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 (Insurance Sales – Knoxville)

Solo Bb Cornet
Dr. Kathryn Adduci – Principal (Freelance Musician – Cookeville)
Scott Hagarty – Asst. Principal (TTU Trumpet Professor – Cookeville)
Tim Michaels (Music Educator – Knoxville)
Dwight Wages (Retired Mgr. at Procter & Gamble – Crossville)

Bb Repiano Cornet
Brandon Norton (Freelance Musician)

2nd Bb Cornet
Jeff White (Graphics Designer – Crossville)
Jack Strotman (Freelance Musician – Cottontown)

3rd Bb Cornet
Nathan Collins (Freelance Musician)
Grace O’Connell (MTSU Music Student – Murfreesboro)

Chris McCormick (TTU Jazz Professor – Cookeville)

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

1st/2nd Eb Alto Horn
Jessica Butler (Freelance Musician)
Marty Abbott (Retired Music Educator)

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

Briana Engelbert – Vogt  – Principal (Music Educator – Franklin)
Austin Vogt (Music Educator – Franklin)

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

Bass Trombone
Chuck Lyons (Freelance Musician – Clarksville)

Eb Tuba
Stuart Henry (Civil Engineer – Knoxville)

BBb Tuba
Preston Light (TTU Adj. Music Prof. – Cookeville)
Thomas Chesnut (Music Educator – Murfreesboro)

Kelly Jo Birmingham (Music Educator – Smithville)
Larry Lawless (Retired Music Educator – Crossville)
Kelly Jo Birmingham (Music Educator – Smithville)
Kurt Snider (U.S. Fish & Wildlife – Cookeville)