Dameon L. Gabriel: plays trumpet and was taught by his father August Gabriel Sr. He graduated from Cass Tech High School in Detroit and played in the marching band. He received a dual BS degree in general science from Moorehouse College and mechanical engineering from North Carolina A&T Univ. He performed with jazz bands, symphonic orchestras and marching bands in college. He leads the R&B group Ingenious, The Gabriel Brass Band and is owner of Gabriel Hall a New Orleans themed restaurant a tribute a to the siz generations of Musicians in his family.
Louis Ford is the son of Clarence Ford. Encouraged by his father, he started on the clarinet first then began playing the saxophone in junior high school Louis attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and studied with Kidd Jourdan at Southern University of New Orleans. He received a degree in music education at Loyola University and studied under clarinist Alvin Bastiste. Louis credits his precise tonal quality to his years of studying and playing classical music.
Louis is dedicated to preserving the authenticity of traditional jazz that he played alongside great legends such as trumpeters Wallace Davenport and Teddy Riley and guitarist/banjoist Danny Barker. He also played with Harry Connick Jr., Brooke Benton, Pat Boone, Shirelles, Ink Spots, Bowser-Sha Na Na, Joe Williams and a host of others.
Louis is the director of the Lafayette Academy Charter Schools band program. The Academy’s program includes concert, marching bands, and brass-band ensembles. He shares his experiences and life learned lessons with his students. “I explain to my kids that music also enhances your brain for your academics-math, science, English. So they have to take music to the heart and focus on that.”
Marjorie Gabriel – Burrow: Daughter of Joseph Gabriel, pianist and choir director. She has been the Minister of Music at St. Augustine – St. Monica Catholic Church since 1992. As assistant coordinator of Black Catholic Affairs- Archdiocese of Detroit, Marjorie founded the first diocesan for the “Lead Me, Guide Me, Hymnal”. This hymnal published by GIA publications in Chicago 1987 is the first African American Catholic Hymnal ever published.
Thaddeus Ford Sr. (1955-1999) Son of Clarence Ford, a professional trumpeter for 15 years with the US Marine Corp Band, Algiers Brass Band, Cool Riddims and Sister Teddy.