The Team

Melissa Brown

Host, producer, administrator

Melissa is a trombonist, educator, and podcaster based in the Midlands of the UK.

Melissa, alongside being a freelance performer (on trombones and euphonium) teaches individual, group, and whole class brass lessons, individual piano lessons, and whole class curricular music lessons across Leicestershire and Warwickshire. She also has a full, and flourishing, private teaching studio.

She has been interviewed and featured discussing her varied career by the British Trombone Society and the International Women's Brass Conference (for whom she is also a careers mentor (2021)). Additionally she has featured discussing her career and mental health on podcasts including MusicHERSTORY, Things Musicians Don't Talk About, and Rising Stars Podcast. 

She is a graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (class of 2013) where she studied concurrently for her Bachelors of Music and LTCL in Instrumental Teaching.


Melissa currently lives in Leicestershire with her partner Phil and 2 dogs.

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Our volunteers


Corey Nance

Corey Nance is collegiate trombonist studying at West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas. He has been running their Instagram account for about 3 years now and recently started a youth trombone choir called the Buff Bone Initiative!


Jazzmine Van Veld

Jazzmine is a master’s student and freelance trumpet player/ teacher in London, Ontario (Canada). Outside of her studies she works as a pet care provider, and enjoys spending time exploring nature with her partner and their adorable corgi.

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Steven Alesso

Steven is a euphoniumist/bass trombonist, arranger and producer based in New York City. He is a current student under Michael Lormand at the Brooklyn College conservatory of music.