Michael Attaway - Trumpet/Co-Founder
Michael Attaway, a native of the Dallas area, started his trumpet studies at the age of eleven. Since then, he has performed with some of the world’s finest musicians including Doc Severinson, members of The Juilliard School faculty, Amy Grant, Michael W Smith, Kenny G, Mannheim Steamroller, and many others. Michael currently mentors around forty trumpet students in the Prosper High School area and regularly places students in the TMEA 6A High School All Region and All State ensembles. In addition to trumpet teaching and performing, Michael is an adjunct faculty member at the Northeast campus of Tarrant County College where he teaches courses in music fundamentals and history, and he holds a position as a music teacher in the Logic School at the Covenant School in Dallas. He is the current third trumpet with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and can be seen performing with professional ensembles around the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Michael is one of the co-founders of Pursuit of Music.
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Ben Nobles - Tenor Trombone/Co-Founder
Ben Nobles is a private lessons teacher in Frisco, Prosper, and Celina Independent School Districts and is a founding member of Pursuit of Music. After graduating from L.D. Bell High School in 2012 as an all-state trombone player, Mr. Nobles received his degree in trombone performance from the University of Houston in 2016, performing in every major ensemble the University had to offer, including performing as the principal trombone player in the Moores School of Music Symphony Orchestra for three years. He returned to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area after graduating in order to assist in the growth of the music program at Prosper High School as a marching technician and a private lessons teacher to over 80 students.
Jung Moo Lee - Tuba
Jung Moo Lee is a tuba player of Center Stage Brass, a music director of Dallas Asian Wind Ensemble and a tuba instructor of Coppell ISD and Prosper ISD, where he maintains a studio of over 85 tuba students weekly. His students are selected consistently and placed in the region, area, and state and have received superior ratings at solo and ensemble festivals. He has presented master classes and summer camps with college and high school students in Seoul, Daegu, Daejeon, Jeju in South Korea, and DFW metroplex. As a teaching fellow at UNT, he taught private lessons at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as coaching brass quintets and taught an undergraduate conducting class.
Mr. Lee has performed with Daegu Symphony Orchestra, Daegu wind Orchestra, North Texas Wind Symphony, North Texas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Pops, Dallas Civic Wind Ensemble, and Meadows Wind Ensemble. He was 3rd place winner of Pusan MBC Music Competition and finalist of UNT Concerto Competition. Mr. Lee also played tuba with large and small ensembles at international music conferences and festivals, such as PASIC, ITEC, TMEA, WASBE, and Crested Butte Music Festival. Jung Moo Lee can be heard in Klavier Wind Project, Mark Records, and Crystal Records on works with the North Texas Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. Also, he recorded the solo for the Korean Movie, “Homicide Sonata (2011).”
Mr. Lee has achieved a Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance from Kei-Myung University in South Korea, a Master of Music in Tuba Performance from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Southern Methodist University and a Doctor of Musical Art (ABD) in Tuba Performance from the University of North Texas.
Megan DeRubeis - French Horn
A native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Megan DeRubeis has been playing Horn since age 12. Her interest in music stemmed from her father’s influential career as a band director and growing up listening to classical music.
She received her Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Western Michigan University, double majoring in Music Education and Horn Performance and completed her Master of Music in Horn Performance at Southern Methodist University. Ms. DeRubeis has been fortunate to study with several influential teachers including Gregory Hustis (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Lin Foulk (Western Michigan University), Richard Deane (New York Philharmonic), and David Everson (Detroit Symphony Orchestra). She has performed with numerous ensembles including the Allen Philharmonic, Center Stage Brass, The Dallas Winds, Dallas POPS, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Stonebriar Community Orchestra and Triumvirate Brass Trio.
Ms. DeRubeis is an active horn teacher and maintains a full studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where her students consistently place in All-Region and All-State ensembles. In her free time, Ms. DeRubeis enjoys swing dancing.
Dr. Richard Adams - Trumpet
Dr. Richard Adams joined the faculty of TWU in Fall 2015. He has performed with the
Dallas Opera, the Dallas Winds, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Lyric Stage (Irving),
Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, as well as other freelance performances in the Dallas/Fort Worth
and Minneapolis/St. Paul metro areas. He has performed as guest artist for the Great Plains
Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (with the Impact Brass Quintet), Texas Clarinet
Colloquium (2011 on the Jacob Double Concerto for Clarinet and Trumpet), II Internacional de
Musica Erudita de Piracicaba (2011 with the Impact Brass Quintet), and Music From Greer
(2004-2005 brass quintet). Richard recorded with the University of North Texas Wind
Symphony for several volumes of the Teaching Music Though Performance series by GIA
Publications. He also recorded for the Standard of Excellence ‘Jazz in Concert’ series published
by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company.
Prior teaching experience includes The Dallas Trumpet Workshop (2015), Adjunct
Trumpet Instructor at Abilene Christian University, and McMurry University (Fall 2014), and as
a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas. Richard was an ITG Conference
Scholarship Winner in 2006. Richard's former teachers include Keith Johnson, David Baldwin,
Gary Bordner, Karen Gustafson, James Klages and Stephen Goforth. He is a member of the
Texas Music Educator's Association, and the International Trumpet Guild. In addition to
teaching at Texas Woman's University, Richard currently maintains a private studio and he continues to be an active freelancer in the area.
Benjamin Aune - Conductor
Benjamin Aune will return to Prosper for his 16th year in music education as the new Director of Bands at
Hays Middle School in Prosper, TX. Mr. Aune will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, assist and
oversee all middle school ensembles, and teach beginner brass classes.
Mr. Aune most recently comes from Celina ISD where he was the director of bands for Celina High
School. During his time there, the program grew by over 100% and all ensembles routinely received
“Superior” ratings at UIL competitions and festivals. The Bobcat Marching Band was an area qualifier at
the UIL level and was a silver medalist at the Bands of America DFW regional.
Before his time in Celina, Mr. Aune was a member of the staff in Prosper ISD. There, he team-taught a
number of different ensembles grades 6-12 as a brass specialist under the guidance of John Alstrin.
During Mr. Aune’s time in Prosper, ensembles routinely were awarded “Superior” contest ratings,
named “Most Outstanding” at festivals and contests, and increased in membership by nearly 50%. The
Prosper High School Marching Band qualified for the 5A Region 24 Marching Band Finals for the first
time in school history.
From 2012-2014 Mr. Aune was on the campus of Texas Christian University. As a Master conducting
student of Mr. Bobby R. Francis, Mr. Aune assisted with all aspects of the TCU band program as a
Graduate Associate to the University Bands. In addition to giving music education lectures to
undergraduate students, Mr. Aune rehearsed and conducted the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and
the Horned Frog Marching Band. Mr. Aune was awarded his Master of Music in Wind Conducting in
May of 2014.
Prior to his appointment at TCU, Mr. Aune learned from Christine Cumberledge as the Associate Band
Director at Central Junior High School in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD. There his duties included
conducting and rehearsing a number of award winning ensembles including two Concert bands, the Jazz
band, and instructing the beginning brass and percussion classes. During the 2009-2010 academic year,
Mr. Aune was named the District Teacher of the Year for HEB ISD and was nominated as a finalist in
Region XI for State Teacher of the Year. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Mr. Aune held
the same position at Vivian Field Middle School in Carrollton – Farmers Branch ISD studying under Tricia
Crowder before moving to HEB.
Mr. Aune received his B.A. in Music Education from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. During
his studies, he received multiple performance awards as well as the Jones Fine Arts award for
outstanding musicianship. His principal instruments are the bass trombone and trombone, which he
studied under Chris Branagan. During Mr. Aune’s undergraduate work, he played in a variety of different
ensembles including the Symphonic Winds, Jazz Band, and Orchestra under the direction of Keith Dye.
In addition to his studies, he also provided private instrument instruction to a number of band programs
in the Seguin area. Mr. Aune did his student teaching at Reagan High School in San Antonio, TX
benefiting from the instruction of Mark and Carol Chambers.
Mr. Aune is a graduate of L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, TX. Mr. Aune was influenced greatly by many
great band directors in high school including Joe Grzybowski, Steve Madsen, Jeremy Earnhart, Michael
Boone, Brian Youngblood, and John Pollard.
Mr. Aune is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Pi Kappa Lambda Music
Honor Society. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife of 12 years Lindsey, sons
Anders (7), Abraham (3), and daughter Adaline (5). He is an avid follower of all TCU sports and is a life-
long fan of the Minnesota Vikings.
Dr. Jason Oliver - Euphonium/Trombone
Originally from Orlando, FL., Jason began playing the trombone at the age of 11. An accomplished soloist and performer from an early age, Dr. Oliver was the recipient of the Florida Music Teachers Association annual concerto competition for the brass division and earned a full music scholarship to the University of Central Florida. He attended the University of New Mexico for his Graduate work and was awarded a teaching assistantship in the jazz department where he directed the 2nd jazz band. Upon completion of his graduate work in New Mexico, he moved to the north Texas area where he began his doctoral studies at the University of North Texas. He graduated in 2010 with the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trombone performance and a minor in music theory.
An experienced performer in many genres of music, Dr. Oliver has toured the United States and Canada with the Glenn Miller Jazz Orchestra and the Jimmy Dorsey Band. His orchestral experience has included performances with the Dallas Pops, Sherman Symphony, Plano Symphony, Irving Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and the New Mexico Symphony. While living in Florida, he was also a musician for the Walt Disney World Company and Sea World where he played for various special events and occasions.
Today, Jason can be heard performing as a founding member of the Center Stage Brass and InVersion Band Dallas (Top 40 / Cover Band).