ALEC BURKE, trumpet
Alec Burke graduated from Ball State University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Alec has participated in many of Ball State’s top performing ensembles, such as Wind Ensemble and Jazz I. Additionally, he served as section leader with the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band. While at BSU, Alec also participated in multiple community performances with the Trumpet Fanfare Ensemble led by Dr. Brittany Hendricks, which attained national recognition and premiered at the 2014 ITG convention for Mark Gould.
Alec is an active performer, and is versed in many different solo, chamber, classical, and commercial settings. Most recently, Alec performed as lead trumpet and toured with the Norwell High School Show Choir. He also frequently plays trumpet for musicals around East-Central Indiana. While trumpet is Alec’s primary instrument, he has some teaching and performing experience on other instruments as well. Alec has played guitar and sang back-up vocals with 906, a cover band in the Fort Wayne area that plays a variety of rock styles from classic to modern alternative rock. He also frequently performs acoustic, contemporary, jazz, and R&B music alongside Jennifer Rodriguez in The Burke Collective.
When Alec is not performing, he is teaching. For five years running, Alec has been the High Brass Counselor for the Strings and Jazzy Things camp in Indianapolis. Alec also teaches at Pendleton Heights MS/HS, where he works with beginning horn students and leads trumpet masterclasses and sectionals. He maintains his own trumpet studio at Muncie Music Center, and does multiple outreach performances and presentations with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s Together in Music project.
Outside of practicing for hours on end, Alec enjoys video games, tabletop games, and long bike rides. He is also an avid coffee drinker, and a big fan of Luna and Kavarna! Alec was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana but currently lives and works in Muncie. He is passionate about chamber music and solo trumpet repertoire, and hopes to one day have a chamber group that promotes music advocacy and education through performance. Alec is thrilled for his third year with MFSOM!
BILL BURROUGHS, trombone
Bill Burroughs is a native to Milwaukee, WI. He is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Music. Bill studied trombone and bass trombone under the instruction of Prof. Kevin Collins. He also studied Arts Management. While at UW-Green Bay, Bill performed in many ensembles including pit orchestras for various musicals, the Phoenix Brass Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Jazz 1.
He currently plays bass trombone in the Vento Winds in Appleton, WI and is the principal trombonist of the Civic Symphony of Green Bay. Bill is also studies with bass trombonist John Thevenet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Bill is currently living in Green Bay with his fiance, Lori, and their two parakeets, Kevin, and Piper. In addition to practicing in his free time, Bill enjoys videos games, many various board games and trading card games, and steps on Legos after having built with them. He also stays active outdoors with a Nerf blaster hobby group in Milwaukee.
TIM KIEFER, low brass
In this his sixth year on staff, Timothy Kiefer brings with him a passion for learning and a variety of teaching experience. No matter the venue or material, he strives to teach the student rather than the subject. Tim received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Music from UW-Green Bay and his Master of Music degree in Composition from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. He is currently teaching both music and academics at Providence Academy in Green Bay and also serves as Vice President on the board of directors of Music for the Sake of Music. Outside of music, he enjoys disc golf and tabletop games of all kinds.