Meet Nashville’s finest musicians. We have traveled the world over and back again creating live music with the world’s best artists, and we have contributed to recordings in all genres of music, from rock to pop, black gospel to southern gospel, country to classical. From single song demos to complete film scores, we are here to make your project the best it can be. If you’re not sure exactly what instrumentation you are looking for, contact NashvilleStudioOrchestra.com and we will match you with the best possible musicians for your project. Every artist on this site is a professional musician who brings quality, artistry and excellence to every recording.
Jeff Bailey has been a contracted member of The Nashville Symphony since 1983. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in 1981; his teachers include William Adam, Karl Zimmerman, Patrick McGuffey and Lou Ranger. Jeff has been a featured soloist with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, and was a member of the Nashville Contemporary Brass Quintet for 9 years. He is adjunct assistant professor of trumpet at the Blair School of Music/Vanderbilt University and a member of the Blair Brass Quintet. Jeff frequently performs with the Chris McDonald Orchestra, the Nashville Jazz Machine, and he is an active studio and freelance musician. Some of his record credits include Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Peter Cetera, Matchbox 20, Point of Grace, Billy Gilman, Shelby Lynne, Garth Brooks and the Neville Brothers.
Mike Casteel has been a professional musician for the past 23 years. Residing in Nashville, TN, he is a trumpet player who can be heard on a diverse collection of projects including the feature film soundtrack “BILLY GRAHAM: THE EARLY YEARS”, Yolanda Adams’ “What a Wonderful Time” and most recently, Hank Williams Jr.’s upcoming release “Gulf Shore Road” (2009). Mike is a Dove nominated artist for “Praise and Worship Instrumental”, produced by Wayne Haun. In addition to his recording schedule, Mike is a sought after performer for live events, and has shared the stage with numerous artists including Aretha Franklin, Shelby Lynne, The Temptations, Natalie Cole, Wayne Newton, Brenda Lee, Randy Brecker and Debby Boone. Mike has also played with the Nashville, Chattanooga, and Huntsville Symphonies, Orchestra Nashville, Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band and is a member of the Nashville Jazz Orchestra. Mike began his career with Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass, and was featured with an unusual double, 5-string Banjo. He has continued to play 5-string banjo and has been featured on several Big Idea VeggieTales Video projects.
Mike is also an orchestrator and arranger whose credits include the feature animated film, “THE PIRATES WHO DON’T DO ANYTHING – A VEGGIETALES MOVIE” and David Phelps’ project, “The Voice”. Mike also serves as a first call copyist, serving clients around the world. For more information, check out the Music Preparation section of this site, or casteelmusicservice.com
A 1985 graduate of Towson State University in Maryland, Vinnie Ciesielski majored in music performance on trumpet, which he has played professionally for over 25 years.
Since coming to Nashville in 1992, he has played on thousands of recordings with artists such as Lyle Lovett, Travis Tritt, Tracy Byrd, Tanya Tucker, Bad Company, Glenn Frey, T.D. Jakes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gregg Allman, Kirk Franklin, Queen Latifah, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton, The Clark Sisters and many more. He has performed live with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Kid Rock, Keith Richards, Jimmy Buffett, Paul Simon, Sting, Tony Bennett, Glenn Frey, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The O’Jays, Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Shawn Colvin, Eddie Floyd, Booker T. and the MGs, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Bob Hope, Frankie Valli, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Hornsby, and The Beach Boys. He has also appeared on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Austin City Limits, Rosie O’Donnell, Ellen’s Really Big Show, The Dove Awards and The Stellar Awards. Vinnie has also performed on numerous Radio, Internet, TV and Movie sound tracks and Trailers. Vinnie has performed with the Nashville Symphony, Chattanooga and the The Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra.
Well known in the performance community, Mr. Ciesielski’s resume includes work on 45 Grammy-nominated and 13 Grammy-winning recordings and over 100 Stellar and Dove awards. Vinnie has also been the horn arranger on several of these Grammy, Dove and Stellar nominated and winning recordings.
David Hobbs is currently in his seventh season as the principal trumpeter of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Orchestra. A native of Mississippi, he grew up in northern Alabama and pursued his musical education at Louisiana State University. While a member of the Baton Rouge Symphony, he was selected the winner of the college division of the Louisiana Young Artists competition and as a result performed as soloist with the New Orleans Philharmonic. His brass quintet, the Acadiana Brass, was chosen as the first student player/coaches for the prestigious Empire Brass Quintet Symposium, hosted by the Tanglewood Music Festival.
David has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Alabama Symphony and the Ohio Light Opera. In addition, he has also been associated with the Meridian, Tuscaloosa and Huntsville Symphony Orchestras. In 1987 he began an affiliation with the Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band as cornet soloist. In this capacity, he toured and performed concerts encompassing the breadth of the United States. David has recorded five CDs with the band, as well as appearing on the Good Morning, America news program.
David is also the principal trumpeter of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. In 2003, he was featured with the NCO on their Grammy Award winning CD Kid Pan Alley. He also toured with the orchestra as part of the 2003-2004 Simply Christmas show, featuring Amy Grant and Vince Gill. David is also active as a recording artist, performing in the Nashville studios for many Christian recording labels. In 1990, he began performing regularly with the Nashville Symphony. He has recorded for NAXOS with the orchestra and recently appeared during the opening gala concert of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, later broadcast nationwide on PBS.
Mr. Hobbs has former affiliations with the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga music department and with Covenant College. He currently resides in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Steve Patrick has played on thousands of recordings including albums, film scores, and television, and has been a member of the Nashville String Machine for over 14 years.
Mr. Patrick can be heard on artist albums such as Marc Broussard, Vince Gill, Take 6, Colbie Caillat, Kenny Chesney, Matchbox 20, Brooks and Dunn, Willie Nelson, Glenn Frey, Rascal Flatts, Trey Anastasio, Toby Keith, The Mavericks, Elton John, Sara Evans, Garth Brooks, Norah Jones, Jaci Velasquez,and Erin McCarley to name a few.
Steve has performed and toured live with artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Paul Simon, Ben Folds, Glenn Frey, Arethra Franklin, The Dixie Chicks, Randy Brecker, Kenny Loggins, The Temptations, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers, Barry Manilow, Patti Austin, The Four Tops, and many more.
Orchestral freelance performances include such noteworthy organizations as the Nashville Symphony, the Knoxville Symphony and the Chattanooga Symphony.
Steve has taught trumpet as an adjunct faculty member at Belmont University, Trevecca Nazarene University and Cumberland University. He also teaches master classes and clinics throughout the southeast.
Mr. Patrick can also be heard on publishing media such as Arrangers Publishing, Music theater international, Disney theatrical, Row-Loff Productions, Music Minus One, and Hal Leonard.
Steve received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Indiana University, where he was a student of David Baker, Dominic Spera, and Bill Adam.
Steve’s trumpet playing is represented on all of the sound clips on this site.
For a listing of some of the sessions Steve has played on in the last 15 yrs. please click here.