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. Norlan Bewley, tubaMembers 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


Norlan Bewley, tuba

with UPBEAT BRASS and Low Brass Artist (trombone, euphonium, tuba), is the founder and composer/arranger for UPBEAT BRASS. A former student and longtime professional colleague of Harvey Phillips, he serves as Associate Director of Phillips’ tuba ensembles and projects, including TUBACHRISTMAS. As much in demand for his writing as he is for his playing, Norlan composes and arranges virtually all of the music performed by these ensembles. He has his own publishing company, BEWLEY MUSIC, which specializes in music for low brass and he is also a clinician for Bach, Holton, and Martin instruments.

In 1978 he was awarded scholarships to study with his mentors Harvey Phillips and David Baker at the Indiana University School of Music. While there he won numerous chamber music competitions with Top Brass, and toured with Henry Mancini, Mel Torme, Doc Severinsen, and the Indianapolis Symphony. His work as a performer, composer, and educator has been supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ohio Arts Council, The American Music Center, NCR Corporation, LexisNexis, and many other organizations. Norlan is also very devoted to Music Education, promoting low brass performance through music publishing, master classes, clinics, residencies, and his large private teaching studio in the Dayton and Cincinnati area.