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PJO Featured Member

Valerie Duke - Vocalist

  • Valerie Duke is a native of Chattanooga, TN, and an alumna of Chattanooga High School Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) where she majored in Musical Theatre. In 2005, she traveled to South Korea with CCA's Choo Choo Kids to represent the United States at the Gangneung International Arts Festival.

  • Later that year Valerie moved to NYC to further her studies of Musical Theatre. In May of 2010 Valerie auditioned for The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, and at the age of 23 was asked to join the prestigious ensemble led by famous trombonist Larry O'Brien. It was with Glenn Miller that she toured America, Canada, and Japan.

  • After the tour she was asked to join the Brad Walker Orchestra and was their vocalist for two years. In February of 2013 Valerie was asked to sing alongside two well-known ladies of jazz, Greta Matassa and Hedreich Nichols, at the 7th annual All Angels Jazz Festival in Kauai. She returned to sing at the jazz festival two years later to headline with New Orleans jazz pianist, Matt Lemmler.

  • Mrs. Duke has regularly been featured with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera for their "Big Band Fever." She spent four years writing and performing her original music in New York City, many of which can be found on her YouTube channel. Three of her original jazz songs can be found in the movie “Ladies of the House”.

  • Valerie graduated with a degree in Nursing in May of 2019 from Chattanooga State Community College. Valerie is excited to be performing again. She dedicates her performances to her daughters Sofia and Margot and her husband Colt.

 

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Saxophones

Grady Dickinson - ALTO

Hope Erickson - ALTO

Alan Wyatt - TENOR

Maycee Spence - TENOR

Keith Guillot - BARI

Trombones

Brian Poteet
Doug Warner/Jordon Trudeau
Mike Wert
*Bass Trombone/ Jim Baldree

Trumpets

Stephen Bearden
Nathan Warner
Tommy Bulman
David Henry
*Dennis Bauer/Glen Olson

Rhythm Section

Marquis Dotson - PIANO

Patrick Keeling - BASS

Mike Salter - DRUMS

Matt Turnure - DRUMS

Meliza Reyes / Edward Freytag - Percussion

Vocalists

Ellie Henry
Jermaine Purifory
Landis Batts
Michael Smith
Sharon Schwab
Valerie Duke