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Brittany Omphroy

Brittany was born and raised in Santa Clara, California. She is currently a research and development chemist in Sunnyvale, with a background in drinking water and geothermal brine. She is married, having met her husband in a salsa dance class at San Jose State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry in 2009. Her and her husband went on to compete in the latin and nightclub style ballroom dances on the college circuit.

Brittany began playing clarinet at the age of eight, under David Ladd Anderson through junior high school. At Valley Christian High School in San Jose, she played Bb and Eb clarinets in the symphonic band, while also expanding her horizons. While at Valley Christian, Brittany learned saxophone to play baritone in the swing band, alto and soprano in a jazz quintet, and would sub in on any needed saxophone for the jazz band lead by Dave Gregoric. She also performed in the colorguard her first two years at Valley Christian, before becoming drum major of the marching band, winning the highest scoring drum major award at the Santa Cruz Band Review her senior year. Brittany also marched in the winter percussion ensemble, playing bass drum for three years and tenor drums for one, winning first place in the CCGC championship three of her four years. She also enjoyed playing various woodwind instruments in the pit orchestras for The Music Man and The Wizard of Oz.

Brittany also had the privilege of teaching a beginning woodwinds class to fifth graders for one year at Valley Christian Elementary School. There, she introduced students to flute, clarinet, and alto saxophone, with various performances throughout the year. Brittany also plays electric bass, performing with Central Christian Church in San Jose for several years, in addition to subbing in at a number of other area churches.

Brittany is excited to come back to the big band music she loves, as a member of The Sons of Jubal.