Brendan McMurphy – Trumpet
Brendan McMurphy graduated from Washington State University with a Master of Arts in Music with a Jazz emphasis and a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet performance, but requires no stunt double when it comes to his second instrument, the drums. An intuitive and musically sensitive musician with persuasive rhythmic and harmonic concept, Brendan is well versed in both jazz and classical performance as well as many popular forms.
His composition “Somewhere, Someplace” was featured in the Fall 2009 edition of Jazziz magazine. He also co-wrote the theme song and soundtrack music for “The Last Chapter”, an independent short film.
He has performed with the Washington Idaho Symphony, in addition to various Jazz big band & small group jazz combo settings throughout the Pacific Northwest. He is currently on faculty at Holy Names Music Center, where he runs “The Jazz Factory” a weekly class teaching jazz performance skills to a small group of High School aged students.
Jennifer Scriggins Brummett – French Horn
Jennifer Scriggins Brummett received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a Master of Music degree at Southern Methodist University. She has been Principal Horn of the Spokane Symphony since 2002 and a member of the Solstice Quintet 2004-2009. Prior to joining the Spokane Symphony, Jennifer played Assistant Horn in the Fort Worth Symphony 1996-2002 and subbed in the Dallas Symphony, including recordings of Prokoviev’s Scythian Suite, Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony and Mahler Symphonies 2, 3, and 6.
Jennifer has performed at the Tanglewood Institute, the Chautauqua Festival, the Waterloo Festival, the Spoleto USA Festival, the Music in the Mountains Festival (Durango 1991-2000), and as Principal Horn of the Utah Opera Festival. She performed with the Solstice Quintet at the Orcas Center in June of 2007. Jennifer is on faculty at Gonzaga University and Whitworth University. As a soloist, she has performed the Schumann Konzertstuck with the Florida West Coast Symphony, the Mozart Concerto No. 2 with the Spokane Symphony, the Saint-Saens Morceau de Concert with the Spokane Falls Concert Band, the Britten Serenade with the Texas Chamber Orchestra, and many others. Ms. Brummett also played Principal Horn on Frank Sinatra’s Diamond Jubilee International Tour.