughes (Trombone/Band Manager)

Dave Hughes is originally from Springfield, Ohio. He lived in the Washington, DC area for over 11 years and has loved living in Arizona since 1995. During his working career, he was a Software Engineer for various companies including Intel. During that time, he was a programmer, customer support rep, trainer, and manager. He has been retired for over ten years and now plays in five bands and writes retirement planning books and gay-themed novels.

Dave’s primary instrument is trombone. He also plays electric bass and steelpan. One of his biggest accomplishments was earning a spot in the Ohio State University Marching Band for five years. More recently, Dave is proud to be one of the founders of Desert Overture and Desert City Jazz.

His biggest musical influences from high school and college (the 70s) to the present are Maynard Ferguson, Bill Watrous (trombonist), Chicago, Chick Corea, the Brecker Brothers, Tower of Power, and Manhattan Transfer. His favorite big band composer-arranger-bandleaders are Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Matt Catingub, Bob Mintzer, and Don Ellis. Dave is also a huge fan of Brazilian music, from the 60s to the present.

Dave has been married to Jeff McKeehan since 2005. Trivia about Dave: From 1991 to 1995 he co-founded and operated a jazz CD and video mail-order business.

Andy Rich (Trumpet)

Andy Rich is originally from Long Island, NY. He first heard the sound of the trumpet when he was just 4 years old and saw the father of jazz, Louis Armstrong, in person.

Andy attended the prestigious Berklee College Of Music in Boston, MA where he earned his degree in Music Performance. While at Berklee, he studied with Greg Hopkins, Wayne Naus, and Jerry Bergonzi.

In 1993, Andy moved to Arizona. He plays in a variety of bands and teaches private lessons to aspiring trumpet players. His trumpet influences are Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, and Donald Byrd. Andy has been a member of Desert City Jazz since 2021.

Andy works for a digital marketing company and enjoys time with his wife of 35 years, Helaine, his daughter Gabi, and his sweet dog Nina.