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.
Neil Konouchi has been freelancing on tuba in Tennessee since arriving Nashville in 2002. Neil attended the University of Southern California where he studied with legendary studio tuba players Tommy Johnson and Jim Self. After a short time playing tuba and bass trombone at Walt Disney World, he was encouraged to finish his degree at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he was selected to perform and tour with jazz great Phil Wilson’s big band.
Since moving to Nashville, Neil has had the opportunity play with the Nashville Symphony, the Chattanooga Symphony, and has been a touring member of Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band. He can be heard on many studio recordings, as well as the Nashville Symphony’s 2007 live recording of Pictures at an Exhibition, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. He has played for artists including Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Kim Carnes, Donald Lawrence, The Supremes, hit songwriter Greg Barnhill, and several others. Neil also performed with gospel group Trin-i-tee 5:7 on their Dove Award-winning single “Listen” in 2008.
Neil is a founding member of Nashville’s own second-line funky brass band, Halfbrass. Halfbrass plays private parties/weddings/receptions and has performed at events for ASCAP, BMI, Berklee College of Music, Paragon Studios, and Country Radio Seminar. The band toured the Northeastern US in 2003 where they were the opening act for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
In addition to performing, Neil is an active low brass teacher and is a staff member for award-winning bands at Walton High School (Marietta, GA) and Father Ryan High School (Nashville, TN).
Joe Murphy is one of the top recording tuba players in the United States having played live and on hundreds of recording projects with artists such as Michael Bolton, Michael W. Smith, Dennis DeYoung, Kirk Whalum, MercyMe, Steve Tyrell, The Fifth Dimension, Riders In The Sky, Steve Tyrell, Jeff Coffin and Futureman of Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Charlie Peacock, Darrell Worley, Brad Paisley, Larnell Harris, Mike Reid, Connye Florance, David Clydesdale, Stephen Melillo, the Nashville Jazz Machine, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Opera, the Alabama Symphony, and the Original Mr. Jack Daniels Silver Cornet Band. Joe has performed on nationally televised broadcasts of Austin City Limits, TNN’s Nashville Now, BET Jazz Classics, the NBC Today Show, Crook & Chase, and was recently the tuba soloist on the independent films, Hoodwinked and My Name Is Wallace.
Mr. Murphy is the Artist-In-Residence, Director of Bands, and Tuba-Euphonium Instructor at Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN (2001-2009). Joe was the featured tuba soloist and member of the United States Air Force Band, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH from 1987-1991.
Joe is the producer and founder of the jazz brass quintet, Conversation, and is the co-producer and co-founder of the Miraphone sponsored group, the Modern Jazz Tuba Project. The debut concert of his exciting new brass ensemble, THE LOUDHORNS, was at the 2008 ITEC.
As a producer and arranger, Joe has worked with a wide range of artists and clients including: Bob Carlisle, Kirk Whalum, Phil Keaggy, Twila Paris, Larnell Harris, Michael Johnson, Edgar Meyer, Futureman, the London Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, the Benson Music Group, The Alabama Theatre, Word Music, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville String Machine, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, Disney Cruise Lines, Warner Brothers Publishing, and Ralph Carmichael’s Big Band in Los Angeles.
Joe has been selected as the Program Director and Arranger for the Music City Legend Drum and Bugle Corps based out of Nashville, TN. Murphy is the staff arranger for dozens of drum corps and high school band programs nationwide, including DCI Finalist – SPIRIT from JSU (2005-2008). He is also a published arranger and composer with Arrangers Publishing Company and Row-Loff Productions.
Joe Murphy is a Miraphone Tuba Recording Artist, playing Miraphone tubas exclusively. Mr. Murphy plays a Miraphone 1291 CC tuba, a Miraphone 185 CC tuba, a Miraphone 1261 EEb tuba, a Miraphone 181 F tuba, a Miraphone F Cimbasso, and the brand new remake of a classic Miraphone 190 CC.
Mr. Murphy is the founder and owner of Loud Mouthpieces, a performance-based mouthpiece manufacturer for brass instrumentalists.