The Hot Lanes

The Hot Lanes



The Hot Lanes Big Band is a 16-piece culmination of a dream Bobby Jasinski, pianist and bandleader, had in 2014. Influenced by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Hot Lanes promotes jazz in the D.C. metropolitan area through festivals, concerts, educational masterclasses in the public school system, and other appearances. The group features a diverse and talented set of musicians from around the area.

Rhythm Section:

Sam Carolla is an active musician and native to the greater DC metro area. He is currently a Jazz Studies performance major at GMU. His major influences are hard bop and fusion.

Bassist to be named.

The Hot Lanes bandleader, Bobby Jasinski started playing piano at age 5. A composer, conductor and arranger, Bobby won numerous classical piano competitions during his high school years and studied conducting with Solti International Conducting Competition winner, Shizuo Kuwahara. Bobby has appeared at the Kennedy Center, World Bank, National Press Club, the Swedish and French embassies, D.C. jazz clubs, as well as various venues in Australia, New Zealand, England and Denmark. Bobby’s first album of originals, “A Speck in Time” (which was recently arranged for orchestra for a Williamsburg Symphonia concert), is available on iTunes and his second album of originals, “Retrospection” was released in Spring 2015. His release of original big band music featuring The Hot Lanes will be available at the end of the 2018 calendar year. Since 2002, Bobby regularly organizes benefit concerts for Haiti’s Food for the Poor Campaign, an organization with which Bobby and his church have a close affinity.


Tom Andersen is a native of Southern California and originally a trumpet player. He switched to sax and moved to the D.C. area several years ago after completing law school.  He is currently employed as an attorney for a small government agency and plays in various musical groups in his spare time.

This is Howard McCullers’ second season as a saxophonist/clarinetist/flutist with  Bobby Jasinski Hot Lanes Big Band. When not playing, he works as a Sr. Event Lead and Training Mentor at West Corporation. A highly sought-after multi-woodwind instrumentalist in  the VA/DC/MD area, Howard, a former musician with the United States Marine Corps, also performs regularly with the Woodbridge Flute Choir, the Lucky Cats Jazz Orchestra, DC Flutes, GrooveLine, and Band of America’s Few, as well as various community theaters.

Dan Hurlow is a recently retired teacher from Prince William County Schools where he was a middle school band director at Fred Lynn Middle School and an Instructional Technology Coach at Potomac Middle School. Dan earned a Master’s degree in Integrating Technology in Schools from GMU, a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from Ithaca College, and a Bachelor of Music Education from the Ohio State University. In retirement, Dan is enjoying his first passion of music by performing on all saxophones, flute, and clarinet with classical, jazz, and rock groups in Northern Virginia. Some of these include The Hot Lanes Big Band, The City of Fairfax Band, Moonlight Jazz Orchestra, NightHawks Swing, Fairfax Saxophone Quartet, Dunbar Saxophone Quartet, and the State Streets Band.

Brett Takacs is the lead alto saxophonist of The Hot Lanes, having joined at the start of the calendar year. He graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Music, Engineering & Technology and currently works at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Baritone saxophonist Jim Vedda has been performing on saxes, clarinet, and flute since the early 1970s. His favorite horn is whichever one he has in his hands. Jim got started in his home town of Cleveland, Ohio where he had a band with his brother. He still keeps a day job, working as an aerospace policy analyst for a government contractor. Jim has a Ph.D. in political science and has published two books and many articles about the space program. Look him up on Amazon — where he has reviewed more than 200 jazz albums!


Kalrissian Cooper started playing the trombone in middle school. While in the military, he he was with the 3rd Infantry Division Band, and the 389th Army Band. His musical tours included Baghdad, Iraq during 2007-2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Paul Hamilton is a 2011 graduate from Radford University, who is also a freelance musician (and fledgling arranger) living in the Northern Virginia area.  The highlights of his career include playing with John Lee Hooker, Jr., Kenyatta Hill(lead vocalist for reggae band Culture), substituting with the 257th Army Band and the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra. Presently, Paul is pursuing an associate's degree in Information Technology at Northern Virginia Community College.

Steve Shin, a native of Northern Virginia, anchors the trombone section on bass trombone. He received a Bachelor of Music from West Virginia University and a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He has performed with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Outside of his day job and his freelance career you can find him teaching private trombone lessons and conducting the Lake Braddock Trombone Choir. He’s been best buds with fellow band member Dan Bocknek since elementary school.

Robert Skanse hails from Cary, IL and earned a Bachelor of Music, Applied Trombone, from Millikin University. He retired after 23 years in The United States Army Band, Pershing’s Own in 2001. Since 1978, Rob currently freelances as a performer and instructor in Metro D.C. area.


Daniel Bocknek has played trumpet for 20 years, participating in a variety of scholastic ensembles and performances. Daniel attended the University of Virginia where he was a member of the Cavalier Marching Band and a member of the University of Virginia Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. William Pease. A Burke native, Daniel has performed at Blues Alley and has been taught by many military band members in the area.

Joe Donegan began his trumpet studies with Dave Detwiler of the National Symphony Orchestra and former lead trumpet for the Army Blues. Currently a Jazz Studies major at George Mason, Joe has recorded with the country/bluegrass act Dailey & Vincent and Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. He also performs with The Washington Redskins Marching Band, and has made appearances with The White House Band at GMU Jazz Ensemble at Blues Alley

John Ehlers, III lives in Arlington, VA and has been playing trumpet for over 20 years. He has appeared at Blues Alley in Washington, DC and currently plays with big bands, jazz combos, and other ensembles throughout the area. John minored in music at James Madison University where he went on tour with the JMU Jazz Ensemble to Montreal, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

Arsen Sumbatyan originally hails from Moscow, Russia but now resides in Springfield, VA. In addition to playing trumpet for The Hot Lanes, Arsen is the pianist for the Maryland Youth Ballet, as well as having been the rehearsal pianist for The Washington Ballet, as well as part of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.



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