Brass & Woodwinds

ELI WYNN - Woodwind (Saxaphone - Clarinet - Flute)

Eli received his Bachelor of Arts in 2017 from the University of Montana with a specialization in instrumental jazz studies and is currently earning his Master of Music Degree from Northern Illinois University with a degree expected in Spring 2019.  He has multiple performance experience as a First Tenor, composer, arranger with Northern Illinois University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble as well as other engagement programs.  Eli toured with NIU Jazz Ensemble both internationally and domestically.

He has been teaching music professionally since 2013 and has earned accolades for his artistic integrity and fresh approach to tradition.  Eli has experience starting students with good technique during the first year of playing as well as the inspiration, skill and push for intermediate and advanced students.

He is a gifted musician and MECA is proud to have him as part of our musical family.

DEREK DETZLER - Brass ( Trumpet / Trombone / Baritone )

Derek Detzler is currently an undergraduate Jazz Studies major at NIU. In high school, Derek was an active member in school ensembles, performing in the jazz ensemble, wind symphony, and marching band as well as ILMEA Honor bands and orchestras. In addition to school ensembles, Derek regularly performed in salsa bands and his ska band. After graduating, Derek enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a trumpet instrumentalist. During his four years in the service, Derek performed in four countries and performed everything from symphonic works to marches, from jazz standards to bugle calls. The military is also where Derek picked up his second instrument, the trombone. Upon leaving the military, Derek decided to pursue a formal education at NIU, where he currently resides. At NIU, Derek plays principal trumpet for the Philharmonic Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, as well as lead trumpet with the Jazz Orchestra. 

Derek actively performs in Chicago with his jazz fusion group, Warped Wonder, his Brass Quintet, and is an active lead trumpet player on call for big bands.

ANYA (Anna) GAVIN - Brass / Trumpet / Trombone

Anya is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degrees in Performance, Music Education, and Finance at Northern Illinois University, where she studies trumpet with Dr. Mark Ponzo. Set to graduate in Fall 2020, she supplements her academic work with conducting lessons from Deb Shofner, former ILMEA State President. In addition to teaching brass, she also teaches strings and general music as part of the Fox Valley El Sistema program. Her past teaching experience includes clinical teaching at Brookdale Elementary, McCarthy Elementary, and Hampshire Middle School; volunteering at Huntley Middle School in DeKalb, and interning at The People’s Music School in Chicago.

Anya also regularly plays recitals and actively performs in local groups, including the Fox Valley Orchestra, Wheaton Municipal Band, DuPage Symphony, and Fox Valley Brass Band.  Her dream is to attend the Eastman School of Music, pursuing research connecting music education to the acquisition of fundamental life skills and tools of happiness.

PAUL RIMSA - Beginning Trumpet

Paul started playing the Trumpet when he was 12 - taking private lessons. In High school, he played in the Concert Band and Jazz Band, were he was 1st chair trumpet for the last 3 years of school. Paul also played in the Chicago Boys Club Band, which was composed of the best players from several different schools.  After school he joined the Chicago Musicians Union and played park concerts, weddings, and other events and attended College of DuPage.

In total, Paul has been playing the Trumpet on and off for 50 years and during that time, has taught multiple Trumpet students the required exercises and proper technique using real songs and duets (to instill fun}.  He is also an accomplished organ player and has been playing the LOWREY Organ for over 7 years.

Paul brings years of musical experience to MECA and looks forward to passing his joy of music on to his students.

KRISTINE MUTCHLER - Horn / French Horn

Kristine Mutchler is a music educator with the DeKalb school district. She directs the DHS Concert Band and teaches music technology and K-5 general music. She holds degrees from Northern Illinois University in education, performance and instructional technology. An active performer, Kristine has performed with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra and Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra.

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