About The Band

Founded in 2017, the Music City Big Band's mission is both to keep the tradition of big band jazz alive in the heart of Music City, Nashville, Tennessee, but also to showcase bright young talent in jazz musicians and composers who live and work in Nashville. After a successful debut, Music City Big Band was awarded the 2018 Nashville Independent Music Award for Best Jazz Group.

The musicians who have played with Music City Big Band represent many races, genders, and backgrounds, and have performed with many big-name artists, both live and in the studio. These top-notch, world-class musicians bring exciting jazz to their audiences, both classics of the big band era, and contemporary jazz by up-and-coming new composers and arrangers.

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Casey Brefka

Founder/Musical Director

 

Casey Brefka - originally from Hudson, OH; now from Nashville TN - is a contemporary jazz trumpet player, composer, arranger, and teacher. He currently plays trumpet for the Chris Weaver Band (based out of Nashville), Hey, Listen! (a jazz/funk video game cover band), and is the founder and Musical Director of Music City Big Band.

After a distinguished high school career, Casey earned a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 2008 with a degree in Jazz Composition. After a few brief stints with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, he earned his Master's degree in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory of Music in 2012 and spent a year on the faculty of Berklee College of Music, serving as an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production. He then relocated to Nashville in the fall of 2015. Casey has performed with such jazz greats as McCoy Tyner, Maria Schneider, Phil Wilson, Greg Hopkins, and new voices in jazz such as Omar Thomas, Dynamo, and others. He has also arranged for artists such as Mizuho and Aubrey Logan. 

Casey also instructs the after-school jazz band at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, TN, and is proud to serve as an Executive Board member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 257.

http://www.caseybrefka.com

About The Band

Founded in 2017, the Music City Big Band's mission is both to keep the tradition of big band jazz alive in the heart of Music City, Nashville, Tennessee, but also to showcase bright, young, diverse talent in jazz musicians and composers who live and work in Nashville. After a successful debut, Music City Big Band was awarded the 2018 Nashville Independent Music Award for Best Jazz Group.

The musicians who have played with Music City Big Band represent many races, genders, and backgrounds, and have performed with many big-name artists, both live and in the studio. These top-notch, world-class musicians bring exciting jazz to their audiences, both classics of the big band era, and contemporary jazz by up-and-coming new composers and arrangers.

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