Columbus Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director and trumpet virtuoso, Byron has become a national favorite, soloing with the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Utah Symphony, and The American Jazz Philharmonic. Born in Atlanta, the son of a classical singer, Byron earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra, under the direction of Thad Jones and Frank Foster. He has played with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, and Buck Clayton in addition to The Lincoln Center Classical Jazz Orchestra, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and The GRP All Star Big Band. In addition to being an accomplished actor and singer, Byron is also a featured sideman with numerous other artists including Natalie Cole, Lena Horne, Sonny Rollins, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan and Freddie Cole. Supplementing his performing career, Byron conducts seminars and master classes at colleges, universities, conservatories, and high schools. He was educated at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.