Bria was introduced to jazz by a spirited public school band program and local festival in her hometown of Chilliwack, British Columbia. At age 16 she attended her first jazz camp in Mammoth Lakes, California, on scholarship from the VDJS which she attributes to solidifying the love of the music and the desire to pursue it full time. There she met her first mentor, Australian multi-instrumentalist Simon Stribling, who she credits with opening her ears to the hot jazz sounds of Roy Eldridge, Red Allen, Eddie Condon, lots of Louis Armstrong and more. As a Jazz Trumpet major, she graduated from Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC, where she studied with Kevin Elaschuk and Alan Matheson. After moving to New York city she sought out the expertise of Warren Vache who she studied with regularly for two years.
Bria is now a Co-Founder/Director of the NY Hot Jazz Camp for adults, and has served as faculty at the Teagarden Jazz Camp (Sacramento Jazz Education Foundation), Centrum Jazz Camp, Camp Heebie Jeebies and Junior Jazz Academy (JALC). She has performed 100+ educational concerts and clinics for students of all ages, leads an ensemble for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Jazz for Young People” outreach program and is an Educational Advisor to the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens. She has been an Artist in Residence collaborating with Syracuse University, Ball State University, UNC Greensborough, Cape May Regional Schools and more giving masterclasses and private instruction as well as directing and performing with student ensembles. Please refer to the contact page for inquiries.