Carlos Menezes Jr. Director/Saxophone

Carlos teamed up with buddies Shawn Lowe, Mike Lentini, Paula Burns, Vinny Rodolosi, and Rick Geraghty back in 2010 to joke around about starting a big band. Within 24-hours that dream quickly became a reality!  Playing Tenor Sax, Carlos strives to bring the big tenor sounds of his main influences, Illinois Jacquet, Lester Young, and Sonny Rollins to the stage. Reflecting his own sound and style, audience members can expect a few squeaks and honks in good humor. As Director, Carlos hopes his spontaneity and crazy ideas don't leave him without a band. He realized early on that a band of this size and magnitude truly needs to operate as a family. 

Sharing his passion for music, Carlos is the band and choral director for Gloucester Middle and Elementary Schools and is currently finishing his Masters in Music Education at Boston University. Driven by the support of his family, friends, bandmates, and community, Carlos will stop at nothing to inspire and connect audiences and listeners of all ages!

Nickname: "Captain" or "'Cap" (according to his students at the Middle School).

Photos by CoCo Boarman