Brad Kerns began studying trombone with his father in the 6th grade in Kingsport, TN. He holds a BMME from the University of Kentucky and a MM from Boston University. He has been the assistant trombone professor at the Tanglewood Institute and currently holds the same Assistant Professor ranking at the University of Kentucky. Along with the Lexington Brass Band, Brad has performed with groups ranging from the Temptations to ALEA III New Music Ensemble. Although trombone has its moments, Brad seems to always choose to spend his free time with his wife Katie , their two sons, Charley and Simon, and an overly-energetic Australian Shepherd, Sydney. For further information, see www.bradleykerns.com.
Trombonist Jessica Butler completed her doctor of musical arts and her master of arts degrees (both in trombone performance and pedagogy) at the University of Iowa, where she studied with Dr. David Gier. She achieved her undergraduate degree in trombone performance at Columbus State University, studying with Dr. Bradley Palmer. Under the direction of Dr. Robert Rumbelow, Jessica has performed and recorded in chamber and wind ensemble settings with artists such as Joseph Alessi, Jens Lindemann, John Bruce Yeh, Charlie Vernon, Phil Smith, Chris Martin, and Mark Hughes.
Jessica has been an active performer and participant at the Georgia Music Educators Association conference in Savannah, GA. She has also performed and participated in master-classes at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C. Jessica also attended the Southeastern Trombone Symposium in Columbus, GA 2010, where she won the grand prize for the S.E. Shires Solo Competition. Jessica, along with her colleagues in Low Trio, attended and performed at the International Women’s Brass Conference in June 2012 in Kalamazoo, MI. On July 14, 2012, Jessica married her high school sweetheart and best friend, Chris Butler. Jessica lives and works in Lexington with her husband as he completes his doctorate in percussion at The University of Kentucky. For further information about Jessica see jessicaducharme.com.
Originally from Madisonville, Kentucky, Tyler Simms is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Music Education degree at the University of Kentucky. Tyler performs in the UK Wind Symphony, the UK Symphony Orchestra, the UK Opera Orchestra, the UK Jazz Ensemble, and the UK Trombone Choir and Quartet
He has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic and the Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors (BAJA)
Tyler enjoys reading, architecture, football, and playing piano for church services.
Valerie L. Evans is a native of Orlando, FL. She moved here in 2000 to attend the University of Kentucky where she received her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education degree. Although Miss Evans’ initial instrument was piano, her primary is trombone, which she has been playing since age 11. Miss Evans is an adjunct faculty member at Transylvania University where she teaches Trombone (beginning Fall, 2005) and the Transylvania Jazz Ensemble (beginning Fall 2006). She also works at Tates Creek Elementary, Fayette County, as a Special Ed. Paraeducator. Outside of Transy and Tates Creek, Miss Evans maintains a small private studio of low brass students and beginning/intermediate piano students. Miss Evans is also an active freelance musician and performs regularly with the Lexington Brass Band and the Jessamine Jazz Ensemble.