©2019 by Jollyville Brass Quintet.

Our mission is to strengthen the local community with musical experiences that engage and empower our audiences. We do this by hosting​ concerts at a variety of community centers ​throughout Austin; playing music that will be familiar and accessible to all audiences; and finding unique ways to give back to the community during those concerts.​

The name comes from a neighborhood in North Austin, and was chosen as a way to claim our commitment to spreading joy and to affirm our home in Texas.

JBQ is the artist in residence at University Baptist Church.
We send our thanks and gratitude to the congregation
for their generosity and encouragement.

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CORE MEMBERS

MICHAEL CROSA

Michael studied music at the University of North Carolina where his involvement included the drum and trumpet lines of the Marching Tar Heels, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and serving as the official Master Bell Ringer. He has since been involved with a variety of other musical performance styles, his favorite of which was playing Dave Bukatinsky in The Full Monty at Asheville Community Theater. He is the founder, director, and occasional percussionist for JBQ.

 

Michael holds a master's degree from Texas A&M in Education Administration and currently works in the Office of the Dean of Students at UT Austin. He would like to recommend trying peanut butter as a condiment on your next burger!

Photo Credit: Reggie Tidwell

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BRIAN ROUTSON

Brian began playing horn and trumpet in grade school, during which time he performed in various chamber ensembles, youth orchestras, and regional honors bands.  In high school, he was the recipient of the Schuler scholarship and the John Philip Sousa Band Award.  As an undergraduate, he studied music theory at the Frost School of Music in Coral Gables, Florida.  Brian has performed with many amateur and semi-professional groups over the years.  Aside from the JBQ, you may currently find him performing with the Central Texas Medical Orchestra, helping to raise money for medical charities in Texas.

 

Brian holds a postgraduate diploma in strategy from Heriot-Watt University, where he is currently pursuing a doctorate in business administration.  Other than business strategy and finance, his non-musical interests include geocaching, indoor rock climbing, playing Magic: the Gathering, and ballroom dancing with his beautiful wife, Debra.  Brian's favorite superhero is Wolverine; his favorite ice cream is mint oreo fudge; his favorite dinosaur is Stegosaurus, and a word that he thinks people should use more often is 'desuetude'.

Photo Credit: Cassie Marcelo

BRIAN GREEN

Brian has been playing the trombone for more than 45 years. Since moving to Austin in 1993 he has enjoyed the thriving musical culture of the city and its environs, and has played with a wide variety of groups including the Buda Philharmonic (No Strings Attached) Orchestra, the Austin Jazz Band, the Central Texas Medical Orchestra and the Austin New Horizons Band. Recently retired from his demanding career in the semiconductor industry, Brian is looking forward to even greater explorations of his life-long passion for music.

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RICHARD DAYRIES

Richard began playing trumpet in grade school after being told his fingers were ‘too short’ to play saxophone. Undeterred, Richard played trumpet though intermediate and high school, performing in the school’s concert, marching, and jazz bands. More recently, Richard has performed with the Central Texas Medical Orchestra. 

 

Richard graduated from UT Austin with a Mathematics degree and currently works at UT in the IT department. If you’re a fan of spicy food, his homemade red beans and rice are ‘the best in Texas.’

Photo Credit: Cassie Marcelo

DANIEL NÁJERA

Daniel is a cool dude who does cool things. He plays trumpet, saxophones, and tuba meaning that he can fill several roles within the group. He's a freelance musician in Austin.

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Interested?

We're currently looking for player to join us as a core member.

The instrument is somewhat flexible, what's more important is that you're a creative person who wants to try new things.

Is that you?