Member Biographies

  • Steven R. Coomer
  • Paul Everett
  • Larry Purdue
  • Dan Hughey
  • Bill Schmidt

Steven R. Coomer

Steve, a native of Dunkirk, Indiana, has been playing trumpet since he was nine years old and conducting musical ensembles for twenty-seven years.   He is Emeritus Director of various school and community bands and orchestras. Steve has also served on the boards and in the administration for various community musical groups, school systems, and national music organizations. He also has twelve years experience in the business world in regional management for companies such as Kraft Foods.

Steve’s life has been filled with trumpet playing for many years and has served as principal trumpet for community bands, dance bands, and symphony orchestras.  He has played with the Muncie Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Anderson Symphony, Indianapolis Philharmonic, Athenaeum Pops Orchestra, and presently serves as the Principal Trumpet of The Meisterwinds, Da Musica Brass Quintet, and The Scottish Rite Orchestra.  He has studied trumpet with Boyde Hood (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Max Woodbury (Indianapolis Symphony), and Donald Benedetti (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra). He is currently a student of Paul Everett (Ball State trumpet professor) and Marvin C Perry (Principal Trumpet Indianapolis Symphony). Steve also maintains a private trumpet teaching studio with students from beginning to adult.

Steve is married to his lovely wife, Jeannette, who is also a musician.  They have three daughters, two of which are married; and one presently a teacher in the Indianapolis Public Schools.  He enjoys golf, woodworking, remodeling, driving his ’61 Buick Special, and of course listening to and making music.  He is a graduate of Ball State University and returns from time to time in order to take extra courses which help him in keeping with the current trends in music. 

Paul Everett

An emeritus associate professor of music at Ball State University, Mr. Everett maintains an active teaching and performing schedule. He has been the principal trumpet of the DaCamera Brass Quintet and Muncie Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing in three area orchestras. He was a founding member of the Indiana Brass Quintet and the Chicago Gabrieli Brass Quintet.

Mr. Everett is a Conn-Selmer Roster Artist, giving solo performances with band and orchestra, solo recitals with his wife, Jeanne Everett, a professional pianist, and clinics and master classes throughout the U. S.

He received a bachelor of music from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master of music from the University of Tennessee. He has done additional graduate work at the University of Tennessee, University of Southern Mississippi and Northeast Louisiana University. He also attended the Naval School of Music.

Mr. Everett's background includes collegiate and public school teaching and time as a free-lance artist in Los Angeles, playing in the Beverly Hills Orchestra, the COTA chamber orchestra, the Savoy Arts Opera Orchestra, and the San Fernando Symphony.

He has studied with Vincent Cichowicz, formerly of the Chicago Symphony and professor of trumpet at Northwestern University, Marvin Perry, emeritus principal trumpet of the Indianapolis Symphony, John Clyman,studio musician and trumpet teacher in Los Angeles. He has also studied with Louis Opelevsky, former principal trumpet in the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Charles Geyer, principal trumpet of the Houston Symphony and Tom Hooten, principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Larry Purdue

Larry Purdue is a native of Evansville, Indiana. His musical interests began very early and by 5th grade he was playing in his school bands. He is a graduate of North Central High School and was the only hornist invited to play with every performing ensemble for their annual state competitions. After graduation, he began his formal music education at Ball State University, culminating with a Bachelor of Music degree in horn performance. One of his musical highlights was performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under the baton of Sir Yehudi Menuhin. In 1987, he won an audition for the US Army Band. He served 22 years as a soldier/musician, performing for four US presidents, seven foreign heads of state, and numerous diplomatic functions in 27 different countries. While stationed in Europe, he was invited to take part in the first American military processional through Red Square in Moscow. After retiring from the military, he moved home to Fishers, Indiana where he is an active teacher, performer, and clinicaian. Mr. Purdue has performed with symphony orchestras, wind ensembles , chamber groups, Broadway musicals, jazz bands, and five solo recitals. Most recently, he led the horn section in performances of Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto, his 7th Symphony, as well as a run of the musical “Oklahoma” in the Carmel Center for the Performing Arts. He has a full slate of upcoming concerts including a solo performance with the Indiana Wind Symphony. He currently serves as principal horn of the Indiana Wind Symphony, Fishers Chamber Orchestra, Fishers Wind Ensemble, Indianapolis Brass Choir, Kokomo and Lafayette Symphonies, and he has most recently joined DaMusica Brass Quintet. He has a number of private students and is the horn instructor at three different schools in Central Indiana.

Dan Hughey

Dan is one of the most versatile trombonists in the area. He began playing trombone at the age of 9 in a public school band. He studied trombone through his high school years with Carl Hungerford. Electing to pursue a career in Engineering, he studied at Purdue University where he played in the Purdue Symphonic Band all four years, the last two as 1st chair. After receiving his degree Dan began playing with the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra, as principal and continued for 20 years. While playing with the philharmonic he played with the Indianapolis Symphonic Band and developed his skills as a jazz trombonist with several local groups. Today, in addition to playing with Da Musica, he plays jazz with the Cool City Band, Sunset Stomp Jazz Band, Naptown Strutters Band and a little rock ‘n roll with the band Possum.

Dan is the proud father of one son who is married and has three daughters. Dan enjoys visiting with his son and being active in his three granddaughters lives.

 

Bill Schmidt

Bill Schmidt is the principal tuba player with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra. He also plays with the Indianapolis Brass Choir and Kokomo Park Band. Bill directs the Starry Knights (where he often plays the baritone saxophone and clarinet and on rare occasions drum set). He completed his Master of Music Performance degree on Tuba from Butler University in May of 2009. Bill is an avid bike rider, completing the Hilly Hundred on several occasions and enjoys finding new trails to explore with his wife Ellen.