The Band

A Touch of Brass is an 18-piece band, including two vocalists, featuring some of the most talented musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their extraordinary shows are enjoyed at corporate, private, and community events throughout Northern California.

Ed Morrison, Band Leader

Ed Morrison has 40 years of musical accomplishments as lead trumpet backing such notables as Larry Elgart, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Frankie Valli, Bobby Rydell, Fabian, as well as playing for jazz greats John Faddis, Steve Turre, and Kevin Mahogany. In addition, he also plays lead and directs his own 18 piece big band, 'A Touch of Brass'. He free-lances with many different types of groups playing styles from salsa to funk to Gospel and theater. Ed's biggest musical influence is trumpeter Doc Severinsen.

Roger Levinson

Originally from Sacramento, California, Roger started musical studies by learning to play piano at age 8, trumpet at age 10, and trombone at age 12! Roger later studied with Rich Bice in Silicon Valley. After high school, Roger attended UC San Diego as a pre-med student and played in their Jazz Band directed by the great Jimmy Cheatam. A year later he returned to Northern California and attended UC Davis, where he graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) in 1986 and an MSEE in 1988.

Since moving to Silicon Valley, Roger has performed with many local groups and guest artists including Foothill College, De Anza Daddios, West Valley College (backing guest artists such as Dave Weckl, Wayne Bergeron, and Bobby Shew), the Black Tie Jazz Orchestra, the Redwood Symphony, the Peninsula Pops, Silicon Vibe, Silicon Valley Houserockers, Full Spectrum Jazz, and others.

Jeff Zias

Jeff played his college jazz with the U.C. Berkeley Jazz Ensemble, doing summer tours of Europe and Japan , appearing in the Pori Jazz Festival and Kyoto Jazz Festival line-ups along-side Dizzy Gillespie, BB King, Tim Hagans, Tony Williams, Sun Ra and Sonny Rollins. As a South-Bay resident jazz player for the past mumble years, Jeff has had the opportunity to perform with Bill Watrous, Quincy Jones, Stanley Jordon, Babatunde, Jerome Richardson, Rory Snyder, Gap Mangione and Earl ‘Fatha' Hines.

Pete Froeberg

Pete has been playing trumpet and flugelhorn for over 35 years performing diverse styles ranging from big band, jazz combo, rock, to classical brass quintet and soloist. As a young teen in the early 70’s Pete got his first taste of 'gigging' with the big band The Blue Velvet Sound. When Marriott’s Great America opened in 1976 he played there while getting his degree in geophysics at UC Davis.

Nowadays, Pete is a regular with San Francisco Bay Area big bands A Touch of Brass and DeAnza’s 8 O’clock Daddios and can be heard on the recent A Touch of Brass CD 'Doin’ It Right'. In the summer of 2006 Pete toured throughout China performing with the DVC Jazz Ensemble. Pete has played numerous musicals including West Side Story, The Wiz, Cats, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Guys and Dolls, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Seussical the Musical. If you look down into the pit at the MVCPA you may find Pete playing in support of the local youth theater company PYT where his children sometimes perform.

Dave Brigham

David started playing the trumpet at the age of 9 when he was a student in the Palo Alto Unified School District. He has now returned to that district as a music teacher, directing the bands at Jordan Middle School for the past 15 years. In the intervening years he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied jazz improvisation with Billy Pierce and John La Porta. He also attended San Jose State University where he received his Teaching Credential in 1990. David has spent the last 25 summers teaching improvisation at the Stanford Jazz Workshop where he has had the privilege of performing with such jazz greats as Victor Lewis, Bruce Forman, John Santos, Julian Lage and Louis Bellson. In addition to AToB, David has performed regularly with the De Anza Daddios, the West Valley College Big Band, The KA Wonton Little Latin Big Band and the Mike Cohen Sextet.

Jonathan Hostottle

Jonathan Hostottle is a saxophonist and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and serves at Elementary and Middle School Band Director in Atherton, CA. Jonathan is an active classical and jazz performer, playing all over the country as a soloist and chamber musician. He previously held a private saxophone studio in Ann Arbor and the Metro Detroit areas. In the Spring term of 2019, he served on the faculty at Mansfield University teaching saxophone as a sabbatical replacement. Jonathan holds undergraduate degrees in saxophone performance and music education and a Master’s Degree in saxophone performance with a cognate in conducting from the University of Michigan.

Diana Tucker

Bio Coming Soon!

Eric Raeburn

Eric Raeburn grew up in the jazz mecca, NYC. In high school, his idea of doing homework was to listen to jazz all night on the radio. He earned a B.A. in music at Queens College, and has played in numerous groups, performing jazz, salsa, funk, latin-rock, and Mex-Tex. He has been in A Touch of Brass since its inception in the 80s, he is also a long-standing member of Nineteen – formerly the West Valley Jazz Orchestra and the SJ Jazz Orchestra, in which he has played with guest artists Dave Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi, Dave Weckl, and others. Eric is also a prolific composer and his favorite musicians are Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Bartok, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. One of his favorite quotes is Coltrane's 'It's the striving, man, it's THAT I want'.

Paul Degen

Paul Degen has been playing flute since Elementary School and saxophone since Middle School. He fell in love with Big Band Jazz when he heard the Woody Herman Orchestra perform at his local High School. In College Paul studied Classical Flute (Charles DeLaney) and Jazz Saxophone (Bill Kennedy) at Florida State University, and by his senior year sat in the coveted lead alto chair in the top FSU Jazz Ensemble. After College Paul moved to Los Angeles to begin his career as a professional musician and teacher. He has been performing and teaching ever since. He has also been active as a professional woodwind and brass instrument repair technician for over two decades. New to the Bay Area Paul has quickly become very active performing regularly with a variety of local acts.

Scott Hanan

Originally from the Chicagoland area, Scott's been playing jazz since the 4th grade. In college, he played combos and big bands directed by Thomas Wirtel, Chip McNeill (University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign), Steve Tyler, and John Russell (De Anza College 8 o'clock Daddios), and Lori Stotko (Footnotes). He also is a member of LowFat, a hip-hop funk group led by Chris Uiterwijk that plays throughout the Bay Area.

Mike Humphrey

Mike was born and raised in Chickasha, Oklahoma, studied trombone under Paul Enix in high school, obtained a B.A. and M.A. in Math/Psychology from Universities of California (Berkeley) and Oklahoma.

While living in Los Angeles, Mike studied music & trombone with Robert Marsteller, principal trombonist with the LA Philharmonic, and Bill Tole, studio player. He studied jazz improvisation with Britt Woodman, who was Duke Ellington's jazz trombonist for 20+ years. He worked in LA as a full-time professional for a number of years as a freelance recording artist, playing fusion, jazz, cartoon background music, and television commercials. He also played with the Hollywood Trombone Choir with Tommy Pederson, Bill Tole, Jim Sawyer, Dick Nash, Morris Repase, and George Roberts.

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill is a graduate of San Jose State University where he studied Music Education and Trombone performance. He has performed with numerous world-renowned professionals including Wayne Wallace, Gordon Goodwin, Bonnie Hampton and Dr. Aaron Lington. Andrew was the bass trombonist for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2012-2015 and performed on the orchestra’s 10th International European tour. Currently, Andrew is an active freelance trombonist in the Bay Area for many various genres of music.

Ken Rydeen

Ken is a San Jose native and attended San Jose State University earning a degree in Music Performance on Trombone. He currently works as a music teacher in the Franklin-McKinley School District. He plays trombone with several local bands, including Touch of Brass. He also performs with Zaney Swank and the 8 o'clock jazz band at West Valley College and the Nova Vista Symphony.

Jason Kneebone

Jason graduated with a degree in Trombone Performance in 2005 from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. There, he studied with Roy Main and performed with the University Jazz Band No.1 under the direction of Paul Rinzler. He completed his music education credential at San Jose State in 2007 and served as the Instrumental Music Director at Mountain View High School until 2020. Jason has performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps and has enjoyed teaching the Vanguard Cadets since 2004. When not playing or teaching music, Jason enjoys mountain biking, video gaming, and relaxing with family and friends.

Tetsuya Masuishi

Tetsuya has been playing guitar for over 40 years. He has belonged to many bands, including pop, rock, soul, funk, disco, jazz combo and big band. He has been working as a software engineer at a Japanese company for 30 years and got PhD degree in computer science on Sept. 2006. From 2007 to 2012, he stayed in bay area and played at a big band in Milpitas for 4 years. After he went to Japan for 18 months, he has come back to bay area and plays at A Touch of Brass.

Bob Secor

Bio Coming Soon!

Roger Dahlberg

Roger Dahlberg has played bass in big bands, combos, and pit orchestras in the bay area for the past 50 years. In addition to playing in A Touch of Brass, he is currently a member of Tuesday Night Live, a Stanford area jazz band, and several small jazz groups, including Double Play, a bass-piano duo that appears the first Saturday of each month at the Unwined wine bar in Almaden Valley.

Carlos Almeida

Carlos was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, grew up in Los Angeles, California. He came up to the Northern California to march snare with Santa Clara Vanguard A-Corps and has remained active in the Bay Area music scene. Carlos is the owner of Silicon Valley Music and Entertainment, leader of ensembles such as Silicon Vibe and Jazz by Design. He’s the drummer and co-leader for Full Spectrum Jazz, the drummer for the Black Tie Jazz Orchestra, Come Back Buddy (West Coast) and member of the California Pops Symphony Orchestra. Carlos’s “day gig” is as VP, of Engineering for SPK and Associates.

Juliet Green

Originally from Maui, Hawaii, Juliet Green has been a singer in the Bay Area since 1991. She moved to the mainland from the Valley Isle to study music at the University of the Pacific, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. Juliet has been teaching music in the Portola Valley School District for the past 16 years, and is also on the faculty of the Jazzschool in Berkeley. She is a founding member of the award-winning a cappella jazz groups +4db and Moodswing. Her debut solo CD 'Simple', featuring her original lyrics and vocalese, was released in 2003.