Joe HargraveIntensity Owner & Guitar
In10City formed as a single 5 piece band in the Spring of 2011. Today, the In10City Band members perform at over 200 spectacular weddings and events per year. The incredible growth and popularity of our company is due in part to the high level of production, fresh approach to live dance music, and our creative and highly interactive shows. The real magic though, comes through our phenomenal staff. The Intensity Entertainment family includes performers, arrangers, tech staff, and management; all dedicated to making your event incredible.
There are “party bands” in our market that put random groups of musicians together, on the fly. As a result, they forego quality for sake of sales. Believe it or not, some well known wedding bands in DFW have even double-booked themselves; only to then sub-contract another existing party band to perform events under their name. It sounds crazy. It sounds unethical. We think it is. Our competitors like to compare us to these bands.
In10City creates multiple shows, made up of different cast members. Disappointingly, our competition commonly claims that In10City lacks consistency due to this method. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Development of consistent, high quality performing teams is the core business model of Intensity Entertainment. To that end, the In10City Bands never ‘throw together’ groups of musicians. On the contrary, each band includes well rehearsed, finely tuned teams of the professional, dedicated In10City Band members shown on this page. And we believe the level of talent & experience showcased within this page is unmatched in this industry. Adding even more continuity, each team travels with identical staging, sound and lighting. This allows us to create an amazingly consistent audio and visual experience.
We host regular public events and showcase nights just so you can hear, and meet our staff. Consequently, we encourage our clients to request their preferred performers! We will happily work with you to assemble the team, and design a jaw-dropping event that won’t be forgotten.
Brian Carter-Kacho, or “CK” as he’s more commonly known, has been with In10City from the
beginning. Before taking on his current dual role as Director of Sales and lead vocalist for
Intensity Entertainment, CK was a talent buyer/booking agent for a well-known entertainment
company. He’s worked with many corporate clients, including ExxonMobil, Schlumberger,
Kiewit, Haliburton, Chevron, Amica, Baker Hughes, Texas Health Resources, and Swank Capital, to
name a few. He’s also worked with many social clients, such as pro-athletes, former presidents,
governors, CEO’s, celebrities and hundreds of happy brides and grooms.
While CK may joke that he’s only responsible for singing the songs that require little to no
rhythm, and minimal dance ability, he truly is a talented tenor vocalist who is a vital
component to Intensity Entertainment. He’s performed at over 500 weddings and counting and
has done extensive work towards the successful coordination, production, and management of
countless weddings and event entertainment gigs.
When CK’s not working for In10City bands, he’s busy being a devoted husband and father to
one daughter and two step-sons.
In10City Band member Kim Burns grew up surrounded by music and can’t remember a time when it wasn’t in her life. Growing up with a father who is a guitar player and singer/songwriter, she quickly developed a love for music. Kim had her start in performing through her competitive church chorus group and her elementary school choir. She stuck with choir through her first year of college, where she received a vocal scholarship at Trinity Valley Community College. Since her school years, Kim has kept her vocal skills fresh by singing in local churches, weddings, and special events.
Kim married her hometown sweetheart during those college years and began traveling with her husband, a professional baseball player while taking college classes as well. When her husband decided to return home after playing baseball for nearly a decade, they moved back to their hometown of Denton. Kim became a high school teacher after graduating from the University of North Texas, but it didn’t take long for her to get back into the music scene. Kim had the privilege of singing on a couple of albums for local musicians and friends, and the joy from the process of recording in a studio and singing in a band gave Kim a strong desire to do more with her vocal abilities, so she started auditioning for local bands and entertainment companies.
It wasn’t long after this when Joe Hargrave, owner of Intensity Entertainment, came across a talent site with Kim’s contact info and called her about auditioning for the new band he was starting up. In April of 2011, Kim auditioned and became one of the founding members of the original In10City Band. Kim’s passion for music, along with her gymnastics, cheerleading and dance background, has helped her become a valuable female vocalist of the DFW area. She has helped open opportunities for In10City to perform in front of thousands of people at special events, weddings and private parties.
Loren comes from a rich history in music and vocal performance. He grew up in the Beaumont, TX area with a musically inclined family. His mother was a strong soprano singer who traveled across the Southern United States in the 1960’s & 70’s with her two beautiful sisters singing in a gospel group, “The Hargraves Sisters.” Even after the gospel group days, they continued to perform together. Loren grew up watching them sing and captivating their audiences by their tight harmonies and smooth voices. His mother recognized Loren’s singing abilities at a very young age and fed his talent and desire for music. As an 18-month-old toddler, she recorded him on tape singing with his grandmother “Little Momma’s Darling” in harmony!
As years went by he continued to grow in school and church choirs where he gained experience on stage. Loren always ranked at the top in UIL and TMEA competitions and quickly gained his title as a singer in Southeast Texas. As a teen, he became more active in his local church with whom he toured over half of the United States during the summers of 1999-2001. During the same time frame, Loren’s home town of Vidor, TX would hold an annual region-wide talent competition. In 2000, he snagged the top spot as the “Over-all Winner” which began to give Loren local recognition in his home town and beyond. All this launched him to perform across the nation from Los Angeles to Raleigh again with a gospel group that was led by his godmother, Anita Vaughn.
He nurtured his talent by studying vocal performance in college and was chosen as the only vocalist to perform in the coveted “Honors Recital” as a sophomore at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. Additionally, he gained the top spots in the “National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)” regional competitions 2 years in a row in Houston and Waco.
In 2004, Loren was asked to join one of the nation’s largest pageant systems, National American Miss, which he toured with for 4 years across the country as their “Official Entertainer” and “Judge Coordinator.” To this day, he is still with the company as an independent contractor, performing and judging when available.
His talents as a musician later led him to be titled the “Southeast Texas Idol” by 94.1 KQXY Radio in 2004 and 2006, sending him to Los Angeles for the 2004 Season Finale live tapings and securing the opening act for the American Idol stars in their 2006 tour. Loren then moved to the Dallas area in 2007 to pursue more opportunities and performed at Six-Flags Over Texas for 3 seasons and was chosen by upper management to become the “Show Captain and Show Swing” in 2009 after performing for Star Cruises in New York City for a season.
He began performing in the party band industry in 2010, and after a short break was asked to join In10city Band in December of 2014 by the owner of Intensity Entertainment, Joe Hargrave, via Facebook. He has been performing with them ever since. His time with In10City lead him to not only become a Lead Vocalist but also working full-time as the Director of Marketing with Intensity Entertainment. When Loren is not performing or working for Intensity, he is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management in which he plans to continue his career in music with Entertainment Marketing and Artist Promotion.
Rachel grew up in McKinney Texas and has lived in the same house her entire life. She began singing in first grade and performed “I can only imagine” by Mercy Me at her first talent show where she fell in love with the spotlight. She taught herself how to play guitar at the young age of 11, and to this day she has never had a formal lesson. During middle school Rachel became highly involved in church and toured with the choir all over Texas each year starring in the musical “Godspell”. Godspell was the catalyst to her leadership role on the worship team at church and she is continuously involved every Sunday. Once in high school, she was a part of theatre and choir and went on to win 1st place in UIL competition both Junior and Senior year. While still in high school, Rachel was asked to play some of her original music at all of the Relay for Life fundraisers in McKinney.
After graduating high school Rachel started teaching at The Guitar Sanctuary in McKinney. She teaches private lessons in guitar, vocals, piano, and ukulele. She is currently working toward her Bachelor’s degree in Commercial music at Collin/UNT, and served two years as the leader of the acapella group.
In10City noticed Rachel and her amazing stage presence at a local club, and she quickly became part of the Intensity family. Her smile and enthusiasm will make anyone want to get out on the dance floor and bust a move. When she is not performing with In10City, she is writing her original music, and playing with her new band Raquel Down Under at local clubs and restaurants in Dallas.
Susan Cloud has been singing and performing with Think Big & The Bulletproof Brass since 2009.
As a busy mom of three, and the executive producer of the Mark Davis Show – widely regarded as one of the most-listened-to political radio talk programs in the state of Texas – Susan keeps a full schedule.
Whether it’s scheduling show appearances with presidential candidates or cheering in the stands at junior high volleyball games, Susan approaches everything she does with tenacity and a sense of teamwork.
Susan’s first live performance – as a singing sheep in a kindergarten Christmas pageant – nearly stripped her of any desire for the spotlight. However, this changed in 1999 when she became a professional vocalist, pianist, and guitar player.
When it comes to her role with the Think Big & The Bulletproof Brass, she prides herself in giving it her all, no matter what the song, venue, or clientele. Observers in the crowd would never guess that she has no interest in becoming a star, but this truly is the case. Susan seeks to elevate those around her, staying positive in all cases, and lending a motherly ear to her band mates when they need one. Above all, she never forgets that it’s a gift to be paid for doing something she loves.
When she’s not kissing boo-boos, evaluating campaign strategies, or stalking her favorite political pundits, she enjoys blogging, working out, writing songs, sipping bourbon, chugging coffee, and attending church activities with her family.
Susan is also available for professional voice overs, and also performs in a jazz duo with renowned pianist Josh Hanlon.
Growing up in a small town in east Texas, Candice Pare had a strong passion for music starting at a very young age. From bouncing as a baby listening to Michael Jackson’s music on an old-school record player to lip syncing and performing in front of family and friends, the sky was the limit when it came to her musical aspirations. In addition to writing her original music, she was also involved in cheerleading, pageants and talent shows, including a performance in Quebec, Canada called “Cabaret de la Releve”. Her debut in front of a large crowd was at the Teen Miss Van Zandt County pageant, in which she was awarded 1st place.
In 2007, Candice was discovered by “Vince Vance and the Valiants”, a touring group that covers the greatest music of the 50’s through 90’s. While traveling with them, she had the opportunity to perform with actor John Goodman and Blaine Kern, AKA Mr. Mardi Gras. After four years of touring with Vince, Candice opted to come off the road to start her own family .
She now has two amazing boys she considers to be her biggest inspiration. After her education in Business Management, and as her kids started to become more independent, she began transitioning back into the music scene. When her longtime friend Loren introduced her to the In10City family in 2014, she was hooked. She looks forward to the energy and excitement of every show with the In10City Band. When she’s not working, she is spending quality time with her boys, family, and friends.
Randy Horton was born in Chicago Illinois and now resides in Dallas Texas. His passion for music was nurtured by his family of five since the age of 8. Led by his mother, he and his family would practice together as if they were the Jackson 5. His mother, father, and grandmother inspired him greatly in his path to becoming a musician, songwriter, recording artist, professional entertainer, and vocal coach.
Randy has been in the cover band industry for 7 years and has shared the stage with multiple artist and legends such as Andre Crouch, Kirk Franklin, and Men of Standard.
When Todd Gheisar is on stage, his goal is to become the artist he’s performing. He can be Pitbull, Eminem, Macklemore, Humpty, Lit’ John, B.I.G, Shaggy, and more when on stage. With costumes, vocals, dancing, and style, Todd brings the music to life by bringing the original artist to your event!
Todd has been singing and performing since he was a child. He was in his high school’s a cappella group and show choir, and has continued with the music sphere since those younger years. He’s always loved being a high-energy performer, and his passion for performing was reignited years later when he stepped on a karaoke stage for the first time. The crowd’s response to his impersonations set him on a whole new path in music. Within a year, he was emceeing one of the top karaoke shows in Dallas, where he brought the party to Dallas nightlife every week.
He’s made several videos on YouTube that have accrued some fame, with over 1.5 million views! These videos feature some of his impersonations. They are what drew Intensity Entertainment to him, where he’s now been a valued member of the Intensity family since 2012. When Todd performs with the band, he finds his happy place in the middle of the crowd and inspiring everyone dance.
Daniel Clayton Austin is a self-taught Vocalist and Musician from Charlotte, North Carolina. After acquiring a Bachelors degree in Business at The University of North Carolina, he decided to venture south and dive into the Austin TX music scene. He worked with several original and cover bands in the Austin area and fell in love with the stage.
In 2016 Daniel relocated to Dallas to join the Intensity family. Daniel is a natural on stage, and brings a level of soul and energy that will surprise you every time.
I grew up in a small town just outside of Fort Worth, TX. Music has always been a huge influence in my life starting with my parents. My dad, who has absolutely zero musical “talent” but great taste in music, he always encouraged me to listen to all kinds of genres which I found a love for over the years. My momma is an absolute powerhouse singer. She has been pouring into me as a vocalist for as long as I can remember. Singing and music have been a huge part of my life for a long time.
Since 2014 I have been making a name for myself working as a solo artist all around the DFW area. I enjoy song writing, production and artist branding through my affiliation with The Hang Studios, a recording studio located in North East Fort Worth where I work with head engineer Ben Barnett and his talented brother Caleb. After Caleb introduced me to Joe Hargrave, I joined the Intensity family in early 2017. I love to bring the party wherever I go, constantly being goofy and enjoying life. So, if you’re ready to have fun, bring it on!
Connected. This one word sums up the life mission of singer, songwriter, and producer, Bryan James. Hailing from Louisiana; music has been an integral part of his life beginning at the age of four through the musical talent and inspiration passed down by his mother and father. He became fast friends with the ivory keys, playing piano by ear alone and following along to his favorite Earth, Wind and Fire songs and releasing/relaying the music that consistently played through his head. He channeled his passion for singing in his school choir and performing in school plays. But what has loomed even larger than his talent and passion for music has been his uncanny ability to connect with people of all backgrounds and ages. Bryan has never been musically biased to any one genre of music or influence.
Bryan has always had an open ear for music with diverse arrangements that necessitate meaning rather than superficial messages. This freedom has given him the opportunity to write songs founded by truth while encouraging his listeners to be their authentic self and experience love outside of the box. “I love people. I believe if we take the time to look beyond some of the social barriers we’ve created as a society, we’d find common ground on which most of us can relate, and that is what music is all about”. As a humble realist, Bryan James understands the challenges that exist in a time where fans have been saturated by instant gratification, ‘I need mine’ mentality which breeds mind-numbing songs used to only generate airplay.
Nonetheless, Bryan insists on creating an authentic experience. “I look at my music, my brand, as a church building. A pastor will start by having a small bible study in his living room, and if the people are experiencing something real, they’re going to tell three or four people each, and it snowballs from there.” His music is an experience that will be shared among those yearning for a link with a unique artist who has heart, is humble, authentic, and passionate. He is a champion for the common man, and one who will work tirelessly to build a house where all those people are connected.
Born and raised in Dallas, TX, JaQuay fell in love with music at the early age of two. He began to sing incessantly, honing in on his skills with hopes that his voice could one day rival that of one of his favorite singers Whitney Houston. Later at four years old, he began writing his first few “songs”. From there, his passion for music began to evolve on another dimension.
Throughout grade school, JaQuay sang in many different school choirs including the Richardson ISD All District Choir. Under these groups, he competed in several UIL competitions receiving 1s (the highest possible score) for his solo and ensemble performances. JaQuay was also a very active member of several choirs and ensembles in his church & neighborhood. Each year, JaQuay was asked to sing major parts in many events, musicals, & special occasions including the inductions ceremonies of Eagle Scouts.
At the age of 18, JaQuay began studying Commercial Music at Collin College, in Plano, TX. While there he took classes focusing on vocal training, basic music theory, & music merchandise. These classes provided him with critical information about his craft that went beyond singing and writing while advancing his knowledge of music business. With these skills and an on going thirst for knowledge, JaQuay went on to pursue an opportunity to audition for Berklee Conservatory, in Boston Mass., in 2011. This experience went on to teach him about the optimism that comes from failure & perseverance.
JaQuay since has been working towards making a name for himself in the city of Dallas. He has performed with many local performing arts organizations including the Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL) and the Dallas Symphony Chorus, which afforded him the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. His most notable accomplishment would be co-founding his original pop band Friday’s Foolery in 2011. The band since has been recognized by the city & nominated for a Dallas Observer Music Award in 2016.
Beyond performing, JaQuay continues to work explore other avenues of the music business including singing many jingles under the iHeartRadio umbrella. He also established his music publishing company, Vital Lyrics Music Publishing, in May 2012. JaQuay and Vital Lyrics are associated with Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), and The Songwriter’s Guild of America.
Aaron Hawkins, AKA “Hawk”, serves numerous roles at Intensity Entertainment. He functions as a band leader, musical director, and bassist.
Aaron earned his degree in Music at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music, his education and experience have helped him become proficient with multiple musical instruments. When Aaron is not playing, he spends his time writing and producing music.
He’s garnered extensive professional experience as a live session bassist for several major national recording artists, and he brings this experience to the table when performing with In10City. When Hawk is on the stage, the audience is guaranteed to feel a groove that will make them move on the dance floor.
Ian Lawler has been playing guitar professionally for 20 years. He has performed across the country and around the world, working with legendary artists spanning all genres of music. Ian has shared stages with Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Dr. John, Mayer Hawthorne, Mystikal, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, Jack DeJohnette, Speech, and Arrested Development. He appears on albums by Grammy-winners Speech and Arrested Development and he’s even released his own album, Future Nostalgia, which he wrote, arranged, produced, and performed.
Amazingly, Ian is a self-taught guitarist. Within two years of starting to learn how to play the guitar, he was already teaching private lessons. After earning his degree in Creative Performing Arts from the University of Michigan, Ian stayed on as an instructor of Creative Musicianship for several years. He taught guitar classes at The Covenant School, full-band classes through Day Jams and classes at the Charlottesville Rock Academy. He also continues to teach private guitar lessons in Dallas.
Ian loves music of all genres and has worked professionally playing Pop, Rock, Disco, Funk, Jazz, Blues, Country, Motown, R&B, Neo Soul, Reggae, and World Music. His musical versatility helps to make In10city a truly unique variety band. Whether you need light background jazz, booty-shaking funk riffs, or face-melting guitar solos, Ian can do it all!
At the age of eighteen months, Sam started bashing on ice-cream buckets with his Mum’s wooden spoons. At the age of six, he received his first drum kit; a Tama ImperialStar kit, purchased from The Drum Shop in Piccadilly Square, East Perth. Ten years later, he started working at that same drum shop, and worked there for fourteen years before moving over to Kosmic.
During his early years, Sam performed all over Australia with multiple bands including the Phatts, Perth live dance band, and The Party Rockers. During this time, he learned what being a professional musician was all about, and how comfortable he was being in the spotlight. He loves learning about all the new technology and how he can implement it in his overall technique and performances.
In October of 2014, his family of three relocated from Perth, Australia to Dallas, Texas. He took a year off to focus on getting the family settled, and as soon as they were, he was back behind the drums. In 2016 Sam reached out to the owner of Intensity and requested an audition. After hearing him perform, along with the great Aussie accent, we were thrilled to have him join the Intensity family.
When Sam is not performing, he enjoys shooting photography, editing photos and spending time with his son and “hot” wife.
Dennis was born in Dallas TX. As soon as young Dennis could walk, he grabbed the drumsticks and began playing. When he was a young child he began his drumming career in church and took his passion into school by joining his elementary school’s band in fourth grade. He continued with the marching band and jazz band at T.C. Marsh Middle School. When he went to Lincoln High School he became the drum section leader and the drummer for the Maurine F. Bailey concert choir. After graduating in 1998, Dennis went on to further his music career with different bands and choirs around the city such as Jazz on the Bricks, Mad Skillz, The Mix Band, Maghony and the Jam box, Domino Effect, Gloria and Diva G, Downtown Doug, StruXtr Band, N-tense, Drummers Expo, Jive, and countless others.
Aside from this, Dennis has also been able to perform with the TBAAL (The Black Academy of Arts and Letters) Choir for 17 years. He’s had the opportunity to work with renowned artists such as Tony Terry, Rahsaan Patterson, Erykah Badu, Fantasia Barrino, Ruben Studdard, Peabo Bryson, Chrisette Michele, Ledisi, Fred Hammond, Rick James, Karen Clark Sheard, Cece Winans, Chanté Moore, Phil Perry, Tevin Campbell, Coko SWV, The Caravans, Albertina Walker, Walter Hawkins, Daryl Coley, Rance Allen, Tramaine Hawkins, Yarbrough and Peoples, Tommye Young-West, Candy West, Carolyn Traylor, Lalah Hathaway, Ann Nesby, Roz Ryan, Benita Arterberry, Dana Hemphill, Smokie Norful, Kelly Price, James Fortune, and just to name a few of the many.
Dennis’ passion for music has grown tremendously and he’s truly grateful for his musical career and skills. Currently, Dennis keeps busy recording with Rikki McNeil, Kenya Gillespie, The Whiskey Brothers, NuMerC and a few others. Dennis does all this while staying a valued part of the Intensity family where he keeps the energy going for In10city performances!
From a young age, Aaron Rader has enjoyed a life-long pursuit of performing music. His musical training began on piano at age 9, and he chose trombone for middle and high school band. At age 15, Aaron decided to try electric bass, an instrument that would follow him through the years. Although he played trombone in school, he found opportunities to play electric bass in local jazz ensembles and church worship bands during his teenage years.
As a bassist, Aaron considers his greatest influence to be Nathan East, the renowned LA studio bassist for artists such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Eric Clapton. In fact, he continues to perform on a 5-string Yamaha Nathan East Signature Series.
Since moving to Texas in 2004, he has played both trombone and electric bass in various jazz, country, salsa, and Top 40 bands in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Think Big Party reflects Aaron’s belief that music is meant for entertainment, not narcissism.
Aaron holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) from the University of North Texas, and since 2007, he has been the Associate Professor of Low Brass at Collin College in Plano, TX.
Cory Hamilton grew up knowing he wanted to be a performer. His mother was a talented musician who played piano and instilled in him a love and respect for music at an early age. When he was ten years old he asked for a keyboard for Christmas, his mother told him they had to many keyboards in the house and he needed to choose a different instrument. After hearing a song on the radio, he knew the bass was the instrument of choice.
At the age of sixteen, Cory performed at his first live recording with a gospel choir. By the time he was eighteen he was touring the country with the great Greg O’Quinn. Cory has played with the Ce Ce Winans, The Potter’s House, Carnell Murrell, his biggest inspiration after his mother, and many more. He is a lover of all genres of music and loves pleasing the crowd.
Cory joined the Intensity family in 2016. When he is not performing with In10City, he enjoys playing at church every Sunday, and spending time with his two amazing boys.
Tony Crawford began teaching himself to play lead guitar when he was just a teenager. As inspiration in his younger years, he drew on greats such as Jimi Hendrix and Frank Marino for influence. Over time he increased his skills by playing with local groups in his hometown of Texarkana, Arkansas. His greatest inspiration was playing behind his father, who was a well-known local blues singer.
Later, Tony joined the military where he was professionally trained in music theory and sight reading as a lead guitarist for the US Navy Band in Memphis, TN. While serving his country, Tony was given the opportunity to play all over the fifty states. He spent time on Memphis’s famous “Beale Street” playing with well-known blues and R&B Artists.
After retiring from the Navy, Tony settled in the Dallas area and quickly joined Dallas’s music scene. He’s played with In10City for over two years, and also played locally and traveled with many other Dallas area bands. With his specializations in all genres of music including Top 40, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Rock, and Country, Tony has easily been labeled “One of the Baddest Boyz in Dallas!”
Aaron Flores began his musical studies at the age of six on piano and has continued to study music throughout his life on guitar, bass, piano, french horn, and trumpet. In addition to playing, he began a teaching career at the age of 17 and has taught at many schools all over the state of Texas.
Since the 6th grade, Aaron performed with many school ensembles including jazz bands, mariachi bands, choirs, orchestras, and even a rock band. As a senior in high school, he placed 5th in the state on jazz guitar, and 3rd in the state, at the 4A level, on French Horn at the Texas Association of Music Educators All-State auditions.
Aaron attended Del Mar College and Texas A&M University where as a freshman he made the All-State Jr. College Jazz Band. Aaron played with the Del Mar College and Texas A&M University jazz bands and guitar ensembles, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Classical Guitar Performance under the direction of Philip Hii. Upon graduation, Aaron performed with several bands in the South Texas area and at numerous venues throughout South Texas. He also expanded his teaching career to encompass Alice, Banquete, and Corpus Christi, before returning to school.
In August of 2010 Aaron completed a masters degree in jazz studies at the prestigious University of North Texas where he played with the 8 O Clock lab band, 335 Jazz Guitar Ensemble, and U-Tubes Trombone Ensemble, and studied with guitar greats Fred Hamilton and Noel Johnston.
Aaron has also attended numerous master classes and workshops with guitar greats such as world renowned flamenco guitarist, Juan Serrano and jazz greats, Jack Peterson and Dave Stryker. His studies have covered many genres of music including classical, jazz, latin, and rock, and have taken him to various cities and states including Texas, Florida, Utah, and Kentucky.
Aaron is currently an independent music instructor, is recording with the Dallas band Family Crude, and is on the worship team of FBC McKinney.
Pete Weise is a professional guitarist and educator based in Dallas,TX. In addition to club dates and session work, Mr. Weise’s credits include the Rebel Alliance Jazz Ensemble, the Texas Tenors, the Plano Symphony, the Lone Star Jazz Orchestra, the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, Saratoga Arts Fest and has performed with Wayne Burgeron, Tom “Bones” Malone, Clay Jenkins, Jon Faddis, Bob Reynolds and James Morrison. He holds a B.M. and M.M. in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas and has studied with Fred Hamilton, Jimi Tunnell, John McLean, Jeff Andrews, Brad Shepik, Oz Noy and Dave Fiuczynski.
Mr. Weise is Associate Professor of Jazz Guitar at Collin College, teaches privately at the Guitar Sanctuary, and was a faculty member of the renowned National Guitar Workshop for over a decade. He is currently published by Premier GuitarMagazine and is an artist for G&L Guitars, D’Addario Strings and Godin Guitars.
As a solo artist, he performs regularly with his quartet, playing original jazz compositions and free improvisation influenced by Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, John Scofield and Kurt Rosenwinkel. “Masch Branch” was independently recorded and produced in 2002, featuring saxophonist Chad Makela from Doc Severinson’s orchestra. Weise’s latest quartet album “Salome’s Blues” was released in 2012 by Armored Records, featuring saxophonist Mario Cruz (Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Bruce Springsteen) and bassist Jacob Smith (Bob Belden’s Animation band). He performs in many side projects, including a quintet comprised of guitar, keyboard, bass and two drummers. The band recorded and released “Love The Music” in 2011 and is a collaborative effort in free improvisation, electronica and jazz.
Darron Carrington is a saxophonist/composer who is deeply influenced by the gospel tradition. The Houston, Tx native draws his musical inspiration from Victor Wooten, Gerald Albright, and Quamon Fowler just to name a few.
Darron has shared the stage with Foley, Bobbie Sparks, Allen Cato, Lords of Denman, Tatiana Mayfield, Swingin’ Aces and Axes of Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA), Dr. Vernard Johnson and many others. Currently, Darron is a part of GSP (Groove/Soul Project) and “that dope collective” known as Pocketbook (PKTBK).
Not only can he perform all genres of music, but Darron also likes to add a little movin’ while he is groovin’! If the music is right he will dance all night. Darron is excited to join In10City to create a unique experience that will keep you dancing!
For Rene music is a life-long love. During the day, he’s an elementary school music teacher with Dallas Independent School District, but when he’s not teaching he’s in full pursuit of his musical passion of playing the saxophone.
Rene’s performance resume includes shows with Miranda Lambert, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, The Pointer Sisters, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Bruce Hornsby, Asleep at the Wheel and Delbert McClinton. He also plays Big Band music with several community bands, including The Metro Praise Orchestra and the Tarrant County College Jazz Band.
The majority of his performances these days are with his friends at the Intensity Entertainment Group, but he also has extensive performance experience in Praise and Worship music with several churches in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Outside of this, he has also performed in demos for upcoming artists and for many TV and radio commercials. When he’s not busy with his own music, he also serves as a clinician and guest artist for several area high schools and assists in judging young saxophonists for All State Jazz Band every year.
Jonathan Mones has loved making music for nearly his entire life. Starting at the age of 6, Jonathan took classical piano lessons for 12 years, earning many accolades and participating in many classical piano competitions. At age 11, Jonathan picked up the saxophone and continued to study both piano and saxophone, developing his skills and passion for music.After graduating from Sachse High School in 2011, Jonathan went on to pursue a Jazz Studies degree at the University of North Texas, studying under the tutelage of Professor Brad Leali. While at the University of North Texas, Jonathan was a member of the seven-time Grammy nominated One o’ Clock Lab Band, which earned its seventh Grammy nomination while Jonathan was in the band.
After earning his degree in 2015, Jonathan has played a number of gigs in the DFW Metroplex using his musical versatility to play on saxophone, piano, flute, and clarinet, as well as arranging and composing his own original music. As a sideman, he has appeared on several recordings including 8 full-length studio jazz albums.
At the age of 22, Jonathan has already shared the stage with renowned artists such as Bobby Mcferrin, Jill Scott Band, Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Wycliffe Gordon, Wayne Bergeron, Frank Greene, Shaun Martin, Bernard Wright, Becca Stevens, and several others. As part of the Dallas music scene, Jonathan regularly performs with The Funky Knuckles, Cleon Edwards and the Hungry Jaxx, RC and the Gritz, Tatiana Mayfield, and many more.
Jonathan excels at playing several styles of music with having experience in Jazz, Gospel, Fusion, Neo Soul, R&B, Pop, Funk, Hip Hop, Classical, and World Music. With his youthful charisma and energetic personality combined with his passion for music, Jonathan brings a certain energy level and sound to every performance that is both entertaining and musically inspiring.
Originally from Longview, Texas, Kyle is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist bringing incredible talent to Think Big & The Bulletproof Brass In addition to being an incredible saxophonist and soloist, he also plays the flute and is an accomplished lead singer.
Kyle’s parents were very artistic and their talents passed to him. He was recognized in school at an early age to be gifted in various arts including painting, drawing, singing and playing the flutophone. One day while at home watching a holiday parade on TV, Kyle was intrigued by an instrument that he saw a band member playing in the marching band. He thought that it “looked complicated” and told his mother that was the instrument that he wanted to play. It was the saxophone.
In the Sixth grade, Kyle’s’ mother, bought his first sax (an alto) and informed him that “this was a big investment for a single mother to make”. Kyle agreed and got to work, quickly earning several performance awards. He later attended Longview High School under the direction of Pete Kunkel, where he became the youngest All State band member in his class.
Kyle attended Kilgore Junior College in Kilgore, Tx. as a Music Major under Directors Wally Reed and Jerry Hale. He continued his education by attending Jarvis Christian College for a short time. He was then offered a full music scholarship if he would move to Austin. Kyle took the offer and moved to Austin, Texas and attended Houston- Tillotson University where he acquired a Bachelors’ Degree in All-levels Music with a minor in English.
Kyle has performed with Barry White, Nancy Wilson, Chaka Khan, and Aubree Anna. He has also performed with numerous musicians and groups such as Human Touch featuring keyboardist Joel Guzman, The Business featuring vocalist/Larry Braggs (now with Tower of Power) and well as the Fabulous Thunderbirds and members of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Otis Webster and the Metro band; Bassists/Dwight Sirls, Michael Henry, Crawford Davis, John Echols; Drummers/Brady Blades, Brandon Temple, Popcorn, Peabody, Larry Hall, Joey Monk; Percussionist/Charles Barnett (Paula Abdul) and Keyboardists/Jeff Lorber, Joel Guzman, George Faber, Clayton Jones, Doc Gibbs, Billy Young, Gary Wooten, Bernard Wright, Rev.Eddie Templeton, Linny Nance, and Bobby Sparks, an Organist/Keyboardist who has played for Prince Marcus Miller; Guitarists/Gary Boren, Domino, Brent Boyd, Byron Canada, Johnny Dunn; Vocalist/Melissa Lanes, Dena Ochoa, Larry Braggs (Tower of Power), Ray Crumley and Doc Gibbs.
After college in Austin Kyle moved to Greenbelt, Maryland where he became head band director at a high school in Prince Georges’ County Maryland. Later he moved back to Texas after hearing the news that his mother’s health was declining due to cancer. He then got a job as head band director at a high school in Shreveport, Louisiana, a neighboring city across the state line from his home town Longview, Texas.
After Kyle’s’ mother, father and grandmother passed away, he moved to Dallas, Texas to pursue his entertainment and performance career. After playing throughout the Dallas Metroplex, Brent Boyd discovered Kyle’s’ talent and asked him to join his band. Today Kyle Stroud still performs with Think Big & The Bulletproof Brass under the new owner Joe Hargrave of Intensity Entertainment! He also teaches music for the Garland Independent School District.
He loves helping the kids and says that they even teach him. He hopes that his helping the kids will prepare them not only for music, but will also give them a better foundation to face the world in the future.
Crístian Alberto Román Pérez, also known as Cris Román was born in Panamá City, Panamá and made his way to the United States in 1999 because of his father’s military service. While earning his Master’s degree at The University of North Texas (2015), Cris received a Downbeat Magazine student award in the Latin Jazz Combo category (2014) and was a member of The Two O’clock Lab Band and the UNT Latin Jazz Lab.
Previously, Cris graduated from Lufkin High School in Lufkin, TX (2006) and received his Bachelor’s degree in music education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas (2010). While at SFA he cultivated a passion for the trumpet through in-depth study of the instrument and by participating in the school’s wind and jazz band programs. In 2008 and 2010, Cris was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from Canton, Ohio. Playing trumpet as part of this marching music youth organization, he spent two wonderful summers performing and touring the United States with some of the world’s finest marching performers.
Currently, the Dallas-based trumpeter finds himself performing in a variety of styles and genres such as Jazz, Hip-Hop, Classical and Afro-Latin music. He also finds great joy through his passion for music education by maintaining a private lesson studio and volunteering as a brass instructor for world-class youth organizations within Drum Corps International.
Born into a Caribbean family and growing up as a military brat has shaped Cris into a musician who embraces musical and cultural diversity and who feels most lively when adapting to different musical environments. Cris is very excited to hit the stage at every gig with the amazing, high energy musicians of the Intensity team!
Michael Campagna got his start in music by listening and learning from his piano-playing/singing mother, drummer father, and cellist/singer sister. Much of his extended family was musically inclined as well. At age 6, he began singing in his church choir and attributes his ability to harmonize music, interact with the band, and performance dynamics to the nurturing nature of his church choir.
Raised in New York, Michael started playing trumpet in the fourth grade. In 1998, Michael and his family moved to Granbury Texas where he went to middle and high school. He continued to play and was ready to start performing with the school band. With hard work and dedication, he was able to earn many awards and perform with a few of his idols such as Ed Shaughnessy, and Byron Stripling. Michael graduated High School in 2006 and was accepted to the University of North Texas. He pursued his dream and in 2013 received a Jazz Studies degree with a focus in Trumpet Performance. Since graduating college, Michael has worked with Arturo Sandoval, Wayne Bergeron, Bob McChesney as well as touring bands such as “The Les Elgart Jazz Orchestra” and “The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.”
Michael has a very wide variety of musical tastes and influences. He loves to play and sing Jazz, Pop, R&B, Motown, Blues, Salsa, Fusion, and Neo Soul. It’s not uncommon to find him singing Motown and R&B in front of wild crowds one night and playing the hits of Frank Sinatra with a local big band on the next. Michael is extremely passionate about music and he keeps himself busy devoting his time to a huge variety of musical projects. The prevailing theme he tries to bring to all of them is humor, an easy-going attitude, preparation, respect, honor, dependability, and the instinct to enhance the music being played around him.
“Dave” Anderson has been a member of the Bulletproof Brass since 2005.
David began his instrumental studies on the trumpet in Kenosha, WI. After graduating from high school he decided to dedicate his life to the study of music and received his Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Millikin University. David continued his education by earning his Master of Music degree in Orchestral Performance from the University of North Texas.
While at the University of North Texas he performed with such notable groups as the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, the Two O’Clock Lab Band and the internationally recognized One O’Clock Lab Band, in which he held the lead trumpet chair for three years.
While pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at UNT, David was a teaching fellow for the Jazz Studies Program. He is a former director of the 8, 7, 5 and 4 O’Clock Lab Bands.
David has had an extensive performance career on the trumpet. He has had the privilege to perform with such artists as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Christian Lindberg and Slide Hampton. He has also played in several of the local symphony orchestras in the DFW metroplex.
Along with being an avid performer, he is also an experienced educator. Since the early 1990′s, David has had a successful private studio, teaching well over 300 students. Many of his students have been Texas All-State members and several have gone on to earn their music degrees from colleges around the country.
David and his wife Elizabeth are proud parents of two beautiful and well-behaved children (most of the time) and have been residing in the DFW area for nearly 20 years.
Jordan Carr, originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has been an ever-evolving musician from an early age. Picking up the trumpet in band class during the middle of his 6th grade year, Jordan was the weakest musician in his age group. However, he immediately discovered a passion for music, particularly classical, and with much practice was awarded the Royal conservatory of music medal for best provincial grade 4 score, in 2007. He continued to push himself throughout secondary school, receiving the outstanding musician award each year from Lord Beaverbrook High School, and was recognized again by the province of Alberta for the most outstanding solo at the Alberta International Band festival, in 2009. It was only in late high school that Jordan branched out from his classical roots into new musical grounds; performing with two high school big bands, a local community big band, a high school jazz combo, an original jazz combo, the pit orchestra for a production of “Into the Woods”, and a few solo performances, on top of remaining in the high school concert ensembles.
Following graduation, Jordan was offered a scholarship to attend the University of North Texas. Jordan studied music theory, jazz, and English, and took private lessons under the tutelage of Jay Saunders (Stan Kenton Orchestra) and Paul Stephens (Maynard Ferguson). While at UNT, Jordan had the opportunity to record two albums with the Downbeat award-winning ensemble, the Two O’ clock lab band, as well as an album with The Latin Jazz Lab band, which subsequently won a Student downbeat award for Latin Group Undergraduate College Outstanding Performance, in 2016. He performed with these two bands, the Grammy Nominated One O’ clock Lab band, and many bands outside of the school environment during this time. Upon completion of his studies, Jordan moved to Dallas to further his musical career.
Jordan has become a prolific performer in many styles of music like Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, Blues, Funk, Neo Soul, Merengue, Salsa, Pop, Fusion, Latin Jazz, and classical. As such has shared the stage with many notable artists across a wide variety of styles, from artists like Casey James (American Idol finalist) or Cynthia Scott (Ray Charles), to Grammy Award winners like Raul Acosta (Oro Solido) and Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy). He has also shared the stage with Wycliffe Gordon, Bob McChesney, Victor Goines, Sean Martin, MonoNeon, Hannah Kirby, and Brian McDonald to name a few, and he regularly plays with many local bands in the DFW area.
Keith Karns is a trumpet player, composer, and bandleader based in Dallas Texas. Keith’s credits include collaborations with jazz artists such as Stefon Harris, Rich Perry, Greta Matassa, Lauren Sevian, and the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band. He has been the recipient of awards from ASCAP, Downbeat Magazine, and the Jazz Education Network, to name a few.
Keith writes for his own group, the Keith Karns Big Band. The band has toured nationally and has released two records. The most recent recording is a collaboration with Rich Perry and was released earlier this year on Summit Records.
Keith currently teaches trumpet and jazz at North Central Texas College. He is also the Artistic Coordinator for the jazz program at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.
Keith is a Torpedo Bags performing artist and uses Torpedo Bags to transport and protect all of his trumpets.
Grant Dawson has been with Think Big & The Bulletproof Brass since 2006.
Grant is from Machesney Park, Illinois, and has a background in musical theatre, lead vocals, and trombone performance. He studied music at Millikin University and Illinois State University, before moving to Denton, Texas where he studied jazz at the University of North Texas.
In addition to performing with Think Big & The Bulletproof Brass, Grant is a vocalist with The Tuxedo Junction Big Band and a freelance musician performing throughout the country.
George Hicks was born in East Texas. He knew at an early age that music would be his future. At the early age of eight, he was already labeled a ‘gifted musician’. His roots are in gospel music, but he enjoys playing and listening to all types of genres.
During his music career he has performed with several great artists such as, The Clark Sisters, James Moore, Kirk Franklin and many many more. George has been awarded winner of the Fort Worth Best Gospel contemporary group as well as Fort Worth Best Gospel quartet group numerous times. In addition to being a part of the Intensity family, he is also vocal trainer, songwriter, producer and engineer. When he is not performing with In10City, he enjoys spending time with his family and being involved in his church.