Thomas Bliss

Trumpet/ Trombone/ Baritone/ Euphonium

Thomas has been playing music for over 10 years, during which he has gained extensive experience in teaching and performing. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied with Wayne Solomon and Owen Miyoshi. While at UCSC, Thomas was the principal trombonist in the orchestra for two years and played first euphonium in the wind ensemble for four years.

A teacher for the Fremont Education Foundation, he has taught at Gomes Elementary School since 2008. He has taught at Allegro Music since 2009, and he enjoys teaching students of all skill levels. Many of his students have continued on to play with the California Youth Symphony.

Thomas is currently a member of the Peninsula Symphony, the Redwood Symphony, and the Newark Symphonic Winds.

Kelley Hunt

Trumpet/ Trombone/ French Horn

Kelley has been playing trumpet for 20 years and teaching at Allegro for five years. She has extensive experience playing in musical theater performances, and she is a member of numerous brass ensembles and orchestras throughout the Bay Area. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance from Cal State University, East Bay. While her passion lies with the trumpet and horn, she is proficient with all brass instruments.

Dave Rocha


Dave Rocha has given trumpet lessons for more than twenty years. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley.

Dave has studied trumpet privately with Charles Kreuter and Chuck Marco in the Bay Area, Carmine Caruso and Howard McGee in New York City, and Ian Racey in Los Angeles.In addition to teaching, Dave has played trumpet professionally throughout his career. He has performed with jazz greats Lionel Hampton, Larry Elgart and Machito and led his own combo, the Dave Rocha Jazz Group.

Dave is available to teach beginning students to advanced. He teaches from a number of books, including Accent on Achievement, Rubank’s Intermediate Studies, Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method and Clarke’s Technical Studies. He has an extensive library of jazz, classical, latin and sacred music. He coaches his students on their band assignments and helps them prepare for performances, tests and auditions. Dave’s students learn how to develop their reading, range, tone quality, articulation, endurance and dexterity in all styles of playing. Theory and improvisation are emphasized as students advance in their jazz playing.

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