UpBeat Brass Band Ensemble

The members of UpBeat Brass are all veteran performers, winning music competitions and working with other top entertainers, orchestras, ensembles, and as soloists. Together they perform internationally in concert halls, colleges and universities, also bringing their signature sound to churches, festivals and theaters. Jaime Morales-Matos, tromboneMembers have received funding from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ohio Arts Council, Arts Mid West, The Southern Arts Federation, Meet The Composer and the American Music Center.

Our Members:

Norlan Bewley, Tuba
Matt James, Saxophone
Scott Belck, Trumpet
Francis Wyatt, Percussion
Jaime Morales-Matos, Trombone
Herbert Martin, Narrator


Jaime Morales-Matos, trombone

with UPBEAT BRASS, is Assistant Professor of Trombone at Miami University in Oxford, OH. He has received the Bachelor of Arts, Performer's Certificate, and Artist Diploma from Indiana University, and a Master's Degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His DMA in performance and conducting from CCM is in progress.

Jaime has wide-ranging experience as a trombonist, he has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Lexington Philharmonic, the Casals Festival Orchestra, the Florida Music Festival Orchestra, and the New World Symphony in the United States, and with the Asturias, Granada and Galicia Symphony Orchestras in Spain. He has performed solos with several orchestras, including the Puerto Rico Symphony (twice), Bangor Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of Southeast Texas, Guayaquil Symphony, Central Ohio Symphony and Clermont Philharmonic. Morales-Matos have extensive chamber music experience, performing with the Gabrieli Brass Quintet, Top Brass, Upbeat Brass and concerts with members of the brass section of the New York Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra. He has premiered various concertos and other works written especially for him.

He has taught trombone as a faculty member of Indiana University, the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, the Conservatorio Superior de Asturias in Spain, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and has been involved on the faculties of several summer festivals in the US, Puerto Rico, and Spain.