OUR STORY

The Funky Dawgz Brass Band are one of the premier touring acts on the live music scene today. Emerging from Connecticut, these young men have engulfed the spirit and traditions of New Orleans as well as earned the respect from local musicians who grew up and reside in the city. It is impossible not to enjoy yourself during a show as they play a contagious upbeat mix of traditional New Orleans R&B, original music, hip hop, funk, and today’s top hits with a brass twist.

They have toured internationally and have been featured in all corners of the live music scene. From playing sold out shows at Madison Square Garden as the horn section for Dispatch, to Camp Bisco, to closing out The Peach Music Festival, their performances flow seamlessly from EDM festivals to jam band festivals to traditional New Orleans second line parades.

There is a reason they were featured as one of Live For Live Music's Brass Bands You Need To Know. The Funky Dawgz are dropping jaws. These high energy horns have been featured on bills with Dispatch, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, We The Kings, Snarky Puppy, The Soul Rebels, Lettuce, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Twiddle, Turkuaz, Kung Fu, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Ryan Montbleau, and Glen David Andrews and the list continues.

When the band is not playing shows they are giving back to the community. The Funky Dawgz aim to connect, engage, inspire and rejuvenate music education in inner city schools across the country. The band frequently gives performances and master classes to young musicians in elementary, middle, and high schools across the region.

Come see what all the hype is about.

Ain’t no party like a Funky Dawgz party, ‘cus a Funky Dawgz party don’t stop!

 

The Band

Colin Walters, Alto Saxophone Colin is a native of Stamford, Connecticut and holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Bachelor of Arts in in Jazz Studies, and a Masters of Arts in Music Education from Neag School of Education and the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut. Colin currently is an Elementary Band Director in the Darien Public Schools in Darien, CT. He is an active clinician and performer throughout the state and country, advocating music and its importance within the schools and is involved in various musical groups and musical styles. 

Colin Walters, Alto Saxophone

Colin is a native of Stamford, Connecticut and holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Bachelor of Arts in in Jazz Studies, and a Masters of Arts in Music Education from Neag School of Education and the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut. Colin currently is an Elementary Band Director in the Darien Public Schools in Darien, CT. He is an active clinician and performer throughout the state and country, advocating music and its importance within the schools and is involved in various musical groups and musical styles. 

Tommy Weeks, Tenor Saxophone Tommy Weeks is a Connecticut born and raised saxophonist. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music studying under Greg Case. He has played on stages all over the world from New York, to New Orleans to Spain with the Funky Dawgz. He can also be seen touring with the Syracuse NY based hip hop/funk outfit, Sophistafunk. Tommy is a big music education ambassador; he frequently visits school systems to work with young musicians on developing their talents as well as working individually as a private instructor. As a mentor he hopes to inspire young musicians to continue with music and music education. He recently started as a guest artist instructor for the UConn Brass Band Ensemble and the Charter Oak Cultural Center Brass Band after school program in Hartford CT, as well as the music instructor at the Horizons summer learning program at Greens Farms Academy. On stage he is a force of energy and loves to see his audience smiling and dancing.  He believes you are never too young to keep learning and getting better.

Tommy Weeks, Tenor Saxophone

Tommy Weeks is a Connecticut born and raised saxophonist. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music studying under Greg Case. He has played on stages all over the world from New York, to New Orleans to Spain with the Funky Dawgz. He can also be seen touring with the Syracuse NY based hip hop/funk outfit, Sophistafunk. Tommy is a big music education ambassador; he frequently visits school systems to work with young musicians on developing their talents as well as working individually as a private instructor. As a mentor he hopes to inspire young musicians to continue with music and music education. He recently started as a guest artist instructor for the UConn Brass Band Ensemble and the Charter Oak Cultural Center Brass Band after school program in Hartford CT, as well as the music instructor at the Horizons summer learning program at Greens Farms Academy. On stage he is a force of energy and loves to see his audience smiling and dancing.  He believes you are never too young to keep learning and getting better.

Aaron Eaddy, Trumpet / Lead Vocals Aaron Eaddy, Trumpet/Lead Vocals, is an electrical and audio engineer from Hartford, CT. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, taking a full time position at General Dynamics Electric Boat as a Systems Engineer. Aaron is currently the head audio engineer at Gold Club Records Studios and has helped craft a signature sound for the label. He also writes original music. Notably as a composer, he has copyrighted music and commercial placements.

Aaron Eaddy, Trumpet / Lead Vocals

Aaron Eaddy, Trumpet/Lead Vocals, is an electrical and audio engineer from Hartford, CT. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, taking a full time position at General Dynamics Electric Boat as a Systems Engineer. Aaron is currently the head audio engineer at Gold Club Records Studios and has helped craft a signature sound for the label. He also writes original music. Notably as a composer, he has copyrighted music and commercial placements.

 
Tyler Reese, Trumpet Tyler Reese, Trumpet, is proud to be a founding member of the Funky Dawgz Brass Band. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D in mathematics at WPI in Worcester, Massachusetts. With only two years left until he becomes “Dr. Reese”, Tyler loves traveling and performing with the Funky Dawgz whenever his academic schedule allows. He earned his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Connecticut, where his love of the trumpet meant his free time was spent performing with the marching band, jazz lab band and, of course, the Funky Dawgz Brass Band.

Tyler Reese, Trumpet

Tyler Reese, Trumpet, is proud to be a founding member of the Funky Dawgz Brass Band. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D in mathematics at WPI in Worcester, Massachusetts. With only two years left until he becomes “Dr. Reese”, Tyler loves traveling and performing with the Funky Dawgz whenever his academic schedule allows. He earned his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Connecticut, where his love of the trumpet meant his free time was spent performing with the marching band, jazz lab band and, of course, the Funky Dawgz Brass Band.

Eric Zeiser, Trumpet Eric Zeiser, Trumpet, is from Meriden, CT where he went to high school with Funky Dawgz drummer Jon Singngam. Eric is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University (’12) with a degree in Jazz Performance, where he studied with Dave Scott, Rich Clymer, and Jamie Begian. Eric is a veteran of the soul collective Mad Satta, led by Vocalist Joanna Teters, where he had the opportunity to travel the country and head into the studio recording albums. Eric has also been a part of many projects ranging from rock to salsa to classical music, as well as leading his own large and small jazz ensembles. Eric is also very involved with local music education where he has taught ensembles at Bethel High School, Francis T. Maloney High School, Platt High School, and private students at The Gunnery. Eric’s own teaching style was fostered by his experience studying with Laurie Frink, Greg Gisbert, Dominic Talotta, and Jeffrey Smith. In his spare time he likes to be outdoors or listening to podcasts.  Eric uses pedals by Dunlop.  

Eric Zeiser, Trumpet

Eric Zeiser, Trumpet, is from Meriden, CT where he went to high school with Funky Dawgz drummer Jon Singngam. Eric is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University (’12) with a degree in Jazz Performance, where he studied with Dave Scott, Rich Clymer, and Jamie Begian. Eric is a veteran of the soul collective Mad Satta, led by Vocalist Joanna Teters, where he had the opportunity to travel the country and head into the studio recording albums. Eric has also been a part of many projects ranging from rock to salsa to classical music, as well as leading his own large and small jazz ensembles. Eric is also very involved with local music education where he has taught ensembles at Bethel High School, Francis T. Maloney High School, Platt High School, and private students at The Gunnery. Eric’s own teaching style was fostered by his experience studying with Laurie Frink, Greg Gisbert, Dominic Talotta, and Jeffrey Smith. In his spare time he likes to be outdoors or listening to podcasts.  Eric uses pedals by Dunlop.

 

Marvin McNeill, Trombone Marvin McNeill, Trombone, serves as associate director of the University of Connecticut Marching Band and Varsity Pep Bands. He also conducts the University Concert Band, and organizes and instructs the marching percussion program. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Virginia Polytechnic and State University and his Master of Music degree in trombone performance from the University of Connecticut. As a trombonist McNeill performs widely in concert, commercial, and jazz venues throughout the Northeast and is one of the founding member of the Funky Dawgz Brass Band.

Marvin McNeill, Trombone

Marvin McNeill, Trombone, serves as associate director of the University of Connecticut Marching Band and Varsity Pep Bands. He also conducts the University Concert Band, and organizes and instructs the marching percussion program. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Virginia Polytechnic and State University and his Master of Music degree in trombone performance from the University of Connecticut. As a trombonist McNeill performs widely in concert, commercial, and jazz venues throughout the Northeast and is one of the founding member of the Funky Dawgz Brass Band.

Mike Marsters, Trombone & Sousaphone Mike Marsters, Trombone, is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Connecticut. He loves to give back to local communities by involving the arts and aims to inspire today’s youth through music education. Mike is currently the co-director and brass instructor at the Rawson After School Music Matters Program affiliated with the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, CT. With a diverse musical background, he has had the opportunity to play with musicians and bands from around the world with the Funky Dawgz. In doing what he loves, Mike hopes to continue playing and teaching music for the rest of his life.

Mike Marsters, TromboneSousaphone

Mike Marsters, Trombone, is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Connecticut. He loves to give back to local communities by involving the arts and aims to inspire today’s youth through music education. Mike is currently the co-director and brass instructor at the Rawson After School Music Matters Program affiliated with the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, CT. With a diverse musical background, he has had the opportunity to play with musicians and bands from around the world with the Funky Dawgz. In doing what he loves, Mike hopes to continue playing and teaching music for the rest of his life.

Josh Murphy, Sousaphone Josh Murphy, Tuba/Sousaphone, hails from Newington, CT. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music from the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts (‘12) as well as a Masters of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Bridgeport (‘15). In addition to performance with the Dawgz, Josh is an active educator, clinician, and music advocate throughout Connecticut and the country, and is the Head Band Director of Coventry High School.

Josh Murphy, Sousaphone

Josh Murphy, Tuba/Sousaphone, hails from Newington, CT. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music from the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts (‘12) as well as a Masters of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Bridgeport (‘15). In addition to performance with the Dawgz, Josh is an active educator, clinician, and music advocate throughout Connecticut and the country, and is the Head Band Director of Coventry High School.

Jon Singngam, Percussion Jon Singngam, Drums, hails from Meriden CT and holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. When he isn’t playing the drums he is an Aviation Account Manager for Aerotek in the Northeast. Jon began playing drums at age 7 and currently plays on Ludwig drums, Meinl cymbals and Vater Sticks. Jon first trained in classical percussion techniques through concert, symphonic, and marching band throughout primary school and college at UConn. Jon’s major musical influences include Tony Royster Jr,  Benny Greb, Kyoshi Ijichi, Jason McGerr, and Travis Barker. At any time he can be contacted for lessons or performance opportunities at jon.singngam@gmail.com.

Jon Singngam, Percussion

Jon Singngam, Drums, hails from Meriden CT and holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. When he isn’t playing the drums he is an Aviation Account Manager for Aerotek in the Northeast. Jon began playing drums at age 7 and currently plays on Ludwig drums, Meinl cymbals and Vater Sticks. Jon first trained in classical percussion techniques through concert, symphonic, and marching band throughout primary school and college at UConn. Jon’s major musical influences include Tony Royster Jr,  Benny Greb, Kyoshi Ijichi, Jason McGerr, and Travis Barker. At any time he can be contacted for lessons or performance opportunities at jon.singngam@gmail.com.

Devon Farquharson, Percussion Devon Farquharson, Percussion, hails from Manchester, CT. Devon graduated from UConn with a bachelor's degree in Economics and a minor in Digital Arts. Devon was the section leader of the UConn drumline during his time in the UConn Marching Band, where he met the members of The Funky Dawgz Brass Band. Mr. Farquharson also enjoys doing video production and occasionally creates content for the band as well.

Devon Farquharson, Percussion

Devon Farquharson, Percussion, hails from Manchester, CT. Devon graduated from UConn with a bachelor's degree in Economics and a minor in Digital Arts. Devon was the section leader of the UConn drumline during his time in the UConn Marching Band, where he met the members of The Funky Dawgz Brass Band. Mr. Farquharson also enjoys doing video production and occasionally creates content for the band as well.