Trumpets

Mark Grossen, trumpet --  Mark originally began playing the trumpet at the young age of twelve during the 5th grade at West Union Elementary. Mark continued to play through the concert, Jazz, and marching band at Hill High and later performed with the Jazz band at the University of Portland. Following college, Mark played in the Sunset Presbyterian Orchestra for the next 15 years. It wasn’t until 2011 that Mark joined the NoPo Big Band.

Matt Caldwell, trumpet -- Matt grew up in Sacramento, California, playing his trumpet in various bands and Jazz combos through high school under the nickname "Miles." He attended college in the Portland area, where he played in a Jazz combo with trombone player Mike Tolon for a short time. "I've always had a love for Jazz, and I'm excited to get back to improving my skills and learning to be an overall better musician with NoPo." Matt currently teaches Band and Choir at Portland Christian High School.

Bruce Andresen, trumpet, Treasurer, and Music Librarian -- Bruce enjoys the community focus of the group, and looks forward to sharing big band music with the North Portland neighborhood and beyond.

 Dave Chachere, trumpet -- Dave grew up in Berkeley, California and graduated from UC Santa Cruz.  In the 1980s he played regularly in a quintet with Grammy Award-winning saxaphonist Joshua Redman.  In the 1990s he was a member of the acclaimed San Francisco Jazz Mafia Collective and went on to become a founding member of reggae group Groundation.  In more than 35 years he has performed thousands of shows for audiences up to 50,000 and in more than 40 countries!