Get to know Jeff
A professional musician since 1980, Jeff Gibbens has become one of the tri-state area’s most requested trumpet artists. Known for his powerful, bold sound and almost unlimited register, he is in constant demand as a lead trumpeter as well as jazz, combo, classical and sideman, traveling throughout the United States and Canada.
Jeff has been with the Prime Time Brass Band for the past seven years. He has also appeared with nationally known artists such as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Temptations, Debbie Boone, Huey Lewis and the News, The Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Vinton, Al Martino, the Larry Elgart Orchestra, Ringling Bros. & Barnham and Bailey Circus, the Ice Capades, Bob Newhart, the Buffalo Philharmonic “Pops” Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Boys and many others. He played lead trumpet for Erie’s Misery Bay Big Band, Is co-principal trumpet for the Big Band Sounds of WD Packard Band in Warren, Ohio, Ron Chick’s “Friends” Big Band from Youngstown, Ohio, the Madison Jazz Project from Madison, Ohio, and the Babaloo Big Band (Lucille Ball Festival) in Jamestown NY.
Jeff has served as the musical director, composer/arranger and brass instructor for the Erie Thunderbirds Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, and led them to six National Championships (’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’98 & ’02). Jeff is a lifetime member of the Pennsylvania Drum & Bugle Corps Hall of Fame (inducted in 2005). In 2010, Jeff was inducted into the Buglers Hall of Fame, and is enshrined alongside such greats as Maynard Ferguson, Louis Armstrong, Clark Terry and others.
Jeff also honors the veterans of his community as he sounds “Taps” at over 80 Military funerals a year in the greater Erie, PA area.