Chris Rivers, trumpet
A native of Vermont, Chris Rivers attended the Crane School of Music and the Florida State Univertiy, earning degrees in music Education. His teachers include Anthony Maiello and James Croft. Chris has been teaching at Harwood Union High School in Moretown, Vermont since 1990. The program was awarded a prestigious Grammy Signature School Award. He is also part-time adjuncy faculty at UVM. The Harwood Music Program completed its 10th recording Project in May of 2014. Chris has earned honors as Teacher of the Year, and has served as District IV Chair, Treasurer and liaison to the VMEA Exectuive Committee. Chris is an active performer, conductor, and educator, performing throughout Vermont with many organizations including InoraBrass, Constitution Brass Quintet, Bach Winds, Mozart Festival and the VSO.
Jason Whitcomb, trumpet
Jason was born and raised in South Burlington, Vermont where he graduated South Burlington HIgh School in 2001. He has a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music and a performance certificate, studying with Dr. John Ellis. In 2007, he graduated from the College Conservatory of Music, at the Univeristy of Cincinnati, with his Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance, studying with Mr. Phillip Collins, former Principal trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony. Jason currently teaches trumpet privately to over 50 students throughout Chittenden County and Vermont, as well as one day a week at Harwood Union High School. He performs with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Opera Company of Middlebury (Orchestra Contractor as well), Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Burlington Chorale Society Orchestra, Lyric Theater Pit Orchestra, Middlebury Bach Festival Orchestra, as well as the Ottawa Sympony, West Virginia Symphony, Orchestra of Northern New York, Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra and Constituation Brass Quintet previously. He currently lives in Colchester, Vermont with his amazing family of five: Liane, Madison, Max and Mirabelle.
Joy Worland, Horn
Since moving to Vermont in 2009, Joy Worland, horn, has performed with the Vermont Symphony, InoraBrass, the Green Mountain Opera, the Burlington Jazz Festival, Capitol City Concerts, the Orchestra of Northern New York, the Craftsbury Chamber Players, the Portland Symphony, and other groups in northern New England. Prior to moving to Vermont she was Associate Principal Horn of the Nashville Symphony, where she performed in hundreds of concerts, national tours, and earned multiple Grammys for recordings with the symphony. She also taught at Vanderbilt University, had a private teaching studio, and was active in Nashville’s commercial music scene, playing jingles, soundtracks, and backup for many kinds of artists. She has been Principal Horn of the Mexico City Philharmonic, and performed with the symphonies of Gothenburg (Sweden), Atlanta, and St. Louis. In addition to a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance, Joy also has a Master of Library Science. She is the Library Director at the Kellogg- Hubbard Library in Montpelier.
Lori Salimando-Porter, Trombone
Lori returned home with her husband, Joe, to Chazy, NY on Lake Champlain after retiring from the United States Military in 2005. She served as Principal Trombonist with the US Military Academy Band, West Point, NY, the US Marine Band, El Toro, CA, and the US Naval Academy Band, Annapolis, MD. Lori has also performed with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Colorado Springs Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Hudson Valley Symphony, as substitute Lead Trombone with the Miss Saigon Orchestra on Broadway and for four US Presidents. Currently Lori sustitutes with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Vermont Symphony, VT Chorale Society Orchestra and VT Jazz Festival Orchestra. Lori received her B.M. from the Eastman School of Music and her M.M. from the Catholic University of America. Lori has been blessed to have Marion Salimando influence her life and trombone playing.
Bill Keck, Tuba
Born and raised in Joliet, Illinois, Bill was a student of Jaroslav Cimera and Arnold Jacobs and received his Bachelor of Music Ed. with a performance certificate in Tuba from the Eastman school of Music. He received his Masters of Music Ed at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Bill was an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and a founding member of the Southern Arts Brass Quintet. He toured with Emerson, Lake and Palmer and move to Mexico as Principal Tubist with the Mexico City Philharmoinc. Bill now resides in Vermont performing with InoraBrass and other local Ensembles.