TRUMPET 1 - Terry Gregson
Terry Gregson is the owner/operator of G&G Music in Maple Ridge. He has a degree in music, is certified in band instrument repairs and piano tuning/repairs. He has taught music lessons since 1977 in private studios, high schools and community bands. He has been a professional performer since the age of 19 and continues to play in 9 bands. Terry often teaches clinics at schools throughout Vancouver and the lower mainland. He has studied at the Vancouver Academy as well as with Robert Jordan, Bruce Clausen, Bob Day, Hemme Luttjeboer and Len Whitely, to name a few. Terry joined FAT Jazz in 1992.
Terry plays on a LeBlanc trumpet with a 3c mouthpiece.
TRUMPET 2 - Ron Davis
Ron Davis retired from secondary music teaching in 2017, after 38 years in 4 different schools. Over this span of time, he taught Concert Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz, Guitar, and Vocals/Pit Band for musicals. Ron has enjoyed playing 2nd Trumpet in FAT Jazz for over 12 years! Besides his love of music, he enjoys playing several sports, biking, canoeing, and hanging out with his family!
Ron plays on a Yamaha YTR-6345 HS trumpet with a Denis Wick #5 mouthpiece.
TRUMPET 3 - Dan Mellor
Growing up in a musical family, Dan Mellor originally played the piano following the great career of his father who played with a number of well-known big bands in the 40's. At an early age he was introduced to such greats as Chet Baker, Clark Terry, and Oscar Peterson. It wasn't until he first heard Chicago's Lee Loughnane that he wanted to pick up the trumpet. After giving up music for a period of time, Dan came back with a passion bigger than ever.
Dan has a very eclectic musical taste but especially loves big band jazz, and has been a member of FAT Jazz since 2016.
Dan plays on a Bach Stradivarius 37 trumpet with a Bach 3E mouthpiece. He also plays on a Yamaha flugelhorn - a prototype horn that was custom built for Canadian jazz legend: Guido Basso - with a Stomvi 3C mouthpiece.
TRUMPET 4 - Greg Gerke
Greg Gerke started playing the trumpet around Grade 6, and continued to play through to graduation and had many fond memories of playing in the jazz bands and school musicals. He put down the instrument for a few years while building up his career. Greg decided to being playing again and bought a new trumpet in 2006. A few months later, he was searching the web for big bands and came across FAT Jazz. The timing worked out great as a chair just opened up, so after attending a rehearsal, he has been with the band ever since! Locally, Greg has played with the Inlet Band and BJO.
Greg plays on a Classic French Besson Trumpet with a Wedge B3C mouthpiece.
TRUMPET 5 - Jay Tarling
Jay Tarling has 22 years of playing experience, playing in multiple bands a week through grade and high school. Among those bands were the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Community College Jazz Band, and the Paper Moon Orchestra to name a few. Following high school, Jay has remained active in music playing with a number of community concert and jazz band. He currently plays with FAT Jazz and the Bruce James Orchestra, in addition to being an active substitute with other bands. When not playing music, Jay keeps busy working in Fire Protection at ACME Fire and Safety, playing ice hockey, and enjoying the company of his family and friends.
Jay plays on a Classic French Besson Trumpet with a custom mouthpiece.