Casey Brefka – originally from Hudson, OH; now from Nashville TN – is a contemporary jazz trumpet player, composer, arranger, and teacher. He currently plays trumpet for the Chris Weaver Band (based out of Nashville), Hey, Listen! (a jazz/funk video game cover band), and is the musical director and frontman for the Music City Big Band, an 18-piece big band in Nashville playing contemporary jazz music and featuring Nashville’s finest jazz musicians.
After a distinguished high school career, Casey earned a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 2008 with a degree in Jazz Composition. After a few brief stints with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, he earned his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory of Music in 2012 and spent a year on the faculty of Berklee College of Music, serving as an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production. He then relocated to Nashville in the fall of 2015. Casey has performed with such jazz greats as McCoy Tyner, Maria Schneider, Phil Wilson, Greg Hopkins, and new voices in jazz such as Omar Thomas, Dynamo, and others.
Casey currently freelances around Nashville, and instructs the after-school jazz band at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, TN.
Casey is a proud member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 257.
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