James Covington

James Covington is a multifaceted musician and teacher of many genres ranging from classical to jazz, salsa to contemporary. His performances have carried him throughout the United States as well as abroad. He has had the honor of performing with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, La Leyenda Latin Jazz Band, Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra, Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, Virginia, the World Champion East Coast Jazz Drum and Bugle Corps (2005), and has performed at Lincoln Center in New York City, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and at various locations while on tour in Ireland.

James is a graduate of The University of Maryland (MM in Trumpet Performance) and Ithaca College (BM in Music Education). His principal teachers include Chris Gekker, Frank Gabriel Campos, and David Negri, with additional studies with John Charles Thomas.

James currently performs with The Manassas Symphony Orchestra, teaches Band and Orchestra in Prince George's County, MD, and is the trumpet player for The DC Transit Band.

Rick McGrath

Rick McGrath earned his bachelor's degree from Ithaca College in music education and performance. While attending, Rick had the opportunity to perform in master classes and receive lessons from Matt Vaughn, Blair Bollinger, Mark Babbit, Eric Carlson, and Brandt Attema. Rick studied with Dr. Harold Reynolds and served as vice president of the Ithaca College Trombone Troupe (2007-2008).

Rick recently graduated with a Masters Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. While at UNC, Rick performed with the award winning Lab 1 band under the direction of Dana Landry. As a part of this ensemble Rick had the opportunity to collaborate with such artists as Benny Green, Jeff Coffin, and the New York Voices. Rick is currently freelancing and teaching in and around Washington D.C.

Joe Whitney

Joe Whitney is the DC Transit Band saxophonist.