ABOUT OUR MEMBERS
In alphabetical order:
Cathryn was the first female trombonist
ever to be accepted into, and graduate from,
the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester,
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.
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.
resides in Melbourne and is active as a freelance
trombonist in the area. She also teaches low
brass at Brevard Community College, and Satellite
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.
include the Space
Coast Symphony Orchestra and Central
are interested in taking lessons from Cathryn,
please visit her website: www.cathrynleasure.com
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with Maggie & Hanna
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
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
with Maggie & Hanna
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.
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
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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
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.
Paula Taylor with Shadow
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.
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
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.
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 with Tiger
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
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!