David Bryan is a trombonist and teacher very active in Portland’s musical community for the past three decades. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he lived briefly in the shadow of Fenway Park (go Red Sox!) before moving to Milwaukie, Oregon. David has a long-standing love of big band jazz, and has played with most of the top local bands in recent memory. While in college he became the lead trombonist with the Woody Hite Big Band, and continues to proudly enjoy that association. He has also performed as lead and solo trombonist on many Norman Leyden big band specials, most recently for Normans’s 90th Birthday Concert! Playing lead trombone with the Carlton Jackson/Dave Mills Big Band has been another personal musical highlight.
David is also devoted to classical trombone as a member of the orchestras for the Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theatre, and he has performed and recorded with the Oregon Symphony. He has also performed with major symphony orchestras in Honolulu and Seattle, and in the summer performs as principal trombonist with the Oregon Coast Music Festival. David enjoys playing early music with the Oregon Renaissance Band, chamber music with the Columbia Brass and large brass ensemble music with the Big Horn Brass, which he also conducts. David is inspired by the music students at Westview High School, where he is the jazz band director and assistant director of bands.
Portland-based jazz trombonist John Moak has performed with many notable jazz artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Doc Severinsen, Jack Sheldon, Dave Brubeck, Nat Adderly, Randy Brecker, Diane Schurr, Branford Marsalis, Slide Hampton, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, Pete Christlieb, Herbie Mann, Rosemary Clooney, Ken Peplowski, and James Moody.
John has performed as a member of the Louie Bellson Big Band and Octet as well as the Clark Terry Quintet. Most recently, he has performed as a jazz artist and clinician as well as backing up Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Michael Amanti, Deana Martin, Bebe Neuwirth, Robert Goulet, Shirley Jones, Tommy Tune, Michael W. Smith and Bob Newhart. He has also recently performed with the touring productions of Annie, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hairspray, Chicago, and Peter Pan.
John has been a winner of the International Trombone Association's Frank Rosolino and Kai Winding Jazz Competitions, the Southern Comfort National Dixieland Championship and a finalist in the Cognac-Hennessey Jazz Search.
From Portland, Oregon, trombonist and Portland Jazz Orchestra co-founder Lars Campbell attended the University of Northern Colorado and Portland State University, where he received a degree in Jazz Performance. Trained in both the jazz and classical repertoires, he is a member of the innovative young jazz trio Chopslaughter, as well as the Bobby Torres Ensemble, Pepé and the Bottle Blondes, the Nu Shooz Orchestra and several Portland area big bands, and performs as well with the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theater orchestras. He twice attended the Banff International Jazz Workshop, where he studied with Dave Douglas and Tony Malaby, and in 2001 performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
His discography includes appearances on Pepé and the Bottle Blondes' Pambrosia, Pink Martini's Hang on Little Tomato, Gordon Lee Big Band's Flying Dream, Tim Bryson Project's Playground and Tim Jensen's most recent CD (in production).
Also a composer, he was recently commissioned by the Beaumont Middle School Jazz Bands to arrange two charts for big band.
Born and raised in Portland, Doug returned in 1983, after pursuing studies at the University of Nevada-Reno and a six-year stint working and playing in the Reno area.
He has performed with the Oregon, Columbia and Vancouver Symphonies, the Woody Hite Big Band, the Carlton Jackson-Dave Mills Big Band and Woody Herman and his Thundering Herd, and has an extensive history of show experience, having worked with Peggy Fleming, Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, Don Rickles and Norman Leydon, among others. Doug was the drummer in the "cowboy jazz" band Los Cowtones for four years, and is a self-employed auto mechanic.