2019 American Trombone Workshop Featured Artists
John Allred enjoys a multi-faceted career. From traditional jazz to stage and film productions, John is well respected for being a musician that can do it all. Throughout his career, John has had the pleasure of working with many great jazz organizations. From his early days with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd to Harry Connick Jr., John has also worked with The NBC studio orchestra, Toshiko Akioshi Big Band, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band and Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks along with many local groups. John has had the pleasure to perform with some of best artists in the business including Bob Haggart, Ralph Sutton, Jake Hanna, Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Warren Vache’, Ken Peplowski, Harry Allen, Natalie Cole, Liza Minelli, John Pizzarelli, Pete Chistleib, Larry Carlton and Robin Ford to name a few. In addition to his jazz work, John has become one of the top call studio players on the scene.
Some of his Broadway credits include The Pajama Game, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Cinderella, Finding Neverland, and most recently John has just finished an 18 month run on the hit revival of Hello Dolly starring Bette Midler. This fall john is enjoying a wide variety of gigs including a roll sidelining in an upcoming movie. When not traveling John and his wife are enjoying New York City while living in Rockaway Beach.
Brian Hecht, a native of Dallas, Texas, joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Bass Trombone in September 2013. Prior to joining the Atlanta Symphony, Mr. Hecht held the position of bass trombone with the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC.
Brian has enriched his career by performing with other major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra (under the baton of Simon Rattle), San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Baltimore, and the Kennedy Center Ballet.
He has been a featured soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Navy Band, U.S. "Pershing’s Own" Army Band, Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble, University of Texas Trombone Choir, University of Georgia Trombone Choir, University of Central Arkansas Trombone Choir, Texas State University Trombone Choir, Penn State Trombone Choir and the Georgia Brass Band. He can be heard on several of the U.S. Navy Band’s CD’s and DVD’s as well as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s CD’s Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem and Christopher Theofanidis’ Creation/Creator.
Brian received his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Michael Mulcahy, Charles Vernon, and Peter Ellefson. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Dr. Nathaniel Brickens. Other influential teachers include Jon Bohls of the Dallas Metroplex area and Charles Villarrubia at UT-Austin.
TSgt Christine Purdue Jones
Technical Sgt. Christine Purdue Jones is a trombonist with the Ceremonial Brass, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. In addition to her trombone performance duties, Jones serves as an Auxiliary Drum Major. Originally from Lafayette, Indiana, her Air Force career began in 2013.
Sergeant Jones holds degrees from Stetson University, The Juilliard School, and the University of Miami. Her primary teachers include Joe Alessi, Tim Conner, and David Schmidt, and additional studies with Jeff Dee and Pete Ellefson.
Prior to joining the Air Force, Jones was Second/Assistant Principal Trombone with Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Symphony. She has also performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Symphony and Palm Beach Opera, among others.
Air Force career highlights include multiple appearances on NBC’s Today Show, the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and arrival ceremonies for Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Dr. Brittany Lasch
As a winner of the 2019 S&R Foundation Washington Award, Trombonist Brittany Lasch has appeared as a soloist with ensembles such as the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, and symphonies around the country. With playing described as “masterful” (Syracuse Post-Standard), Brittany is Assistant Professor of Trombone at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Brittany also performs as Principal Trombone of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra at the Detroit Opera House.
Brittany was a winner of Astral Artist’s 2017 National Auditions. She was also the winner of the 2015 National Collegiate Solo Competition hosted by the U.S. Army Band, the 2010 Eisenberg-Fried Brass Concerto Competition, and she was the recipient of the Zulalian Foundation Award in 2014. Her trombone quartet Boston Based won the 2017 International Trombone Association’s Quartet Competition. In early 2018, Brittany was awarded 2nd place in The American Prize solo instrumentalist competition.
A native of Park Ridge, Illinois, Brittany Lasch earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, where she received the Brass Department Award. She also holds a Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music. With a deep commitment to education, she has been a featured teacher and performer at workshops such as the UW Whitewater Trombone Day, the University of Arkansas Trombone Workshop, and Midwest Trombone Tuba Euphonium Conference at Eastern Illinois University. She has presented masterclasses at universities across the country and at pre-collegiate programs such as the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Her principal teachers include Toby Oft, Scott Hartman, and Steve Norrell.
Gerry Pagano joined the St Louis Symphony in 1995, after performing for eight years with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He has a Bachelors and Masters from the Juilliard School. In addition, he has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teton Music Festival, Music From Great Woods, and was a Tanglewood Fellow in 1984. Along the way, he has a wide variety of musical experiences, including shows such as Annie, a Chorus Line, Sammy Davis Jr., Liberace, and many styles of music, such as Dixieland, Salsa, and Chinese Funerals. He led a jazz Quartet called "Impulse" as a senior at the University of Georgia, and traveled with the Cody Marshall Band for two years, to Puerto Rico, Alaska, Saudi Arabia, and Nevada. He has three solo recordings, two with the Trombones of the St Louis Symphony, a jazz recording with Michael Lake, and numerous other recordings with the St Louis Symphony, including the Grammy nominated "City Noir". He is a founding member of the St Louis Low Brass Collective, a community organization that presents masterclasses and concerts to educate and further low brass awareness. He is an Edwards Instrument Artist, working in the research and development of new equipment for brass.
John Rojak became a member of the American Brass Quintet in 1991, joining their residencies at The Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival. He is bass trombonist of the Stamford Symphony, New York Pops, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, IRIS, and Little Orchestra Society. Rojak has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus, and Solisti New York, and performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and Boston Symphony. His Broadway shows include Les Miserables, Sugar Babies, and The Producers. Rojak has performed with Metallica, Peter Gabriel, and Styx, as well as for Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis. Solo CDs include Rojak Rocks on Navona, The Romantic Bass Trombone on MMC, Bass Hits, the Bass Trombone Concerti of Eric Ewazen on Albany Records, and The Essential Rochut on Belle Records. Rojak has given master classes throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia, and Mexico. He has been an adjudicator for Fischoff, Concert Artists Guild, Coleman and other solo and chamber music competitions. In addition to Juilliard, Aspen, and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, he is on the faculty at New York University.
Colin Williams joined the New York Philharmonic as Associate Principal Trombone in September 2014. He previously served as principal trombone of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, for 12 seasons, and principal trombone of the San Antonio Symphony, for three seasons. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (of Washington, D.C.), and Houston Symphony.
Mr. Williams made his solo debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2003 performing Paul Creston’s Fantasy for Trombone. He has been a guest soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), U.S. Military Academy Band, Georgia Brass Band, Atlanta Wind Ensemble, Juilliard Orchestra, and James Madison University Brass Band. He has also appeared as a soloist at the Eastern Trombone Workshop and the International Trombone Festival.
Also active as a chamber musician, Colin Williams has participated in numerous festivals, including the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa in Matsumoto, Japan; Grand Teton Music Festival; and Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. He has also performed with the Chicago Chamber Musicians.
Mr. Williams’s first solo CD, Roadwork, is a collaboration with his former Atlanta Symphony Orchestra colleagues Bill Thomas and George Curran. Together with Bradley Palmer at Columbus State University, the four musicians founded the Southeast Trombone Symposium in 2010: through his continuing work with the Symposium Mr. Williams has helped to educate hundreds of young trombonists.
Dr. Russ Zokaites is an active performer with engagements in Europe and the United States. As a guest clinician, he has given recitals and classes at numerous universities and conservatories, including the Manhattan School of Music.
Focusing on new music, Dr. Zokaites has worked with composers on 19 world premieres ranging from neo-classical to the avant-garde. His projects have been featured at the 2016 International Horn Symposium, the 2012 and 2013 ArtSeEdZ festival in the Netherlands, and at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York. In 2013, Zokaites was selected as a fellow for the Alessi Seminar hosted by Joe Alessi, the Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic.
Kenneth Fuchs’s fifth Naxos recording with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta won the 2018 GRAMMY® Award in the category Best Classical Compendium. Fuchs has composed music for orchestra, band, voice, chorus, and various chamber ensembles. With Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, Fuchs created three chamber musicals, The Great Nebula in Orion, A Betrothal, and Brontosaurus, which Circle Repertory Company originally presented in New York City. Fuchs’s operatic monodrama Falling Man (text by Don DeLillo, adapted by J.?D. McClatchy) was presented at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of 9/11. His music has achieved significant global recognition through performances, media exposure, and digital streaming and downloading throughout North and South America, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, and Australia.
The London Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, has recorded five albums of Fuchs’s music for Naxos American Classics. The fifth album, recorded at Abbey Road Studios in August 2017, features concerti for piano, electric guitar, alto saxophone, and an orchestral song cycle for countertenor based on twelve poems of Judith G. Wolf. Released in August 2018, the album won the 2018 GRAMMY® Award in the category “Best Classical Compendium.” James Jolly, Editor-in-Chief of Gramophone Magazine stated, “The American composer Kenneth Fuchs now has quite a sizeable discography of his music on Naxos, invariably played by the LSO who have played a major role in inspiring him to write for the orchestra with impressive authority and imagination.”
Fuchs’s latest album of chamber music, released by Naxos in April 2013, includes Falling Canons (Christopher O’Riley, piano), Falling Trio (Trio21), and String Quartet No. 5 “American” (Delray String Quartet). The album has received outstanding reviews in print and at online sources, including Fanfare magazine, Gramophone magazine, and MusicWeb International. The highly successful album Kenneth Fuchs: String Quartets 2, 3, 4, performed by the American String Quartet, was released by Albany Records. Following the release of this album, American Record Guide stated quite simply, “String quartet recordings don’t get much better than this.”
Fuchs has received numerous commissions to write for orchestra, band, and chamber groups. Gramophone magazine created the video blog “A session report - with photos - from Abbey Road for Kenneth Fuchs’s new Naxos album” for its website. SiriusXM Satellite Radio has showcased Fuchs’s music on its “Symphony Hall” and “Pops” channels during “Music Discovery Week” and on the programs “Ask a Musician,” “Composers Roundtable,” and “JoAnn Falletta - Rediscovering Holst and Discovering Hailstork and Fuchs.”
Kenneth Fuchs serves as Professor of Composition at the University of Connecticut. He received his bachelor of music degree in composition from the University of Miami (cum laude) and his master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in composition from The Juilliard School. Fuchs’s composition teachers include Milton Babbitt, David Del Tredici, David Diamond, Vincent Persichetti, and Alfred Reed. His music is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, Edward B. Marks Music Company, Theodore Presser Company, and Yelton Rhodes Music, and it has been recorded by Albany, Cala, and Naxos Records.
Amy Riebs Mills
Bursting with joy, drama and hope, Amy Riebs Mills’ music has been enthusiastically received by audiences on four continents. Complementing a professional conducting career that has spanned three decades, she is increasingly in demand as a composer. Amy Mills has distinguished herself as one of the few female conductor/composers active in American classical music today. Complementing her work as a composer and conductor, her workshops, master classes and speeches have enlivened conferences throughout the U.S.
Speaking with a fresh and distinctive voice, Amy’s music calls on the compositional tools of admired composers, from Brahms to Copland, and from Prokofiev to Larsen. Her works are characterized by strong tonal centers, muscular rhythms, dramatic tone painting and memorable melodies.
Amy brings her experience on the podium to her compositions, creating music that is both challenging and satisfying for the performers, while inviting listeners to share in her exuberant love of life, people and the world around us.
Her music has been premiered in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Chicago, Illinois, Baltimore, Maryland, Austin, Texas, Columbus, Georgia, Morristown, Tennessee, Hales Corners, Wisconsin, and at the International Trombone Festival, the International Women’s Brass Conference, the American Trombone Workshop, and on the internet.
2019 Guest Artists
Nicole Abissi is a professional trombonist and teacher living in New York City. She is a member of the nationally touring Stiletto Brass Quintet and performs on Broadway and with professional orchestras around the world.
Nicole received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School and her Master of Music Degree from Stony Brook University. Nicole has held positions in the Alabama Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, Macon Symphony, and Montclair Symphony. Nicole has also had the pleasure of performing with such orchestras as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, and Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.
Nicole is a passionate teacher. She has given clinics at many fine universities as well as music festivals, such as Georgia State University, University of Alabama, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Southeast Trombone Symposium, University of Kentucky, Jackson State University, and Youngstown State University. Her students have gone on to study trombone performance at such schools as The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, New England Conservatory and Lynn University.
Dr. Lucas Borges
Lucas Borges is an Assistant Professor of Trombone at Ohio University and holds a Doctoral degree from the University of North Texas, Master’s degree from Indiana University and Bachelor’s degree from Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil. He was also a faculty member at Escola de Música de Brasilia, Brazil. Dr. Borges is frequently teaches and perform in festivals and conferences nationally and internationally. His playing can be heard in many commercial recordings in labels such as GIA, Biscoito Fino, Trama and Mark Records.
Dr. Borges recently performed the première recording of Dana Wilson’s Concerto for Trombone released in 2016. Borges primary mentors were Paulo Roberto da Silva, Dr. Carlos Eduardo Mello, Wagner Polistchuck, Peter Ellefson, Vern Kagarice and Tony Baker.
Justin Clark and The Tranzient Ensemble
Bass Trombonist Justin Clark was Born and raised in Rhode Island, USA and was encouraged to perform music from a young age. Comfortable in many genres his playing has been described as “delicate while fiercely intense.” Already with an orchestral career that has taken him literally around the world, Justin is also active as a soloist, recording artist, and educator. From 1999-2003 Justin attended the Music Industry program of Syracuse University where he was a winner of the University Concerto competition and performed Chris Brubeck’s “James Brown in the Twilight Zone” with orchestra. In 2003 he graduated with honors under the guidance of Professor William Harris. He then continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music with bass trombone virtuoso David Taylor. After a brief sojourn touring the US with a Broadway musical he pursued his studies further with Professor Donald Harwood at the Juilliard School in New York. While at Juilliard in 2006 he won the position for Bass Trombone with the Berne Symphony Orchestra, in Berne Switzerland. Since emigrating to Switzerland Justin has appeared as a guest with many orchestras including the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Opernhaus Zurich, Orchestra de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre de la Suisse Romand (Geneva), Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Basel, Symphony Orchestra St. Gallen, and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra.
Further afield Justin has performed with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Malaysian Philharmonic, the Qatar Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Robert Schumann Philharmonie (Chemnitz, Germany), and the Czech Orchestra Janacek de Brno. In April 2014 he performed with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Andris Nelsons for Claudio Abbado’s Memorial Concert, also recorded live on DVD. From 2012-2017 he was a member of the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Maestro Ivan Fischer, and performed on numerous international tours and CD recordings in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and the Middle East. In addition to his busy orchestral career Justin is also active as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He appeared as a soloist with the Berne Symphony Orchestra in June 2011 performing Daniel Schnyder’s “Subzero” Bass Trombone Concerto and again in April 2012 with the Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt, Germany under Maestro Lavard Skou-Larsen, both to critical acclaim. In 2013 Justin was appointed Professor of Bass Trombone at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Tranzient Ensemble: to show off the great depth of variation in tone and colour of his neglected instrument bass trombone player Justin Clark founded the Tranzient Ensemble in 2012. Two percussionists performing on an array of instruments, mixed with floating violin melodies, a heavy double bass, and a bass trombone in the foreground. Certainly not a normal concoction by classical standards - but that is exactly the point. This is not a standard ensemble playing standard repertoire. The music passes through jazz, has elements of rock, renaissance passages, and even hints of funk and Arabian music all performed by highly trained classical musicians. The music, while being truly genre bending, is kept cohesive by Clark and his colleagues. The result isn’t jazz, cross-over, or world music, it is something which defies classification and can only be described as modern.
Trombonist Patrick Crossland was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Growing up in southern Louisiana, he began playing trombone at age 10. His musical study continued at the University of Southern Mississippi, the Manhattan School of Music, the Royal College of Music (London), the University of Minnesota, and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik -Trossingen (Germany). He has worked with several prominent composers and conductors including Pierre Boulez, Vinko Globokar, and Lorin Maazel. Notable solo performances include the Walker Art Center’s “Festival Dancing In Your Head”, the Darmstadt Course for New Music, where he was awarded a Solo Performance Prize, the “Utopia Jetzt!” Festival, where he performed his acclaimed “V for Grock” multimedia recital, UMBC’s Livewire Festival, and the American Trombone Workshop. Dr. Crossland has performed with orchestras and ensembles across Europe and the USA, including concerto performances in England and Germany. In addition to receiving two Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards, he is the recipient of a stipendium from the Landesgraduiertenförderungsgesetz of Baden-Württemberg and a prize winner at the Sparda Classic Trombone Competition. Along with his activities as a soloist and chamber musician, he is an avid improviser, working with a wide range of musicians including Günter Christmann, Alexander Frangenheim, and Jack Wright. He was a featured artist in the High Zero Festival in Baltimore, MD and at the concepts of doing festival in Berlin. He is currently a member of the Composers Slide Quartet and Ensemble Laboratorium. Now living in Columbia, Maryland, Dr. Crossland teaches trombone, improvisation, and other music courses at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Eric Felten was awarded the ITA Rosolino scholarship in 1989 and in 1993 released his first CD, featuring Jimmy Knepper and Joshua Redman. Since then he has recorded as a leader with such jazz greats as Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, Kenny Barron, Jimmy Cobb, Jack Sheldon, Bob Enevoldsen, and Herb Geller. He hosted the internationally broadcast Voice of America TV jazz series “Beyond Category.” And in 2001 the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra starred in the PBS concert special “The Big Band Sound of WWII."
Bradley Kerns joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2011. As a soloist, chamber musician, and educator Brad has performed and taught across the globe at events such as the American Trombone Workshop, the Brass in Autumn Festival in St. Petersburg-Russia, the DIA T Festival in Recife-Brazil, the Great American Brass Band Festival, the International Trombone Festival, the Inner Mongolia Art College, the International Women’s Brass Conference, the Jazz Education Network Conference, the Projecto Bone Festival in Sao Paulo-Brazil, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Moscow Brass Days, the Taller de Trombone Festival in Panama, as well as multiple Brazilian Trombone Association Conferences.
Brad has been involved in nearly thirty recording projects under multiple recording labels and has performed for programs such as the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), National Geographic, the BBC England, and WRFL Lexington. Professor Kerns received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Kentucky while studying with Dale Warren and a Master of Music Degree from Boston University while studying with Scott Hartman. Brad is an Edwards Instruments and Pickett Brass Performing Artist.
Dr. Jeannie Little
Dr. Jeannie Little joined the Montana State University School of Music in 2015 as Low Brass Professor and Director of the University Band. Jeannie earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music, a Master’s degree in Music Performance from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the Florida State University.
As a soloist and clinician, Dr. Little is active presenting recitals and master classes throughout the country, with recent performances and clinics at the International Trombone Festival, the International Women’s Brass Conference, and the American Trombone Workshop. She has also earned a reputation as an outstanding, dynamic and inspiring conductor having served as the Music Director of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor of the legendary Eastman Trombone Choir.
Dr. Little’s orchestral experiences include Principal Trombone of the Bozeman Symphony, Charlottesville Symphony, the Illinois Chamber Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has performed with the Syracuse, Honolulu, Long Beach, Alabama, Chautauqua, New Mexico and Detroit Symphony Orchestras and the Louisiana Philharmonic. Other highlights include touring and recording with the Chicago Symphony under Leonard Bernstein. Additionally, she has performed with such jazz greats as Doc Severinson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Natalie Cole.
Previous teaching positions include Trombone Professor at Louisiana State University, James Madison University, and Instructor of Low Brass at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Hawaii.
James Aaron Martin is an orchestral and solo trombonist based in the Washington D.C. metropolitan region. Martin is currently the second trombone with Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra, principal trombone with The American Pops Orchestra, and trombone faculty at Shepherd University. Through the university he is the host of the annual Shepherd Trombone Workshop held each summer in Shepherdstown, WV.
Since his studies, Martin has been a frequent recitalist of 20th century brass music and has given many performances of solo repertoire several countries. In summer of 2019, he is set to give a recital with the organ & trombone ensemble twoRESONATE at the International Trombone Festival in Muncie, Indiana.
Some of the most notable ensembles Martin has joined and recorded with include The Esbjerg Ensemble, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Sinfonietta, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, The World Orchestra, South Florida Symphony, and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. Martin received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the Shenandoah Conservatory and Master of Music and Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Aarhus, Denmark
Originally from the United Kingdom, Dr. Will Porter is in his first year of teaching at Eastern Illinois University. Will received his undergraduate degree from the University of Leeds, which included a year studying abroad in the United States, at the University of Illinois. Will holds a Master of Music degree and LRAM Teaching Licentiate from the Royal Academy of Music, where his principal teachers were Ian Bousfield, Dudley Bright, Denis Wick and Mark Templeton. Whilst studying in London, Will performed with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. Upon graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2009, Will accepted the position of co-principal trombone with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago, in Chile, which he held until 2014. Will left his position in Chile to begin his doctoral studies in trombone performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with Mark Hetzler. During his doctoral studies, Will was also Adjunct Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Will’s research interests examine the relationship between classical music education and social development, and in 2017 included 12 months of fieldwork research in Mozambique, where he also founded a music school. Will’s work in Mozambique led to an interest in helping vulnerable populations in the United States, and he now regularly works with juvenile detention centers, giving music workshops and teaching trumpet and trombone lessons to court-involved youth.
Jemmie Robertson is Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of Florida, plays Principal Trombone in the Gainesville Orchestra, and performs with the UF Faculty Brass Quintet. Jemmie is a founding member of the American Trombone Quartet, who will be featured artists at the Lille Trombone Festival in Lille, France in April 2019 and will release Premiere!, the ensemble’s debut recording, in Spring 2019. In May 2019, Jemmie will perform and teach as the international guest artist at the ATPB 2019 Trombone Festival in João Pessoa, Brazil. In July 2019 he will collaborate with pianist Yoko Yamada in a recital masterclass tour to Japan.
Jemmie is an active orchestral musician, having recently performed with the Florida Orchestra, and the Jacksonville and Ocala Symphonies, as well as throughout the Midwest where he has performed with Lyric Opera, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Civic Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Jemmie has three published solo CDs: A New Day Dawning (2008), Conditions of a Solitary Bird (2014), and Collaborations (2017). Jemmie studied at Northwestern University (DM, 2006) with Michael Mulcahy, Randy Hawes and Charlie Vernon; Yale University (MM, 2003) with Scott Hartman and John Swallow; and the University of Northern Colorado (BM, 1997) with Buddy Baker.
Dr. Louis Setzer is the Instructor of Low Brass at Marian University. He previously worked as music faculty for Northern Kentucky University, Rend Lake College, and taught additional courses at both The Pennsylvania State University, and The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).
Louis is the author of Solo Literature for Trombone and Harp - An Annotated Bibliography. He is an advocate for new music, and has commissioned several works for trombone and harp as a direct result of this book. In 2017, he and harpist Joseph Rebman formed the JOLO (Joe Lou) Duo. Their mission is to raise awareness for this genre of music through performance, and collaboration of new works. They maintain an active schedule, and have been invited to perform at international festivals throughout the country.
Louis earned his BM in Music Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, his MM in Trombone Performance from The Pennsylvania State University, where he served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Mark Lusk, and his DMA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His primary teachers were Stephen McEuen, Mark Lusk, Timothy Anderson, and Peter Norton
For more information, visit his website: http://www.louissetzer.com
MU1 Clint Woltering
Musician 1st Class Clint Woltering has been a member of the Naval Academy Band since 2007. Prior to his appointment, he received a Bachelors degree from the University of Kentucky and was pursuing a Master of Music degree from Indiana University where he was the studio assistant to his professor, Carl Lenthe. He has also studied with Joseph Alessi, Pete Ellefson, Scott Hartman, and Mark Clodfelter.
An active performer on tenor and bass trombone, Clint has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Washington National Opera, Baltimore Opera, Richmond (IN) Symphony, Columbus (IN) Philharmonic, and the Evansville Philharmonic. He was a founding member of the MOMUS Trombone Quartet, which was a finalist in the 2002 International Trombone Association Quartet Competition, and released a CD that same year entitled, “The Lexingport Project.” He has also been a member of the Victory Brass Quintet and the Washington Trombone Ensemble, as well as a frequent featured artist at the annual American Trombone Workshop hosted by the U.S. Army Band.
Alexander van Duuren
Alex van Duuren currently serves as Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of Tennessee, where he is responsible for private and class instruction of undergraduate and graduate trombone students, as well as performing with the UT Faculty Brass Quintet. Dr. van Duuren is a founding member of the Quintasonic Brass Quintet, and has performed with a variety of professional ensembles including the Knoxville Symphony, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, American Chamber Winds, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, Symphony Augusta, Brevard Symphony, Tucson Symphony, and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Sonora. He has also performed with Celtic Woman, the Ohio Light Opera, and the Disneyland All-American College Band. Dr. van Duuren still performs on his original instrument, primarily as a piano accompanist for recording sessions as well as for his students. Dr. van Duuren completed his doctorate at the University of Arizona, two master’s degrees at the University of Michigan, and an undergraduate degree at the University of Florida. In addition, he completed a doctoral minor in Entrepreneurship with Eller College of Management, which he received while participating in the nationally renowned McGuire Entrepreneurship Program.
Guest Trombone Ensembles
Washington Trombone Ensemble
The Washington Trombone Ensemble was created after the Inter-Service Trombone Choir led by Dr. Milton Stevens, former principal trombonist of the National Symphony Orchestra. With the untimely death of Dr. Stevens, there was no outlet for the many talented trombonists to gather together and enjoy the music and camaraderie that is so common to trombone ensembles. The Inter-Service Trombone Choir was reformed for the 2008 Eastern Trombone Workshop and was called the Milt Stevens Memorial Trombone Choir and gave a moving performance in his memory.
The trombonists involved were excited to keep this ensemble alive. There are so many talented professional trombonists in the Washington DC area that it could easily be called the trombone capitol of the world. Not wanting to limit its members to just military band members, the decision was made to increase the scope and invite members of local symphonies, university faculty, and freelance artists. The group’s first recording, The Road Not Taken, was released on Summit Records. Their second recording, featuring legendary Bass Trombone soloist David Taylor, If All Were Dark, was released in January of 2018.
The Capitol Bones
The Capitol Bones, a Washington, D.C., premiere jazz trombone ensemble, offers something exciting and new for jazz lovers everywhere, with an added treat for those treasured listeners who appreciate and seek out great trombone playing. Group founder and leader Matt Niess brought together jazz trombonists in the Washington, D.C., area to participate in a group dedicated to promoting not only great ensemble playing but the expansion of the repertoire of this unique medium. Since its inception in 1991, the Capitol Bones have played throughout the country to include performances at The International Trombone Workshop in Las Vegas, Nevada & Rochester, NY jazz clubs, universities and an annual appearance at The Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C. In addition to the standard arrangements The Capitol Bones have added several new works to the jazz trombone ensemble repertoire by such notables as Conrad Herwig, Mike Tomaro, Mark Taylor, Jim Roberts and Matt Niess. Their first two CDs were My Favorite Things and Epistrophy. The Capitol Bones’ newest CD A Stan Kenton Christmas features the Capitol Bones Big Band, an all-brass jazz ensemble conducted by Kenton veteran Mark Taylor.
University of Alabama Trombone Choir
The University of Alabama Trombone Choir is designed to serve as a pedagogical extension of the Trombone Studio giving students the opportunity to apply skills learned in lessons to a musical setting. The choir is a very active part of the School of Music at Alabama performing regular concerts on campus as well as several outreach concerts a year, including performing at UA athletic events, and gigs by the jazz trombone ensemble "the Crimson Slides." The UA Trombone Choir has been featured at two International Trombone Festivals as well as the 2010 Eastern Trombone Workshop.
University of Kentucky Trombone Ensemble
The University of Kentucky Trombone Ensemble meets as a chamber ensemble in both the fall and spring semesters. The ensemble explores all genres and styles of music from baroque to jazz and is comprised of music majors as well as students from other colleges within the University. Recent invitations and performances include the 2013 Eastern Trombone Workshop, the 2013 International Trombone Festival, the 2014 Kentucky Music Educators Conference, the 2014 International Trombone Festival, the 2016 American Trombone Workshop, the 2016 Great American Brass Band Festival, the 2018 Southeastern Conference ALDP, and the 2019 American Trombone Workshop. The ensemble regularly hosts Guest Soloists. Among these include world class musicians Cynthia Lawrence (former MET Soprano), Douglas Rosenthal (Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra), Tim Smith (Buffalo Philharmonic), Joseph Rodriguez (Cincinnati Symphony), Ben van Dijk (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra), Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic), Scott Hartman (Yale University), Wycliffe Gordon (Jazz Soloist), Alaina Alster (West Point Academy Band), Matt Niess (US Army Blues), Peter Ellefson (Indiana University), Clint Woltering (United States Naval Academy Band), and Michael Davis (Rolling Stones) to name a few.
James Madison University Trombone Choir
The JMU Trombone Choir is an extension of the applied trombone studio at James Madison University. Currently, there are 20 members with majors in music performance, music education, music industry, and music composition. The group has been featured at the American Trombone Workshop (2019, 2013), the International Trombone Festival (2001), and the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany (2014). Each year, the JMU Trombone Choir hosts Tromblow’in, a full day of workshops, clinics, recitals, and masterclasses for trombonists of all ages. The 12th annual Tromblow’in event will be held in January 2020 on the James Madison University campus.
Oklahoma State University Trombone Choir
The Oklahoma State University Trombone Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Paul Compton, has received considerable praise for its performances at the International Trombone Festival, American Trombone Workshop and Big 12 Trombone Conference. In 2008, the ensemble won the prestigious International Trombone Association Emory Remington Trombone Ensemble Competition and the Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for Outstanding Classical Ensemble. The ensemble has premiered numerous compositions and arrangements, including those by Joseph T. Spaniola, James Kazik and Marshall Gilkes. Collaborations with guest artists have also been a priority and include performances with Brandt Attema, Viento Sur Trombones, Reginald Chapman, Alex Iles and Luis Fred. In addition to performing at the 2019 American Trombone Workshop, the OSU Trombone Ensemble will be traveling to Santa Fe, Argentina to perform at the 2019 Trombonanza Festival.
Members of the Oklahoma State University Trombone Studio have earned first prize in solo and chamber music competitions more than 80 times, including a record 12 winners in the OSU Concerto Competition. Other competitions include those sponsored by the Southeast Trombone Symposium, Texas State Trombone Symposium, Big 12 Trombone Conference, Music Teachers National Association, Eastern Music Festival, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Tulsa, Tulsa Rotary Club, Oklahoma Community Orchestra, Ladies Music Club of Oklahoma City, Fort Worth Trombone Summit, American Trombone Workshop, Glenn Miller Birthplace Society, Downbeat Magazine, FOOSA Festival, Quartz Mountain Music Festival, United States Army Band and the International Trombone Association. This has resulted in studio members winning nearly $100,000 in cash and prizes.
Shenandoah University Trombone Collective
The oldest continuously performing musical ensemble in America is a trombone choir. Beginning in the early 18th century, Moravian settlements in America used the trombone choir (German: Posaunenchor) as a distinctive part of worship, though it is a practice that had its roots in centuries of Church tradition in Germany. It is still a widely-popular tradition in Protestant churches in Germany, though these days Posaunenchor generally indicates a church brass band, rather than an all-trombone group.
The Shenandoah Trombone Collective, directed by Dr. Matthew Niess, continues this tradition featuring new and old sacred and secular works for trombone ensemble. From Bach to Ellington they perform all genres of music for trombone ensemble and also feature new works by its members.
In the fall of 2018 SUTC toured north east Pennsylvania performing for a service at the Emmaus Moravian church, accompanied the Allentown Band on “76 Trombones,” and offered performance/clinics at local high schools. They have been performed at the American Trombone Workshop hosted by The United States Army Band in Washington, DC as well as numerous schools and universities.
In 2016 the ensemble formed and hosted the Mid-Atlantic Trombone Alliance, a consortium of Shenandoah Conservatory, Towson University, George Mason University, Shepherd University, George Washington University and The Catholic University of America trombone departments. It is open to all trombone players (regardless of age) and offers a day of clinics, masterclasses, and performances. This year MATA will take place on Sunday February 17 with special guest Craig Mulcahy, principle trombonist of the National Symphony.
University of Tennessee Trombone Ensemble
Under the baton, or pencil, of Dr. Alex van Duuren, the UTK Trombone Choir travels the country representing the School of Music as a premier performance ensemble of the Natalie L Haslam Music Center. Our ensemble celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2015, and is a storied and historical ensemble of the UT School of Music. Members enjoy performing contemporary works and classic arrangements for trombone choir, performing at local schools and professional engagements, as well as traveling for national competitions.
Based in New York City, Weather Vest is a mixed-wind quartet that explores commonality between classical chamber music, small group jazz, and folk music.
Created as a collaboration between classical and jazz musicians, the group features an unusual and flexible instrumentation: soprano and alto saxophones with tenor and bass trombones. Our repertoire illustrates a curatorial sensibility by reclaiming and reconstructing lesser known gems from throughout musical history, juxtaposing them with our own original compositions and commissioning projects. All four members contribute arrangements, ranging from solo piano and guitar pieces to the music of symphony orchestras and big bands. Weather Vest emphasizes an inventive, democratic approach toward programming by recategorizing composers, aligning Shostakovich and Lili Boulanger with Raymond Scott and Thelonius Monk; Hank Williams with Stravinsky and Morton Feldman; among many others. Incorporating free improvisations that create associations between disparate musical and cultural lineages is a central theme, linking genres, composers, and contemplative questions, both past and present. Weather Vest’s hope is to render music of the past relevant, meditative, and alive in its relationship to the present.
Our quartet members offer unique expertise and wide-ranging experience as performers, educators, composers and arrangers. As interpreters of new music, our members perform with highly adventurous groups such as International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Deviant Septet, Argento Chamber Ensemble and the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet. In the field of jazz, Weather Vest members perform with artists such as Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Wynton Marsalis, Steve Coleman, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Mingus Big Band and Roy Hargrove Big Band. Classically, our members perform with the Metropolitan Opera, The Knights, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet and New York City Opera. The breadth of our collective experience informs the direction of Weather Vest and provides the foundation for our exploration
Conductors and Ensembles
Colonel Andrew J. Esch
Colonel Andrew Esch is a native of Fairfax, Virginia and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts degree in conducting from George Mason University. He began his Army career as a Quartermaster Officer serving first as a Platoon Leader and HHC Executive Officer in the 11th Transportation Battalion, Fort Story, Virginia, and then as a Staff Officer in the Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center during Operation Desert Storm.
Following Desert Storm, he left the Army to join The U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. as a French horn player. After three years as an instrumentalist Col. Esch returned to the U.S. Army as a commissioned band officer.
Since then, Col. Esch has served the Army across a broad spectrum of assignments most recently as 24th Commander of the US Military Academy Band at West Point, New York, the Army’s primary public engagement organization for New York City and the Northeast region. At West Point he and the band represented the Army with regular performances for FOX, NBC’s TODAY show and with internationally renowned groups such as the Morman Tabernacle Choir.
Col. Esch’s other assignments include: Commandant, U.S. Army School of Music, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Deputy Commander, The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own;” Commander of the US Army Europe Band & Chorus in Heidelberg Germany; Commander of U.S Continental Army Band, Fort Monroe, Virginia; Executive Officer & Ceremonial Officer of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own;” and Commander, Student Company, U.S. Army School of Music.
Lieutenant Colonel Derrick N. Shaw
Lieutenant Colonel Derrick N. Shaw, a native of Atlanta, Georgia and third-generation Soldier, serves as the Deputy Commander of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC. His musical responsibilities include duties as Director of the Ceremonial Band, Herald Trumpets, and Army Strings. Prior to his arrival, he served as Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division Band, Fort Hood, Texas from 2014-‘16. Other previous assignments include: Commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band, Ft. Monroe, VA; Commander of the AIT Student Company of the Army School of Music, Deputy Commander of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York, Executive Officer of the Army Ground Forces Band, Fort McPherson, Georgia, and a prior tour in D.C. as Associate Bandmaster of The United States Army Band. In 2012, he deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to serve as the Army Bands Liaison Officer for U.S. Army Central (USARCENT) where he coordinated music for troop entertainment and international engagement in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, and the U.A.E.
He has led groups in performances for six Presidents, served as Officer-in-Charge for music in the State Funeral for President Ronald Reagan, and directed ensembles in other significant events and broadcasts such as the second inauguration of George W. Bush in 2005, the inauguration of Donald J. Trump in 2017, White House State Arrivals for several foreign leaders, a variety of military-to-military, public and cultural diplomatic events, numerous ceremonies and special events at all levels of military and government, the Pregame of Super Bowl XXXIX, the 104th Rose Bowl Game in 2018, ESPN College Game Day, and appearances in the NFL, NCAA, MLB, NASCAR, A&E, and PBS.
Shaw holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His primary conducting teachers are Thomas L. Dvorak, Dwight Satterwhite, and Albert Ligotti; and he was a tuba student of David M. Randolph. Also, he earned a Master of Arts in Statecraft and National Security from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C where he specialized in Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare and was named 2012 Class Valedictorian.
Prior to entering service in the Army in 1999, Shaw worked as a high school band director in the public schools of Georgia culminating with the position of Director of Bands at Dunwoody High School in metropolitan Atlanta.
Major Scott McKenzie
Major Scott McKenzie enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1999 and was assigned to the 82d Airborne Division Band, where he served as saxophone player, staff arranger, and NCOIC of the unit library. He earned his commission through Officer Candidate School and has since served at the Army School of Music, The U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Army TRADOC Band, The U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus, the 25th Infantry Division Band, and The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”
Major McKenzie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech and a Master of Music in composition from George Mason University where he was a student of Dr. Glenn Smith and Mark Camphouse. He previously studied music education and conducting at Old Dominion University and the Peabody Conservatory. Prior to enlisting in the Army, he taught band, chorus, and general music at the middle school level for four years.
Major McKenzie’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by ensembles from beginning first-year players to the finest musicians in the world, from a cappella voices to full symphony orchestra. He is a past winner of the Dallas Winds’ annual “Call for Fanfares” and is the only two-time winner of the Columbia Summer Winds Outdoor Composition Contest.
Major McKenzie is a graduate of the Adjutant General Basic Officer and Captains Career Courses, the Basic Band Officer Course, and the Command and General Staff Officer Course. His awards and decorations include four Meritorious Service Medals, the Parachutist Badge, the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), and the German parachutist badge.
First Lieutenant Philip D. Tappan
First Lieutenant Philip D. Tappan hails from Saratoga Springs, NY, and has served in the U.S. Army Music program with The U.S. States Army Band (Fort Myer, VA), The 1st Cavalry Division Band (Fort Hood, TX), The U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Band (Bagram, Afghanistan), and The 2nd Infantry Division Band (Republic of Korea). He currently serves as an Associate Conductor of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and Officer-in-Charge of the Concert Band.
Tappan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition from Messiah College, Grantham, PA, a Bachelor of Music in Education and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the State University of NY at Fredonia.
He is a recipient of the Colonel Finley R. Hamilton Award for Outstanding Military Musicians and is a distinguished honor graduate from the Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA and the U.S. Army School of Music (AIT).
He has held engagements with the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, the Rocky Ridge Music Festival, the Hilman Opera, the SUNY Fredonia Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, Capitol Opera Harrisburg, the Trinity Episcopal Church Choir, the South Asia International School Association Music Festival (Kingdom Of Jordan), the Afghan National Institute of Music, and the Kabul University Music Department. Tappan is also active as a composer and arranger; his original stop animation film and score, ‘Old Boots,’ was recently performed by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Band, Fort Eustis, VA.
Prior to entering service in the U.S. Army, Tappan volunteered in the Republic of Georgia as a teacher in the city of Tbilisi public school system. He has also given young person’s lectures on American music at several U.S. Embassy “American Corner” locations around the country.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jac’kel R. Smalls
CW2 Jac’kel R. Smalls is a native of Goose Creek, SC. After graduating from Goose Creek High School, Mr. Smalls attended and graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Liberty University with a Masters in Business Administration.
CW2 Smalls entered the Army in July 2007. He completed basic training at Fort Jackson, SC and attended AIT at the U.S. Army School of Music at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, VA. His enlisted assignments include: the 2nd Infantry Division Band Uijongbu, Korea; the 392nd Army Band Fort Lee, VA; the 56th Army Band, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA and the 1st Armored Division Band, Fort Bliss, TX.
CW2 Smalls graduated from Warrant Officer Candidate School and the U.S. Army School of Music’s Army Warrant Officer Basic Course in 2014.He served as Commander of the 77th Army Band at Fort Sill OK from 2014 to 2016. He currently serves as Associate Conductor for the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”.
His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; the Army Good Conduct Medal, second award; the National Defense Service Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the NCO Professional Development ribbon, second award; and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
The U.S. Army Concert Band
Providing a musical backdrop for many of the nation’s most notable events, The U.S. Army Concert Band has a worldwide reputation for extraordinary musicianship.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, The U.S. Army Concert Band has performed in concert venues such as Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Hollywood Bowl. The ensemble participates in ongoing, educational outreach and often appears at national and international music events, including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Music Educators National Convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the American Bandmasters Association.
During the summer months, the Concert Band performs outdoor concerts on the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol and at venues throughout the Washington, DC, area. Regular concerts are offered during the cooler months at The United States Army Band’s home, Brucker Hall, located on historic Fort Myer, in Arlington, Virginia.
In an effort to promote international goodwill, the 65-piece, traditional concert band has performed joint concerts with the Soviet Army, the Russian Navy, and the Ukrainian Navy bands, and has appeared in military tattoos in Scotland, Sweden, Holland, Norway, Australia, and Japan. The Concert Band’s 2011 and 2012 goodwill exchange concert tours with the Military Band of the PLA of China, entitled Friendship and Cooperation Through Music, is indicative of the importance these musical ambassadors play in matters of international diplomacy and outreach.
The musicians in this elite ensemble have been trained at some of the most prestigious music conservatories and universities in the country. Displaying their versatility, the Concert Band members perform a variety of styles, ranging from classical to popular. The communicative power of The U.S. Army Concert Band is greatly enhanced when combined with other musical elements of “Pershing’s Own.”
The U.S. Army Orchestra
The U.S. Army Orchestra is the only ensemble of its kind in the U.S. Army. Its roster incorporates members of The U.S. Army Strings and The U.S. Army Concert Band, forming this ensemble of world-class musicians. The U.S. Army Orchestra has performed in such notable venues as Trinity Church Wall Street, New York; the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Alexandria, Virginia; The Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda, Maryland; the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, Maryland; and DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC. Since 2006, The U.S. Army Orchestra presents an annual DC-Metro Area Young Artist Competition through which the Orchestra strives to encourage and inspire young musicians to pursue musical excellence.
The U.S. Army Blues
The musicians of The U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Quartet come from some of the most prestigious music conservatories and universities in the country. The quartet performs a variety of musical genres from Bach to Louis Armstrong, featuring the technical virtuosity and beautiful sonorous sounds of low brass instruments.
Members of the United States Army Band support over 2,000 military funerals each year in Arlington National Cemetery. The band performs other missions of national and international importance including wreath laying ceremonies by heads of state and other foreign dignitaries at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, monthly retirement parades, special reviews, and arrival and departure honors for foreign dignitaries at the White House and Pentagon.
This quartet uses the unique instrumentation of three euphoniums and one tuba instead of the traditional two tubas and two euphoniums. The quartet performs regularly on the "Pershing’s Own" Chamber series and other chamber concerts throughout the D.C. and Northern Virginia area. The quartet especially enjoys educational outreach concerts and performs at middle schools, high schools, and universities whenever they can.