El Paso Brass
Founder and manager of EPB, is Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Ensembles at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Sam has performed as lead trumpet and conducted for such entertainers as Tony Bennett, Jack Jones and Bob Hope. He has appeared as soloist and conductor with many professional bands and orchestras in the U.S., including the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. He has been Principal Trumpet with EPSO for 46 seasons.
Rick has served as a high school Director of Bands for more than 20 years. His bands have won "Sweepstakes" awards at numerous festivals across the country. In 1996, his Coronado (TX) Band distinguished itself as the only band from North America to be invited to play in the Annual May Day celebrations in Moscow's Red Square. Currently, Rick is band director at Basset Middle School and horn instructor at UTEP. Rick has also been Principal Horn in EPSO for over 40 seasons.
Dr. Jim Shearer
Jim is an Associate Professor of Music at New Mexico State University. He has toured the U.S., Europe and the Far East with both classical and jazz groups. Jim appears frequently as guest soloist with various ensembles and maintains an active solo career. He has recorded with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Creole Dixieland Jazz Band, Steve Smith and Django. He is also a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Frank is a music educator in the El Paso area for more than 20 years and has played with groups such as Liberace, The Guy Lombardo Orchestra, The Temptations, The Four Tops and The Supremes.