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ABOUT OUR MEMBERS

In alphabetical order:
Cathryn Leasure
Colleen Lee
Eric Lee
Don Staples
Paula Taylor
Ron Vogelsong


Cathryn Leasure - Trombone Cathryn Leasure
with Sheba

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Trombone
Cathryn was the first female trombonist ever to be accepted into, and graduate from, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.

Before graduating, Cathryn was offered the position of sub-principal trombonist in the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (now the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra) in Durban, South Africa. She accepted the position and later returned to England to complete her degree and further her studies.

After spending three years in South Africa, Cathryn won the trombonist position in the musical 'Some Like It Hot', in London's West End (England's prestigious equivalent of Broadway).

In 1998 Cathryn came to the US to work with Carnival Cruise Lines, as one of the first female instrumentalists to work for any cruise line.

Cathryn now resides in Melbourne and is active as a freelance trombonist in the area. She also teaches low brass at Brevard Community College, and Satellite High School.

Throughout her career Cathryn has freelanced with many symphony orchestras, big bands, brass bands, brass ensembles, dance bands, big bands and wind orchestras and worked with many renowned musicians, e.g. Sir Charles Groves, Louis Fremeaux, Terence Nagle, David Lloyd-Jones, Sian Edwards and Richard Hickox, to name but a few.

Florida affiliations include the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and Central Florida Winds.

If you are interested in taking lessons from Cathryn, please visit her website: www.cathrynleasure.com
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Colleen Lee - Trombone
Colleen Lee
with Maggie & Hanna

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Trombone
Colleen was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Colleen began studying Trombone at the age of 12 with Frank Crisafulli of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Frank Crisafulli was her teacher and mentor. In addition, Colleen has studied with Keith Brown, Lewis Van Haney, and Arthur Linsner.

Prior her move to Florida, Colleen was Principal Trombone of the Redwood Symphony in California, Trombonist with the Evanston Symphony Orchestra in Illinois and performed with the San Francisco Women's Philharmonic, Livermore Opera, San Jose Wind Symphony, Waukegan Symphony Orchestra, The Lakeshore Brass, as well as various Trombone ensembles. She currently performs with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Central Florida Winds, Dog Bones and other local ensembles.

In addition to performing and teaching Trombone, Colleen owns Fetch! Pet Care of Brevard, a professional pet sitting company providing pet visits and dog walks throughout Brevard County. Married 22 years to Eric Lee (Tubaist), whom she met in college at Northwestern University, residing in Merritt Island with their two loving dogs, Maggie, a Labrador Retriever, Abigail, a Chocolate Labrador and the recently rescued a cat named Kitty.
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Eric Lee - Tuba
Eric Lee
with Maggie & Hanna

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Tuba
A native of Indiana, Eric received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northwestern University and his Master of Music degree from DePaul University. He was a student of the late Arnold Jacobs and Robert Rusk. He has a wide variety of musical experience both in the Chicagoland area and in California, where he lived for twelve years. Eric now resides in Merritt Island with his wife Colleen, their two dogs, Maggie, a Labrador Retriever, Abigail, a Chocolate Labrador, and their recently rescued cat named Kitty.

He was a member of the Evanston and Waukegan Symphonies, the Lakeside Band, the Northwest Indiana Symphony and the Illinois Philharmonic, and is a founding member of the famed Lakeshore Brass. While in California he was in the San Jose Wind Symphony, the Redwood Symphony, and the Livermore Opera Orchestra and had performed with the now defunct Sacramento Symphony.
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Don Staples - Trombone Don Staples
with Briese

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Trombone
Don Staples received a BA Degree in music from U.C.L.A. He toured the U.S., Bahamas and Japan with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, The Lou Rawles show, the Tommy Dorsey Band under Buddy Morrow, The Percy Faith Orchestra and The Lawrence Welk Show.

Other performance credits include Tex Beneke, Freddy Martin, Russ Morgan, Louis Belson, Les Brown and The Roger Wagner Chorale Orchestra.

He also appeared weekly for seventeen years on The Lawrence Welk TV show which is still shown in reruns weekly on PBS stations throughout the country.

Don moved to Orlando, Florida in 1988 and spent thirteen years in the executive ranks of entertainment for Walt Disney World.

Currently in semi-retirement, Don is enjoying free-lancing with various musical groups around Central Florida such as The Space Coast Pops Orchestra, Swingtime Jazz Band, Cocoa Village Playhouse, Dog Bones Quintet, etc. Hobbies include golf and sailing.
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Paula Taylor with Shadow

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Drums

Paula Taylor is an Ohio transplant who has lived in Florida for over 16 years.

She has a Bachelors of Music Education degree from the Ohio State University, with an emphasis in percussion, under the supervision of Dr. James Moore.

She has performed in numerous groups, including the Sedalia Concert Band, the Community Band of Brevard, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Dog Bones, and an assortment of jazz ensembles.

On occasion you will find her sitting in at various night clubs playing the drum set. She specializes in jazz, but enjoys an occasional funk or rock beat too.

Paula founded Snare Necessities as a way to share her percussion talents by teaching drum lines, percussion ensembles, private lessons and group lessons to gifted students. Many of her students have been accepted into All County as well as All State.

She also conducts a Preschool music program that uses a hands-on approach for toddlers and young children to experience music through the use of instruments, puppets, sign language and of course, singing.

Paula lives on Merritt Island with her husband and two children, Billy and Cassie. The family got their Schnauzer-mix dog from Dog Rescue and truly believes that Shadow is the best dog in the whole world!
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Ron Vogelsong - Trombone
Ron Vogelsong with Tiger

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Trombone
Ron Vogelsong received his B.A. in Music Performance on Bass Trombone from the University of South Florida in 1978. He then went on to get a BSEE, MSEE, and eventually a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering there in 1985. He continued at USF for five years as a professor of EE before moving to Palm Bay and working for Harris Semiconductor. Since 2001, he's been working for Cadence Design Systems, an Electrical Design Automation software company.

On the lighter side, Ron spent the 15 years in the Tampa area playing bass trombone for all manner of shows on Florida's west coast, as well as performing with the Melody-Booth Orchestra, a 20 piece big band. Since moving to Palm Bay, he has been performing with and arranging for various ensembles at Melbourne First Baptist Church, including the church orchestra, praise team, brass ensembles, gospel quartet, and handbell choir. He also performs regularly with the Central Florida Winds and Oh Golly Dixieland Band. Ron's pieces for handbells are regularly published in LifeWay's Handbells magazine.

Ron lives in Palm Bay with his wife Jean and two cats, Tiger and Sabrina. Yes, he is the token cat lover of the group!

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