Tom Kamp - trombone- leader
Trombonist Tom Kamp is the founder, leader, and chief arranger and composer for the ACME BRASS CO. Tom was also the producer of ACME BRASS’s first CD, entitled “X-MAS X-ING” which was released in 2004. Tom has played in Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and numerous locations in between, including playing in a high school auditorium in Poplar Bluff, Missouri with the Woody Herman Orchestra and at an outdoor amphitheater backing the Temptations and the Four Tops as part of a hardware convention. He has performed, toured and recorded with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and was a featured soloist with the Jordan Thomas Orchestra at the 2002 NJ JazzFest in Madison, NJ. In addition to the JTO, Tom is a member of the Garden State Philharmonic and has performed with the NJ Pops, the Papermill Playhouse Orchestra, the NJ Oratorio Society, and various other groups. An educator as well as performer, Tom teaches music for the Berkeley Heights Public Schools.
Bill Ash - trumpet
Bill Ash first picked up a trumpet when he was in the fourth grade, and he has hardly put it down since -- except to play another instrument or to write some music. He began playing professionally while in high school, and made his debut as the leader of his own big band at the age of 16. While studying architecture at Princeton University, he continued freelancing, again led his own big band, and began composing, arranging, and doubling on trombone and French horn. After graduation, Bill worked first as an architect, then in computers, all the while maintaining a busy musical schedule working in and around New York with groups of every size and description, including performances with the Temptations, Marlene VerPlanck, and Bobby Rydell. His teachers have included Ed Treutel and Valery Ponomarev on trumpet, Charles Baker and Bill Watrous on trombone, and Glen Daum and Benny Carter on arranging. Bill can be heard on recordings by the Acme Brass Co., the James L. Dean Big Band, Dick Wells with the Big Band Swing Machine, the Bensen-Scott Big Band, and the Planet Jazz Big Band, among others. His arrangements and compositions are regularly performed by a number of bands in the New York area. He also writes about music for Gannett Newspapers, which has led to interviews with such trumpet greats as Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson, Wynton Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval. Bill lives in Allendale, New Jersey, with his wife Lorraine, a journalist and author whose book, Life Touches Life: A Mother's Story of Stillbirth and Healing, was released in May 2004.
R.J. Kelley - french horn
R.J. is too busy playing and touring to write his bio. We're just really lucky we got him on the recording session.
Matt Krempasky - trumpet
MATT KREMPASKY- trumpet In addition to being the lead trumpet player in the ACME BRASS CO., Matt plays Lead trumpet with the Jordan Thomas Orchestra and Bluez Brothers. Matt plays Trumpet & trombone with Hyperactive (2 discs recorded) and with Reeds, Rhythm, and all that Brass. Matt is known around the country and around the world as an Arranger/composer for marching bands and Drum and Bugle Corps. Matt is currently Band Director/Music Teacher at Somerville HS in Somerville NJ. He was named New Jersey Master Music Teacher in 1997, and is a Multiple Award recipient from Who's Who Among American HS Teachers.
Ron Naspo - bass
Ron Naspo is an accomplished performer and teacher of string bass. Among his mentors are Frederick Zimmermann, Gary Karr, Homer Mensch and Alvin Brehm. He holds a M.A. degree of Music Education. Mr. Naspo is active in both the jazz and symphonic fields. He has done seasons with the Florida Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and the American Symphony under Stokowsky. He has toured the United States and Canada with the Robert Joffrey Ballet and later with the Don Shirley Trio. He has worked with the jazz groups of Stan Kenton, Sonny Rollins, Wild Bill Davison, Bucky Pizzarelli and Billy Maxted. Mr. Naspo is active as teacher of string bass, electric bass, and improvising at his home in Montclair, NJ. He is a former member of the faculty of Montclair State University and William Paterson College as professor of string bass.