Members of the Eclipse Wind Trio
Tyler Graves - Trumpet
Tyler Graves, a native of Wickliffe, Ohio, is a freelance trumpet player and instructor. He is a well-rounded player, able to play both classical and jazz music and on an assortment of trumpets (including Bb, C, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet and Eb).
Tyler is currently in his first year at Miami University, where he is working towards his Master’s Degree in Music Performance. He studies with Professor James Olcott and is a member of the Miami Faculty Brass Quintet. At Miami, Tyler is principal trumpet of the Miami Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, which will be performing at the 2012 OMEA conference, and a member of the Jazz Band and Brass Choir.
Since, arriving in Oxford Tyler has performed with the Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, local churches in the Oxford-Cincinnati region, and was a substitute for the Middletown Symphony Orchestra. Other past performances include those at local churches in the Clevleand and Ada area, and performances with Cleveland’s Gabriel’s Horns, and the Tri-C Community Orchestra. Tyler has also worked as a trumpet instructor for high school band camps across Ohio, and is sure to always have a studio as well, including one currently in Oxford, Ohio.
Tyler obtained his bachelor of music in performance at Ohio Northern University. There, he studied trumpet with Dr. David Kosmyna and had the opportunity to play a concerto with the Wind Orchestra (Essays by Gary Ziek). Also while at Ohio Northern he worked with Gene Parker, became a brother of Phi Mu Alpha and Kappa Kappa Psi, and was involved in a variety of ensembles, including the pit orchestra.
After receiving his masters, Tyler plans to continue on to doctoral school, while continuing to perform and instruct. He also plans to begin to take auditions, and win a position as a professional trumpeter.
Matt Swallow - Saxophone
Matthew James Swallow is a saxophonist and music educator from Western Pennsylvania. He is known for his skills on the instrument, playing fluently in both genres of classical and jazz styles Swallow serves as a role model in performing and educating young musicians in developing skills and appreciating the musical arts.
Swallow began his interest in saxophone studies at the age of 10 and instantly became the instrument that would carry him all through middle/high school and undergraduate studies. In 2009, Swallow graduated from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education and Saxophone Performance (Magna Cum Laude). During his time at Slippery Rock, he studied with Mr. Terry Steele and Dr. Jeremy Long. Swallow had the privilege to perform with the SRU Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Stephen Hawk and took his talent to various venues, including the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland and North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Holland in the Summer of 2006. He also has made appearances performing with the Butler Symphony Orchestra performing on George Gershwin’s American in Paris and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Swallow has performed with the Slippery Rock Saxophone Quartet, which included a performance at the 2009 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 8 Conference. Over the past few years, Swallow has provided instruction on saxophone and clarinet privately and in the public schools along with performances in local high school musicals.
Recently, Swallow completed his degree of Master of Music in Performance at Miami University of Ohio in the Spring of 2013. During his time at Miami, he served as a Graduate Assistant for the Miami University Department of Music. His major contribution of research to this institution was on Microtones: A Sound Extension of the Saxophone. He was selected as a finalist in the 2011 Miami University Concerto Competition and invitation to perform with the 2012 OMEA All-Star Collegiate Jazz Ensemble. He was the principle saxophonist in the Miami University Saxophone Quartet, which this chamber group performed at the 2013 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 5 Conference. Swallow was also a member of the Miami University Wind Ensemble, Miami University Symphony Orchestra, and Miami University Jazz Ensemble. These large ensembles performed at Carnegie Hall in the fall of 2012.
Currently, Swallow is continuing his graduate studies at West Virginia University pursuing for candidacy in Doctor of Musical Arts in saxophone performance under the supervision of Dr. Michael Ibrahim. Swallow is a part of WVU’s graduate saxophone quartet, which will be participating in the 2013-2014 MTNA Chamber Music Competition. He is also a member of the Eclipse Wind Trio, which recently performed in the 2012 Fresh Inc Festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin and the 2012 Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival in New York City. This group is highly active in the commissioning of new works including works by composers Eric Knechtges and John Clark.
Current Saxophone Configurations
Soprano: Selmer Paris Series III with Selmer C* (Classical) & D (Jazz) Mouthpieces
Alto: Selmer Paris Series II (with Selmer Series III Goldbrass Neck classical enhancement) with Vandoren Optimum AL 3 (Classical) & Meyer 6M (Jazz)
Tenor: Selmer Paris Series II with Vandoren Optimum TL 3 (Classical) & Otto Link 7 (Jazz)
Bari: Selmer C* (Classical) & Berg Larsen 100/2 (Jazz)