The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band was founded in 2008 by Dwight Wages. The ensemble is under the baton of conductor Dr. Steven Sudduth (University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Ky).

The personnel includes:

Eb Soprano Cornet
Stephen Collins (Knoxville – Insurance Sales)

Solo Bb Cornet
Dr. Kathryn Adduci – Principal (Trumpet Prof. at TTU – Cookeville)
Tim Michaels – Asst. Principal (HS Band Director – Baxter)
Dwight Wages (Retired Mgr. at Procter & Gamble – Crossville)
Jon Cormack (Church Asst. Music Director – Nashville)

Bb Repiano Cornet
Brandon Norton (Freelance Musician)

2nd Bb Cornet
Jeff White (TAP Publish’n Web Dev. – Crossville)
Jack Strotman (Freelance Musician – Cottontown)

3rd Bb Cornet
Nathan Collins (HS Student)
Ben Rattanavong (MTSU Music Student – Murfreesboro)

Chris McCormick (Jazz Professor at TTU – Cookeville)

Solo Eb Alto Horn
Lisa Burden – Principal (Music Educator – Tullahoma)

1st/2nd Eb Alto Horn
Andrew Lawson (TTU Music Student – Cookeville)
Bill Boyd (Retired Music Educator – Monterey)

1st/2nd Baritone
Carroll Gotcher (HS Band Director – Cookeville)
Aaron Marsee (Music Educator)

Briana Engelbert – Vogt  – Principal (HS Band Director)
Austin Vogt (Music Educator)

1st & 2nd Trombones
Jon Walton – Principal (Univ. of TN – Ag. Education – Knoxville)
Joe Christian (Univ. of TN – Law Career Dev. – Knoxville)
Philip Smith (Freelance Music Educator – Nashville)

Bass Trombone
Chuck Lyons (Freelance Musician – Portland)

Eb Tuba
Stuart Henry (Civil Engineer – Knoxville)
Tracy Luna (HS Band Director – Cookeville)

BBb Tuba
Jacob See (Adj. Music Prof. – Carson Newman Univ. – Knoxville)
Thomas Chesnut (HS Band Director – Murfreesboro)

Bob White (Retired, Quality Manager)
Kelly Jo Birmingham (Music Educator – Smithville)
Marco Schirrippa (Adj. Percussion Prof. – TTU – Cookeville)
Chandler Franco (TTU Music Student – Cookeville)