Meet the Musicians

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Michael Attaway

Michael Attaway, a native of the Dallas area, started his trumpet studies at the age of eleven. Since then, he has performed with some of the world’s finest musicians including Doc Severinson, members of The Juilliard School faculty, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, Jahja Ling, and many others. Michael currently mentors sixty trumpet students in the Aledo and Prosper High School areas and regularly places students in the TMEA 5A and 6A High School All Region and All State ensembles. He is a member of Center Stage Brass, a touring brass ensemble that specializes in performing recitals and educational outreach to the community. In addition to trumpet teaching and performing, Michael is an adjunct faculty member at the Northeast campus of Tarrant County College where he teaches courses in music fundamentals and history.

Michael completed his undergraduate studies, graduating summa cum laude, in May 2004 from the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, where he studied under James Darling and Jack Sutte of the Cleveland Orchestra. Afterwards, he completed his graduate studies, receiving a Master of Music in trumpet performance, at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the guidance of Michael Sachs, principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra. During his summers, he could be seen at the Aspen Music School studying with Juilliard Faculty and performing with some of the world’s top talent. He has performed with professional groups across the country such as the National Repertory Orchestra, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Cleveland Opera Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, and the Akron Symphony Orchestra.

Michael is an active member with the International Trumpet Guild.


Megan Bailey

An experienced and versatile trumpeter, Megan Bailey has appeared in notable performances playing a variety of repertoire ranging from large orchestral works to chamber music and opera. She has performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic at McCormick Place in Chicago on three separate occasions — with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Wheaton Municipal Band, and the North Texas Wind Symphony. She has appeared in master classes for Adolph “Bud” Herseth, Chris Martin, Tom Hooten, Allen Vizzutti, Gabor Tarkovi, Hiro Naguchi, Stephen Burns, the London Symphony Orchestra trumpet section, the Western Brass Quintet, and the United States Army Brass Quintet. Megan can be heard on the Michael Daugherty Composer’s C ollection CD released by GIA Publications in 2015. Additionally, she maintains an active free-lancing schedule in both the Chicago and Dallas areas.

Megan has experience teaching students from Kindergarten through college in both private and group settings. As a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, she teaches undergraduate private lessons to both music majors and non-majors and coaches a brass quintet. She also serves on the trumpet faculty at the High Plains Music Camp at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.

Megan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from DePaul University and a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance & Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas, where she was awarded a Trumpet Teaching Fellowship. In March of 2016, Megan competed in the semi-final round of the National Trumpet Competition in Columbus, Georgia as a member of the UNT Large Trumpet Ensemble. Megan’s primary trumpet teachers have been Brad Dawson, Matt Lee, Tage Larsen, Charles Daval, and John Holt.

Beyond the practice room, Megan enjoys cooking and spoiling Quinn, her lovable husky and wannabe baking assistant.


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Vernon Richter*

Vernon Richter is a native of San Antonio, Texas and began playing trumpet in Houston, Texas at the age of eleven. His formal education in trumpet began in 1984 at East Texas State University (currently Texas A&M Commerce) as a Music Performance Major. While at ETSU, he was awarded numerous awards and had the opportunity to perform for International Trumpet Soloist Anthony Plog and to perform with local jazz legend Rodney Booth in concert. Vernon has been fortunate to study with some of the finest teachers in the Dallas area including Conrad Bauschka (ETSU), Bert Truax (former Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Adam Gordon (Ft.Worth Symphony), and James Simms (Dallas Wind Symphony).

Vernon is arguably one of the areas busiest private lesson teachers with a studio of over 65 students all from Lewisville ISD. In addition to his private teaching schedule, Vernon also conducts weekly Trumpet Master Classes at the award winning Hebron High School in Lewisville ISD.  His students regularly achieve high positions in the region, area, and state levels of competition on a yearly basis in both Jazz and Band categories. He has had multiple students attend the National Trumpet Competition advancing to the semi-finals round and finals round.  He is in demand for teaching Master Classes at the middle and high school level throughout the northeast region of Texas. Vernon has students currently attending The Julliard School of Music, The University of North Texas and Texas Tech University studying Music Performance and Music Education.  Vernon works as an instructor with the Williamson/Music 1st production of “T4 Music Mentor”, an on-line video based “how-to” program for beginning trumpet playing.  

Vernon has performed with the Richardson Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Lewisville Symphony, Mesquite Symphony and Flower Mound Symphony. Vernon is also active as a freelance musician in the DFW area.

Vernon currently resides in Lake Dallas with his wife, Dana, of 27 years.


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Jason Williams

Mr. Jason Williams has been a band director for the past 18 years and currently teaches band at Grapevine Middle School in Grapevine Colleyville ISD.   He began playing trumpet in 6th grade in Alief, TX and graduated from Elsik High School in 1993.  He received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas, where he studied trumpet with Dr. Leonard Candelaria.  He later attended Texas Christian University where he studied Conducting with Mr. Bobby Francis and trumpet from Dr. John Burgess.

Jason has a wide range of teaching experience, from teaching at all levels from Middle School through College.  He was also a marching member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 1995 and 1996.  During his time with the Madsion Scouts, he was the mellophone soloist, was awarded DCI Ensemble Champion on trumpet in 1995, and DCI Solo Champion on mellophone in 1996.  After aging out, he continued to work with the Madison Scouts and Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from 1998-2003 as a brass instructor.

Jason continues to play and teach trumpet around the DFW metroplex any opportunity he gets.  He teaches masterclasses and private lessons, in addition to his band job.  When he is not playing, he enjoys spending as much time as he can with his wife and three beautiful daughters.



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Caley Bowen*

 Caley Bowen graduated with a Master’s degree in Music Pedagogy and Performance from Texas Women’s University in 2015. She received a bachelor’s degree in Horn Performance from Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University under the direction of Bill Caballero, principal of The Pittsburgh Symphony. Caley then went on to study for a year and a half with the principal of the Chicago Symphony, Dale Clevenger. Caley furthered her education by studying abroad in Vienna.

In addition to performing with the Center Stage Brass, she currently is Principal of The Flower Mound Symphony and Co-Principal in the Metropolitan Winds of Dallas. She is also a member of the Frontier Brigade Band and Buffalo Bill Cowboy band as an alto-horn player. She currently freelances as well as teaches privately at Macmath Middle school in Denton and Chisholm Trail Middle school in Rhome Texas. In lessons, Caley prepares her students for Region, State and solo and ensemble auditions as well as furthering their music careers.  Caley is a founding member of the Center Stage Brass.


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Megan DeRubeis

A native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Megan DeRubeis has been playing Horn since age 12. Her interest in music stemmed from her father’s influential career as a band director and growing up listening to classical music.

She received her Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Western Michigan University, double majoring in Music Education and Horn Performance and completed her Master of Music in Horn Performance at Southern Methodist University. Ms. DeRubeis has been fortunate to study with several influential teachers including Gregory Hustis (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Lin Foulk (Western Michigan University), Richard Deane (Atlanta Symphony), and David Everson (Detroit Symphony Orchestra). She has performed with numerous ensembles including the Allen Philharmonic, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Dallas POPS, Center Stage Brass, 8th St. Orkerstar, and the Kalamazoo Philharmonia.

Ms. DeRubeis is an active horn teacher and maintains a full studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where her students consistently place in All-Region and All-State ensembles. In her free time Ms. DeRubeis enjoys swing dancing, cycling, and craft beer.



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Amanda Kana

Amanda Kana is an active trombone instructor and performer in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex who currently teaches private lesson in Keller ISD. In addition to participating in numerous music festivals, including the Brevard Music Center Festival, the Spectrum Brass Seminar, and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, she has also performed at the Texas Music Educators Association convention,  the College Band Directors National Association convention, the International Trombone Festival, and the Eastern Trombone Workshop.  

A native of Katy, Texas, Amanda received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Mathematics with a Minor in Music, summa cum laude, from Baylor University and a Masters of Music in Trombone Performance from Texas Christian University.  Her primary teachers include Dr. David Begnoche, Brent Phillips, and Bart Plumb.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys running and successfully completed her first marathon in November of 2014.


Christian Paarup

As a multifaceted artist, Christian Paarup enjoys a varied and eclectic schedule of performing as a trombonist, composing, arranging, digitally engraving sheet music, working for Houghton Horns, and teaching.

Currently the Bass Trombonist of the Waco Symphony for the 2017-18 season, and a trombonist in Center Stage Brass, he has also performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, and a number of music festivals, including the Round Top Festival Institute, New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Eastern Music Festival. Mr. Paarup holds degrees from Baylor University (BM), where he graduated magna cum laude, and the Manhattan School of Music (MM).

Christian Paarup’s compositions and arrangements have been performed across the country, including at the International Trombone Festival and the American Trombone Workshop. In 2016, Christian was commissioned by a consortium of some of the nation’s most prestigious music schools to compose Transmogrify for Trombone Octet, which was premiered at the 2017 University of Florida International Brass Festival. Mr. Paarup also appeared at the Festival as a guest artist, performing a lecture-recital of his arrangement of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite for Trombone and Piano.

He was commissioned by Joseph Alessi in 2015 to create a piano reduction of Enrique Crespo’s Trombone Concerto in F, which was performed by Mr. Alessi in the United States, as well as in Russia.

As a digital music engraver, Paarup Music Editions delivers high quality sheet music to clients such as Per Brevig, Dennis Bubert, and the Southern Methodist University Wind Ensemble. Currently in the works is a beginning horn method book by renowned horn pedagogues Karen Houghton and Janet Nye, to be published by Houghton Horns, LLC. Christian is also the Editorial Director for Velocity Music, Inc., where he creates arrangements and edits all scores and parts for publication.

Mr. Paarup also keeps a busy teaching schedule in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where he has had students make the coveted TMEA All-State ensembles, earn First Division ratings at UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest, and go on to major in trombone in college. Mr. Paarup can often be seen leading trombone choirs—such as the Trombone Choir of North Texas, of which he is the founder and director. Mr. Paarup views the trombone choir as an exciting, essential vehicle for trombonists to develop ensemble skills, experience the true potential of the trombone, and promote our craft.

As the Trombone Specialist at Houghton Horns, Christian oversees the trombone inventory and handles all trombone-related customer affairs. He also travels to music conventions and represents the company throughout the year.

Christian is grateful to have studied with some of the world’s foremost trombonists, including Brent Phillips, David Finlayson, Dennis Bubert, and Joseph Alessi.



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Dr. Jason Oliver*

 Originally from Orlando, FL., Jason  began playing the trombone at the age of 11.  An accomplished soloist and performer from an early age, Dr. Oliver was the recipient of the Florida Music Teachers Association annual concerto competition for the brass division and earned a full music scholarship to the University of Central Florida.  He attended the University of New Mexico for his Graduate work and was awarded a teaching assistantship in the jazz department where he directed the 2nd jazz band.  Upon completion of his graduate work in New Mexico, he moved to the north Texas area where he began his doctoral studies at the University of North Texas.  He graduated in 2010 with the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trombone performance and a minor in music theory.

An experienced performer in many genres of music, Dr. Oliver has toured the United States and Canada with the Glenn Miller Jazz Orchestra and the Jimmy Dorsey Band.  His orchestral experience has included performances with the Dallas Pops, Sherman Symphony, Plano Symphony, Irving Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and the New Mexico Symphony.  While living in Florida, he was also musician for the Walt Disney World Company and Sea World where he played for various special events and occasions.

Today, Jason can be heard performing as a founding member of the Center Stage Brass and InVersion Band Dallas (Top 40 / Cover Band).




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Jung-Moo Lee

Jung Moo Lee has achieved a Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance from Kei-Myung University in South Korea, a Master of Music in Tuba Performance from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Southern Methodist University and a Doctor of Musical Art (ABD) in Tuba Performance from the University of North Texas.

Jung Moo Lee is an active freelance tuba player, low brass instructor, and conductor. As a teacher, he maintains a studio of over 80 students in the Frisco, Prosper, and Coppell ISD. His students are selected consistently and placed at the top of their all-region band auditions and have received superior ratings at solo and ensemble festivals.  He has presented master classes and summer camps with college and high school students in Seoul, Daegu, Daejeon, Jeju in South Korea, and DFW metroplex. As a teaching fellow at UNT, he taught private lessons at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as coaching brass quintets.  As a teaching assistant at UNT, the taught undergraduate conducting class.

Jung Moo is the tuba player of the Center Stage Brass ( and Sounding Brass ( He has performed with Daegu Symphony Orchestra, Daegu wind Orchestra, North Texas Wind Symphony, North Texas Symphony Orchestra, and Meadows Wind Ensemble. He was 3rd place winner of Pusan MBC Music Competition and finalist of UNT Concerto Competition. He also played as a tuba player with large and small ensembles at international music conferences and festivals, such as PASIC, ITEC, TMEA, WASBE, and Crested Butte Music Festival. Jung Moo Lee can be heard in Klavier Wind Project, Mark Records, and Crystal Records on works with the North Texas Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. Also, he recorded the solo for the Korean Movie, “Homicide Sonata (2011).”

He studied the tuba with Don Little (UNT), Matt Good (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Dr. Brian Bowman (UNT), and he studied conducting with Dr. Jack Delaney (SMU), Eugene Migliaro Corporon (UNT), and Dennis Fisher (UNT).

*Denotes founding member of Center Stage Brass

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