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Jacksonville Jazz Fest

MASTER SERGEANT LUCAS A. BRANDON

Master Sgt. Lucas Brandon is the music director and trumpeter for the Airmen ofNote, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington,D.C. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his Air Force career began in 2013. Brandon completed his Bachelor of Music degree in jazz trumpet performance fromTemple University in 2010. While there, he studied privately with jazz trumpeter andbandleader Terell Stafford -- a mentorship to which he attributes much of hisinterest in big band...

TECH SERGEANT LOGAN KEESE

Technical Sgt. Logan Keese is the fourth trumpet player with the Airmen of Note, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. A native of Houston, Texas, his United States Air Force career began in 2012 when he joined United States Air Force Band of the West, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Before joining The United States Air Force, Keese toured with the rock ensemble "The Polyphonic Spree" internationally from 2003-2005....

CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT KEVIN R. BURNS

Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Burns is the Chief of Marketing and Outreach, The UnitedStates Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Chief Burns was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in Cleveland, Tennessee. He enlisted in the Air Force in November 1993. His first assignment was with the U.S.Air Force Band of the West, Lackland AFB, Texas. As a Senior Airman, he was appointed music director of the newly formed jazz ensemble...

CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT BRIAN F. MACDONALD

Chief Master Sgt. Brian MacDonald is the lead trumpeter and Flight Chief of TheAirmen of Note, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling,Washington, D.C. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, his career in the Air Forcebegan in 1999. After graduating from Nova High School in 1991, MacDonald began his studies atBroward Community College where he was a member of the InternationalAssociation of Jazz Educators National Community College Jazz Band in 1993 and1995. In...

Jazzmeia Horn

Award-winning vocalist Jazzmeia Horn announces her ever-expanding talents with the release of her first big-band effort, Dear Love, a recording that brims with the combination of her assured delivery and spoken world segments, deft arrangements and fiery musical ideas. Garnering praise from critics and fans alike, Dear Love is nominated for the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album Grammy Award. While the album functions as a platform for Horn to showcase both her perception of...

GIANCARLO ANDERSON

Multi-faceted percussionist, Giancarlo Anderson, was born in Colón Panama.  He has over twenty-five years of experience as a performer in different genres of music with emphasis in Latin and other world music genres.  As a child, he was inspired by the music of Afro-Cuban/Latin Jazz/Salsa pioneers such as Tito Puente, Machito, and Tito Rodriguez among many others; building this into his DNA as a musician.  His passion for the drums then led him to...

FRANCISCO TORRES

Francisco Torres is a well-respected trombonist, bass trombonist, educator, composer and arranger who hails from the town of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Born in 1974, Francisco didn’t start his musical training until 15 years old, playing alto saxophone then switching to tuba and euphonium. By accident, he discovered jazz while watching the jazz band practice before school. He was hooked. After graduating from high school, he went on to study with Dr. Tony Mazzaferro and Dr. Greg...

Tia Fuller

When Grammy-nominated Mack Avenue recording artist, composer, educator and bandleader Tia Fuller picks up her saxophone, something amazing happens.  Currently, Fuller balances the worlds of performance and education, magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and summa cum laude with a Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. fulfilling a demanding schedule as both a busy touring, recording artist and a full-time professor at the...