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Deb Hogan has been teaching music for 17 years with 16 of those years at Matt’sMusic. Deb attended State University of New York at Fredonia where she received herMaster’s in Music Education. Deb is a proud veteran of the Marine Corp spending fouryears in the 3 rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band. She teaches several band instruments, witha main concentration on brass instruction. Her students consistently score highest inthe county for the NYSSMA festivals. Deb participates in several ensembles includingthe Ladies 1 st Jazz Band on trombone, Buffalo Silver Band on euphonium, and thenational award-winning Tonawanda American Legion Band on euphonium. Deb has alifelong love of learning!

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Dylan Gechoff
 

Trombone, Trumpet, Guitar and Piano

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Deb Hogan

Deb Hogan has been teaching music for 17 years with 16 of those years at Matt’sMusic. Deb attended State University of New York at Fredonia where she received herMaster’s in Music Education. Deb is a proud veteran of the Marine Corp spending fouryears in the 3 rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band. She teaches several band instruments, witha main concentration on brass instruction. Her students consistently score highest inthe county for the NYSSMA festivals. Deb participates in several ensembles includingthe Ladies 1 st Jazz Band on trombone, Buffalo Silver Band on euphonium, and thenational award-winning Tonawanda American Legion Band on euphonium. Deb has alifelong love of learning

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John Hasselback III

Buffalo New York native John Hasselback III is quickly establishing himself as a lyrical trumpet soloist and composer in New York City’s vibrant jazz scene.  Hasselback’s colorful sound is thoroughly informed by the lineage of jazz trumpet tradition, combining the sounds of yesterday with the sounds of tomorrow.

 

While attending The Hartt School of Music’s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz on a full-tuition scholarship, and The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College on a graduate talent scholarship, Hasselback was privileged to be mentored under the tutelage of master trumpeters Freddie Hendrix and Jon Faddis.  

Hasselback maintains a regular performing schedule winning top positions in the prestigious “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program of 2016”, earning recognition as “Buffalo’s Jazz Rising Star of 2017”, and The Hartford Jazz Society’s “Emerging Jazz Artist of 2018”. Hasselback is also a recipient of the 2019 Pathways to Jazz Grant.

Brendan Lanighan

A native of Buffalo, New York, trombonist, composer, and educator Brendan  Lanighan has begun to be recognized on the international stage. In the summer of 2017, he was selected as the winner of the 2017 International Trombone Festival’s J.J. Johnson Jazz  Solo Competition. In the fall of 2015, Lanighan earned degrees in Jazz Trombone Performance and Music  Education from the Eastman School of Music. During his time at Eastman, he was an active member of a vibrant Western New York music scene, developing his skills as a highly versatile musician. Also in that year, he was a finalist for the 2015 International Trombone Festival’s Carl  Fontana Competition, as well as the recipient of a Downbeat Magazine award for his arrangement of J.J. Johnson’s composition “Lament”.  

Lanighan began pursuing a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies at Juilliard in the Fall of 2018.  Since then, he has honed his skills under the tutelage of masters such as Steve Turre,  Wycliffe Gordon, Elliot Mason, and Kenny Washington. He also began working and traveling extensively with the Gordon Webster Band, one of the premier Lindy hop dance bands in the world.  

An aspiring writer, Lanighan’s compositions and arrangements for large ensemble have been played by the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble, the  Williamsville East Jazz Orchestra featuring Bill Charlap, as well as by his own groups, most notably, the Brendan Lanighan Octet. In 2014, Lanighan received an Outstanding  Arrangement Award from Downbeat magazine in recognition of his arrangement of the great trombonist J.J. Johnson’s ballad, “Lament”, for small ensemble.