Kevin Gebo is an internationally performing trumpeter as well as a freelance musician and soloist in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Kevin frequently travels as a guest performer and clinician to universities and festivals and has been on faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University and West Chester University as Adjunct Professor of Trumpet.
He has performed with musicians and ensembles such as Andrea Bocelli and the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and can be seen frequently performing with the Washington Symphonic Brass, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.
His performances have taken him all across the country as well as performances in Canada, Austria, Australia and Germany. He was the principal trumpet on the Naxos recording of William Bolcom's "Songs of Innocence and Experience" which won four Grammy awards including "Best Classical Album".
Some of Kevin's most memorable experiences have been performing in the Inaugural Parade for President Barack Obama and for Pope Francis' Papal Mass during his visit to the United States. Kevin was invited by Julia Fordham and Paul Reiser to perform as a featured guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on their hit single "UnSung Hero".
Kevin received a Bachelor's Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Michigan, Master's Degree from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Doctorate degree from The Catholic University of America.
Kevin is currently a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. He plays Pickett mouthpieces exclusively and is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Classical Trumpeter and Gold Medal Global Music Award Winner Mary Elizabeth Bowdenhas been described by Gramophone Magazine as “brilliant” and “radiant in new repertoire for trumpet.” Bowden, a Yamaha Performing Artist, is highly regarded for her artistry and virtuosity as a soloist, and has been praised for the clarity, purity and power of her sound. In 2015 Bowden released her debut album, “Radiance”, on Summit Records featuring new American works. She has been featured on MPR’s “New Classical Tracks” with Julie Amacher, which is being aired on NPR stations nationwide.
Bowden’s 2015-16 performance highlights include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia and the Fifth Avenue Chamber Players. She also has performances of the Arutunian Concerto with the Springfield Symphony (MO), the Liebermann Concerto with the Laredo Philharmonic (TX), MacMillan’s Seraph with the Chrysalis Chamber Players, and recital tours that include her NYC recital debut at the Rockwood Music Hall.
Bowden is the First Prize winner of the 2012 International Women’s Brass Conference Trumpet Competition. She has performed as a soloist with the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian Army Wind Band, Springfield Symphony (MO), Naples Symphony, Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, San Juan Symphony, Springfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra and New Haven Chamber Orchestra, among several others. At The Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, she performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Trumpets with trumpeters Jens Lindemann and Ryan Anthony. She was also awarded the Public Prize from the 2009 Perrenoud Foundation International Music Competition. Bowden frequently performs in recital both in solo programs and in a duo with her husband, trumpeter David Dash.
Bowden is a founding member of both Seraph Brass and the Chrysalis Chamber Players, a recipient of a Yale Alumni Grant. She has collaborated in chamber music programs at the Marlboro Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, The Banff Centre, and at the Sydney Opera House under the baton of Håkan Hardenberger. She has served on the adjunct faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University and at The Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artist Summer Program.
An experienced orchestral musician, Bowden is currently Principal Trumpet of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra. She has served as Principal Trumpet of New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia, the Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea, and with Seraphic Fire’s Firebird Chamber Orchestra. At the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, she held the principal chair in Pierre Boulez’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, which was released on CD in 2011. The Luzerner Zeitung described her playing in one word – “outstanding.” Bowden is also a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra.
Bowden began full-time college studies at the age of 14, receiving an Associate degree from the Joliet Junior College. Subsequently, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with the principal trumpeter of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Bilger. She was awarded her Master of Music degree in 2006 from the Yale School of Music where she studied on a full scholarship with trumpeter Allan Dean.
Tom Hooten is Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. He can be heard on numerous Los Angeles Philharmonic recordings, including Mahler’s Ninth Symphony and Lutoslawski’s Symphony No. 1. He has also recorded Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy and Gandolfi’s Garden of Cosmic Speculation with the Atlanta Symphony. Of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's recent performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed wrote, “The symphony begins with a terrifying trumpet solo. Thomas Hooten nailed it.”
Prior to joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hooten served as Principal Trumpet in the Atlanta Symphony from 2006-2012, where he was awarded the first ever Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair, a $10,000 merit-based award for “excellence in musical artistry, leadership, collegiality and community engagement.” He released Trumpet Call, his first solo album, in 2011.
Hooten has appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the United States Air Force Band, Keystone Winds, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral and chamber musician, he has performed with such ensembles as the National Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, Washington Symphonic Brass, Arlington Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony. He has given master classes and recitals at Juilliard, Northwestern University, Indiana University, Mannes School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, the Universities of Kentucky and Illinois, and many other locations throughout the United States. Hooten has appeared as a guest principal with the Saint Louis Symphony, at the Grand Teton Music Festival, and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Hooten began his career in 2000 with a trumpet/cornet position in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C., where he was often a featured soloist. While with the Marine Band, Hooten won the 2nd trumpet audition with the Richmond (VA) Symphony, where he continued to perform through 2004. He went on to join the Indianapolis Symphony as Assistant Principal Trumpet for two years, and subsequently won the Principal Trumpet auditions for both the Houston and Atlanta Symphonies.
Hooten has served on the faculty for The Aspen Music Festival, acting as a guest artist and teacher. While in Atlanta, he shared a studio with his wife Jennifer Marotta at Kennesaw State University, where they provided lessons, master classes, and performance coachings to a diverse range of professional and student musicians. A native of Tampa, Florida, he earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Florida and his Master of Music degree from Rice University. His primary trumpet teachers have included Armando Ghitalla, John Hagstrom, and Don Owen.
Acknowledged as the first woman trumpeter in a major symphony orchestra, Marie Speziale retired from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in November of 1996 after having served as its Associate Principal Trumpet for thirty-two years (1964-1996). A graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ms. Speziale studied with Robert Price, Robert Braunagel, Eugene Blee and Arnold Jacobs.
Her tenure with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra included playing Associate Principal Trumpet with the Cincinnati Opera Orchestra, Cincinnati May Festival Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Ms. Speziale has performed under the batons of Igor Stravinsky, George Szell, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Eugene Ormandy, Eric Leinsdorf and Max Rudolf. Her very extensive performance experience includes solo appearances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, with Duke Ellington, and with Dave Brubeck on the Johnny Carson NBC Tonight Show, on the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra European tour, and at the Interlochen Arts Academy.
Since retiring from the orchestra, she has remained active as a performer, teacher and clinician. She has served as Visiting Principal, Associate Principal and Second Trumpet of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, including their European tour, Carnegie Hall concerts and recording of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. She has toured with DIVA (the women's jazz band) and the Florida Symphony Orchestra. She performs with the Monarch Brass Quintet and Monarch Brass Ensemble, which she also conducted at the 1997 International Women's Brass Conference. She has flown to California to do studio recordings for the television series Star Trek: Voyager, at Paramount and 20th Century Fox studios.
Ms. Speziale has been active as a clinician, a participant in numerous conferences and leader of master classes in Europe, Japan and throughout the United States. She was a featured guest artist at the 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2003 International Women's Brass Conferences and the 1998, 1999, 2001 International Trumpet Guild Conferences. She has served as artist faculty at the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Summit Brass Mendez Institute, performing with Summit Brass, coaching ensembles, presenting master classes and conducting brass orchestral repertoire reading sessions. In 1999, she was one of six Americans (and the only woman) to be invited by the Tokyo International Music Festival to perform in its first Super World Orchestra. Ms. Speziale also served as adjudicator for the National Trumpet Competitions held at George Mason University in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004.
From 1979 to 2002 she was Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and was Professor of Music at Indiana University from 1999 to 2002.
In 2002 Ms. Speziale stepped down as President of the International Women's Brass Conference and now serves on its Board of Directors. She has served on Board of Directors of the Northern Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and on the editorial committee of the American Music Teacher, the official journal of the Music Teachers National Association. A member of the American Federation of Musicians, Ms. Speziale has served as secretary and on the board of the directors of Local #1 in Cincinnati, OH. She is a member of the International Trumpet Guild, Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda and Cincinnati MacDowell Society. She has won many awards and honors, including Leading Women in the Arts Award from the Greater Cincinnati Coalition of Women's Organizations, the Outstanding Woman of the Year in Music Award from the Tampa Tribune and the Sigma Alpha Iota National Leadership award.
Ms. Speziale has been a brass coach and has served on the audition adversity training panel with the New World Symphony. In 2005 she was invited to conduct their brass ensemble in their first concert of the season. In 2006, 2007 and 2008 she served on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music's Opera Theatre and Music Festival in Lucca, Italy. She conducted the brass choir, taught brass orchestral repertoire classes and served as brass chamber music coach.
Ms. Speziale performs regularly with the Houston Grand Opera and frequently with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and Houston Ballet Orchestra.
Rebecca Wilt has received national and international recognition as a virtuoso collaborative pianist and coach. Rebecca has performed in collaboration with some of the world's greatest soloists; members of the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition she has worked with vocalists performing with the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Covent Garden. Rebecca can be heard on several compact discs: Origins with Mark Clodfelter, Trumpet Call with Tom Hooten, Song and Dance with Alan Baer, An American Portrait with James Thompson, Twas in the Moon of Wintertime' a collection of traditional holiday favorites; Lyrico Latino with James Ackley, and Pastorale, with the Trelumina Trio. In demand as a clinician, Rebecca frequently gives workshops and master classes at universities and colleges all over the country on topics involving vocal coaching, instrumental chamber music, rehearsing with a pianist, and the competition road. Currently on the faculty at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she is also on the summer faculty for the Center for Advanced Musical Studies in Enfield, New Hampshire, as well as appearing as guest artist at various festivals all over the world.
Mark Clodfelter is a versatile performer of international acclaim and a multiple Grammy recommended recording artist. He was recently described by Classical Voice North Carolina as “…a stellar world-class trumpeter who’s dazzling playing wowed the audience”, as “warm toned” by the Lexington Herald Leader (KY) and “an exceptionally strong performer” by the International Trumpet Guild Journal. As a soloist, Mark has appeared in many of the world’s finest performing venues throughout the United States, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Thailand, Greece, Australia, Brazil, Croatia, and the Peoples Republic of China.
Mark can be heard as Principal Trumpet of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, the Trade Winds (Tamp Fl.) and as a member of the North Charleston Pops Orchestra. At home in a great array of styles, his commercial affiliations have recently included split lead with the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra and the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra. Mark is member of Covalence, a chamber duo, with Rebecca Wilt, his wife and renowned collaborative pianist. Mr. Clodfelter has recorded extensively in styles ranging from classical to rock. He has also appeared with such headliners as The O' Jays, Gladys Knight, Mannheim Steam Roller, the Moody Blues, the Lettermen, Doc Severinson, Bob Mintzer, Frank Mantooth, Lou Rawls, Glen Campbell and Ray Charles.
Mark is the Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. During the decade prior to this appointment, he was Professor of Trumpet at the University of Kentucky where his students continue to garner national and international recognition; winning coveted awards and professional placement. Additionally, he was Co-Conductor of the Blue Grass Area Jazz Ambassadors and the Central Kentucky Youth Jazz Orchestra. Mark entered collegiate teaching as Instructor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Band at Mars Hill College. He has served on the faculty of the prestigious Eastern Music
Festival and has taught the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Mark was a founding member of the Giannini Brass and has held positions with the Greensboro Symphony, the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Salisbury Symphony, the Greenville (SC) Symphony and the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Clodfelter holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College and a Master of Music Degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Mark Clodfelter is an S.E. Shires Performing Artist and plays Pickett Brass
Virtuoso trumpeter Ryan Anthony is most notably known for his varied career as soloist, educator, chamber musician and orchestral player. Having departed the world-renowned brass ensemble Canadian Brass in 2003, Anthony quickly became one of the most sought after trumpet players in America, prompting the celebrated trumpeter, Doc Severinsen, to note: “He will be missed with [Canadian Brass], but I feel certain he will have a great and distinguished career as a soloist”.
While Mr. Anthony’s technical skills are well known, his ability to combine that with an innate musicality and a profound connection with audiences is what sets him apart as a performer. Anthony continues to win over audiences and critics with his charismatic performances and artistic finesse. Reviews have said “In his hands, the horn gets beyond the stereotype to become a mouthpiece for the composer’s voice and performer’s personality” (Memphis Commercial Appeal) and “There must be other trumpet players in this world as fine as Ryan Anthony, but you’d never think so while listening to him play” (Fanfare Magazine).
Highlights from Season 2010-2011 include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, premiere recording of Lowell Liebermann’s Trumpet Concerto with Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Artist in Residence for Arizona Music Fest, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 for Trumpet and Strings with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and recording ‘Live 2010’ with the All-Star Brass Quintet, reuniting with former Canadian Brass colleague and trumpeter Jens Lindemann. Season 2011-2012 will include a repeat visit with the Pensacola Symphony for its annual New Year’s Eve Gala, All-Star Brass recording ‘Live 2011’, premiere recording with Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and numerous appearances with ‘Anthony & Beard’, an entertaining show that expands the repertoire for trumpet and organ.
Ryan Anthony’s solo career started as a 16-year-old prodigy when he won the highly publicized Seventeen Magazine/General Motors Concerto Competition – the second person ever to win the Grand Prize after Joshua Bell. Subsequent teenage solo appearances included the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Kennedy Center and State Department, Washington D.C., as well as a feature on WQXR radio New York City. In addition, being selected as a 1987 Presidential Scholar to winning both the John P. Paynter and Bank of America National Achievement Awards and his inclusion in Who’s Who in America are some of the early accolades he received.
Since then he has appeared as soloist with over 30 ensembles including the Dallas, St. Louis, Springfield, Dayton, Winston-Salem Symphonies, IRIS, Wisconsin, Portland Chamber Orchestras and the Pershing’s Own Army Band, Washington D.C... Summer festivals with solo engagements include New Hampshire Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Sewanee Music Festival, Blast of Brass and international Pan-Pacific Music Festival, Sydney, Australia, Affinis Music Festival, Hiroshima, Japan, and Banff Music Festival, Alberta, Canada.
After departing Canadian Brass in 2003, Mr. Anthony once again joined the ranks with Canadian Brass in the summer of 2006 as part of the “Dream Team” and appeared in additional performances and recordings for several more years. Prior to joining the Brass, he was a member of the Center City Brass Quintet and Burning River Brass whose recordings continue to enjoy air play on classical stations throughout the country. Other ensembles in which Ryan Anthony can be heard on recordings are with the Brass Band of Battle Creek, All-Star Brass Quintet, International Celebrity Trumpet Ensemble (made up of principal players throughout Europe and England) and multiple recordings with duo ‘Anthony & Beard’. Gary Beard, on both organ and piano, joins Mr. Anthony in a unique show that has won audiences over throughout this country as well as appearances in Russia and Canada. ‘Anthony & Beard’ along with Mr. Anthony’s solo recordings can be heard on the Opening Day Entertainment label.
Mr. Anthony is currently Principal Trumpet with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and since 2004 has also appeared as principal trumpet for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony and played in the sections of New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic.
As an educator he was Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music prior to joining the Canadian Brass in 2000 and served as Artist/Faculty at North Carolina School of the Arts during 2004-2005. His master classes have spanned the globe to include leading conservatories in Europe, Asia, and North America. He is currently a Yamaha artist and has edited and recorded both the Haydn and Hummel Trumpet Concertos for Hal Leonard Publishing. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ryan Anthony received the school’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2001.
With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.”
Friends Chuck Daellenbach and Gene Watts first came together in 1970 to form a brass quintet — a chamber music setting not entirely new, but never before having garnered the success and storied career Canadian Brass would achieve over the next 40 years. Initially, Gene took on the role of developing new repertoire while Chuck was the moving force in marketing, publishing and managing the business. Three empty chairs were quickly filled and together, the group’s imagination and consummate musicianship elevated the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. Here was not only an opportunity to explore the possibilities of an all-brass chamber group but a challenge to bring the sound and the excitement of brass music to new audiences.
Masters of concert presentations, Canadian Brass has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences. Each of their concerts will show the full range from trademark Baroque and Dixieland tunes to new compositions and arrangements created especially for them – from formal classical presentation to music served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects. The hallmark of any Canadian Brass performance is entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity and, most of all, fun – but never at the expense of the music:
Whatever the style, the music is central and performed with utmost dedication, skill and excellence.
With a discography of over 130 albums and an extensive world-wide touring schedule, Canadian Brass is an important pioneer in bringing brass music to mass audiences everywhere. They have sold well over 2 million albums worldwide, with 1.2 million sold in the Nielsen Soundscan era alone (since 1991). They continue to score Billboard chart positions — like with their rousing recording of patriotic songs and marches, Stars & Stripes: Canadian Brass Salute America, which spent 8 weeks in the Top 25 on the Billboard Classical Chart, peaking at #2! Touring legends with an enthusiastic fan base, the Canadian Brass play to packed houses everywhere throughout the USA, Canada, Japan and Europe. They have also toured Australia, the Middle East, the Soviet Union and South America. They were the first brass ensemble from the West to perform in the People’s Republic of China (where they returned for a 5-city tour to great acclaim in the spring of 2010 and several visits after this, including an appearance on Hunan TV for Chinese New Year) as well as the first brass group to take the main stage at the venerable Carnegie Hall. On numerous occasions Canadian Brass has been invited by the Canadian Government to play for visiting heads of states, becoming one of Canada’s greatest resources and musical ambassadors.
Millions of television viewers have had Canadian Brass in their homes with appearances on The Tonight Show, Today and Entertainment Tonight and recently to more than 1/2 a billion viewers for Chinese New Year on China’s most popular station. They have appeared as guest artists on Evening at Pops with John Williams and the Boston Pops, Beverly Sills’ Music Around the World, numerous PBS specials, including a celebrated appearance on Sesame Street, and are frequent guests of many major symphony orchestras. Canadian Brass were the featured artists on the soundtrack to the 1988 film The Couch Trip, starring Dan Aykroyd and Walter Matthau. Consummate artists, the quintet has also created unique and interactive videos that have gained an international audience including a series of DVDs featuring the brass in concert and teaching. They are on the cutting edge of technology offering their fans multimedia airplay, downloads and youtube videos and streaming opportunities as well as digital applications with iPhone and other smartphone carriers. You can find them twittering and on facebook with their fanbase growing daily!
The varied Canadian Brass repertoire features brass standards as well as a wide-ranging library of original arrangements. These include the works of Renaissance and Baroque masters, Classical works, marches, holiday favourites, ragtime, Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Broadway and Christian music as well as popular songs and standards. Having started with a very limited base, Canadian Brass has created their own musical world by transcribing, arranging and commissioning more than 600 works, including critically acclaimed compositions from Michael Kamen, Luther Henderson, Bramwell Tovey, Don Gillis and more. They have transformed a previously neglected group of instruments with a limited repertoire into a versatile and vital ensemble that can play everything from Gabrieli to Gershwin! Canadian Brass is especially noted for their famous Holiday Concerts at Christmas time and was at the forefront of re-establishing Scott Joplin with today’s audiences through their research, arrangements and recordings of his “rags” and other works.
Education plays a key role in the story of Canadian Brass and each member is uniquely attuned to training the next generation of players. On their travels around the world, they often pause for masterclasses and are more than happy to work with students and young audiences. Canadian Brass is currently Ensemble in Residence at the University of Toronto after having been Chamber Quintet-in-Residence for many years at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, and has created an innovative brass summer course at the Eastman School of Music. Their support of education is also clearly viewed in their outreach and interaction with El Sistema, the acclaimed global music education program in Venezuela. A vital part of their outreach is their role as clinicians and exclusive artists for Conn-Selmer Musical Instruments. The Brass perform exclusively on a set of 24K gold-plated Artisan Bach and Conn horns.
In conjunction with the Hal Leonard Corporation, the Canadian Brass have made available their extensive library of brass music for performers of all levels as well as learning tools. Since 1998 Canadian Brass has been a recording artist at Opening Day Entertainment Group [Odeg] (distributed by IDLA) releasing over 25 CDs on the imprint to date. Opening Day is owned and run by Chuck Daellenbach together with his wife, MB. Canadian Brass sheet music and recordings are available in their online store.
With four decades under their belts, Canadian Brass continues to thrill audiences around the world – and they don’t look like they are letting up anytime soon!
Canadian Brass is: founding member Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Christopher Coletti and Caleb Hudson (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Bernhard Scully (horn). The Canadian Brass is represented by IMG Artists in New York.
Trumpeter Craig Morris emerged onto the international classical music scene by winning the prestigious position of Principal Trumpet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, assuming that post from the legendary Adolph “Bud” Herseth in 2001. A desire to more fully focus on his own artistic projects, however, led Morris to leave his position with the CSO and pursue a career as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, Morris has been featured with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Sacramento Symphony, and the Miami Bach Society to name a few. Additionally, Morris has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall, the American Bandmasters Association Convention, and the International Computer Music Conference. In 2009, Craig gave the U.S. Premier of Desolation Wilderness, a trumpet concerto by the renowned British composer Joby Talbot, under the baton of Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
Craig’s debut solo CD, Permit Me Voyage – featuring the music of Debussy, Schumann, Brahms, and Barber – will be released on Naxos in 2011, following the acclaimed 2007 Naxos release, Reflections, featuring Morris as the soloist on Thom Sleeper’s Concerto for Trumpet. Morris was also the subject of an hour-long radio feature/interview on KALW San Francisco after his performance of the Talbot Concerto at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in 2009. During his orchestral career, Craig performed as Principal Trumpet on the Grammy nominated recording of Furtwangler’s Symphony No. 2 with the CSO and Daniel Barenboim, as well as the following recordings with the San Francisco Symphony: Copland the Populist — Charles Ives the American Journey — American Mavericks: Visionaries, Pioneers, Iconoclasts — Aaron Copland: The Essence of America — and Metallica: S&M.
A strong new music advocate, Morris has worked closely with prominent composers such as Jennifer Higdon, John Adams, John Corigliano, Steve Rouse, Osvaldo Golijov, Avner Dorman, Kevin Puts, Mason Bates, Aaron Jay Kernis, Dorothy Chang, and many more.
Prior to his appointment in Chicago, Morris held the position of Associate Principal Trumpet in the San Francisco Symphony and Principal Trumpet in the Sacramento Symphony. He has performed with artists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Martha Argeric, Daniel Barenboim, Marin Alsop, Michael Tilson Thomas, Miroslav Rostropovich, Gil Shaham, and Helene Grimaud among others. He has also had the fortune of performing in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls: Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the KKL Luzern, Boston Symphony Hall, the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, and more. In addition to the previously mentioned orchestra positions, Craig has held/won the Fourth Trumpet position in both the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras.
Morris is currently the Professor of Trumpet and Chair of the Brass Program at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, where he devotes himself to his teaching and his career as a soloist and chamber musician.
A Texas native, Morris grew up in a musical family. He attended the University of Texas and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers include Ray Crisara (Professor, University of Texas), Glenn Fischthal (former Principal Trumpet, San Francisco Symphony), and Jim Wilt (Associate Principal Trumpet, Los Angeles Philharmonic).
Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon has toured the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz to great acclaim. His unmatched mastery of the plunger mute and exceptional technique and signature sound have secured his place as one of the top trombonists of his generation. Named “Trombonist of the Year” in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011 by the Jazz Journalists Association, Gordon is a recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award, among others.
In addition to his solo career, Gordon tours regularly with the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. He is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s Jazz at the Kennedy Center Series. Gordon’s extensive performance experience includes work with many of the most renowned jazz performers of the past and present.
Gordon’s recordings include fourteen solo CDs and seven co-leader CDs. Frequently commissioned by jazz groups as a composer and arranger, he has an extensive songbook of original compositions and is performed throughout the world by musicians and ensembles of every caliber.
A member of the Jazz Arts faculty at Manhattan School of Music, Gordon is one of America’s most persuasive and committed music educators. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the University of Scranton for his dedication to the field. His extensive work with young musicians and audiences from elementary schools to universities all over the world includes master classes, clinics, workshops, children’s concerts, and lectures—powerful evidence of his ability to relate musically to people of all ages. Wycliffe Gordon is a Yamaha artis
Christopher Smith has held positions in the trumpet sections of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, The Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Des Moines Metro Opera Company.
Chris attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI where he studied with Scott Thornburg and received a Bachelor of Music degree. Afterwards he attended Eastman School of Music where he studied for a year with James Thompson.
In the summer of 2000 Chris joined the Trumpet/Cornet section of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band in Washington, DC. For eight years he performed regularly with the band at The White House, in and around the Washington, D.C. area and on national tours.
In January of 2008 he won the 4th/Utility Trumpet position with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
In 2010 he won the 2nd Trumpet position with the Des Moines Metro Opera Company.
In January of 2011 Chris won the 3rd/Assistant Principal Trumpet position with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra performing with them for one season.
Currently he holds the 4th/Utility Trumpet position with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Clay Jenkins' career as a jazz artist has covered a wide range of musical experiences. He attended The University of North Texas (then named North Texas State University) where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Theory and studied trumpet with John Haynie.
Upon completion of his degree, Clay went out on the road, playing the jazz trumpet chair with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He recorded three live albums with the Kenton Band, Artistry in Symphonic Jazz, A Time for Love, and The Lost Concerts, Vols. I & II, and was also involved with the Stan Kenton Orchestra in Residence Jazz Camps.
Clay moved to Los Angeles in 1978, where he continued playing in live performances and in studio recording sessions. He also studied with the renowned trumpet teacher, James Stamp for the next two years. From Los Angeles, he toured with the big bands of Harry James, Buddy Rich, and finally, the Count Basie Orchestra.
Clay earned his Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from The University of Southern California in 1993, studying trumpet with Boyde Hood. Clay began teaching at several schools, including The Foundation for the Junior Blind, The University of Southern California, California State University at Northridge, and The California Institute of the Arts. He also served as Chairman of the Music Theory Department at the Colburn School of Performing Arts from 1988 through the summer of 2000, and co-authored the theory textbook being used there and in other schools. His duties also include being on the staff of several Jim Widner Summer Jazz Camps.
Currently, Clay is an Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He also continues to be a very active performing and recording artist. He has performed and presented clinics all over the United States and Canada, and also abroad in Japan, Italy, Korea, Germany, Portugal, Russia, and South Africa. He is a charter member of the trumpet section of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (which has included trumpet artists Snooky Young, Bobby Bryant, Chuck Findley, Oscar Brashear, Byron Stripling, and Bijon Watson). The C.H.J.O. was the Jazz Orchestra in Residence at the Hollywood Bowl from 1999-2001.
Clay's solo recordings include: Rings, Give and Gather, Yellow Flowers After, Azure Eyes, Blues State, and the soon to be released Good Signs on the Jazz Compass label. His ensemble with co-leader Kim Richmond, has released two recordings: Range, and Look at the Time. Other artists Clay has recorded with include Milt Jackson, Harold Danko, Rich Perry, The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, "Trio East," Billy Harper, Lyle Mays, Peter Erskine, Ray Brown, Dr. John, Bob Sheppard, Jim Widner, Eric Reed, Moacir Santos, Gary Hobbs, Bill Perkins, Joe La Barbera, John La Barbera, Pat La Barbera, Bill Cunliffe, Billy Childs, Steve Houghton, Lennie Niehaus, Ernestine Anderson, Kurt Elling, Diana Krall, and Miki Coltrane.
James Thompson is currently Professor of Trumpet at the renowned Eastman School of Music. He came to this position after having played Principal Trumpet in the Atlanta and Montreal Symphony Orchestras.
He has performed as soloist with orchestras in North and South America as well as Europe. He has made recital tours of Asia, North and South America as well as most of Europe.
Since joining the faculty of the Eastman School he has performed as guest Principal Trumpet with orchestras that include the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as the Baltimore, Seattle, and Boston Symphonys.
Mr. Thompson can be heard on CDs with the Montreal and Atlanta Symphonys, as well as solo and chamber projects. His recordings of the Shoshtakovitch Concerto #1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings and Mahler Symphony #5 were Stereo Review’s records of the Month.
Mr. Thompson is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Severinsen’s accomplishments began in his hometown of Arlington, Oregon, population: 600. Carl H Severinsen was born on July 7th, 1927, and was nicknamed “Little Doc” after his father, Dr. Carl Severinsen a dentist. Little Doc had originally wanted to play the trombone. But the senior Severinsen, a gifted amateur violinist, urged him to study the violin. The younger Severinsen insisted on the trombone, but had to settle for the only horn available in Arlington’s small music store — a trumpet. A week later, with the help of his father and a manual of instructions, the seven-year-old was so good that he was invited to join the high school band. At the age of twelve, Little Doc won the Music Educator’s National Contest and, while still in high school, was hired to go on the road with the famous Ted Fio Rito Orchestra.
However, his stay with the group was cut short by the draft. He served in the Army during World War II and following his discharge, landed a spot with the Charlie Barnett Band. When this band broke up, Severinsen toured with the Tommy Dorsey, then, the Benny Goodman bands in the late 40′s.
After his days with Barnett and Dorsey, Doc arrived in New York City in 1949 to become a staff musician for NBC. After years of playing with the peacock network’s studio bands, Severinsen was invited to do a gig with the highly respected Tonight Show Band. An impressed conductor, Skitch Henderson, asked him to join that band in 1962 as first trumpet. Five years later, Doc took over as Music Director for The Tonight Show and stayed with the show until Johnny Carson retired from late night television in 1992.
Today, Doc has not lost his flair for outrageous fashions and witty banter. Yet, he is highly regarded as one of the most technically proficient trumpeters. Doc has the best stage presence of anyone out there. He can blow a horn like few others…he is a high note virtuoso, a genuinely funny man, and always a fashion fiend.
Somewhere along Doc’s journey from Oregon, to New York, to this evening’s concert, the “Little” was lost, but he remains ageless. Doc Severinsen continues to be a favorite of audiences across America.
For nearly 25 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. From exciting classical arrangements, to burning jazz standards, and the best of the original brass quintet repertoire, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment, which captivates all ages. The ensemble's lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere.
Through over 100 performances each year, the members of Boston Brass play to audiences at concerts, educational venues and jazz festivals. In addition to solo performances, Boston Brass regularly performs with orchestras, bands, organ, jazz bands and a variety of other ensembles. They have performed in 49 states and 21 countries and have conducted master classes around the world including sessions and residencies at the Eastman School of Music, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Peabody Conservatory of Music, University of North Texas, Royal Academy of Music in London, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory at the National University of Singapore and Mahidol University in Bangkok.
Boston Brass helped raise over $100,000 for VH1's Save the Music program, giving musical instruments to schools in need. They have been featured educators and performers at the Mid West Band and Orchestra Clinic, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Music Educators National Conference events, American Bandmaster Association Conference, The American Band College, and at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention. Since 2006, Boston Brass has served as Artist/Educational Ambassadors for Jupiter Band Instruments.
Boston Brass has been featured on The CBS Early Show, National Public Radio'sPerformance Today, The Great American Brass Band Festival and has recorded several diverse albums. Latin Nights, their latest offering, features a collection of some of the greatest classical and jazz works by Latin composers and performers and features the legendary drummer Steve Gadd, the beautiful voice of Talita Real, percussion and guitar. Other albums include Ya Gotta Try, featuring music from Horace Silver, Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie, produced by legendary jazz recording genius Rudy van Gelder andWithin Earshot, featuring classical works by Shostakovich, Ginastera, Dvorak, Liszt and others.
Boston Brass has two holiday recordings, Christmas Bells are Swingin', and The Stan Kenton Christmas Carols, featuring the Boston Brass All-Stars Big Band playing the truly phenomenal charts made popular by the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Boston Brass tours a vibrant holiday show each year featuring many of the charts from these two albums, combined with a variety of solo and combo selections and some fun surprises, which has quickly established the show as a perennial audience favorite.
2011 marks the 25th Anniversary of Boston Brass and will be celebrated with the "25 Fanfares Project," wherein 25 fanfares will be premiered by composers from all over the country. Boston Brass will also premier a new major commission and new arrangements by the legendary Sam Pilafian. Additionally, Boston Brass is very excited to have the opportunity to collaborate in the 2010/2011 season with the fabulous Imani Winds in a program entitled "Sketches of Spain," featuring the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans.
Randy Brecker has been shaping the sound of Jazz, R&B and Rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament-Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, David Sanborn, Jaco Pastorius, Horace Silver and Frank Zappa.
Randy's history is as varied as it is distinguished. Born (1945) in Philadelphia to a piano-playing father, Randy's musical talent was nurtured and encouraged from an early age. He began playing R&B and funk in local bar bands while in his teens, and developed an ear for Hard Bop through his father's record collection. "I'd listen to Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, Miles' Quintets, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, the Clifford Brown/Max Roach group."
Randy attended Indiana University from 1963-66 where he played with the IU Big Band and in various jazz groups and soul bands including Booker T and the MGs (Booker T. Jones was at IU pursuing an education degree at the time). As a member of the IU Big Band, Randy toured the Middle East and Asia for three months on a tour sponsored by the State Department in 1966. He stayed on in Europe for another three months and was a winner in the first (and only) International Jazz Competition in Vienna. He moved to New York City later that same year, where he landed gigs with Clark Terry's Big Band, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, and the Duke Pearson Big Band, with whom he recorded two albums. Randy also began his foray into jazz-rock by joining Blood, Sweat and Tears. He worked with BS&T for a year and played on their Innovative 1968 debut, 'Child is Father to the Man.'
Randy left BS&T to join the Horace Silver Quintet. "BS&T was a very structured situation...I needed to stretch out and play." In 1968, Randy recorded his first album as a leader, 'Score' (re-issued in 1993 on Blue Note), which also featured a young and then unknown 19 year-old tenor saxophonist named Michael Brecker.
After Horace Silver, Randy joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers before teaming up with brother Michael, Barry Rogers, Billy Cobham, and John Abercrombie to form the seminal fusion group 'Dreams'. The group recorded two adventurous and wildly acclaimed albums: 'Dreams' and 'Imagine My Surprise' - now collector's items - for Columbia Records before they disbanded in 1971.
In 1972, Randy was back with Horace Silver, this time with brother Michael as the front line in Horace's quintet. By now, the two horn players had become two of the most in-demand studio musicians of the day. After recording the now classic 'In Pursuit of the 27th Man' (Blue Note) with Horace, Randy left to join another new influential jazz- rock group led by old friend Larry Coryell which resulted in the album 'Larry Coryell and The 11th House'. In '73 Randy toured with the great Stevie Wonder and also made his way to Japan for the first time with Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Super Band (!) (which featured, among others, Michael Brecker, Don Grolnick, Steve Khan and Steve Gadd). In '74, the brothers joined Billy Cobham's group, Spectrum, with whom they recorded several albums, and by 1975 they were ready to front their own band.
The Brecker Brothers were to become a band of immeasurable influence and impact. Hailed by pop and jazz critics alike, their first album 'The Brecker Brothers' (Arista), which Randy produced, wrote, and arranged, was nominated for four Grammys. The Brecker Brothers went on to record a total of six albums and garner seven Grammy nominations between 1975 and 1981.
In 1978 Randy and Michael played a week in NYC with Frank Zappa, which resulted in the album 'Zappa in NY'.
In the late 70's Randy recorded on Charles Mingus' last album, 'Me Myself an Eye'. Randy has performed with various incarnations of Mingus Dynasties, Big Bands, and Epitaphs up to the present day. From 1977-1987 the Brecker Brothers owned and operated Seventh Avenue South, a jazz club in downtown Manhattan that featured great bands of all styles performing nightly.
After the Brecker Brothers parted in 1982. Randy recorded and toured extensively with Jaco Pastorius, recording the famous 'Word of Mouth' album, a live concert in Japan. In 1986, Randy produced, composed and arranged his first acoustic jazz album, 'In the Idiom', for Denon Records, with Joe Henderson, Dave Kikoski, Ron Carter, and Al Foster.
In 1988, Randy recorded 'Live At Sweet Basil', for Sonet Records at the famed jazz club in New York, with Bob Berg, Joey Baron, Dave Kikoski, and Dieter Ilg. Through the end of the 80s, Randy toured North America and Europe several times as a leader, as well as touring with Stanley Clarke's Jazz Explosion. In 1989 under the auspices of the US State Department, he toured Eastern Europe with his Quintet six months before the fall of Communism. Also in 1989, he performed a sold out week at the Albert Hall In London with Eric Clapton.
The 1990s began with Randy on tour with the Mingus Dynasty/Epitaph. He also recorded and co-produced his third album as a leader, 'Toe To Toe,' for MCA in 1990. Then, in 1992, exactly ten years after they disbanded, Randy and Michael joined forces again in a much-heralded reunion featuring a world tour and the triple-Grammy nominated GRP recording, 'The Return of the Brecker Brothers'.
In the fall of 1994, the Brecker Brothers released the double-Grammy winning 'Out of the Loop', with tours that followed into 1995 throughout the U.S. and Europe. They were the first international contemporary jazz group to perform in the People's Republic of China, playing to sell-out crowds in Beijing and Shanghai. Branching out again in 1995, Randy toured Japan as a special guest with Stanley Turrentine and was one of the first western jazz artists to tour in the newly democratic Poland.
In 1996 Randy released his third solo album, this time with a band of musicians assembled from different parts of the globe, including long-time friend and musical cohort David Sanborn, producer/keyboard artist Gil Goldstein, guitarist Adam Rogers, Brazilian vocalist Maucha Adnet (singer with the late Tom Jobim's band), and bassist Bakithi Kumalo of Graceland fame, among others. "Into the Sun" featured Brazilian music mixed with pinches of Latin, World Music, Funk and Jazz. Released that year on Pony Canyon in Japan and on Concord Records throughout the rest of the world in 1997, it won Randy his first Grammy as a solo artist in 1998 for "Best Contemporary Jazz Performance." A live concert of the music from the album was filmed by Japanese television station NHK and broadcast in 1997. The summer of that year, Randy toured Europe with Joe Henderson, and closed the year on tour with the Mingus Big Band across the U.S. and South America, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band in Europe.
1998 began with Randy's appearance on tour as a special guest with Billy Cobham in the U.K. In fact, it was while on stage at Ronnie Scott's in London, that Randy first heard the news of his Grammy win. Summer appearances included several reunion concerts with Larry Coryell and the 11th House. Later that year he began appearing with the Art of Blakey Band featuring Benny Golson and Curtis Fuller in addition to performing in Israel as a guest soloist.
In 2000 Randy signed to ESC Records and released "Hangin' in the City," featuring the antics of 'Randroid,' his rappin' cab-drivin' alter-ego. The record was especially well received in Europe and Japan (it went to #4 on the German charts) and allowed Randy to perform more regularly around the world as the leader of his own band.
In the spring of that year, he toured the US extensively as a part of Festival Productions' Newport Jazz Millennium Celebration tour, and in the summer toured US festivals in support of the release of the 'Jazz Times Superband' on Concord Records featuring Randy, Bob Berg. Joey DeFrancesco, and Dennis Chambers.
He released his next CD for ESC, '34th n' Lex,' in 2003 to critical acclaim ("Randy Brecker clearly outdoes himself on this one"- Paula Edelstein AMG Review). Eleven new Randy Brecker compositions and arrangements were brought to life by the 'Dream Horn Section' of David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, Fred Wesley, and Ronnie Cuber, along with Randy's regular working band and his wife, the Italian saxophonist/composer Ada Rovatti. This CD also brought him his third Grammy for 'Best Contemporary Jazz Album.' In May of 2003 he toured Europe with his Quintet in support of the CD, and in the summer went back to Europe yet again with the Randy Brecker/ Bill Evans Soulbop Band.
The summer of 2003 culminated in the special headline appearance in Japan at the Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival of the reunited Brecker Brothers.
2004 saw Randy touring Europe extensively as co-leader (with Bill Evans) of the band Soulbop. The WDR Big Band also celebrated Randy and his music that year in a performance at the Leverkusen Jazz Fest. Performing with him were his brother, Michael, Jim Beard, Will Lee and Peter Erskine, with arrangements by Vince Mendoza. The date was of special significance to Randy as it was the last time he played with his brother, who took ill shortly thereafter with a rare form of leukemia known as MDS.
The following years Randy found a balance between touring the world with his own bands and guesting onstage and in the studio with a wide array of artists, among them Miroslav Vitous, Gary Husband's Force Majeure, Tom Scott, Billy Cobham, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Igor Butman, Dave Liebman, Charles McPherson, Kenny Werner, Marc Copland, George Wein's Newport All-Stars, Brian Bromberg, Jeff Lorber, Niels Lan Doky, Chris Minh Doky and others, as well as several excellent European-based bands - Oliver Strauch's 'Groovin' High', Krzysztof Zawadzki's 'Walkaway' and the Dutch band 'Pitch Pine Project.'
In 2007 he was awarded his fourth Grammy for "Randy Brecker Live with the WDR Big Band," (Telarc/BHM) the live recording (also available in DVD format) of his performance at the Leverkusen Jazz Fest in 2004. Tragically, his brother Michael died on Jan 13th, 2007. Only days later, Randy would perform at a special tribute concert at Disney Hall in Los Angeles for the great Horace Silver, who had been a mentor to both brothers.
2007 also saw the release of a 2 CD set of live recordings of the band 'Soulbop' (BHM) featuring Dave Kikoski, Victor Bailey, Steve Smith or Rodney Holmes and the late great Hiram Bullock. The same band appeared at the Tokyo Jazz fest along with many old friends and toured extensively from Budapest to Korea to Israel.
Randy's newest CD, 'Randy in Brasil,' was recorded in Sao Paulo with a full complement of great Brazilian musicians and released in 2008 on Summit/MAMA Record in the U.S., JVC in Japan, and on XYZ in Europe in 2009. Chosen one of the Top 10 CDs of 2008 by AllAboutJazz.com, the CD won the Grammy for "Best Contemporary Jazz Album," bringing Randy's Grammy total to five.
2008 also saw Randy guesting with the Rosanna Vitro/Kenny Werner 'Delirium Blues Project', Conrad Herwig's 'Latin Side of Herbie Hancock', Chuck Loeb/Mitch Forman's 'Metro Special Edition', the Kenny Werner Quintet, and extended tours in Japan and Europe as a special guest with the Mike Stern Quartet.
A "Tribute to the Brecker Brothers" featuring Randy and recorded live at the Hamamatsu Jazz Festival in Japan with Yoichi Murata's Solid Brass & Big Band was released by JVC Victor in Japan in late 2008.
Many of the Brecker Brothers most famous compositions were included, along with famous tunes from the Jaco Patorious catalogue.
And in 2009, Randy's roots were celebrated with the release of 'Jazz Suite Tykocin,' a project initiated and conceived by the Polish pianist and composer Wlodek Pawlik, featuring Randy as a soloist with members of the Bialystok Philharmonic. Tykocin is the area in Poland where Randy's ancestors (mother's maiden name: Tecosky) hail from, a fact that Pawlik discovered while helping to search for a donor for Michael.
As a composer, performer and in-demand Yamaha clinician, Randy Brecker continues to influence and inspire young musicians around the world.
He feels like he is just starting out!
Michael Sachs joined The Cleveland Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 1988. Praised by critics for his “spectacular chops,” and “radiant tone,” he is recognized internationally as a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, teacher, author and clinician.
Michael Sachs is frequently featured as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra. Highlights include the 1996 world premiere of the John Williams’ Concerto for Trumpet, commissioned by The Cleveland Orchestra for Mr. Sachs, with Music Director Christoph von Dohnanyi conducting, and the United States and New York premieres of Hans Werner Henze's Requiem in 2000, also with Mr. Dohnanyi conducting. Mr. Sachs has also appeared as guest soloist with numerous major US and international orchestras and chamber groups, including the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Auckland (New Zealand) Philharmonia, The Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra (Ostrava, Czech Rep.), San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Sachs can be heard on over 125 recorded works with The Cleveland Orchestra, including featured performances of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat recorded for Deutsche Gramophone with Pierre Boulez, and Ives' The Unanswered Question recorded for London/Decca with Christoph von Dohnanyi. In April 2005, Mr. Sachs performed a recital of music for trumpet and organ with Todd Wilson as part of Severance Hall’s Organ Recital Series. The recital was recorded and was released on CD by the Musical Arts Association (parent organization of The Cleveland Orchestra).
Along with his active performance schedule, Mr. Sachs serves as Chairman of the Brass division and Head of the Trumpet Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In addition to serving on the faculty of leading summer festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Blekinge International Brass Academy (Karlskrona, Sweden), Domaine Forget, Eastern Music Festival, Grand Tetons Music Festival, Masterclass Internacional para Instrumentos de Metal (Lisbon, Portugal), National Orchestral Institute, Summer Brass Institute (San Francisco), and Summit Brass, Mr. Sachs regularly presents master classes and workshops at conservatories and major universities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a clinician for the Conn-Selmer Company (makers of Bach trumpets). At the invitation of Sir Georg Solti, he served as Principal Trumpet/Instructor in the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall. He is the author of Daily Fundamentals for the Trumpet and Mahler: Symphonic Works, Complete Trumpet Parts, both published by the International Music Company. Mr. Sachs has also contributed forewords to Rafael Mendez's Prelude to Brass Playing and The Herbert L. Clarke Collection, both published by Carl Fischer Music. His newest project, 14 Duets for Trumpet and Trombone, co-authored with Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic Joseph Alessi, was released in November 2007 published by Carl Fischer Music. Starting in January 2009, Michael Sachs is the editor of the “Inside the Orchestra Section” column for the International Trumpet Guild journal. Mr. Sachs has also recently been extensively involved in the acoustic design and play testing for the creation of the new Artisan line of Bach Stradivarius trumpets.
Prior to joining The Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. Sachs was a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, where he also performed with the Houston Grand Opera and served on the faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He has performed with many ensembles in New York City including the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New York Chamber Symphony, The New York Choral Society, Boys Choir of Harlem, and Speculum Musicae. Mr. Sachs has been involved in a wide range of media events including performances on CBS This Morning, The Kennedy Center Honors, and The Heroes of Conscience Concert for PBS.
Originally from Los Angeles, Michael Sachs attended The University of California at Los Angeles, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History before attending The Juilliard School of Music. His former teachers include Mark Gould, Anthony Plog, and James Stamp.
Jeffrey Missal enjoys a diverse and dynamic musical career as a freelance trumpeter in New York City. Mr. Missal holds a masterʼs degree from the Juilliard School and a bachelorʼs degree from Oklahoma State University, with additional studies pursued at the Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University. Mr. Missal has participated in many music festivals, including the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, Lewes Chamber Music Festival, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival and the Bang on a Can Music Marathon. Recent performances include appearances with the Signal Ensemble, the Talea Ensemble, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Missalʼs principal teachers were Mark Gould, Ray Mase and Tim McFadden. Mr. Missal comes from a family of teachers and has always valued the importance of education
Wayne Bergeron is enjoying a career as one of the most active players in the world. With studio dates, International touring, jazz concerts, guest soloist appearances and clinics, he has no intention of slowing down.
Born in 1958 in Hartford, Connecticut, Bergeron grew up in Southern California where he started on French horn before switching to trumpet in the 7th grade. Although a difficult instrument to play, Bergeron took to the trumpet quickly. “I found I had natural ability for playing the trumpet in the upper register at an early age.” Bergeron credits his junior high school band director and first trumpet teacher, Ron Savitt, for molding his natural abilities into practical working skills.
In 1986, Bergeron landed the lead trumpet position with the Maynard Ferguson Band. He can be heard on such MF recordings as “Body & Soul,” “Big Bop Nouveau,” “Brass Attitude” and “The One & Only Maynard Ferguson.” Remarking on the talented trumpet player, Maynard Ferguson had this to say during a radio interview: “Wayne is the most musical lead trumpet player I’ve ever had on my band.”
As a sideman, Bergeron’s list of CD credits reads like a who’s who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles to Green Day. Other stellar names include Beyoncé, Michael Buble, Seth MacFarland, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Seal, Diana Krall, Tito Puente, Christina Aguilera, Dianne Reeves, Barry Manilow, Michael Bolton, Gwen Stefani, Earth Wind & Fire, The Pussy Cat Dolls, My Chemical Romance, The Mars Volta, INXS, Chicago, Rosemary Cloony, Diane Schuur, Barry Manilow, Lee Ann Womack, Lou Rawls, Eric Marienthal, Kenny G., Brian Culbertson and David Benoit.
Bergeron has worked on 300 plus TV & motion picture soundtracks. A partial list of film credits include Toy Story 3, Pixie Hollow Games, Despicable Me, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Charlie St Cloud, 2012, Percy Jackson, Cats & Dogs, Surrogates, The informant, G-force, Star Trek, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, High School Musical 1 & 3, Race to Witch Mountain, National Treasure 1 & 2, Bedtime Stories, Pink Panther 2, Marley & Me, Role Models, The Mummy 3, Get Smart, Enchanted, Hancock, Horton Hears a Who, Semi Pro, Superman Returns, Pirates of the Caribbean 1,2&3, Ratatouille, The Simpson’s Movie, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Ice Age 2, Spiderman 1 & 2, Fantastic Four 1 & 2, Team America, Anchorman, Catch Me if You Can, South Park, Flubber and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Wayne’s featured trumpet solos can be heard on the motion pictures The Green Hornet, Duplicity, Rocky Balboa, The Incredibles, Leather Heads, Princess & the Frog, The Perfect Game, High Crimes, Rounders, Fled, Hey Arnold (the movie), The Mask, The Life Aquatic, The Rat Pack, Child Star, Illegal Tender, Aladdin King of Thieves, Foolproof, and Two Days in the Valley.
Numerous TV credits include shows such as NBC, ESPN & TNT sports themes, Entertainment Tonight Theme, Academy Awards, American Idol (2001-02), Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy’s, The Goode Family, Jeopardy, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Phineas & Ferb, Emperor’s New School, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Mouse works, Make em Laugh, House of Mouse, King of the Hill, Futurama, Buzz Lightyear, Hercules and Hey Arnold.
After being behind the scene for so many years, Bergeron stepped out on his own with his first solo effort “You Call This a Living?” This debut project earned him a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble as well as rave reviews from fans and press worldwide. Wayne’s latest recording “Plays Well With Others" was released on the Concord Jazz label in 2007 is being met with the same acclaim.
Bergeron’s passion for big bands has led to his inclusion in some of Los Angeles’ most well respected bands. He has recorded with Quincy Jones, Gordon Goodwin, Arturo Sandoval, Pat Williams, Sammy Nestico, Jack Sheldon, Chris Walden, Tom Kubis, John La Barbara, Andy Martin, Ralph Carmichael, Bob Florence, Frank Capp, Matt Cattingub, Bill Liston, Kim Richmond, Ray Anthony, Buddy Childers, Roger Neumann, Bill Perkins, Bill Elliott, Gary Irwin, Bill Watrous, Bob Curnow and Phil Kelly.
Bergeron is a National Artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America and is co-designer of the YTR-8335LA trumpet and YFH-8315G Flugelhorn. Bergeron enjoys his work as a clinician/educator and feels it’s important to “give back” by mentoring young musicians.
American Brass Quintet
Now in its 51st season, theAmerican Brass Quintet has been internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time and an icon in the brass world. The ABQ's rich history includes performances in Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and all fifty of the United States; a discography of over fifty recordings; the premieres of over one-hundred contemporary brass works, and in the last decade, mini-residencies that have brought the ABQ's chamber music expertise to countless young musicians and institutions worldwide. ABQ commissions by Samuel Adler, Bruce Adolphe, Daniel Asia, Jan Bach, Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Jacob Druckman, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Huang Ruo, Steven Sacco, David Sampson, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Joan Tower, Melinda Wagner, and Charles Whittenberg, are considered among the most significant contributions to the modern brass quintet repertoire. Premieres in the last three seasons include works by Gordon Beeferman, Nolan Gasser, Trevor Gureckis, Justin Dello Joio, Shafer Mahoney, Anthony Plog and David Sampson. In commemoration of the ABQ's 50th anniversary last year, the ABQ released it's ninth recording on the Summit label, a double CD of new works written for the ABQ in the last decade called State of the Art, the ABQ at 50.
Equally committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through education, the American Brass Quintet has been in residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and at the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. Since 2001 the ABQ has offered its expertise in chamber music performance and training with a program of mini-residencies as part of its regular touring season. Designed to offer young groups and individuals an intense chamber music experience over several days, ABQ mini-residencies have been embraced by schools and communities throughout the United States and internationally.
Through its acclaimed performances, diverse programming, commissioning, extensive discography and educational mission, the ABQ has created a legacy unparalleled in the brass field. Hailed as "the high priests of brass" by Newsweek, "positively breathtaking" by the New York Times, and "of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished" by the American Record Guide, the American Brass Quintet has clearly defined itself among the elite chamber music ensembles of our time.