Shilad Sen (tenor saxophone)is a freelance saxophonist in the Twin Cities area. He has performed with jazz artists Danilo Perez, Ron Blake, Rufus Reid, Phil Hey, Dennis Diblasio, George Fludas, and Ron Perillo. While pursuing saxophone performance at Northwestern University in Chicago, Sen studied under world-renowned saxophonist Dr. Frederick L. Hemke and jazz pianist Michael Kocour. Sen won second place in the 1996 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Jazz Competition and was selected to perform at Orchestra Hall in Chicago as one of seven finalists in the 1993 Illinois Young Performers Concerto Competition. Sen is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Computer Science at the University of Minnesota.
Adam Rossmiller (trumpet)is a freelance trumpeter currently residing in Minneapolis, MN. He is an active performer and educator in both the classical and jazz idioms around the Twin Cities area. He has performed with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Air Force Notables, JazzMN, The Hornheads, Pete Whitman's X-tet, The Summit Hill Brass Quintet, The Bach Society of MN, and has performed professionally with Wayne Bergeron, Rob McConnell, Bill Holman, Byron Stripling, Dennis Diblasio, Tom Peterson, Phil Hey, and Manny Laureano. He was the interim director of Jazz Band at St. Cloud State University during the '04-'05 school year, has been a teaching assistant in trumpet, jazz ensembles, and jazz theory at the University of Minnesota and continues to maintain a private studio. Currently Adam is completing a D.M.A. at the University of Minnesota, from which he holds a M.M. He received his B.M. in jazz studies from the Lamont School of Music in Denver, Colorado. Adam has had the opportunity to study with some of worlds finest trumpet players and all around musicians, including David Baldwin, Alan Hood, Gary Bordner, Ron Miles, Joseph Docksey, Malcolm Lynn Baker, David Hanson, Eric Gunnison, and Manny Laureano.
Scott Agster (trombone)is a freelance trombonist, teacher, and arranger in the Twin Cities area. In addition to Snowblind, he performs other commercial genres including Salsa (Salsa Del Soul), New Orleans brass band (Jack Brass Band), Hip-Hop (G8), and Big Band (Bella Gala Big Band). Scott has had the opportunity to work and perform with many acclaimed artists including Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Dave Douglas, Phil Woods, Nicholas Payton, Stefan Karlsson, Slide Hampton, and Paul McKee. Scott has performed internationally at venues such as the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands (2006), the Iwawa Jazz Festival and Sopot/Gdansk Festival in Poland (2005), the King's Palace in Thailand and the Vancouver Jazz Festival (2004), and the International Trombone Festival in Finland (2003). Scott is currently pursuing his D.M.A in Trombone Performance with Tom Ashworth at the University of Minnesota.
Graydon Peterson (bass)completed his bachelor's degree in music composition at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he studied classical bass with James Clute, a former bassist with the Minnesota Orchestra. While Graydon was a member of the Down Beat award-winning UWEC Jazz Ensemble I, he performed with such guest jazz artists as Lewis Nash, Ingrid Jensen, Jason Marsalis, Chris Botti, and Christian McBride. Now a resident of Minneapolis, Graydon is one of the area's top-call bassists, performing nightly with a variety of vocalists and small ensembles including Christine Rosholt, Debbie Duncan, Connie Evingson, and the Mary Loiuse Knutson Trio. A consummate accompanist, he has become a fixture at the annual Twin Cities Hot Summer Jazz Festival.
Reid Kennedy (drums)a native of Winona, Minnesota, was formally introduced to music through six years of classical piano training. Following his exposure to melody and harmony, he received first place honors in a statewide composition contest at the age of eleven. Throughout his teenage years, Kennedy prospered under the tutelage of Dr. Rich MacDonald, a gifted percussionist and music educator who taught privately in addition to his position on the faculty at Winona State University. Since that time, Kennedy has had the opportunity to study with the likes of Bernie Dresel, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, Phil Hey, Steve Houghton, and Dave Weckl. Kennedy has been described as a musician whose compositional approach to the drums is omnipresent. While jazz is the focus of his expression, a background in orchestral percussion allows Kennedy to reside comfortably in symphonic and chamber settings, as well. To this point in his career, Kennedy has performed with jazz luminaries Joe Lovano, Phil Woods, and Gunther Schuller. Additional performance credits include Shelly Berg, Wayne Bergeron, Bob Florence, Sal Lozano, Andy Martin, and Jiggs Whigham.