Bedford Howard - Lead Vocals & Guitar

At age 7, Bedford "G" Howard Jr, began doing James Brown impressions for his fathers military friends for 25 cents, and upon his fathers retirement from Oahu Hawaii, Bedford came to settle in a little country town in Virginia called Middleburg.  There he met many childhood musicians such as Bryan Fox, Andre' Fox and Gary Smallwood.  As children, they formed a small R&B group named Galaxie that toured regionally.  At 18 as a drummer, he recorded an album with the late and famous Gospel great, Fred Fox.  After performing at a talent show hosted by BET video jockey Donny Simpson from Washington DC, Donnie suppested that he travel out to California to check out the bright lights of Los Angeles.

In 1990 Bedford moved to LA, and was discovered singing in the production halls of his boss's recording studio, legendary Stevie Wonder's, bassist and musical director, Nate Watts.  He began cutting demo's, jingles, and doing some acting.  After traveling, Bedford performed with multiple R&B and Gospel Groups such as Love Of Life, Satum and Gmysterious back in the Virginia - DC area.  He became the go to guy for his ability to fix and enhance very complex recording studio issues.    With connection made with Stevie Wonder, artists Kim Brewer, Maysa, Jay King & Club Nouveau, Marty Debarge of the famous family roup Debarge, Marva King and Mowtown Production grears Holland Dozier ,  he crafted his skills of singing, writing, producing and composition.  Bedford is a very diverse and multi-instrumentalist artist, whether performing vocally, on guitar,drums, bass or keyboard.  

He admits his greatest support has come from his loving mother Grace Howard.   "Gmysterious" can be currently be found performing with Jumptown and working in various projects in his recording studio.  

Keith Garrison - Keyboards/Original Member

Keith Garrison, a self-taught musician, who began playing keyboards as a teenager, was born and raised in Loudoun County, Virginia. He started on an old upright piano, later learning to "chord" on a Magnus Chord Organ. Keith learned to play songs by listening to 45's and LP's. Among his early influences were Young Rascals, The Animals, Booker T & the MG's, Vanilla Fudge, Steppenwolf and other popular bands of the time.  Keith then joined the Wild Kingdom Band with his brother, playing teen dance halls, parish halls,  pool parties and high schools. Over the years, Keith has performed with a number of different Northern Virginia-based bands, including;  The Tear (who played on WINC Radio in the late  1960's), Crisco Kids, Happy Medium, Double Take, Two Bucks and The Gary Smallwood Band.

Paul Shoremount - Trombone

Paul began playing in horn bands and jazz groups in the late-1960's around the New York - New Jersey area. His first horn band, Blue Love, was based on groups like BS&T and Chicago.  The band won the Jaycess Talent Expo in 1971 at the Garden State Arts Center, competing against over forty other groups. Paul has performed in eight European countries and with area bands such as; Mr. Jake out of Hagerstown, MD, The Hit Men out of Frederick and Doug Riecken and the Midnight Band from the NY/NJ area. Paul received both his Bachelors and Masters Deegrees in Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory, with additional studies through Combs College of Music in Philadelphia. Paul has studied trombone, brass pedagogy and jazz studies with Robert Schectman, William Seeman, Dr. Verne Collins, Alan Wright, Fred Marzan, Chris Pedersen - director of The Garden State Symphonic Band and Dr. Donald S. Reinhardt - designer and author of "The Pivot System." He has been a music educator for over thirty years. Paul is currently an adjunct profesor at Shenandoah University teaching music education.  He is the director of the Clarke County Community Band and former band director at Harmony Middle School in Loudon County, Virginia. He has taught at R.E. Aylor Middle School in Frederick County, VA and was on the Jazz Faculty for the regional Governor's School, Performing and Visual Arts Northwest, for fifteen years. While there he taught Jazz Ensemble, Improvisation, Jazz Combo and Master Classes in Applied Trombone. He is a former member of the Jazz Faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory. He is a guest conductor for regional bands and is a concert and jazz assessment adjudicator.

Derrick Cooper - Bass

Derrick "Dece" Cooper started in music as a synth programmer at the age of 16. Soon after, he picked up the bass after seeing Prince in concert and immediately fell in love with the instrument. Throughout the years, he became interested in developing his skills in other areas of music as he gradually moved from playing the bass to recording engineer to producing and back to bass. Dece's influences are very diverse, ranging from smooth jazz, R&B, Neo-Soul & Rock, to House and Lounge and Reggae. Jumptown is thrilled to have Dece set the grove for our shows!

Gerald Kinzie - Guitar

Gerald "G" Kinzie began music at a very early age. His father was a Baptist minister in Virginia and music was a very important part of the service. At home, his parents always had music playing, so it automatically became a major part of his life. As a fifth-grader, Gerald began studying his first instrument, clarinet, which his father purchased for him, even with a very limited income. He still owns that instrument because it serves as a reminder to him the sacrifices others made for him to play music. He went on to study clarinet, bass clarinet, bass guitar, voice and theory through his high school graduation. In the fal of 1971, Kinzie enrolled at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, VA. Gerald graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Education in the Spring of 1975. In subsequent years he also garnered a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Gerald has taught in the Virginia Public Schools system for 22 years. Most recently, he has been a guitar instructor in Loudon County, VA. Prior to this, he was an instrumental music teacher in Frederick County, VA. Gerald has been a guitar enthusiast since his very early days in high school. "Playing guitar is all I ever really wanted to do," has been a common theme of his, for years and his circle of friends will attest. Kinzie has played guitar, bass, madolin and been a sound technician for many groups throughout the years. "Jumptown has reinvigorated my interest in performing again. The music is so challenging and the other members of the group are so tallented. I can't wait to get to rehearsal to see what these great guys will come up with next!" Gerald's main guitars are his 1953 Fender Telecaster, 1962 SG Les Paul, Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster and Les Paul Artisan. His professional associations are MAfME, VMEA, JEN, LEA, Middle School Association of VA, Telecaster Guitar Forum and Telecaster Stratocaster Forums Online. G makes his home in beautiful Clarke County, VA.

Charles Hindt - Trumpet

Charles Hindt, a native of Maryland, currently resides in Stephens City, VA. His first musical interest came from music in his church. Charles first heard the trumpet in church at age 7 and said, "I am going to play that one day!" He began formally studying trumpet at age 12 at R.E. Aylor Middle School, under the direction of Jumptown's own Paul Shoremount.  During his time there, he received recognition as a member of the Symphonic Band, the  first middle school band to receive a superior rating for their performance of Grade IV music from the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. Charles attended Sherando High School, where the band recieved the distinction of a Virginia Honor Band all 4 years. After high school he attended Radford University, later transferring to Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, VA. He graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies, for Trumpet Performance, studying with professors Craig Fraedrich, Dr. Scott Nelson and Carl Rowe. As a civilian, he performed with The United States Air Force's Airmen of Note. Charles has also performed in Senegal, Africa, at the Saint Louis Jazz Festival; Toronto Canada; Disney, Florida; The North Texas Jazz Festival and many other performances around the United States. He has led students in private instruction and assisted with conducting master classes for musicians around the United States and Canada. Charles has performed with greats such as Bob Mintzer, Duffy Jackson and Jon Faddis. His musical influences are The Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Sinatra Band, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Big Band and many others. Charles is honored to be part of Jumptown!

Ryan Ratliff - Tenor Saxaphone

Ryan was born and raised in Covington, VA, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Alleghany County. He began playing the saxaphone at age 10, under the direction of Bill Hammond, while in elementary and middle school. Ryan was a member of Alleghany High School Band, where he was the receipient of the prestigious Patrick S. Gilmore Award. He continued his music education at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, VA. In 2012, Ryan graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, for Saxapohen Performance. While attending, he  studied with Bill Linney, Dr. Tim Roberts, Alan Baylock, Dr. Robert Larson and Craig Fraederich. Ryan traveled to Ireland with the Shenandoah Jazz Band as an alumni guest on their 2013 tour in Ireland. He has performed with Future,  Randy Brecker and Ravi Coltrane. His musical influences are Charlie Parker, Blue Lou Marini, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon and Eddie Van Halen.

Matt Cooper - Drums
Matt is a Virginia native born and raised in Winchester, residing in Stephens City.  At the age of 10 he began to play at home until later playing with his middle school band.  Years later while at James Wood High School he developed a love for jazz drumming, achieving the Louis Armstrong jazz performance award.  Matt continued to develop to the sounds of CCR, Kansas, James Brown, Rush and many more.  He is a percussionist with the Clarke County Community Band and the percussion instructor for Sherando High School.