Daniel Aston is currently assigned as a tuba player with the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) Band at Fort Campbell, KY. He has been serving on active duty with the United States Army Music Program for 17 years and he was recently awarded the Colonel Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician award. As an Army musician, his performing duties include performing with the ceremonial band, as well as a chamber musician and soloist. In 2018, while assigned to the 399th Army Band, his quintet, “The Missouri Brass,” competed against Music Performance Teams across the entire U.S. Army and was selected as The Music Performance Team of the Year. In 2017, he performed in recital with Mr. Jim Cipriano at the Great Plains and Southeast Tuba Euphonium conferences. In 2015, he toured the Northeastern United States with the U.S. Air Force Heritage Brass. Throughout his career, he has performed as a soloist with the 392nd Army Band, the 2nd Infantry Division Band, and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band.
Mr. Aston has also enjoyed many performance opportunities while off-duty. He has performed with the Fayetteville Symphony, the Virginia Wind Symphony, the Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble, the Virginia Peninsula Corps Band, and the National Capital Band of the Salvation Army. Most recently, he has enjoyed the opportunities to perform with the Cumberland Winds and the Music City Brass Ensemble. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Thomas Edison State University and he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. He has studied with Gil Long, Michael Sanders, Sheryl Linch-Parker, Kelly Hardee-Wheeler, Robert Pruzin, Jeff Cortazzo, Dennis Bubert, Vern Kagarice, and James Miller.
Gil Long teaches both university-level and precollege tuba and euphonium.
Nashville native. BMA, (1975) University of Louisville. Principal Tuba: Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra (1975-1978), Nashville Symphony Orchestra (1978-present), Nashville Ballet and Nashville Opera, Nashville Chamber Brass Society, Nashville Contemporary Brass Quintet.
Performances with the Louisville Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band, Belmont Brass Quintet, Blair Brass Quintet, Middle Tennessee State University Brass Quintet.
Teaches at Belmont and Vanderbilt Universities, Sewanee Summer Music Festival (1975-2000). Personnel Manager: Nashville Symphony Orchestra (1979-1981).
Solo performances: Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Chamber Brass Society, Fish Creek Music Festival, Southeastern Horn Conference, Middle Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble. Freelance and studio work in Nashville. Recorded with Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band, Nashville Contemporary Brass Quintet, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Larnell Harris, Sandy Patty, Crystal Gayle, Garth Brooks, Box Car 20, Jars of Clay, Yusuf (Cat Stevens), Faith Hill, Ronnie Milsap, David Clydesdale, CNN, American Airlines, ESPN, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Ernest Goes to Jail, Ernest Goes to Camp, The Johnny Cash Show, brass quintet CD, Classical Brass and Classical Wedding, for Green Hill Productions, multiple recordings with the Nashville Symphony of which Made in America won a Grammy. Manages Aardworks.com, a brass publishing company.
Chris Warpool, tuba, is currently entering his 21st year as band director at White House Middle School. Mr. Warpool is a graduate of White House High School and has a B.S. in Music Education from Austin Peay State University. Some of his teachers include Gil Long, Brad Kinney, Bob Lee and Bill McMinn. Mr. Warpool freelances throughout the Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky area.