Wyatt Corder (b. 1997) is currently an advertising major at UT Austin. He founded Big Wy’s Brass Band in the fall of 2014 while he was a junior at Westlake High School. Wyatt started playing trumpet in the 6th grade and continued playing in Westlake's jazz band and wind ensemble, and in UT Austin's classical and jazz ensembles. When scouting for band members, Wyatt chose people he knew had experience with jazz and improvisation, as well as people who would have fun and be open to playing many genres of music. In addition to playing trumpet, Wyatt also plays guitar, keyboard and bass. His influences are Bonobo, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, Anderson .Paak, D'Angelo, Miles Davis, Kanye West, Roy Hargrove and Parliament Funkadelic. He also plays with Flyjack, Mamafesta and A Live One.
William George Wright (b. 1997) is an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin studying Orchestral Tenor Trombone Performance with an emphasis in Business. His roles in Big Wy's Brass Band include General Manager as well as playing tenor and bass trombone. In addition to Big Wy's, William has performed with the UT Trombone Choir, UT Jazz Ensemble, Flyjack, The Capitol ATX, and Hecho a Mano. William's dedication to the Trombone has allowed him to travel across the United States playing music from the Carnaval Brasileiro in Austin, Texas to Carnegie Hall with the Westlake High Wind Ensemble. In 2015, William performed with the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017, Big Wy's Brass Band was invited to represent the United States at the IGA International Jazz Festival where the ensemble toured Guatemala and later in 2017, William traveled with Big Wy’s to Costa Rica as part of the Promising Artists of The 21st Century program of CCCN. On February 17th, 2018 William was a featured on TedX@youthaustin with Big Wy’s Brass Band performing and speaking under the theme “Discomfort Zone”.
Austin Ali (b. 1997) is a nationally acclaimed trumpeter and composer from Dallas, TX. Naturally, his moniker is "Austin from Dallas". His music has been performed by musicians at Shepton High School, Plano West Senior High School, the University of Texas at Austin, University of North Texas, and by professionals such as trombonist Christopher Bill and the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
Austin has also earned various state, national, and international awards for composition from the Texas Young Composers Contest, National Young Composers Challenge, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Composition Contest, and the Christopher Bill International Trombone Composition Competition. Austin was accepted into the Juilliard School undergraduate program for composition in 2016.
Austin is currently in his second year at the University of Texas at Austin in the B.M. Music Composition and B.A. Plan II Honors programs. Most recently, Austin performed with Big Wy’s Brass Band as invited artists in Guatemala and Costa Rica. He is an avid pun-artist and pun enthusiast.
Justin Dunlap currently plays lead trombone in Big Wy’s Brass Band and has been a part of the band since its inception. Justin is an undergraduate student at The University of Texas at Austin for Orchestral Performance in the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music. He participates in a wide variety of ensembles and organizations that expose him to classical, chamber, jazz, funk, and rap music. Justin has performed in many renowned groups, such as the Idyllwild Summer Arts Program Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, the UT Wind Ensemble under Jerry Junkin, and the Texas Music Educators Association(TMEA) All-State Symphony and Philharmonic orchestras. Justin recently placed 1st at the American Trombone Workshop(ATW) division I national classical solo competition in Washington DC.
Miles Holmes (b. 1997) is a third-year Biochemistry B.S.A. major in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Although his primary career goals are oriented towards medicine, he has both played and produced music since he was very young - participating in both academic and extracurricular festivals, competitions, and concerts across the country.
Miles is an original member of Big Wy’s and has attended every major performance since its founding, from Battle of the Bands to HONK! TX, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and TEDx. He plays the Mellophone (front facing French Horn), which lends itself to a unique sound that fills out the group’s middle register.
Also recognized as the band’s unofficial heartthrob, he once made a crowd of 300 students riot just by blowing them a kiss.
Brady Knippa (b.1996) is an undergraduate student at The University of Texas at Austin studying Music Business through both The Butler School of Music and The McCombs School of Business. Brady began his career in music at the age of four when he was gifted a drum set. Since then he has followed his passion for drumming, which lead him to Big Wy’s Brass Band. In 2013, Brady performed several percussion ensemble pieces at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) and was a member of both the 2014 and 2015 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Symphonic Bands. Brady is an alumni of the University of Texas Percussion Ensemble and Longhorn Marching Band, and studied Jazz drum set under Wayne Salzmann II. In his pursuit of a career in the music industry, he secured positions with Hand Drawn Records, The Orchard Distribution, Triple 8 Management, and C3 Presents.
Thomas Wenglinski (b. 1997) is a pianist and second-year jazz composition major at the University of Texas at Austin. Growing up in the suburbs of Houston, Thomas was exposed to a variety of musical influences from an early age, and began composing and producing music in middle school. In high school, Thomas joined his school’s jazz band, began gigging professionally in Houston, and began performing and recording his own material with his peers, eventually leading him to the TMEA All-State Jazz Ensembles his junior year.
He regularly performs locally in both Austin and thomaswenglinski.bandcamp.com.Now in his second year at the University of Texas, Thomas has composed and arranged eleven pieces for the school's jazz ensembles, in addition to releasing his first full-length album, The Madness Method, at Houston, and is currently the pianist for the UT Jazz Orchestra. His work has been performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Known for his eclectic compositional and improvisational approach, Thomas cites Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Louis Cole, Genevieve Artadi, Joe Zawinul, Kenny Wheeler, Stevie Wonder, Red Garland, and Joe Henderson as his main influences.
Paulo Santos (b. 1998) is a first-year student at the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Jazz Studies major studying tenor saxophone performance under Dr. John Mills. Paulo currently holds the 2nd Alto chair in the top University of Texas Jazz Orchestra, where he has the opportunity to play with top-of-the-line graduate and undergraduate students, performing new original big band music. Paulo started playing woodwinds in the 6th grade, starting out with the flute, but picked up the saxophone as well leading up to his freshman year of high school. He has continued to play both in many different scenarios, including pit orchestras as a woodwind doubler (doubling flute, clarinet, and saxophone), and in his high school music ensembles. In 2017, Paulo was selected to be a part of the TMEA All State Jazz Ensemble II, sitting Second Tenor in a band made up of some of the most talented jazz musicians from all over Texas. He performs regularly with Big Wy’s Brass Band and in the horn section of Austin band Flyjack, as well as some of his own smaller projects. Despite being a relatively new member, joining the band in late 2016, Paulo has brought a great new voice into Big Wy’s and has become one of the core members. He has travelled multiple times with the band, including to Guatemala, where he was the youngest musician to ever perform at the Guatemala International Jazz Festival.
Chase Ozment is a drummer and auxiliary percussionist for Big Wy’s Brass Band. He is an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin studying Jazz Performance under Wayne Salzmann II. He has been playing music since age 10, percussion since age 12, and drum set and jazz since age 13. Chase grew up in Temple, Texas and travelled to various State and National level competitions with the Temple High School Highlighters jazz band (including the UT jazz festival). He is currently a Junior at UT but his first year of college was spent at Temple community college where he studied jazz and learned about ethnic percussion under Norm Bergeron.