Brass Faculty

A photo of William Lake

Interim Brass
Director: Dr. William Lake


  • Graham Breedlove

    Adjunct Faculty, JAZZ TRUMPET, Braddock Road Brass Band, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Jazz Times magazine writes: “Breedlove has chops…and is the leader of a tight, forceful band”. has called Graham Breedlove “A trumpet player with an exquisite tone and provocative harmonic ideas…Breedlove exhibits great control and cranks out some head-turning melodic ideas”.
  • Aaron Eckert

    Adjunct Faculty, JAZZ TROMBONE, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Aaron Eckert, originally from Belleville, IL, is a trombonist with the U.S. Army Blues, the premier jazz ensemble of the Army.
  • Dennis Edelbrock

    Adjunct Faculty, TRUMPET, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Dennis Edelbrock has performed with The United States Army Band and the Army Brass Quintet since 1975. Since that time, he has also written music used frequently at official state ceremonies at the White House, NBC’s “Christmas in Washington”, country music’s televised show “Nashville Now”, as well as music used in the opening ceremonies for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and Special Olympics.
  • Kevin Gebo

    Adjunct Faculty, TRUMPET, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

      Dr. Kevin Gebo is an internationally performing trumpeter as well as a freelance musician and soloist in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Dr. Gebo frequently travels as a guest performer and clinician to universities and festivals and has been on faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University and West Chester University as Adjunct Professor of Trumpet.
    • Mark Jenkins

      Adjunct Applied Faculty, EUPHONIUM, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

      Dr. Mark Jenkins began his musical studies on the euphonium at the age of 11 in his home state of Nevada. During his early studies, he was awarded top honors at state, regional and international solo competitions, including the Nevada Governor’s Scholarship to attend the prestigious Interlochen Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and 1st prize at the 1996 Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Competition.
    • William Lake

      Director of CONCERT BANDS/Interim Director of BRASS, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

      Dr. William L. Lake, Jr. is the Director of Concert Bands at the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music at George Mason University. He also currently serves as Interim Director of Brass.
    • Adjunct Faculty, HORN, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

      James Nickel has served as Third horn with the National Symphony Orchestra since 2008. Previously, he was the Assistant Principal horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Associate Principal Horn with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
    • Michael Nickens

      Director of ATHLETIC BANDS, TUBA, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

      Serving as Director of Campus Life Ensembles and Collaborative Arts, and as an Associate Professor of Music, Dr. Michael W. Nickens (a.k.a. Doc Nix) is most recognized as the leader of the “Green Machine”, which in 2015 was named the #1 pep band in college basketball by the NCAA and commended by the Senate and House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
    • David Perkel Headshot

      Adjunct Faculty, TROMBONE, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

      Dr. David Perkel, is a versatile orchestral and jazz artist. He was a titled member of the Richmond Symphony and has performed with many other orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, and the Harrisburg Symphony.
    • William (David) Porter

      Adjunct Faculty, TUBA, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

      William D. (David) Porter is a retired CMSgt from The United States Air Force Band, Washington D.C. During his 24 year career there, he played tuba with The Concert Band, The Ceremonial Brass and The Symphony Orchestra.