Taylor Irelan - Owner and Head of Faculty
Regarded as "the whole package" with a "clear sparkling sound [and] a vibrancy in all registers" and a sound that is "clear, solid, and bright with just a slight edge, much in the style of James Galway" (Sarasota Observer), Taylor Irelan is proving to be an exciting emerging artist. Taylor has collaborated with award winning composers to commission, premiere, and record new works for the flute, as well as write his own works and transcriptions for flute and various ensembles. He has been coached by composers including Ian Clarke, Wil Offermans, and Thea Musgrave in preparation of performances of their music, such as his performance of Musgrave’s Chamber Concerto No. 2 in the Barbican Centre as part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion Project, which was recorded and broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 in London.
An active chamber and orchestral musician, Taylor has appeared on stage at prestigious venues such as the Barbican Centre (London), Milton Court (London), and Lincoln Center (NYC). Taylor serves as a substitute flutist with several professional orchestras around the US including the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Pueblo Symphony Orchestras. Previously serving as the principal piccolo for the London Graduate Orchestra, he has also performed with the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra as part of their prestigious orchestral training programs. As a concerto soloist, Taylor has been featured with ensembles across the USA and internationally, performing various concerti from Telemann to Jolivet.
Taylor has won the top prizes in the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir Competition, Florida Flute Association Advanced Masterclass Competition, University of North Florida Concerto Competition, Florida Community College Activities Association's Student Artist Competition, and the Flute Fusion Young Artist Competition. He was selected as a finalist in both the Ars Flores Young Artists Concerto Competition and the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition.
Taylor currently teaches flute to select pupils as owner of The Tampa Flute Studio. His students have earned places in the Florida All State Honor Bands, Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, Hillsborough All County Honor Bands, Florida Flute Convention Junior and Senior Honors Flute Choirs, USF BAY Winds and JBAY Honor Bands, and UT Honor Band. He is also the Director of the Gulf Coast Flute Choir, which under his direction has been selected to perform one of his original arrangements at the 2018 National Flute Association Convention.
Taylor is a LefreQue Performing Artist. He received a Master of Music in Performance with Merit from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as part of the Guildhall Artist Masters in Orchestral Artistry program in association with the London Symphony Orchestra, supported by The Guildhall School Trust. He received a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of North Florida where he graduated summa cum laude. His primary flute teachers were Ian Clarke, Philippa Davies, Sarah Newbold, Les Roettges, and Rhonda Cassano.
Dr. Mandy Swaim - Flute Faculty
Dr. Mandy Swaim is an avid performer and teacher of flute currently residing in Tampa, Florida. She is the instructor of flute at Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City, Florida and is a highly sought after middle and high school flute clinician in the Tampa bay area. Additionally, a strong enthusiasm for flute instruction has led Mandy to maintain a private flute studio with students of all ages, offering both in-person and virtual lessons. She has taught numerous masterclasses in the southeastern United States. Her students have proved numerous successes in festivals, honor bands, and competitions at the county, district, and state levels as well as college auditions. Her passion for music education has sparked particular interest in researching and creating pedagogical and instructional techniques to assist the developing flutist.
With a strong passion for collaborative performance, Mandy has participated in cross-disciplinary performances in the arts and has founded various chamber ensembles. These chamber ensembles include:The Elm Street Duo (flute and horn), Euphorbia Duo (flute and clarinet), V3N Trio, and The Heights Consort (chamber ensemble). Participation in these ensembles has led to commissioning projects, unique performance opportunities, and continued inspiration in collaboration. Additonally, Mandy currently performs with professional ensembles in the Tampa Bay area including the Tampa Bay Symphony (principal flute) and Florida Wind Band (section flute and piccolo), and St. Petersburg Opera Company (flute). Her collaborative experiences across mediums have led to international performance opportunities in Italy, Austria, and Czech Republic.
Dr. Swaim completed a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of North Carolina Greensboro where her studies focused on flute performance with an emphasis in early flute pedagogy. She holds both a Master of Music degree and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in music education from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from University of South Florida. Her primary instructors have included Dr. Kim McCormick, Dr. Deborah Egekvist, Dr. Carla Copeland-Burns, and Dr. Erika Boysen.
Louis Torres - Flute Sales Specialist
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Aaron Campbell - LefreQue Sales Specialist
Aaron Campbell is an active freelance Euphonium, Trombone, and Tuba performer in the Tampa Bay area, and is the adjunct professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Tampa. Aaron is the founder, president, and solo euphonium of the Tampa Brass Band and serves as principal euphonium and low-brass section leader for the Florida Wind Band. Aaron regularly performs with other groups throughout Florida such as the Florida Orchestra, the Florida Wind Symphony, and the Brass Band of Central Florida. Aaron also performs frequently as a solo, chamber, and musical theater musician.
As a soloist Aaron regularly presents recitals and has been a featured soloist with the Florida Wind Band, the JMU Symphonic and Brass Bands, as well as multiple high schools throughout the southeastern United States. Aaron’s debut solo CD “For Those That Wander” featured new works for the euphonium and piano including four new pieces commissioned by Aaron. Aaron regularly performs and demonstrates at conferences such as being a featured soloist at the 2019 Georgia Music Education Association Conference, speaker at the Inaugural International Brass Festival hosted by the University of Florida, and the 2018 South-East Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference hosted at Florida State University, where he gave a recital including two newly composed works for Euphonium and Piano that he also commissioned. (Turbo by Jonathan Hadden and The Wind Carries Relics by Tyler Kline.)
Along with being a performer Aaron is also in demand as a music educator, and has had a regular private lesson studio since graduating high school. Aaron currently boasts a large private studio of students on all brass instruments at all levels, ages, and musical backgrounds. Aaron also puts on clinics and regularly visits classrooms and conferences to give masterclasses and lectures. Aaron has given presentations on musical entrepreneurship and creating non-traditional musical career paths at colleges and high schools throughout the southeastern United States.
Aaron's other projects include his YouTube channel, "AKCEuph", featuring performances, educational information, and product reviews pertaining to brass musicians. He is also the host of his own podcast entitled "Young Musicians Guide", which is a series of interviews with musicians who are making a living by following uncommon careers paths and have valuable advice for the next generation of promising artists.
Aaron is a Besson performing artist and performs exclusively on a Besson BE 2051 Euphonium. He is also a Lefreque performing artist. Aaron holds a Master of Music in Euphonium Performance from James Madison University, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of South Florida. Primary teachers include Carlyl Webber (Army Field Band Euphonium, Retired), Jay Hunsberger (Former Principal Tuba, Sarasota Orchestra), and Kevin Stees (Tuba/Euphonium professor, James Madison University).