Monte Becker

Monte is the Outreach Director on the Valley Winds Executive Board

Matt Sypek

Matt Sypek is currently the Music Director at Greenfield High School in Greenfield, Massachusetts, where he teaches band, chorus, and music electives. He attended Holyoke Community College and received an Associate of Arts degree in Music in 2008. Matt also holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (2012) and Master of Music in Wind […]

Melissa Munafo

Melissa Munafo is a trumpet player in the Valley Winds and the band and choral director at STEM Middle Academy in Springfield, MA. She is in her fifth year of teaching in the Massachusetts public school system. Melissa began her teaching career in the Lynn public school system in 2014 and taught at Lynn Classical […]

Daniella Garcia

Daniela Garcia is pursuing a Master’s degree in Trumpet at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance from Unirio and UFPB in Brazil.  Daniela is founder of the two editions of the “Encontro Pernambucano de Metais” (Brass Festival) in Recife/PE/Brazil, and former member of the Ubirani Trumpet Group in João Pessoa-PB.Founder […]

Justin Esiason

Justin Esiason graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and African-American Music Studies as well as a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and also studied music education. While studying trumpet with Eric Berlin and Jeffrey Holmes, he surmised that many musical styles depend on, and are deepened […]

Dave Edwards

Dave Edwards is an award-winning composer and freelance musician. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT and studied trumpet with William Vacchiano, retired principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic and Bill Babcock, previously of the Chicago Symphony. He is the former Director of Bands at […]

Ryan Caster

Ryan Caster has performed trumpet with The Valley Winds since their inaugural season.  He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has been teaching in the Pioneer Valley for the past five years.  He is the Director of Bands at Belchertown High School where he conducts the […]