MEMBERS OF THE

VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA 

SAXOPHONES

Dick Oatts

Lead alto & Artistic Director

Band member since 1977

Rich Perry

Tenor saxophone

Band member 1977-80 & 1991-present

Billy Drewes

Alto and soprano saxophone

Band member since 1991

Ralph Lalama

Tenor saxophone

Band member since 1983

Gary Smulyan

Baritone saxophone

Band member since 1980

TRUMPETS

Nick Marchione

Lead trumpet

Band member since 2005

Terell Stafford

Band member since 2005

John Chudoba

Band member since 2016

Scott Wendholt

Band member since 1997

TROMBONES

Marshall Gilkes

Lead trombone

Joined band in 2019

Dion Tucker

Joined band in 2019

Jason Jackson

Band member since 1998

Douglas Purviance

Bass trombone & business manager

Band member since 1978

RHYTHM SECTION

Adam Birnbaum

Piano

Joined band in 2019

David Wong

Bass

Band member since 2009

John Riley

Drums

Band member since 1992

COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE

Jim McNeely