Marcell Bellinger: trumpet, baritone, trombone, french horn, piano

After an introduction initiated by local music professor Patrick Dorian, Marcell Bellinger began his studies under world-class trumpeter Terell Stafford at Temple University. During his college years, Bellinger worked as a band leader, arranger and composer. While building his reputation on the Philadelphia music scene, he has had the opportunity to share the stage with several jazz greats such as: Randy Brecker, Charles McPherson, Benny Golson, and Urbie Green. Along with jazz performances, Bellinger has made several appearances with Jeff Bradshaw’s R&B group Brass Heaven and a special performance with Chuck Brown and The Roots.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Temple, he continued his musical education at New Jersey City University. While at NJCU, Bellinger studied trumpet with Joe Magnarelli and composition with pianist Joel Weiskopf. Just a train ride away, Bellinger performed at various venues in Manhattan such as Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Orbit and The Garage. 
In addition to performing, the spark of educating young musicians was ignited. Due to his positive mentoring experience, he felt compelled to give back. Marcell began coaching young musicians at the Calhoun Summer Jazz Camp in Manhattan. He has done similar work at the COTA Jazz Camp in Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. After receiving his master’s degree, Marcell was given the opportunity to perform and teach, for many summers, at the Birch Creek Performing Arts Center in Door County, Wisconsin. He taught beginning jazz theory and served as a trumpet teaching assistant at the Jazz House Kids Summer Jazz Camp in Montclair, New Jersey from 2012 to 2015, and an after school ensemble director in the Havertown School District. Additionally, from 2012 to 2018 Bellinger served as a teaching artist for the Jazz House Kids educational outreach program in Newark, NJ. 
Now residing in Philadelphia, Bellinger is an adjunct professor at Temple University and instructor at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts.  He has collaborated with the Philadelphia Jazz Project on a variety of concert series, one of which resulted in a live album of his original compositions inspired by artist Norman Lewis. In his quest for knowledge, Marcell continues to study various musical subjects with Philadelphia stalwart music performer and industry maven John Vanore. He remains an active arranger, composer and trumpet player. Since music has made such a difference in his life, Bellinger continues his commitment to use music to positively influence people--young or old--wherever he goes.
 

Matti Beresin: guitar, music production, song writing

Matti Beresin is a professional music producer, composer and musician born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. He began his music studies at Philadelphia's Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. Matti studied guitar at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, and received his Bachelors from Temple University in Media Studies and Production. He has played guitar for over a decade, produced for over 8 years, and recently received a RIAA Gold Certification in March of 2021. 

To hear some of the music he has been a part of you can visit: https://genius.com/artists/Matti-free

Adrianna McCaw: Piano & Voice

Adrianna McCaw is an accomplished pianist, vocalist, composer, and songwriter based in Chester County, PA. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts with a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree with emphases in Music, Music Industry, Theatre, Religious Studies, and History. During her time at WVU she studied Music Composition under Dr. Matthew Heap, writing original chamber, choral, and solo pieces, as well as an original album of Contemporary Christian songs entitled Enough, which was released in July 2022.

On piano, she has accompanied both vocal and instrumental soloists, as well as numerous church, school, and university choirs, performing in places such as the Pennsylvania Capital Building and Hershey Park. Vocally, Adrianna has performed with the West Virginia University Women’s Choir, Community Choir, and auditioned Chamber Singers, as well as been featured as a vocalist in bands across eastern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. Her original choral pieces have been performed by multiple school and church choirs in the area, as well as by the West Virginia University Community Choir. Adrianna also has experience with the music and recording industry, working in a studio setting as a musician, vocalist, and producer.  

Adrianna has taught many music students of varying ages and skill levels on a variety of instruments and believes in fostering a passion for music and performing from a young age. She has experience performing, composing, and teaching many styles and genres of music, including Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, Classical, Christian/Gospel, and Jazz. She focuses on individualized learning and creating an environment where students can reach their full musical potential.

 

 Listen to Adrianna’s debut album Enough on YouTube here.

Emma Sullivan: Cello

Born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois near the Chicagoland area, Emma Sullivan has had the privilege of exposure to Classical Music her entire life. After five years of formal cello lessons, she enrolled in Merit School of Music’s Tuition Free Conservatory at the age of 14. There she studied cello under Herine Coetzee Koshak and Christopher Fiore and was eventually given the opportunity to play in Merit’s Honors String Quartet, a competing chamber ensemble that represented Merit School of Music in Masterclasses and other events. Upon her graduation, she was awarded the Neal Abarbanell College Scholarship.

At Drake University, where Emma received her Bachelors in Music Performance, she was a recipient of the LaVerne Sedrel Briggs Endowed Cello Scholarship through her Cello Professor, Dr. Ashley Sidon. She went on to complete her Master’s in Music at University of Delaware, studying with Dr. Lawrence Stomberg. Throughout her musical education, she has had the privilege of performing in master classes with musicians such as Matt Haimovitz, Zlatomir Fung, Yo-Yo Ma, and Anthony Ross.

Now an active performer, Emma’s musical passions include playing chamber music and teaching cello.  She has taught a variety of students, in terms of skill level and ages, both online and in person. Through her positive attitude and tips for a healthy practice mentality, she strives as a teacher to ensure that her students are always proud of their work while also helping them to develop their technical skill in the practice room.

Coby Haynes: drums

Drummer Coby Haynes is an accomplished performer, band-leader and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. Despite his young age, Coby not only has over a decade of formal musical training but also years of professional experience in the industry. Accepted into the acclaimed Marian Anderson Performance Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Coby studied Jazz drumming with Josh Orlando and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Music and a concentration in Jazz & Popular Music Studies.

Coby has always balanced a long standing deep academic drive with his love and passion for music, and ultimately his professional career. As a High School student, he juggled the rigorous academic workload, with a tenure as Class President, all while pursuing a career, spending weekends playing gigs along the East Coast. During his time at UPenn, Coby partnered with the Penn Museum to develop the “Jazz Combos Web Series” which featured renowned Jazz scholar Ingrid Monson and award-winning flutist Nicole Mitchell. While working towards his degree, Coby also spent months on the road touring nationally with bands such as Bleary Eyed and  The Obsessives. In addition to this performance experience, Coby has worked with many industry professionals including Grammy-nominated producer Will Yip.

Currently, Coby does freelance session work in addition to teaching virtual drum lessons. His capabilities span a wide range of different musical styles and idioms including Jazz, Hip-Hop and Punk. He is a driven and creative artist with a love for sharing the joy that music has brought him.

Check out more of Coby’s work here:

DRUM MACHINE  - JOEY cobin

The Obsessives - Lala (Official Music Video)

Sophie Fortunato: violin

Sophie Fortunato started playing the violin at the age of five. She pursued her studies in Philadelphia, PA with Yayoi Numazawa, a longtime member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and later at the Peabody Conservatory, where she graduated with her Bachelors degree in Violin Performance. Now a recent graduate of Louisiana State University with a Masters degree in Performance, Sophie has been residing in Kennett Square and freelancing in the area. Sophie has soloed with the Rose Tree Pops and has performed in masterclasses with Richard Roberts, Violaine Melançon, Gerardo Ribeiro, and Mauricio Fuks. While in Louisiana, she had the pleasure of performing with multiple Grammy award-winning artists, including soprano Hila Plitmann and singer Lauren Daigle. She also credits her time at LSU for expanding her musical experiences, as she was able to take part in ensembles that performed compositions of various styles. She taught for several years as a teaching artist for Kids’ Orchestra, an after-school music initiative for the East Baton Rouge Parish schools, and is looking forward to continuing her teaching at the Mattock School of Music. 

Pat: guitar & upright bass

Tyrone Fredericks jr,: saxophone

Jason: guitar, drums, bass

Tom: audio engineering, production

Dave: piano, hammond organ, keyboards

Winston: dog stuff