Dr. Jeff Baker is the Principal Tuba/Cimbasso for the Dallas Opera Orchestra. As a freelancemusician on tuba, bass trombone, contrabass trombone, and cimbasso, he has performedwith numerous ensembles throughout the southwest including the Dallas SymphonyOrchestra, the Dallas Winds (formerly the Dallas Wind Symphony), the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and the Wichita Grand Opera. He has also been a part of over fifteen recording projects on the EPR, Klavier, Mark, Dallas Opera, and Naxos labels. He has performed with a variety of groups as a featured soloist, most notably the US Army Orchestra (Pershing’s Own) and as a concerto competition winner with the University of North Texas Symphonic Band.
Jeff received music degrees from the University of Oklahoma (BM) and the University of North Texas (MM and DMA). He is currently the Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Texas A&M University-Commerce and has served as a graduate teaching fellow at the University of North Texas as well as the applied low brass instructor at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. In his free time, Jeff enjoys camping, canoeing, and various outdoor activities with his family.
Dr. Lacey Hays, founding member and director of DFW Brass, is an active freelance musician and clinician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has performed throughout the world, including Europe, North, Central, and South America. Comfortable with varying styles, Dr. Hays has performed with Johnny Mathis numerous times, has played for Broadway Tours such as An American in Paris, A Gentelman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Matilida and If/Then in Dallas, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Verdi Opera House in Italy and the Classical Music Festival in Austria. She has also judged for the National Trumpet Competition and performed at the first-ever International Trumpet Guild Regional Conference in Oklahoma City in 2018, as well as at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in San Antonio in 2018.
Enthusiastic about teaching, Dr. Hays is on the faculty of both Mountain View College and North Central Texas College and has served on faculty at The Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain as well as the Alfredo San Malo Music Festival of Panama. She has presented master classes throughout the United States and abroad including the 2nd International Brass Festival in Mexico and has performed at numerous other festivals including The Aspen Music Festival (Colorado), Young Euro Festival (Berlin), Spoleto (Italy), Spoleto USA (South Carolina), Le Domain Forget (Canada), Great Waters International Music Festival (New Hampshire), Le Festival Bel Canto (Québec), Snape Maltings (England), Festival de Musique de Monton (France), Musica Riva Festival (Italy), and Campos do Jordao Music Festival (Brasil). In addition to participating in several recording projects, Dr. Hays can be heard on multiple DVDs, including: The Legacy, a documentary featuring the Orchestra of the Amercas where she can be heard playing principal trumpet of Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel conducting (Lobo Productions) and Messa Da Requiem with Placido Domingo conducting Verdi's Requiem which was recorded and videoed in Munich, Germany (Glor Music Productions). Dr. Hays is a member of Tau Beta Sigma, Pi Kappa Lambda, Gamma Beta Phi Academic Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, International Trumpet Guild (for which she has authored articles), International Women's Brass Conference, and Texas Music Educator's Association. She holds degrees from The University of Oklahoma (BM, BME, DMA) and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (MM). Visit www.laceyhays.com for more information and sound clips.
Dallas native Adam Miller is a founding member, and Artistic Director, of DFW BRASS and is an active performer and teacher in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Adam currently serves as Second Trumpet of both the Plano and Irving Symphonies. As a freelance artist, Adam has performed hundreds of weddings, recitals, and services in local churches and other venues over the last 20 years. He has performed with Dallas Winds (formerly the Dallas Wind Symphony), Jacksonville Symphony, the Blast of Brass Ensemble, as well as the Texas Star Brass Band.
After completing his Bachelor of Music at Southern Methodist University, Mr. Miller moved to New York City where he attended the Juilliard School. Mr. Miller had the pleasure of studying under Mark Gould, Phil Smith and Wynton Marsalis while working on his Master of Music. Upon completing his M.M. at Juilliard, Mr. Miller moved once again. This time to China where he served as Principal Trumpet of the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony. Throughout his career, he has performed with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Luciano Pavarotti, Empire Brass, Canadian Brass, Josh Groban, and Idina Menzell.
In addition to his many performances, Mr. Miller is also a successful teacher. Mr. Miller is on faculty at the Blast of Brass Camp held at Texas A&M - Commerce Campus every summer. His students have participated in honor bands including the TMEA All-State ensembles, competitions such as the National Trumpet Competition, and festivals such as the Grand Valley State Trumpet Seminar and International Trumpet Guild Conference.
Steve Peterson, co-founder of DFW BRASS, is an active teacher and performer in the Dallas and San Antonio areas. Currently he serves as Principal Trombone of the San Antonio Symphony. He has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Dallas Symphony Orchestras and frequently plays at the Vail Music Festival in Colorado with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Michigan, Mr. Peterson earned a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance from the University of Michigan where he studied with David Jacson. After the completion of his undergraduate degree he traveled and performed throughout the world before settling in Dallas where he completed a Master of Music at Southern Methodist University where he studied with John Kitzman. Steve serves as Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Richland College where he performs regularly with the Richland Faculty Jazz Ensemble.
In addition to performing with DFW BRASS, Steve is a member of Bishop Arts Brass and also performs with the Avant Chamber Ballet. In addition to his performance and teaching schedule, Mr. Peterson is an active videographer and has produced short documentaries for the Dallas Symphony, Avant Chamber Ballet, and Bosphorus Cymbal Factory. Steve's films can be seen at thepetersonproject.com
Heather Suchodolski is the Principal Horn of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. She is also an active chamber and orchestral musician and teacher in the Dallas - Fort Worth metro area. Heather performs regularly with DFW Brass, the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, and other regional ensembles throughout North Texas.
During her doctoral studies at the University of North Texas, Heather held the coveted position as a Teaching Fellow in the horn studio. Currently, she continues to instruct collegiate horn students as Faculty at Collin College in Plano. She has served on faculty at the University of Nevada – Reno, and as Interim Faculty at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX.
Outside of the collegiate setting, Heather maintains a large private studio of horn students from ten of the finest band programs in the Dallas - Fort Worth metro area. Her students successfully audition into the highly competitive All-Region Bands for Texas Music Educators Association Regions 2 and 31, as well as the All-State Bands and Orchestras. Heather’s students frequently continue to study music upon graduation from high school, continuing to foster a love of music through their university years and beyond.
Heather graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Arizona, studying with Dr. Keith Johnson and Mr. Daniel Katzen, and earned Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Texas, under the guidance of Dr. William Scharnberg. Her primary teachers include the previously listed professors, as well as Dr. Douglas Campbell, whose career was the subject of her doctoral dissertation.
When not practicing, rehearsing, performing, or helping others of the proper pronunciation of her somewhat tricky surname (it's Such-a-doll-skee), Heather enjoys painting, cooking, traveling, and good coffee.