Dameon L. Gabriel (born 1979)
Dameon Gabriel plays trumpet and is the leader of the Gabriel Brass Band. He was taught by his father August Gabriel Sr. He graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit and played in the marching band there. He received a BS Dual Degree in General Science from Morehouse College and Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina A&T University. He performed with jazz bands, symphonic orchestras and marching bands in college. He leads the Gabriel Brass Band performing shows at clubs, concerts halls and in the streets. The Gabriel Brass Band has performed traditional funerals, weddings and festivals across Michigan and in Ohio. Dameon has activated the nonprofit Gabriel Music Society to provide instruments free of charge to music students who need instruments and present music education classes in Detroit high schools. he is owner of the soon-to-open Gabriel Hall, a New Orleans themed restaurant and family museum in the West Village area of Detroit.
Louis Ford (born 1961)
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 Jordan at Southern University of New Orleans. He received a degree in music education at Loyola University and studied under clarinetist Alvin Batiste. 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 traditional 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 was the director of the Lafayette Academy Charter Schools band program. The Academy’s program includes concert, marching bands, and brass-band ensembles. He shared 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.”
Louis plays saxophone and clarinet with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and leads his own ensembles.
Marjorie Gabriel-Burrow (born 1955)
Pianist and choir director Marjorie Gabriel-Burrow Joseph Gabriel. 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 was a key player in compiling and publishing, “Lead Me, Guide Me,” the first African-American Catholic hymnal in 1987. Marjorie performs gospel and religious concerts in the Detroit area, sometimes with her stepmother, singer Bessie Gabriel. She founded and maintains the annual Jazz On the Lawn jazz festival at St. Augustine-St. Monica since 2006.
Thaddeus Ford (1955-1999)
Thaddeus Ford Sr. is the son of Clarence Ford. He was a professional trumpeter for 15 years with the U.S. Marine Corp Band, Algiers Brass Band, Cool Riddims and Sister Teddy.