Joseph DeMarsh, tuba, grew up in suburban Detroit and holds degrees in music education and tuba performance from the University of Michigan School of Music. He has been Principal Tuba with the Flint Symphony Orchestra since 1987 and also performs with the Toledo Concert Band as section leader and soloist. Mr. Demarsh recently retired from the Ann Arbor Public Schools, where he taught music since 1987, most recently as orchestra director at Tappan Middle School.
Jean Moorehead Libs
Jean Moorehead Libs, trumpeter, did her BME, MM and DMA studies at the University of Michigan School of Music with Clifford P. Lillya and Armando Ghitalla. Formerly Principal Trumpet with the Singapore Symphony Jean remains active as a performer and educator throughout the Midwest, currently performing with Today's Brass, The Ann Arbor Symphony, Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra and the Michigan Chamber Brass. A dedicated educator, Miss Moorehead has held teaching positions at; Olivet College, The United World College of Southeast Asia, Northern Michigan University, Wayne State University, The Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan All State program at Interlochen. During her tenure as Pedagogy Editor for the International Trumpet Guild Journal Jean was the author and editor of dozens of publications for and with America's leading trumpeters. Currently Jean is adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Concordia University of Ann Arbor, clinician and adjudicator MSBOA (Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association) and a contributing editor for Balquhidder Music and Elan Brass Press. Jean recently completed the second edition of Clifford Lillya's "Method for Trumpet book Two" with colleagues Dennis Horton and Rob Roy McGregor.
Brian Robson, trombonist, received his BM and MM from the University of Michigan. He has performed with the Detroit Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, the Detroit Concert Band, the Toledo Concert Band, the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra and the Detroit Chamber Winds. Mr. Robson has been a member of the faculty of Concordia College, Ann Arbor and the University of Toledo. He is currently Principal Trombone of the Motor City Symphony Orchestra and an Information Technology manager at the University of Michigan.
Alan Taplin, horn, grew up in Livonia, Michigan. He has been a member of the Toledo Symphony’s horn section and brass quintet since 1981. He has been an arranger for the Symphony since 1980. Alan has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Louisville Orchestra and the Des Moines Metro Opera. Very active as a freelance/chamber musician in Ohio and Michigan, he has recorded commercially in Detroit, Chicago and Toledo. Mr. Taplin has a Bachelor and Masters degree from the University of Michigan in horn performance. He studied with Louis Stout and Harry Berv. He has served on the faculties of Olivet College, Concordia College, Heidelberg College, the University of Toledo and Hillsdale College.
We welcome the newest member of Today's Brass Quintet, trumpeter, Derek Lockhart! Derek was a member of the quintet in the 1980s and 90s and returns to Today's Brass in 2018.