Five Lakes Silver Band: Wessex Ambassadors and Artists
The Five Lakes Silver Band are extremely pleased to partner with Wessex Instruments and be designated as Wessex Ambassadors. In addition, our tuba section will be known as Wessex Artists and are thrilled to play on the Gnagey Eb and the Prokofiev BBb tubas. Our goal is to create an “American brass band bass sound” that is built on the great traditions of British brass bands while blending it with the American symphonic tuba sound.
Meet our Wessex Artist bass section!
Chris Jackson - Principal Eb Bass
Chris Jackson began playing tuba at age 12 and during his high school years was a member of the University of Michigan All-State program and the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra. Chris studied tuba with Dr. Stacy Baker, Michelle McCaleb and James Jansen. While at Eastern Michigan University he studied with Marty Erickson and Matt Tropman, winning the William Stewart solo competition in 2006.
Chris has been a member of the Five Lakes Silver Band since 2008, and has been a featured soloist with the band. In addition to FLSB he has performed with the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra, Royal Oak Symphony and the Solid Brass Quintet.
Chris works in the medical manufacturing field as a post-market failure analysis technician. He lives in Ypsilanti with his wife Traci and children Ruth, Sarah and Daniel. For recreation he enjoys golf, disc golf and barbecuing.
Nathan Shook - Eb Bass
Nathan Shook is from Cleveland, OH. He has been playing the tuba for 13 years. Currently, he is a master's student at the University of Michigan, studying with David Zerkel. Previous teachers include Ken Heinlein, Yashuito Sugiyama, and Craig Knox.
Steve Molnar - Principal BBb Bass
Steve Molnar is a founding member of the Five Lakes Silver Band. He completed a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory and a master’s degree from Western Michigan University in music performance.
Steve is the principal tuba of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of the Quintus Brass. Previously he was the low brass coach and director of the South Bend Youth Symphony Brass Choir and the tuba instructor at Blue lakes Fine Arts Camp. An avid teacher as well as an adept performer he has worked with numerous high school band programs and maintains a private teaching studio.
Recently Steve has merged his passion for woodworking with music as a “Work of Art Custom Batons Artisan” where he produces one of a kind “Musician Pencils.” He also currently works for the University of Michigan in the registrars office.
Steve resides in South Lyon, Michigan with his wife Hannah and sons Stephen and Connor. He is an enthusiastic sportsman, enjoying racquetball, scuba diving and boating.
David Zerkel - BBb Bass
David Zerkel is Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Michigan, leading an active career as both a performer and educator. Before his arrival at Michigan, he taught in a similar position at the University of Georgia. His students have distinguished themselves by winning international and national competitions and attaining positions with professional performing organizations. He is a Past President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association and was selected as the inaugural recipient of the ITEA Teaching Award.
David has performed with many orchestras, to include the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. He was a member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, was a founding member of the Washington Symphonic Brass and has performed with the Burning River Brass. He began his performing career as a member of the United States Army Field Band and The United States Army Band, both located in Washington, DC.
David has performed as a featured soloist at many workshops and symposia, including the Leonard Falcone Festival, several International Tuba Euphonium Conferences, and the United States Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop. In addition, he has performed as a solo recitalist at many of the leading colleges and conservatories in the United States. His first solo CD, American Music for Tuba: Something Old, Something New, was selected as the recipient of the inaugural ITEA Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording at the 2006 ITEC in Denver, Colorado. His subsequent release, Tuba Helper, was a Bobo finalist at the 2008 ITEC held in Cincinnati, Ohio.
His summer teaching activities include a position at the Interlochen Arts Camp.