Larry Powell, Trumpet, Flugel, Guitar FX
Music Director, Founder
Larry is originally from Kentucky, born and raised just outside of Lexington. In 1984 Larry began his college education at the University of Kentucky where he studied trumpet with Vincent DiMartino. In 1985, ’86, ’87 he marched as a lead soprano and soloist with the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps from Bloomington, IN. In 1987, he enlisted in the US Air Force and was stationed at the Pentagon, working in administration. Following his enlistment he settled in Indianapolis and finished a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at the University of Indianapolis, where he has served on the faculty since 2007. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from Butler University where he studied with Marvin Perry and Dan Gosling and played under the orchestra baton of Stan DeRusha. Other notable teachers and audition coaches have been Roger Ingram, Bob Wood, and Jared Rodin.
Originally known as a lead player, Larry redirected his efforts towards the orchestral repertoire and is now Principal Trumpet with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, the Marion Philharmonic, and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. He subs frequently with many other orchestras throughout Indiana and Kentucky and is involved in the recording studios in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. He recently formed the UIndy Trumpet Ensemble and has helped form the UIndy Faculty Brass Quintet. The Forge is his main focus these days and is actively pursuing fame and vast amounts of fortune through this group. Larry is a Performing Artist for Eastman Music.
Daniel Golando, trumpet, flugel
Daniel is currently the 2nd Trumpet and Personnel Manager with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He performs frequently with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and other regional orchestras in Indiana and is in constant demand for recording sessions. He has a Bachelor in Music Education from Murray State University, and a Masters in Trumpet Pedagogy and Jazz Education from the University of North Texas. He credits the following teachers and influences on his playing, Robert Scribner, Leonard Candelaria, Allen Dean, Marvin Perry, Barry Baugess, Kris Kwapis.
Lexie Signor, trumpet, flugel, vocals
Lexie Signor is a native of Northern Michigan and holds degrees in Music Education, Trumpet Performance, Jazz Performance and Pedagogy and is recently ADB at Indiana University continuing her work on her doctorate in Trumpet Performance. She has worked with several well known artists including Keith Urban, Wayne Newton, Robin Eubanks, and Byron Stripling. She is currently the lead trumpet player for Toy Factory; one of the top R&B acts on the Indianapolis regional scene. Her recent recordings include “Canto-America” with Wayne Wallace and Michael Spiro, Mighty Brother’s “Jettison. Reprise.” and Opal Fly’s upcoming project for which she has written the horn parts and performed all the trumpet and flugelhorn tracks. Lexie is sponsored exclusively by the Marcinkiewicz Company of Canby, Oregon.
Caleb Ketcham, trombone
Caleb completed his Bachelor of Music at Oklahoma State University and recently graduated from Indiana University with a Masters Degree in Trombone Performance. While classically trained, Caleb enjoys playing in a variety of musical settings. As principal trombone, he has performed in Orchestras and Wind Ensembles at venues including CBDNA 2015 National Convention, CODA 2013 National Conference, and the 2013 Japan Band Clinic. He most recently performed at the 2015 Bloomington Early Music Festival and has been featured with Indiana University Historical Performance Institute on radio platforms such as NPR and Public Radio International. As a soloist, Caleb won the 2011 & 2013 Edwards/Big 12 Area Trombone Conference Bass Trombone Competitions, and the 2010 International Trombone Association George Roberts Solo Competition. His trombone quartet also won the 2012 Courtois Trombone Quartet Competition. His primary teachers include Peter Ellefson, Linda Pearse, and Paul Compton.
Chaz Rhodes, trombone
In 2014 Chaz earned a B.A. with Honors from the University of Indianapolis, where he studied jazz with Harry Miedema and Richard Dole and classical trombone with Blake Schlabach.
Chaz currently leads the life of a true freelancer, teaching lessons, playing shows, and recording sessions. He also spends time transcribing, and arranging. He is a regular band member of the Pork and Beans Brass Band.
Evan Conroy, bass trombone
Mack Lamont, drum set
Mack LaMont holds a BM in Percussion Performance with concentrations in Music Composition and Music Recording from the University of Indianapolis, an MM in Music Composition from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, and is currently pursuing a DMA in Music Composition at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. His composition teachers include John Berners, Michael Fiday, Joel Hoffman, and Douglas Knehans, and his percussion teachers include Paul Berns and James Culley. In addition to his focus on composition, he also leads an active career as a percussionist and music educator, and owns and operates a small recording company.