Kelly Bennette was born in Port Arthur, Texas, and grew up in the neighboring city of Groves. He attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in music education in 1989. For many years he was the tubist for the Lamar Faculty Brass Quintet as well as the Beaumont Symphony Orchestra.
Hudson Nogueira, was Born in Itapetininga in rural São Paulo State, Brazil. He grew up in the small city of Porangaba which is also located in rural São Paulo. At an early age, he began his studies and graduated from the Escola Superior de Música Mazarteum in São Paulo in 1997 with a Bachelors degree in clarinet performance. In 1995, he began his career as a composer with his first pieces written for chamber ensembles.