Nelson Thomas Devereaux has been playing saxophone since the age of eight, inspired to pick up the instrument first by the music of Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt and the Ellington and Basie big bands that he heard while listening to music with his grandfather. Deeply involved in music from elementary school onwards, Nelson participated in many varied musical projects and ensembles in the Milwaukee area and studied jazz at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, eventually picking up Clarinet and Flute doubles before the end of high school. Making the made the move to Minnesota in 2007 to attend the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities. He’s studied with Dave Milne, Mike Lewis, Clay Jenkins and Berkeley Fudge, among others.
Nelson graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance, studying saxophone with the iconic Eugene Rousseau. He also received a Bachelor of Music Education, giving him the opportunity to work with students of all ages/musical styles. Currently, Nelson enjoys listening to as many musical artists and genres as possible, as well as writing and playing new music. Now graduated, you can see Nelson performing with groups around the cities such as The New Sound Underground, Hustle Rose, The Tasty Tones, The Adam Meckler Orchestra, The Brass Barn Polka Band, The Jazzland Wonder Band, and Chihuahua City as well as many other collaborations. He also currently directs 4th and 5th grade school band at Waite Park and instructs woodwinds at Twin Town Guitars.
“Meet James Buckley, the hardest-working musician in the Twin Cities” -Erin Roof, Citypages. James performed live with Lizzo on The Late Show with Steven Colbert, December 2016. As the mainstay bassist for The Pines, James has been touring internationally with the indie-folk group and appears on their Red House Records releases "Tremolo", "Dark So Gold", "Pasture: Folk Songs", and "Above The Prairie". James recorded bass with Minneapolis super-group, "Gayngs" on their "The Last Prom on Earth" album, and played their performance at First Avenue, along with Coachella Music Festival April 2011. James co-founded and was bassist for Minneapolis' circuit-bending noisy pop-funk trio Mystery Palace, fronted and produced by Ryan Olcott of 12 Rods fame. James appears live and on recordings with Emmy Award-Winning, Universal Records Artists, The Blenders. James most recently performed with Har Mar Superstar for an extensive world tour, highlighted by a live television performance on "Le Petit Journal" in Paris, France.