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MEMBERS: (in alphabetical order)

Evan Dobbins- Trombone
Nick Finzer- Trombone
Mike Frederick- Guitar
Erik Jacobs- Trombone
TJ Ricer- Sousaphone
Chris Teal- Drums
Chris Van Hof- Trombone




Evan Dobbins

  Evan Dobbins is a Rochester native who currently maintains a local trombone and improvisation studio. In addition to the Po Boys, Evan also plays in the Dave Rivello Ensemble, The Rick Holland/Evan Dobbins Little Big-Band, Orquesta Antonetti, Calle Uno, The Beaumonts and Gap Mangione's Big-Band. He also teaches jazz history and theory at MCC and the Eastman Community Music School.

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Nick Finzer
Personal Website: http://www.nickfinzermusic.com/

 Nick Finzer is an emerging young trombonist on the 21st century jazz scene. Nick will start a two year Master's Degree program at The Juilliard School in the fall of 2010, and will be relocating to New York City in August. A class of 2009 graduate of the Jazz and Contemporary Media department of the Eastman School of Music, and Rochester NY native, Nick has been performing around Rochester and leading his own groups since age 16. To date, Nick has performed with a number of nationally recognized jazz artists including the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Benny Golson, Wycliffe Gordon, Kurt Elling, Rich Perry, and Bob Sneider, to name a few. Around Rochester, Nick can be seen with the Gap Mangione Big Band, the Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Rick Holland Evan Dobbins Little Big Band, the New Energy Jazz Orchestra, Orquesta Antonetti, the Po'Boys Brass Band, and leading several of his own groups.

During his time at Eastman, Nick worked closely with The Commission Project (a Rochester, NY non-profit whose mission is to commission pieces for school ensembles of various levels) who chose Nick to participate in a program that teamed up Nick with Wycliffe Gordon to compose and perform four pieces specifically for Nick's own groups. The first piece in the series (a three part suite entitled "The Nick of Time" scored for jazz sextet) was premiered on Nick's first solo recital as a student at Eastman. The second sextet piece, "Bebop da Boogaloo" was featured on a live radio broadcast on Rochester's jazz station Jazz 90.1 FM. Nick had the pleasure of premiering the third piece (the first for full jazz ensemble) with his alma mater the Hilton High School jazz ensemble with Gordon in attendance, and additionally with the Fairport High School jazz ensemble. The fourth piece in the series features a duet for Nick and Wycliffe accompanied by full jazz ensemble and was premiered in the spring of 2009 with the Webster Schroeder Jazz Ensemble.

Nick is devoted to the pursuit of advancing and modernizing jazz in the 21st century, by fusing more contemporary styles with traditional ones, which can be seen in his wide range of musical output. Having thus far establishing a strong foothold in the Rochester area, Nick enjoys his constantly evolving role in both playing and teaching, and looks forward to pursuing his love of music.

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Mike Frederick
Personal Website: http://www.myspace.com/mikefrederickguitar

  Michael Frederick began playing guitar at the age of twelve, taking private lessons for six months and then exploring the guitar on his own through high school. By the time he graduated, Mike had won several awards at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and was the guitarist in the 2000 Washington All-State Jazz Ensemble. Mike earned his B.A. in guitar performance from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, studying jazz improvisation with trumpeter Brian Ploeger, saxophonists Geoff Bradfield and Dave Hagelganz, and pianist Brent Edstrom. Performing with the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble and as an accompanist for the chamber choir afforded opportunities for travel including tours of Italy, Hawaii, and several regional tours of the West. During this time, he also studied classical guitar with Dr. Paul Grove, earning the Young Artist award in the guitar division at Musicfest Northwest 2004.

 After college, Mike worked in showbands and jazz trios on several Carnival cruise ships. During the 05-06 and ‘06-07 school years Mike taught guitar and coached jazz small groups at Whitworth University and Gonzaga University, taught guitar classes in high schools, played for theater productions, and freelanced around the Northwest with his trio, Localized Tenderness, and several other jazz and rock projects. Mike has performed with such artists as Jimmy Heath, Dave Weckl, John Stowell, Nicholas Payton, Steve Turre, Nnenna Freelon, and others. He has also recorded for Hal Leonard Publishing and Princess Cruises. In May 2008 Mike graduated with a master’s degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He currently maintains an active teaching and performing schedule.

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Erik Jacobs

Erik "Bigg E" Jacobs, Leader of the Po'Boys Brass Band, is enjoying a rising reputation in the music entertainment world both as a musician and entrepreneur. He is currently finishing a degree both in trombone performance and music education at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Before that he was a freelance musician in Florida, playing with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, and several musical theater tours in addition to his work both as a clinician and private music teacher.

While stationed with the Marine Band New Orleans, Erik developed his love for the culture, people and music of the Crescent City; a love that has guided his musical career ever since.

In addition to his work with the Po'Boys Brass Band, Erik has toured with the world famous Eastman Wind Ensemble, performed with the Eastman Philharmonia and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed under the baton of Neil Veron, Erich Kunzel, Jeff Tyzik, Joseph Flummerfelt, and Donald Hunsberger, and is the solo trombonist with his traditional New Orleans jazz band- The Crescent City Connection. With Orquestra de Antonetti, Erik has performed with several latin music stars, including Lalo Rodriguez, Johnny Rivera, and Grammy Award winning Salsa star Michael Stuart. He's also performed with world famous opera diva Renee Fleming.

Erik is also very active as a clinician and composer/arranger. He has given master classes and lectures for Ithaca College, Penn State, the Eastman School of Music as well as Eastman's Institute for Music Leadership, to name a few.

When not performing, teaching, managing, booking, writing or arranging, Erik is spending time with the love of his life: Addyson- his daughter.

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T.J. Ricer
Personal Website: http://tjricer.com/

Dr. Thomas J. Ricer holds a Bachelor of Music from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a Master of Music from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He has performed with the Cincinnati, Honolulu, Syracuse, Knoxville, Lima, andMiddletown Symphony Orchestras, as well as Keith Brion's New Sousa Band and the Knoxville Wind Symphony. He is currently the principal tubist in the SpringfieldSymphony and is a former principal of the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra. Ricer plays modern jazz as the tubist for the Dave Rivello Ensemble and funk as a founding member of the Po' Boys Brass Band. In addition to his work as a tubist, Ricer has played bass trombone in the Blue Wisp, Streamliners, and Jack Carr Big Bands and as a soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. He is a regularly contributing writer for the International Tuba and Euphonium Association's Journal. Dr. Ricer is currently on the faculty of the Eastman Community Music School and the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. When not playing low brass, Ricer is the lead singer and bass player for "CASH Back," a tribute to the Man in Black, has completed a marathon, and holds a certification as a group aerobics instructor.

T. J. Ricer is a Yamaha Performing Artist, performing on the YFB-821 F tuba, YCB-661 CC tuba, and a modified YEB-321 Eb tuba.

Ricer's primary instructors include Mike Thornton, Sande MacMorran, and Don Harry.

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Chris Teal
Personal Website: http://www.christeal.com/

Chris Teal is a drummer & percussionist based in Rochester, New York. He currently leads the progressive jazz group "Quintopus", featuring original music as well as interpretations of recent popular artists including Bjork, Radiohead, and Sufjan Stevens. Their debut album, "Voyage to Ornoc" was released in 2010 on ears&eyes Records. Chris performs regularly with the Po' Boys Brass Band, the Dave Rivello Ensemble, Crescent City Connection, Madeline Forster, and the Katie Ernst Trio as well as maintaining an active freelance career.

Originally from Spokane, Washington, Chris graduated from Whitworth University (BA '05) before moving to Rochester and finishing a MM from the Eastman School of Music in 2009. He has had the fortune to perform with notable artists including the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Dayna Stephens, and Wycliffe Gordon. Chris maintains a private teaching studio as well as teaching a Jazz Performance Workshop at the Eastman Community Music School.

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Chris Van Hof
Personal Website: http://www.vanhofmusic.com/

Trombonist, educator, arranger, and broadcaster Chris Van Hof leads a multi-faceted career in the arts. He graduated cum laude from the Eastman School of Music (MM and Arts Leadership Diploma 2008), and summa cum laude from Western Michigan University (BM 2006), and currently teaches low brass and conducts the Low Brass Choir at Nazareth College as well as serving as the Afternoon Host and Producer of WXXI's Classical 91.5 each weekday afternoon from 2:00-7:00 pm. In addition to the Po'Boys, he is a founding member of the Emerald Brass, and plays as an active freelancer in jazz and classical throughout western New York. His arrangements have been performed by the Syracuse Symphony, Eastman Trombone Choir, and the Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra. His students have earned spots in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, garnered top ratings at NYSSMA solo festivals, and have won the Nazareth College Concerto Competition. He has recently been awarded a prestigious University Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he will start doctoral studies in the Fall of 2011. Chris enjoys running, cooking vegan food, craft beer, and snowboarding with his wife Andrea.

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