Nathan Walyer is a native of Vancouver, WA in the Great Pacific Northwest. Nathan earned an AA in Music at Mount Hood Community College, and a BMA in Trombone Performance at Central Washington University. He has also done Post-Bac trombone studies at the University of Oregon and has just earned an MM in Trombone from the University of Oklahoma.
Mr. Walyer has a wide range of playing and teaching experience from orchestral and wind bands playing to jazz and big bands. He is a proud on-going student of Dr. Irv “Spoons” Wagner.
Jay Wilkinson received his BME and MM in trumpet performance from the University of Oklahoma. As a student he received numerous awards for trumpet performance in jazz and classical, and received a citation for jazz piano. Following his graduate degree, he spent time at the University of North Texas where he studied with Rodney Booth, Mike Steinel, Steve Wiest, and Keith Johnson. He is the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
Jay has performed at various locations across the U.S. as a vocalist and trumpet player and is a major performer in the Oklahoma City Metro area. He is a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and was once featured as a vocalist during a pops concert. This connection has allowed him the opportunity to perform with artists like Ray Charles, Mercedes Ellington, Al Jerreau, Manhattan Transfer, Byron Stripling, Chris Botti, Kristin Chenoweth, Renee Fleming, and Kelli O’Hara. He is a member of the Lyric Theatre Orchestra and often plays for traveling shows through Celebrity Attractions which feature some of this country’s finest Broadway performers. Wilkinson is also a trumpeter for the OKC Jazz Orchestra which has performed with Doc Severinsen, Bob Mintzer, Ben Patterson, and Tony Monaco. Jay has performed and toured with other smaller outfits.
Christi Wans is a freelance trumpet player and soloist in the Oklahoma City metro area, specializing in piccolo and other high trumpets. She is the Instructor of Brass at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and Rose State College, and serves as adjunct trumpet instructor at the University of Oklahoma.
Wans has held positions with the Yakima and Mid-Columbia Symphonies, and has recently performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Norman Philharmonic orchestras. Active in the brass band community, she holds the soprano cornet chair in the Frontier and Arkansas Musicworks Brass Bands, the flugelhorn chair in the Salvation Army AOK divisional band, and has performed with the Fountain City and Dallas Brass Bands. Wans traveled Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific islands as a showband member with Princess Cruise Lines, and completed a two-year run as lead trumpet with the national tour of Kinky Boots, performing in 47 states, Canada, China, and Singapore.
Wans earned her bachelors degrees in music education and trumpet performance from Central Washington University and masters degree in performance from the University of Oklahoma. She is a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate in trumpet performance at the University of Oklahoma, where she previously served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant in trumpet and coordinator of the William Adam International Trumpet Seminar. She is currently on staff as the trumpet instructor at Norman Public Schools and also maintains a private studio.
Christi is an endorsing artist for Conn-Selmer/Bach and Robinson’s Remedies.