Henrique De Almeida

Professor De Almeida holds a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi. He is also a graduate of The Berklee College of Music in Jazz Composition. He is the leader of his own groups. Triplicate Jazz Trio, and the Jazz Fusion super group, The Truth Project Band. Henrique sponsored by Humes & Berg drum cases, Sonor Drums, LP Percussion, DW, Vic Firth Sticks, Zildjian cymbals, Evans drumheads and Earthworks Microphones. An accomplished author and published clinician Henrique’s educational products are often ranked high in Modern Drummer Magazine (Rated 4.5 star- Double Bass Integration for The Jazz Fusion Drummer) his books are an integral part of the Berklee College of Music curriculum and are currently available through the top publishing companies such Berklee Press, Hal Leonard, Carl Fischer, Amazon.com and online schools such as Drumeo-Canada. In 2017, Henrique became the music director and president of the online school TheDrumSetCoach.com

Henrique is in high demand as a teacher, producer/composer and a sought-after artist. He has been approached by shows such as ABC’s - “Dancing with The Stars” and other enterprises. He is constantly delivering high-praised products to the music industry and designing courses for the Berklee Percussion Department. Henrique works with some of the biggest names in the TV industry, such as HBO and the commercial enterprises, to include writing original music for TV campaign with companies such as Victoria Secret and the Australian David Jones Department stores. He also recorded and toured nationally and internationally with the acclaimed USAFA (United States Air Force Academy) Falconaires Contemporary Big Band, and The USAFA rock band Blue Steel. Henrique has performed several times at the prestigious Carnegie Hall. He writes articles for Modern Drummer Magazine, performs at music conferences such as PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention), JEN (Jazz Educators Network), and numerous Jazz Festivals around the world. Henrique has performed for The President of the United States, Vice President, and Secretary of Defense. He has performed with an enormous range of artists: David Ellefson (Megadeth), Victor Wooten ( Bela Fleck & The FleckTones) Steve Hunt (Allan Holdsworth), Dave Samuels (Spyro Gyra) Jerry Bergonzi, Pop Star Gloria Estefan, Nat Adderley, Bill Cosby, Dave Valentin, Tiger Okoshy, Larry Coryell, Jeff Berlin, Nelson Rangel, Jeff Narell, Ira Sullivan, Victor Mendonza, Danilo Perez, Phil Wilson, Baron Brown (Vital Information & Steps Ahead), Matt Garrison (John McLaughlin) , Bill Summers (The Head Hunters) Betty Carter, Nando Lauria, (Pat Metheny Group) Brazilian Pop Stars: Alceu Valenca, Gilberto Gill, Raul De Souza, Luiz Gonzaga, Hermeto Paschoal, Katy Webster, among many others.

Colin Trusedell

Colin Trusedell is a national touring upright/electric bassist and educator. He is also the lead Booking Agent for MyShowsLive, a full service national booking agency, and the Director of A&R for MyShowsLive Records, an independent record label specializing in jazz, funk, and fusion music. His award winning recordings have been reviewed and featured in Downbeat, Jazz Times, Bass Player Magazine, Bass Musician Magazine, All About Jazz, and many other national and international publications. He is also the host and bass player for the “Colin Trusedell Jazz Jam” radio show available as a podcast on iTunes and Podbean. For more information and music visit: www.colintrusedell.com

Christine Hitt

Christine recorded and performed with Ugonna Okegwo, Bruce Barth, Montez Coleman, Peter Mayer, and Tom Kennedy, among others. Her solo CD You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To features world-renowned drummer Jeff Hamilton and can be heard on music streaming services for Sirius XM, Direct TV, Nordstroms, Gap, Olive Garden and American Airlines. Her July 2018 release Magical Kite(produced by Grammy nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezerwas recorded at Capitol Studios and features all-star musicians Jeff Hamilton, John Beasley and Bob Sheppard.

Christine has recorded jingles for companies including Maxwell House, Anheuser Busch, Circle K and Ramada Inn. She has backed Marylin McCoo, Darius Rucker, Clay Aiken.  Christine has taught vocal and instrumental jazz at UCCS, Washington University, Webster University, Concordia College, MNState Moorhead, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and Iowa Western Community College where she was the Director of Instrumental Music. Hitt was a member of the USAF Band of Mid-America early in her career and is currently the Director of Protestant Music at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.  

Ricky Sweum

Ricky Sweum is an American jazz saxophonist, recording artist, composer, educator, and music producer.  He is known for his eight solo albums, ambient sax nature soundscapes, appearing as a sideman on over 30 albums, and his 17 years of performing with and leading U.S. Air Force Bands.  Ricky is an official P. Mauriat saxophone endorsing artist.

Ricky utilizes the power of music to bring harmony to the world.

Ricky earned a Master of Music in Jazz Studies degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Production from Berklee College of Music where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.  

Ricky is a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, serving as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Premier Band, Saxophonist, and Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Productions for the United States Air Force Academy Band, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.  

Benjamin Paille

Benjamin is a trumpeter, recording artist, composer, and educator living in Colorado Springs, CO. In the last 20 years, he has earned an impressive resume of performance credits as well as teaching appointments and has proven to be one of the most highly sought-after performers and educators of his generation. 

 

Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Benjamin has visited 20 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Steve Martin, Christian McBride, Robert Glasper, Kevin Mahogany, Jason Moran, Warren Wolfe, Eric Reed, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Additionally, Benjamin was a critically acclaimed soloist, dancer and actor in the Tony Award winning Broadway show Blast!, performing at the esteemed Queens Theatre in London and many other major venues across the world.

 

Currently, Benjamin is a Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force, serving as a Non-Commissioned Officer, Premier Band Trumpeter, and Assistant Director of Operations for the United States Air Force Academy Band at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.