While making noise on the saxes is his primary function, Julian likes to try and plug into all sort of instruments in addition to the horn. He does some playing around on the bass, keyboard, and harmonica when he’s not Brassin’, so it’s safe to say that his love of music runs deep.
Julian also holds down a steady gig at Valdosta State University’s Financial Aid Department (Go Blazers!) and does some work on the side with web services and web application development. He’s a busy dude!
Julian is also a proud father of two beautiful children – Clara and Duncan Vickers – and husband to lovely wife Nicole.
As a licensed amateur radio operator, adamant CB operator and certified state of Georgia storm spotter, Cleveland provides assistance with emergency communication for Lanier County Emergency Management Services. Prior to retiring in 2007, Cleveland worked in both the mental health and substance abuse fields and is a licensed addiction professional. Although retired, he continues to actively engage in helping others with their hurts, hang-ups, and habits.
After majoring in music education at Mississippi Valley State University and traveling throughout the country (playing and performing a variety of genre and musical styles), Cleveland transferred to Birmingham Southern College focusing on classical studies of the trumpet. He currently plays with BRIDGE Valdosta, a student outreach ministry of GracePoint Valdosta and with the well known gospel group, CONVERTED.
Cleveland and his lovely wife Gwen decided to remain in GA following her 20 year career in the U.S. Air Force. Cleveland states, “I’ve been looking for a saxophone player since we moved to south GA and by God’s Grace, I was introduced to Julian (Sax Greg) by a mutual friend. It’s been a wonderful musical experience with high rides in old style creativity, motivating improvisational skills and downright dirty harmonies that make you want to hug him, hoping that his genius will rub off on me.” When all is said and done, on any given night we make a good team of which I’m very proud to be a member.