Greg is a lifelong resident of Stratford, Texas. He has a great passion for music. He has been involved with music for a long time, finding his love of jazz just a few years back. "I started listening to music and bands in the Amarillo area....I absolutely love live music and after attending several jazz events, I just knew I wanted to sing all of those great standards. I have had the opportunity to sing with some great musicians not only in the jazz community, but in the gospel world as well." Greg has sang with the Gaither's and several Gaither artists......Gordon Mote, Kevin Williams, The Martins, Charlotte Ritchie....to name a few. He has even had the honor of singing at the world famous Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. "I have had the honor of singing with some great groups around the country, I can't believe how blessed I am to get to do this."
Greg founded the Tradewinds in 2019, and hopes to sing with them for many years to come. He enjoys singing, golf, fishing, flying, and spending time with his wife Marsha, his kids and grandkids.
Dr. James Barger is the saxophone professor at West Texas A&M University in addition to teaching jazz improvisation lesson, directing the university’s Jazz Ensemble II, and overseeing the University Pep Band. Comfortable both on the concert stage as well as in a jazz setting, James is in demand as a clinician, soloist, and with his award-winning saxophone quartet, Mirasol, of which he is a founding member and the soprano chair.
As a jazz and commercial musician, James has played with Smooth Condition, Pizzazz, Thelonious Funk, The Esquire Big Band, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Crystal Gayle, and Lee Greenwood and has also performed with the traveling shows The Rat Pack is Back! and The Beatles Classical Mystery Tour. You can also hear James as a woodwind doubler with the Amarillo Little Theatre, having performed in productions of Legally Blonde, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Sister Act, 9 to 5, Les Miserables, Young Frankenstein, and many more. Currently, he is the saxophonist with Big G and The Tradewinds and he collaborates frequently with jazz musicians in the Amarillo area.
When he is not performing music, James enjoys relaxing outdoors, reading a good book, drinking craft beer and way too much coffee, and spending time with his wife Brianne and their dog Cashew.
James is a proud performing artist for Conn-Selmer Saxophones and D’Addario Woodwinds and performs on their products. For more information, visit www.james-barger.com
Dr. Dan Hanson, is a graduate of Texas Tech University and the University of North Texas with degrees in music theory and composition. Hanson served as Director of Jazz Studies at South Plains College and as Jazz Band director at Lubbock Christian University before serving 28 years as Director of Instrumental Ensembles at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He also taught all courses in music theory, composition, popular music, percussion, and instrumental band methods. Hanson earned the USAO Regents Award for Superior Teaching twice. As an entertainer, Hanson has performed with Bob Hope, Eddie Fontaine, T. Gozney Thornton, Gary Burton, Mundell Lowe, Lou Marini, Jr., Max Gail, Lloyd Maines, Johnny Rogers, The Otwell Twins and many others. “Dr. Dan” is a published composer and enjoys writing for concert band, choir and piano. Hanson has recently taught courses in popular music, jazz piano, and aural skills at West Texas A&M University in Canyon. Hanson performs regularly in the Amarillo area as a pianist, keyboardist and percussionist in all styles.
Jorge Rojas is an Ecuadorian bassist and graduated from Universidad San
Francisco de Quito College of Music with a bachelor’s in arts in contemporary performance. He is a full-time student at West Texas A&M, majoring in mechanical engineering.
Jorge has shared different stages of his local city with different bands
and soloist singers ranging from rock, pop, salsa, blues and jazz, where he
recorded several albums and videos. He also worked as a high school music
teacher in Quito-Ecuador for a couple of years.
He moved to the US in 2018, after a few months he got to know the local
musicians in Amarillo. He has played with most of the jazz combos, small and
big bands in the city, rock-pop local bands and churches. He has been with the Tradewinds since their beginning in 2019.
Corey Nance is a trombone player from Dallas who is finishing hp his music performance degree at West Texas A&M. He's performed with the WT Symphony for 5 years and is also a member of the 3.14 lota Pi Big Band. In addition, he loves to teach trombone and has recently culminated that passion in the Buff Bone initiative. The BBI is a community outreach program through The WT Trombone Studio where high school students have the opportunity to learn and perform in a trombone choir with others from Amarillo and the surrounding area. You'll most likely see him leading the WT Pep Band, affectively known as the "Band in the Box".
Ben Smeaton was born and raised in Amarillo, TX. He belongs to a highly musical family and has played drums and percussion since early childhood. He has played with a variety of local bands and combos across many genres, as well as backing his cousin, singer songwriter Maggie Burt. He has performed with the Polk Street United Methodist choir and worship band, and was a member of Amarillo College’s vocal jazz ensembles, with whom he had the pleasure of performing multiple times at the Greeley Jazz festival in Colorado before graduating with an associates degree in general studies.
Anthony Vickery was born and raised in Odessa, Texas. The third child of a musical family, Anthony began playing guitar and piano at the age of 10. His passion for music was further realized through his work as a Music Minister for multiple church communities in Midland/Odessa and the Panhandle.
Anthony holds an Associates Degree in Music from Odessa College, a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Music Education, and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from West Texas A&M University. He will begin his first year of teaching as the High School Choir Director at Borger High School in the 2021-2022 school year.
Anthony is a proud cat-dad to Jude, Lucy, and Sophie. He can’t wait to continue to grow his musical family with his wife Nakita, who is the choir director at San Jacinto Christian Academy.
Sergio is a local commercial trumpet player from the Amarillo area. He was born in Palau Coahuila, Mexico, but was raised in Borger, Texas. He has attended Amarillo College and received his Associates in Music Education/Performance in 2020, and will soon receive his second Associate's in Business Administration in 2022. He has performed in various venues across the Lubbock and Panhandle area, and has gigged in bands including; The Sharp 4, "A" Town Rockers, The Esquire Jazz Band, Khiva Shriner Stage Band, The Fwoops, and Ruth Ellen Lynch Band. Sergio competed in the TCCBDA College All-State Jazz Band in 2020 representing Amarillo College, and received the 4th Chair Solo Trumpet Part which performed at the TMEA Convention in San Antonio. This All-State Jazz band was directed by Lynn Seaton, an original member of the Count Basie Orchestra. Sergio has received the Outstanding Soloist Award in 2019 with the Amarillo College Jazz Ensemble at the Greeley Jazz Festival in Greeley, Colorado. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, fishing, running, and listening to music.
Marcus grew up in the Detroit area and started playing drums at age nine. He played in marching, concert, and jazz bands in high school and was a featured player soloist in the Utica high school Jazz band and the percussion section leader of the marching band. He furthered his musical education studying music/percussion at Macomb community college and Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN.
He started teaching privately at age 20 and grew his private teaching studio into one of the largest in metro Detroit. He’s always stayed busy playing as a freelance drummer with countless wedding, cover, original, and jazz bands around metro Detroit. He moved to Amarillo in 2016 and is currently teaching privately at Tarpley’s Music. He’s the full time drummer in The Solano Project, but also freelances as a drummer in The Tradewinds, Strange Saints, and other local acts. He also tours regularly with Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils.
Marcus has had the amazing opportunity to share his love of drumming and teaching with drummers in Gabon, Africa. He has helped start and run drum camps in Libreville, Gabon.
In 2019 Marcus was hired as a fill in drummer for a couple weeks with the Beijing band Eluvia in China on tour.
Austin Brazille is an incredible musician who resides in Amarillo, Texas. You will see him playing with numerous jazz ensembles, trios, and even solo. He also likes to rock it out with the Velvet Funk Band. Austin is an incredible addition to the Tradewinds lineup and we are very fortunate to have him.
Dillon Martin is from Odessa, Texas. He is currently enrolled at WTAMU and is studying saxaphone under Dr. James Barger