Brassworks 4 Composers/Arrangers

Jason Adams (b. 1970)

Jason Adams was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and studied trumpet with Roger Murtha and Chris Gekker at the Hartt School and the Manhattan School of Music. Hailed by the Springfield (MA) Union-News for his "high-stepping and high-energy" playing and the Burlington (IA) Hawk Eye as a "fresh face with a strong talent", he has appeared all over the United States and internationally in various settings, including with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Cathedral Brass, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, where he served as Third Trumpet, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, where he served as Co-Principal Trumpet, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the American Brass Quintet, the Orchestra of Saint Luke's, the Virtual Consort, and the New England Bach Festival in Marlboro, VT. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and the Venice Festival Orchestra in New York. He was also a founding member of the Deerfield Brass, the Quabbin Brass Quintet, and the western swing band RumbleStrip. As a composer, Mr. Adams has written numerous works for young bands and is very active in the field of brass pedagogy. He has recorded for the Newport Classics and Albany labels, and currently teaches and performs around Houston, Texas. He also resides in Houston, where he lives with his wife, Kim Knudsen, and three truly excellent children, Phoebe, Finn and Lucy.

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Chet Aliga (b. 1986)

Chet Aliga is a senior studying music education at the University of Iowa. He is a member of the tuba euphonium studio and ensemble under Professor John Manning while participating in other bands. He has also conducted and arranged music for differnt ensembles in the university as he is entering his second season as the Hawkeye Marching Band (HMB) Drum Major. Before attending Iowa he was a member of multiple bands and choirs at Glenbard South High School while playing football and pole vaulting for the track team.

Andrew Anderson (b. 1981)

Andrew Anderson serves as the Assistant Director of Bands for Piedmont Public Schools in Piedmont, Oklahoma. He graduated from Norman North High School and attended the University of Oklahoma, studying trombone under Dr. Irvin Wagner. Andrew graduated with a bachelor's degree in Music Education. While at the University, he participated in the Wind Symphony, Trombone Choir, Pride of Oklahoma, and basketball bands.

Andrew has primarily been a self-taught composer and arranger, specializing in marching band arrangements as well as his works for brass ensembles, which frequently feature transcriptions of large-scale orchestral works. His works have been performed by the Atlanta Trombone Ensemble, University of Oklahoma Trombone Choir, and high schools in both Oklahoma and Illinois.

Joe Andolino (b. 1973)

A native of New Jersey, Joe grew up with a variety of musical styles and influences from progressive rock, R&B and fusion. He combined those influences at the University of Southern California into the world of Film Scoring. Studying with some of the biggest names in composition and performance gave Joe a very schooled approach. He can now pull from many sources when producing music. He is a drummer, keyboard player, songwriter, arranger and conductor. He fears being typecast into any one particular style when writing, but a listener can always hear his audio fingerprints on anything he does. "I prefer to be a chameleon, that way I can be a part of the different styles of music I enjoy". Coming from a heavy instrumental background, Joe tends to write "from the bottom up" with the melody lines being derived from the harmonic structure of the tune. Music critics have described his sound as "progressive pop", ranging from groove oriented tunes to more dramatic ballads.

Professionally, his writing credits include some notable independent films. He has been featured in "Who's Who in Composing" four times in The Hollywood Reporter. Recently he has ventured into music directing shows and producing other artists, "my strongest efforts to date", and the results have been described as "nothing less than electrifying" by several critics. Jay Chattaway, celebrated television composer, has described Joe's music as "commercial yet musically ambitious, the best of both". What more could a die-hard musician at heart want to hear; music that pleases the musicians and the masses. He is the director of bands at New Milford HS in Bergen County NJ.

Nicholas Angiulo (b. 1965)

Nick Angiulo grew up on the Jersey Shore and has been playing the euphonium for over 30 years. Some of Nick's musical influences include Tuba maestro, John Stevens, who he studied under at the University of Miami; and acclaimed composer, Alfred Reed, who he played under in the University of Miami Wind Ensemble. While Nick decided to forego a career in music early in his college days, he has played continuously in numerous bands and ensembles since high school. Some of the bands throughout New Jersey that he has been a member of include the Monmouth University Concert and Jazz Bands, the Greater Shore Concert Band, the Georgian Court College Wind Ensemble, the Harry Hurley Big Band and several pit bands and brass quartets. Nick also played trombone for several years with two local Jersey Shore rock bands.

Nick is currently the principle euphonium for the Mercer County Symphonic Band and has been in that position for the past six years. Nick's passion has been composing and arranging music for many years and he has produced several fully scored concert band arrangements.

Nick and his wife Terri currently reside in Burlington County, New Jersey. Nick's "real world" job is as an attorney with the State of New Jersey.

Daniel Augustine (b. 1942)

Austin, TX - more information to follow

Paul Bara (b. 1955)

Paul Bara, founding member of Brassworks 4, was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. He studied under Ardash Marderosian at Roosevelt University in Chicago where he earned his BM in 1978. His studies continued in New York with John Swallow and Per Brevig. From 1980 to 1992, Mr. Bara was principal trombonist with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra. As a freelance player, he performed with New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, United Nations Symphony, Brooklyn College Symphony and numerous Off-Broadway productions. After operating a piano rebuilding business for twelve years, he and his wife Deborah "escaped" to the west. They now reside in Aztec, NM. Paul owns and operates "Baratone," piano tuning and rebuilding. He teaches trombone, euphonium and tuba at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, CO.

Paul can often be found at Riverview with a club in one hand and "mother's milk" in another.

John Beyrent (b. 1947)

John Beyrent has been a music educator for over 30 years. Originally from Pennsylvania, he holds degrees from Wilkes University and Mansfield State University and has taken advanced graduate courses at New England Conservatory and Penn State University. He has taught instrumental music in Gilford, NH since 1985.

Mr. Beyrent has been an adjunct instructor at both Keene State College and Plymouth State University. He has been an active member of various state music organizations, serving as Secretary for the New Hampshire Music Educators Association and President of the New Hampshire Band Directors Association. He has hosted numerous district and state music festivals, served as an adjudicator for All-State and New England festivals and has been a guest conductor at several music festivals as well.

Mr. Beyrent is the founder of the Belknap Brass Quintet and each summer participates in the Yankee Brass Band, a recreation of an authentic 19th century brass band. He conducts the Gilford Community Band and the Carter Mountain Brass Band and has had several original compositions and arrangements for band, brass and woodwind ensembles published.

Thomas Blackwell (b. 1959)

Tom Blackwell plays horn in Bethel Brass Quintet, whose home base is Bethel Lutheran Church, and euphonium in Quadrangle Tuba Quartet, both local groups in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Tom is also active in music ministry at his home parish, St. Justin Martyr, where he plays euphonium and guitar. He also plays as a substitute on occasion in local community orchestras. Tom studied horn under Vincent Rapini as a youth. Tom lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife and two children where he works as an attorney at a major research university.

Fred Broer (b. 1942)

Fred Broer's career in music has encompassed a diverse spectrum of involvements that include teaching conducting, performing, composing, and administrative positions. He holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, and a Doctorate degree in music composition from Boston University. He has taught music on the college level for over 25 years, and also served in several college administrative positions, most recently as Director of the North Shore Conservatory of Music at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. He has frequently performed in solo and chamber music recitals as a pianist, and held music director positions in several churches around the Boston north shore area. As a conductor, he directed various college and community choral groups in Massachusetts over the years such as the Wakefield Festival Chorus, Pro Musica Chamber Chorus, and Endicott College Chorus in Massachusetts. His work as a composer includes an output of over 30 compositions that include orchestral, chamber music, choral, vocal and piano solo music. Mr. Broer resides in Gloucester, Massachusetts and continues to be actively involved in a variety of music research and composition projects following his recent retirement from college teaching.

Michael Brown (b. 1954)

Dr. Michael R. Brown serves as the Head of the Music Education Department and Professor of Music at The Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. A native Georgian, he holds undergraduate degrees from Emmanuel College and Berry College and the Masters and Doctorate in Music Education from The University of Georgia. Prior to service at The Mississippi State University, he held the positions of Chair of the Division of Fine Arts at Indiana Wesleyan University and Director of Bands at Augusta State University and Truett-McConnell College and served as principal trumpet in the Augusta (GA) Symphony Orchestra.

His publications include The Instrumentalist, the International Trumpet Guild Journal, Teaching Music, Faculty Dialogue, Decision, a trumpet textbook, and a music appreciation text.

Michael lives in Starkville with his wife, Karen, Instructor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at MSU and their son, Andy. Their daughter, Laura, is a state auditor in Ohio and their son, Michael, is a college student in Indiana. He is an avid gardener and outdoorsman.

John Carmella (b. 1957)

John Carmella, a New York City resident since 1988, is a New Jersey born and raised composer who likes to combine popular and serious elements in his works. He was a music major for four years at New Jersey's Kean College where he studied trumpet, music theory, music history, counterpoint and composition, receiving his BA in 1979. His musical idols over the years have included many of the European masters (especially Bach and Beethoven) and the great American songwriters (especially Gershwin and Kurt Weill).

Brassworks 4, a New Mexico-based publisher and ensemble, has published several brass sextets by Mr. Carmella including Prelude and Fugue in D minor, Military Scherzo and The Big Apple Grind.

The Bay Brass, San Francisco's illustrious ensemble, gave the world premiere of Prelude and Fugue in D minor at their annual Grace Cathedral Christmas concert of 2003, while The Big Apple Grind was premiered five months later by Brassworks 4 in the group's home state.

Earlier compositions by Mr. Carmella include In Just Spring, an unpublished collection of more than a dozen classical and popular pieces arranged for piano and other instruments. Three pieces from this collection, Fugue in F, Early Flowers and In Just Spring, have been performed multiple times since 2005 by such ensembles as The Con Grazia Wind Quintet and Sirens of Portland, Oregon, The Miami Wind Quintet of Oxford, Ohio, and The Forsyth Wind Quintet of Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2004, Mr. Carmella embarked on a new musical journey by writing the first 6 of his Reveries, fanciful and sentimental piano compositions based on unusual modes. He has continued to compose 5 or 6 new reveries every year since, making the number 28 to date.

In 2006, Mr. Carmella used the phrygian mode to compose The Temple of Cybele, a 12-minute-long tone poem for small orchestra.

Timothy Carpenter (b. 1964)

Timothy D. Carpenter holds a BA in Music Education from Berea College, Berea, Kentucky, where he studied conducting under Stephen Bolster and theory and harmony with John Courter. This is where his interest in composition and arranging grew and was fostered (especially in the field of non-barbershop music for male quartet). It was there that he was awarded the Hutchins Prize for Creative Achievement for his "Three Songs for Male Quartet". He also holds a MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied under Elmer Thomas, Earl Rivers and the late John Leman. He has participated in workshops under Robert Shaw, Alice Parker, Dale Warland, and Sir David Willcocks. A public school music teacher since 1987, Tim has taught every grade level from kindergarten to college and has served as a choral clinician in several schools. He is currently the Director of Choral Music and Musical Theatre in the Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington Schools in Ripley, Ohio, and is the Director of Music for the Milford First United Methodist Church in Milford, Ohio, where these works were premiered. In his spare time (!), Tim teaches private voice lessons through the Musical Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, under the tutelage of voice expert Karl Resnik. His wife Tracy is an extremely successful junior high choral instructor in the Milford Schools and an accomplished flutist. She was the inspiration for his publication 'Three Sacred Quartets for 4 C Flutes', published by Falls House Press ( and distributed by Theodore Presser. They have two sons, Jacob (French horn) and Aaron (trumpet), a gray shorthaired cat named Dusty and an English Jack Russell terrier named Annie. Despite all outward appearances, Annie is in charge.

Joe Cea (b. 1957)

America's premiere jazz pianist, Joe Cea's style is reminiscent of Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Erroll Garner and Oscar Peterson. Joe's huge repertoire covers the whole of American popular music form dixieland to 70's pop. With over 30 years of performing experience, Joe has accompanied such artists as Steve Allen, Jim Nabors and Dizzy Gillespie, and has performed at Lincoln Center, The Rainbow Room and the Blue Note in NYC, has appeared on Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, and has performed internationally in concert halls, jazz festivals and other venues.

" a good swinging player with nice technique and time...very impressed with your composition and orchestration...keep swinging!" - Dick Hyman

Jack Cooper (b. 1963)

Jack Cooper has written over 200 pieces ranging through studio orchestra, jazz ensemble, wind band, chamber, solo works, electro-acoustic, and choral works for recording sessions, professional groups, colleges, and high schools across the continental United States. His chamber works have been performed by the Brass 5, the Memphis Brass Quintet, the Ceruti String Quartet, the Cavani String Quartet and numerous solo performers. He has been commissioned to write for individuals and groups such as the Grand Junction Symphony, the Elision Sax Quartet, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Austin Dance Company, Ballet Memphis, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, and numerous colleges and high schools across the United States. Jack's jazz compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Gary Foster, Christian McBride, Bud Shank, Doc Severinson, the U.S. Navy "Commodores," The Eastman Jazz Ensemble, the Rob Parton Jazztech Big Band, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Summit Jazz Orchestra (Germany), and numerous other high school, college, and professional groups around the world. His music has been performed in such venues as the World Saxophone Congress, and the Montreax, North Sea, and Tokyo jazz Festivals. His TV and media credits include music for "The Jenny Jones Show," "Hollywood Xtra," and news broadcasts in the New York and Washington D.C. areas as well as music for the. He has served as a staff arranger writing jazz ensemble and concert band music for Warner Brothers/Alfred Publications since 1992. Jack's music is also published with UNC Jazz Press, Three-Two Publishing, Increase Music, and RGM Publishing. From 1989 to 1995 Jack served as a staff arranger with the United States Army "Jazz Knights." West Point, New York. He has earned a MA and BA in music from California State University, Los Angeles and holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. Jack is currently an Associate Professor of music at the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. He has received composition grants from ASCAP, the New York Council for the Arts, Aaron Copland Foundation, the Southern Arts Council, the NEH, and the NEA.

Andrew Creagh (b. 1985)

Andrew Creagh was born in Orland Park, IL, a southwest suburb of Chicago. Creagh began his musical training at age 11. He plays both the tuba, electric and acoustic bass. Creagh is currently a music education major at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, IL. He is also the Assistant Band Director at Marist High School in Chicago, IL. Besides being a music educator, Creagh has written various compositions for a variety of ensembles, including brass, percussion, orchestra, band, choir, and woodwind choirs

Barton Cummings (1946-2014)

Barton Cummings enjoyed a distinguished international career as a tuba player. An early pioneer in establishing the tuba as a true solo instrument, he began a campaign in the 1960's to commission new compositions for the tuba. As a result of his efforts, more than five dozen new compositions were written for him. Included among the contributing composers were Bennie Beach, Carroll Butts, Barney Childs, David Cope, David Ernst, Lejaren Hiller, Gyorgy Kosa, Joyce McKeel, Harold Oliver, Linda Ostrander, Joseph Ott, Walter Ross, Donald Stratton, David Uber, Marilyn Ziffrin and Fredrick Zinos. Mr. Cummings performed as a soloist at many Tuba Symposiums, the New York Brass Conference, the 1975 -1976 Carnegie Hall Tuba Recital Series, Lincoln Center Library and state and national band, orchestra and music educator conferences. He was a popular clinician and presenter of master classes and in this capacity, appeared at schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States. Mr. Cummings also created a number of recital programs for National Public Radio and PBS Television. At home in all musical styles, Barton Cummings was a member of the New Hampshire Philharmonic, San Diego Ballet and Opera Orchestras, California Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, Cal Jackson Orchestra, San Diego Brass Quintet, Koman Brass Ensemble, San Diego Jazz Society Orchestra, Solano Dixie Jubilee and the Brassworks of San Francisco. In demand as a studio musician, Mr. Cummings performed on the soundtracks of such films as The Contrary Warriors, Blood of Heroes, Henry and June in Paris, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Faces of The Enemy, Eat A Bowl Of Tea, and radio and television commercials. Mr. Cummings recorded recital albums for the Capra, Coronet and Crystal labels, on which he performed many of the compositions written for him. His recordings were met with great critical success and reviews of albums appeared in the American Record Guide, Fanfare, The Instrumentalist, Recorded Classical Music, and others. He recorded promotional albums of tuba solos for music publishers including Kendor Music and Studio P/R. Mr. Cummings was also a member of special recording ensembles for music publishers such as Alfred Music, Kjos Music and Studio P/R. Highly regarded as a teacher, Mr. Cummings served on the faculties of the University of New Hampshire, Indiana State University, San Diego State University, Point Loma College of San Diego and the Educational-Cultural Complex of the San Diego Community College District and Delta State University in Mississippi. In recent years, he taught part time for Diablo Valley College, Napa Valley College and Solano Community College.

His consistent and scholarly writing have produced three books, more than four hundred articles, scores of reviews and several editorship positions. His work is constantly cited in articles, books and dissertations by other authors.

The music of Barton Cummings has been performed throughout the world by such prominent artists and ensembles as Harvey Phillips, Mark Nelson, Mary Ann Craig, Fritz Kaenzig, Dennis Askew, Kenyon Wilson, Susan Bradley, Susan Nigro, James J. Pellerite, Tony Clements, David Deason, Carson Cooman, Janet Polk, Jae Young Heo, San Jose (CA) Chamber Orchestra, Bowling Green State University Euphonium-Tuba Ensemble, Colonial Tuba Quartet, Meridian Arts Ensemble Brass Quintet, St. John's Brass Quintet, Prima Toni, Tokyo Bari-Tuba Ensemble, University of Michigan Euphonium-Tuba Ensemble, New Castle Brass Ensemble, Harmonious Brass Choir, University of New Hampshire Concert Choir, University of the Pacific Wind Ensemble, University of Memphis Concert Band, University of North Carolina - Greensboro TubaBand, Georgia Honors Euphonium-Tuba Choir, and The Chicago Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Many of his original and arranged compositions have been recorded on the Channel Classics, Crystal and Mark record labels.

Mr. Cummings had retired from tuba playing and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area until his death in 2014.

Rick Dempsey (b. 1961)

Edwardsville, IL - more information to follow

Chris Dickey (b. 1984)

Chris Dickey, originally from Collinsville, IL, has been playing the euphonium since he was ten years old. He is currently pursuing the degree Master of Arts in euphonium performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa where he studies with John Manning. Chris serves as the tuba-euphonium studio graduate teaching assistant where his duties include teaching lessons, assisting with the University of Iowa Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and coaching undergraduate brass chamber ensembles. Prior to attending Iowa, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastern Illinois University while studying euphonium with Allan Horney. Chris has been active as a chamber musician, soloist, and instructor at music camps. His arranging and composing efforts focus on the tuba-euphonium ensemble, a unique outlet for tuba and euphonium players to encounter new music they may not find in the large ensemble setting.

Ioan Dobrinescu (b. 1960)

Ioan Dobrinescu was born in 1960 and studied the violin at the George Enescu Music High school and then composition at the University of Music in Bucharest, which he graduated in 1986 as head of his class. Among the masters that have marked his artistic path are the late composers and professors Aurel Stroe, Tiberiu Olah, Stefan Niculescu, Alexandru Pascanu, Dan Constantinescu, Anatol Vieru and Constantin Bugeanu.

After a short career in teaching, Ioan Dobrinescu becomes an editor for Actualitatea Muzicala, the magazine of the Romanian Composers and Musicologist Union. From 1991 onward he became editor and later artistic counselor for the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation. He is currently the head of the Evaluation Committee for Musical Recordings.

In tandem with his numerous programs and music shows of all genres, Ioan Dobrinescu has also written as a music critic, presented numerous concerts and written concert programmes.

Even during his studies, Ioan Dobrinescu was bestowed numerous awards for his creations such as the Mihail Jora prize of the Romanian Music Critics Union in 1995 and the Competition for Musical Programmes organized by Radio Brno in the Czech Republic in 1996.

He became a member of UCMR in 1990 and his original works and arrangements have been played in Romania, France, Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Belgium, The Netherlands and the Republic of Moldova.

John Dunlap (b. 1949)

John is a retired U.S. Army Bandmaster. He grew up in Pullman, Washington where his early musical studies were on French horn with Dr. George Scott at Washington State University. He enlisted in the Army after high school as a French horn player. After his initial service, he settled in southern California where he attended El Camino College. During this time he performed with many area orchestras, including the Burbank, Downey and Cerritos College Orchestras. His interest in conducting and composition led him to study privately with Philip Westin, a noted area conductor and composer. He returned to the Army and was selected to serve as a rehearsal conductor at the Armed Forces School of Music. After a few years on staff at the School of Music, he became a Bandmaster and commanded Army bands in the U.S., Korea and Germany. He continued his education at Old Dominion University, where he studied composition. He currently lives with his wife, Pat, in New Braunfels, TX.

John Eggert (b. 1946)

John Eggert is Professor of Music at Concordia University, Saint Paul, MN where he teaches organ, music theory, and composition. He holds advanced degrees from the University of Iowa (DMA in Organ Performance) and Northwestern University (MM in Organ Performance). His mentors include Delbert Disselhorst, Robert Lodine, Richard Enright, and Charles Ore (organ), Gerhard Krapf (organ and improvisation), and Theodore Beck (theory and composition).

Dr. Eggert has presented recitals, workshops, and lectures for churches, colleges and chapters of the American Guild of Organists throughout the United States. In 1989 he received a faculty fellowship from the Blandin Foundation to perform and record a program of new organ music by Minnesota composers, a program that was aired on National Public Radio in 1993 and again in 2000. He has been invited to give three recitals and a workshop for organists in July, 2006 as part of the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Upper Peninsula Michigan.

Among Dr. Eggert's organ compositions are Six Hymn Preludes - Sets I-VI, sets of variations on four hymn tunes - Wondrous Love, Nettleton, Shades Mountain and Slane - and Creative Hymn Accompaniments, all published by Concordia Publishing House. Compositions for trumpet and organ include processionals on "Christ is the King" and "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty," both published by Concordia Publishing House. Commissioned pieces for brass quartet and choir include "Sing with All the Saints in Glory," published by Concordia Publishing House and "Clap Your Hands (Psalm 47)," published by GIA. His choral music has been published by CPH, Augsburg Fortress, GIA and Northwestern Publishing House and includes hymn anthems, hymn concertos, psalm settings, and arrangements of African American spirituals.

Dr. Eggert and his wife, Linda, met at Concordia University, Nebraska when both were members of the chapel choir. They enjoy traveling, especially to parks and other natural areas around the country and have a strong interest in environmental issues. They are the parents of four children.

Kathy Essmiller (b. 1969)

Kathy Essmiller lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. Currently studying for a Masters in trumpet performance with James Klages at the University of Central Oklahoma, Kathy's professional background is in middle school and high school instrumental music education. Her undergraduate degree is from Kansas State University where she studied with Gary Mortenson, under whose tutelage she was selected as an ITG scholarship winner. Kathy transplanted with her husband Kyle (whom she met at band camp!) from their native Kansas to Oklahoma in 1996, and since then has been a "stay at home mom" to son James (11, trumpet) and daughter Kennedy (9, flute). Kathy is active in the music program at Peace Lutheran Church in Edmond, composing pieces for vocal/piano performance, and arranging tunes for performance by the middle school and high school praise bands.

Blaise Ferrandino (b. 1958)

Dr. Blaise J. Ferrandino is an Associate Professor and Division Chair of Music Theory, Composition at Texas Christian University where he has been since 1990. From 2000 - 2002 he served as Interim Director of School of Music. He was elected Chair of the TCU Faculty Senate during the 2004-2005 academic year. Besides his work in Music Theory, Ferrandino is a Composer and Double Bassist. He received his DMA from the Hartt School of Music. Studies in composition were with Edward Diemente, Karel Husa, Earl George, Howard Boatwright and Donald Harris. Ferrandino studied double bass with Gary Karr and David Murray.

Dr. Ferrandino is active in publishing, presentation, and composition/performance. He is lead editor and author of The AP Vertical Teams Guide for Music Theory, released in November of 2002. Numerous workshops and presentations related to this book were given in places such as Houston, Los Angeles at the AP National Convention, Dallas, St. Joseph, MO, San Antonio at TMEA and Ft. Worth. Dr. Ferrandino continues to be active in Music Theory teacher training teaching weeklong courses at TCU, and in Philadelphia, Taos, and Chicago. He has organized and presented at a two-day workshops at the College Board regional AP Music Theory conference for the past ten years.

In 1998 he was named lead teacher of a joint project instituted by the College Board and the O'Donnell foundation. Ten High School teachers in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex were chosen to institute AP Music Theory programs at their respective schools. The program, originally funded for five years, seeded area schools with professionally trained Music Theory teachers who might better prepare their students for a college career in music. The program has been extended through 2011 and Dr. Ferrandino continues his involvement as Master Teacher.

The CD Crosswinds includes Blaise Ferrandino's work for Tuba/Euphonium ensemble, Pomes. This commissioned work is based upon the poetry of James Joyce and is published by Tuba-Euphonium press. Memoir, a work for choir, orchestra, piano, and orchestra, was inspired by the Scottish folk tune The Baron O' Brackley and the diary of John Playfair. It premiered at the TCU Convocation in September of 2004. Also premiered this past year was Prologues, a commissioned work for Trumpet and Vibraphone and Variations on an Old Friend for piano. New works include a short symphony for cello ensemble and a duet for Double Bass and Bassoon.

Ben Foisel (b. 1987)

Durango, CO - more information to follow

Joe Friedman (b. 1936)

Joe Friedman holds an MA in music from Cal-State University at Hayward. He has made 5 recordings, including two with the Jewish Wedding Band as performer and composer, and two with the Balkan ensemble Chubritza.

Joe's brass compositions are based on traditional themes associated with certain holidays or cultures. Joy of Passover is based on several traditional Passover melodies, and was premiered at Humboldt State University in 1999 under the direction of Gil Cline. Although not a brass player, Joe enjoys writing for and playing with brass. His Joy of Chanukah was recorded on A Child's Hanukkah(sic) in 1998 by the Jewish Wedding Band under the title Hannukah remembered.

Joe lives with his wife Ann in Humboldt County and teaches music and French at College of the redwoods in Eureka.

Steven Gamble (b. 1951)

Steve Gamble began playing the trombone as a grade-schooler in Phoenix, Arizona. After attending Arizona State University, he moved to Chicago where he was a founding member of the Chicago Chamber Brass. He was a member of that ensemble for ten years and his contributions included a large number of successful arrangements for brass quintet, many of which have been published. As a result of his association with CCB, Gamble has performed in nearly every state in the U.S. as well as in Europe. He has held positions, as bass trombonist, in the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and the Arizona Opera Orchestra and has played second trombone in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 1989 and bass trombone in the Tucson Pops Orchestra since 1998. Mr. Gamble can be heard on recordings for the Pro-Arte and Crystal labels.

In addition to his performing career, Mr. Gamble has been involved extensively in education. His activities as clinician and performer have included guest appearances at many prestigious musical gatherings, such as the Mid-west Band and Orchestra Clinic, the International Brass Congress, as well as the conventions of the music educators of New York, Texas, and Florida. He has held teaching positions at Elmhurst College (IL), Mesa Community College (AZ) and the University of New Mexico. Mr. Gamble is the founder of the Tucson Trombone Troupe, a summer program for young trombonists.

Jed Gillis (b. 1987)

Jed Gillis is a Teaching Assistant at Florida State University. He just finished a B.S. in Music Education at Bob Jones University. He is currently pursuing a MM in French Horn Performance. He has played Horn and Piano for 12 years. His arranging experience is mainly in educational situations, writing pieces for their educational value in addressing a specific element of musicianship within the ensemble.

James Haynor (b. 1948)

Jim was born in Riverside, CA and grew up in Kenosha, WI. He received a Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and a Masters of Music - Applied Trumpet degree from Northwestern University - Evanston where he studied with Vincent Cichowicz.

Jim's music career was highlighted by a 28 year stint with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra playing utility trumpet. Other playing included the Florentine Opera Company, American and Milwaukee Ballet Companies, Melody Top Summer Stock Theater, Skylight Comic Opera and backing such performers as The Moody Blues, Doc Severenson, Aretha Franklin, Glen Campbell, The King's Singers, etc.

He also is a founding member of the Newberry Brass Quintet and played principal trumpet with the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra.

Jim currently performs as a free-lance player and arranger in the Milwaukee area. He resides in Nashotah, WI with his wife Mary and Golden Retriever Chewy.

Jim and Mary are the proud parents of three children - Jen, Ben and Al and are PaPa and NaNa to two wonderful grandkids - CW and Soshi.

Steven Hays (b. 1971)

Texas composer, Steven Hays, is a creative artist inspired by a variety of styles and diverse musical interests. Born in 1971, and raised in the home of a Baptist minister, Steven was exposed to lots of church music at an early age. Steven was named to the Texas All State Choir in 1989 and performed the Brahms German Requiem under acclaimed choral conductor, Robert Shaw. He attributes the birth of his hunger for serious composition to this performance in San Antonio at the TMEA convention. Shortly after, Steven decided to major in music and studied piano and music composition at Stephen F. Austin State University under Dr. Andrew Parr (piano) and Darrell Holt (composition).

While at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas, Steven met professional composer, David Maslanka, and has made a personal study of David's Wind Ensemble and Percussion works over the years. Steven has served as a church music director in the cities of Austin, Fort Worth, Nederland and finally, Beaumont, Texas. Steven is currently a worship leader and creative artist for Calvary Church in Beaumont, close to the Texas Gulf Coast, and spends time composing daily. Steven has studied professionally with Michael Horvit, and Rob Smith of the University of Houston, and Steven's current mentor in the field of music composition is Dr. Stephen Lias, of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Dr. Lias' works are performed nationally and internationally.

Michael Hesse (b. 1947)

Brassworks 4 founding member Michael (Mick) Hesse, cornet & piccolo trumpet, has an extensive background in professional orchestral performance as a member of the Norwegian State Opera and Ballet Orchestra from 1973-1984. Mr. Hesse has performed with the Oslo Philharmonic, Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra & Buffalo Philharmonic, and with Music in the Mountains in Colorado. He taught trumpet and brass ensembles at the Norwegian Music Conservatory. Mick was also a member of the USMA Band at West Point and the Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band. A graduate of Eastman School of Music (BM) and the University of Illinois (MM), Mr. Hesse taught at the Universities of Illinois and Kentucky. He served as Artistic Director for Showcase Concert Series in Farmington, NM for 12 years. In recent years Mick has played Eb cornet with the Great Western Rocky Mountain Band and Bb cornet with the Yankee Brass Band. His arrangements are based on an extensive career as a performer and teacher, with a good sense of "what works." Mick is available as a clinician for master classes and performance with a workshop titled 'The Art and Practice of the Cornet' which delves into the role of cornet playing within the context of the symphony and opera orchestra setting.

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John Jay Hilfiger (b. 1948)

John Jay Hilfiger's career in higher education, as music professor, administrator, and statistical consultant has spanned three decades. His own education has been eclectic, having studied horn at the Eastman School of Music, psychology (B.S.) at the University of Rochester, and biostatistics (M.S.) at Temple University before completing a M.Mus. at Binghamton University and a Ph.D. in music at the University of Iowa. He has been a music professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the University of Minnesota-Morris, and the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac as well as adjunct music instructor at Cornell University, Binghamton University and several other institutions. He has been a member of the Johnstown (PA) and Altoona (PA) Symphonies and the Tri-Cities (NY) Opera Orchestra and Music Director/Conductor of the Fond du Lac (WI) Chamber Orchestra. Currently, he directs the Wind Ensemble at Castleton State College of Vermont, as well as teaches private students at his home in Glens Falls, NY and devotes as much time to composing and arranging as he can. His compositions and arrangements have been published by eight publishing houses. He has also been a prolific writer with articles and reviews appearing in such diverse publications as: Journal of the Conductors Guild, Horn Call, Journal of Band Research, NACWPI Journal, Notes, American Statistician, and Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica.

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Kevin Jones (b. 1984)

Hi, my name is Kevin and I'm a composer... 'hi kevin...' I am a graduate from the College of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. I graduated with a Bachelors in Music Composition. Having written for several different ensembles and solo instruments, my knowledge of timbre, grouping, and orchestration has greatly benefited from my time at SFASU. I have experience writing from film as well as most classical forms and ensembles. Films I have written for include; "Within Us," a film by Derek Johnson, and "Skipping Tomorrow," a film by Rob Senska.

In the future I am planning to continue my career composing. I would like to pursue this through a form of media.(i.e. - film, television, video games, singer/songwriter, etc.) I also have interest in continuing my education by way of sound engineering, music production, or other facets of the music industry.

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Robert Jordahl (b. 1926)

Robert Jordahl was born in Ottumwa, Iowa in 1926. The family moved to Texas in the mid-1930s where he attended public schools. He began studying piano and voice at an early age. His enthusiasm for jazz compelled him to learn jazz idioms and he began playing jazz piano. Following his graduation from high school, Jordahl enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he continued these music activities. After his discharge he returned to his home in San Antonio and entered Trinity University. He received a B.M. degree in Theory/ Composition from the University of Texas at Austin in 1950 and an M.M. in Music Education the following year. After teaching choral music for seven years in the Texas public schools Jordahl returned to college and entered the Eastman School of Music, completing a Ph. D. in Theory in 1965. During his Eastman years Jordahl accepted part-time employment as tenor soloist at a Rochester church and Director of Choral Music at Keuka College in nearby Penn Yan, New York. While in Penn Yan, he also served as choirmaster-organist at a local Episcopal church. In 1965 he accepted a position at Alaska Methodist University in Anchorage, Alaska as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music. While there he began serious composition and published his first work, a piece for organ, that appeared in 1967. During these years he taught all of the undergraduate courses in theory and composition as needed and graduate courses in music literature. At McNeese he continued composing and publishing and resumed his church music and jazz activities. In this period Jordahl received several grants including two NEH grants in which he attended summer seminars at the University of Kansas at Lawrence and Dartmouth College. He retired in 1999 and continues to compose actively.

Jordahl's published compositions are now in excess of 80 works including choral music, song cycles, a jazz mass, and chamber music for woodwinds, for brass, and for strings. Also publihsed are his works for orchestra and string orchestra. In addition to many published compositions, Jordahl has written several additional masses in English, anthems and secular chorals, song cycles, a cantata "The Temple," two ballets, and a comic opera, "The Remarkable Talking Bird."

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Joseph S. Kaminski (b. 1956)

Dr. Joseph S. Kaminski is a freelance trumpeter in New York City and has been playing with brass quintets and quartets for over thirty years. His arrangements come from much experience. He is the leader of The Eastern Tower Brass, a brass quintet devoted to Baroque and Classical literature. He is also the principal trumpeter of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony in Connecticut. He is a lecturer of music history and ethnomusicology at Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, Fordham University Rose Hill Campus, and The College of Staten Island of the City University of New York. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music with an MM in Trumpet, he toured internationally as a trumpeter for several decades playing at the Paris Jazz Festival in 1972, playing co-principal trumpet for the Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra from 1979-1980, principal trumpet for the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra from 1988-1990, fourth trumpet for Buddy Rich in 1985, lead trumpet on Gloria Gaynor's world tours from 1982-1984, and lead trumpet for Lionel Hampton during the 1990s. He received his Ph.D. in Musicology/Ethnomusicology from Kent State University and studied the performance of ivory, horn, and wooden, trumpets in traditional cultures throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. A member of the Historic Brass Society, he is also interested in the natural trumpet and rotary valve trumpets.

James Klages (b. 1956)

James L. Klages is the professor of trumpet at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. He has performed throughout the continental United States and internationally as a trumpet and cornet soloist and recitalist. From 1986-90 he had the honor of being the only person in the Twentieth Century to be directly hired as the Cornet Soloist with the "Presidents Own" United States Marine Band. He has performed as soloist with the Marine Band on national and international tours, national music conventions, and on national radio and television broadcasts. Since his time in the "President's Own," he has continued to perform on an international scale, including the historic internationally televised first performance from the "Church of the Nativity" in Bethlehem, Israel, of Handel's "Messiah," the American embassy at Tel Aviv, Israel, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and as soloist at numerous televised "Sousa" concerts with university bands. He is also a composer and arranger of many works for trumpet, brass ensemble, and wind ensemble which have been performed widely by ensembles including the U.S. Marine Band, and the Indiana University wind ensemble.

Adam Kosberg (b. 1987)

Adam Kosberg is a trombone performance major at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. He has been composing since high school, now under the direction of Millikin composition professor John Stafford II. His works are primarily for brass ensembles, though recently the Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble premiered his first composition for wind ensemble, entitled "Ghosts." He intends to perform on trombone professionally and compose for however long he is competent at both.

Stephen Lias (b. 1966)

The works of Stephen Lias have been performed in concert and recital throughout the United States and abroad by soloists and ensembles including The Stone Fort Wind Quintet, The Monmouth College Chorale, The Louisiana Sinfonietta, The Red Stick Saxophone Quartet, the NYU New Music Ensemble, and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. His music is published by the Sacred Music Press, Conners Publications, Brassworks 4, and Southern Music. His awards include being selected as the 2003 Commissioned Composer for the Texas Music Teachers Association, and receiving his seventh consecutive ASCAP Standard Award. In 2006, he was selected as a finalist in the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin's "Homage to Mozart" composition contest and his piece "Pursued" was performed in Moscow and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Dr. Lias is also active in the area of theatrical incidental music. He has composed original music for over thirty professional theatrical productions since 1989 including "I Hate Hamlet" at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, "The Tempest" at Stephen F. Austin State University, and "Death of a Salesman" at Auburn University at Montgomery. He served for nine years as Composer in Residence and Music Director at the Texas Shakespeare Festival.

Stephen Lias received his B.S. in Music Education from Messiah College, his Master of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University, and his DMA in Composition from Louisiana State University. His teachers have included Dinos Constantinides, Stephen David Beck, and Darrell Holt. Dr. Lias currently resides in Nacogdoches, Texas where he is Area Coordinator for Music Theory and Composition at Stephen F. Austin State University. He is a member of ASCAP, NACUSA, The College Music Society, The American Music Center, and The Society of Composers, Inc., and is the Founder and Director of The Center for the Promotion of Contemporary Composers (CPCC)..

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William Manchester (b. 1980)

Drawing on his interests, which vary from Hector Berlioz to Phillip Glass and The Beatles to Frank Sinatra, William Manchester's music is engendered with a sound that is fresh and appealing, eclectic and approachable, substantive and fun. Manchester received his undergraduate degree in music education from The Ohio State University and his Masters of Music in music education from Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

Manchester is currently the music specialist at Westhills Elementary, teaching elementary general music classes and directing Vivace: The Westhills Chorus. Additionally, he works as a brass specialist for several high school bands, teaches private lessons, and writes and arranges music for brass, chorus, worship settings, and marching bands. He and his wife live near Nashville, TN.

Manchester's catalog at Brassworks 4 currently includes a set of traditional Christmas carols set in a variety of unusual meters. To contact William Manchester, please e-mail

Karen Marston (b. 1972)

Webster, TX - more information to follow

Michael McDonough (b. 1950)

After graduating from Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA Michael attended the Philadelphia Musical Academy studying Bass Trombone with Robert Harper and Richard Genovese. He taught high school music in the Philadelphia area school for over 10 years. A career change in the 1980's meant graduate school in Virginia resulting in a Doctorate from the College of William and Mary in Psychology. During this time Michael maintained a private music practice and played in various churches. In the late 1990's Michael moved to Bermuda where he is active in the musical life of the island along with his private practice as a Clinical Psychologist. Michael is a member of the Brass trio "Brassworks" and the founder of the Bermuda Trombone Quartet. Michael is a member of the Bermuda Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Gary Burgess and continues to play each Sunday at his church "Holy Trinity" in Hamilton parish. Recently Michael traveled to New Zealand and Australia with the Danbury Brass Band under the direction of Allen Raph. Michael also participated in two "Trombone Days" held at the Bantry House in county Cork, Ireland in 2003 and 2004. In 2003 Michael participated in the International Trombone Festival in Helsinki, Finland. He also writes musical reviews for the "Trombone Page of the World".

Roger McDuffie (1928-2010)

Roger McDuffie considered himself lucky to have grown up under supportive parents in the rather rich musical environment of Greensboro and Chapel HillNC: brass instruments in the public schools, summer band camps, a friendly music store, civic bands, dance bands and some arranging, UNC music major, and the Satterfield dance band. In the Air Force in the early 1950's, he got much playing and arranging experience and did some conducting. In the period 1954-61 he completed a master's degree in composition at UNC, met his wife to be, earned a doctorate in composition at FSU and taught there, played some, and wrote a lot. He taught theory, composition, and brass at Converse College, Spartanburg SC (1961-93). Radiation and its side effects (2001) forced him to quit playing and slow down a lot, but he continued to arrange and compose none the less.

Joe Miserendino (1932-2010)

Joe Miserendino was involved with music throughout his school years. Some personal circumstances made it necessary to pursue other avenues. However he never lost his love for music and in 2000 he was able to retire and concentrate on his first love.

He has written music for a variety of instrument combinations - solos, ensembles, bands and orchestras. A number of his pieces have been published and performed. His Euphonium and Tuba works will be included in the Euphonium Source Book and Tuba Source Book. Since August 2003, through his web-site, he has provided numerous free scores and parts, primarily to college students and to people all over the world. He also maintains contact with, and exchanges music, ideas and critiques with many musical friends around the world.

He wrote The Willson Concertante (with permission of the Willson Company) to commemorate Charley Brighton becoming a featured Willson Euphonium soloist. It was premiered in 2005. Also in 2005 Mr. Brighton premiered Summer Celebration (for Euphonium and Strings) with the Nonesuch Orchestra in London.

Hoyle Osborne (b. 1948)

Hoyle Osborne is best known as a pianist specializing in ragtime and Pan-American popular piano music. Since 1990, he has played hundreds of nights at The Diamond Belle Saloon in Durango, Colorado. He and singer-songwriter Jane Voss have performed together for more than 25 years. They have been featured on many National Public Radio programs, and have performed at major music festivals, for folk music and jazz societies, and in concerts all across North America and Great Britain. They have recorded six albums together, from the 1981 Stereo Review Record of the Year Award winner, Get to the Heart, to Beyond the Boundaries in 2004.

Osborne studied music, folklore, and American Civilization at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his B.A. in music at Sonoma State University in California. Much of his musical education took place outside academia, in the multi-faceted folk music scene, learning from folk-blues musicians like Elizabeth Cotten and John Jackson, and from such diverse artists as Kate McGarrigle, David Bromberg, and Rosalie Sorrels.

He has composed a number of neo-ragtime piano works, collected in the folio, Enchantment and Other Compositions in the Ragtime Tradition. "Enchantment: A New Mexican Serenade" was awarded second place in the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation's Ragtime Composition Contest in 2000, and "The Trickster" took second place in 2001. Both numbers are included in the suite, "Scenes from the Four Corners," which he recorded on the CD, Panazon: Pan-American Cafe Music, released in 2004. Legendary ragtime entertainer Max Morath said, "Panazon is a hot-then-subtle mix of sturdy ragtime and dancing Latin themes - close cousins musically, as virtuoso pianist Osborne and his superb ensemble illustrate in every measure."

Hoyle Osborne has recorded two other CDs, Live at The Diamond Belle, featuring ragtime and boogie-woogie, and Ragtime Cowboy Joe: Piano Music from an Old West Saloon, which emphasizes 19th Century repertoire.

Osborne arranges and produces music for theatre and video. Recent projects include the multi-image show Mesa Verde, for the national park; the outdoor summer drama Black River Traders in Farmington, N.M.; and the science exhibit, Contraptions A to Z, now showing in museums around the country. He has also composed for theatre productions in Berkeley, California, Albany, New York, and Albuquerque.

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Harold Owen (b. 1931)

Harold Owen is Professor Emeritus of Composition at the University of Oregon School of Music. Born in Los Angeles in 1931, he attended the University of Southern California where he holds the BM, MM, and DMA Degrees in Composition. He joined the faculty of the U of O School of Music in 1966 and was Chair of Composition. Among his publications are works for orchestra, chorus, organ, various compositions for solo and chamber ensembles, and text books Modal and Tonal Counterpoint, Music Theory Resource Book, and Handbook for Creative Church Musicians.

He became interested in early music as a member of the John Biggs Consort, giving concerts in California and the Northwest. After moving to Oregon he directed the Collegium Musicum and the University Consort at the University of Oregon and the Liturgical Choir of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. He has composed several solo and ensemble pieces for brass instruments.

Alexander Panos (b. 1980)

Alexander Panos is a native of San Diego and earned his bachelors degree in Music Performance at San Diego State University in May of 2004. An active Bass Trombonist, Alex has been a regular substitute musician with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, and San Diego Chamber Orchestra. He has performed in chamber ensembles and professional orchestras all over North and South America including Bolivia and Mexico. Additionally, he had the honor of performing in the newly constructed "Disney Hall" in Los Angeles in its opening year with the "International Strauss Orchestra". In September of 2006, Alex joined the United States Marine Corps and plays in the Marine Band San Diego.

Alex has been composing and arranging since early high school and has had over 15 arrangements and compositions performed by various mediums, including brass ensembles, string quartet, wind symphony, and solo chamber ensembles. His compositions emphasize what he calls "The 5 Elements" of music: Clear motives, varied harmony, unpredictable rhythms, good counterpoint, and symmetrical form. Alex's favorite composers are Paul Hindemith and Igor Stravinsky. He currently lives in San Diego, California, with his harpist wife, Leah.

Armando Luis Ramirez (b. 1970)

Educational background for Armando Luis Ramirez includes theory and composition (BM) at the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico; Composition (MM) at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His first composition was his Fanfarria para conjunto de vientos metales y percusion in 1993. Later that year, his compositions Adagio para conjunto de cuerdas, Concertino para tuba y piano and Triptico para tenor y conjunto de camara were performed on Sala Jesus Maria Sanroma, San Juan, Puerto Rico with great enthusiasm by the local press. While studyng at Temple, Ramirez composed his first symphonic work: Hermit's Enigma (performed by the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra with maestro Roselin Pabon and at the Festival de Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de las Americas with maestro Luis Biava). He also composed the Divertimento for String ensemble (conducted in Philadelphia by maestro Luis Biava) and 3 short pieces for woodwind quartet (included in his first CD: Puerto Rico, music of the late 20th Century).

Among other compositions, Ramirez composed his Cantata No. 1 Nunc autem meus oculus videt te (for choir, piano and synth and performed at the Iglesia San Jorge), Portrait of Chess Players (based on the paint by Marcell Duchamp) for orchestra (performed by the Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico and FOSJA), 9-11-01 (for euphonium, piano, timpani and bass), 8 Portraits of Dali (for euphonium and tuba) and more recently his Suite del Caribe for solo marimba.

Ramirez has taught theory, composition and orchestration since 1998 at the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico. Recently, his composition Impresiones Caribenas was included on the CD Bronces de Puerto Rico: Musica de compositores puertorriquenos. In the jazz genre, Ramirez arranged standard and original jazz tunes for the Jazz Sinfonico concert with the performance of the Jazz and Caribbean department professors.

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Scott Ramsey (1941-2008)

Scott Ramsey, founding member of Brassworks 4, was a graduate of UNM in Albuquerque and Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. Mr. Ramsey taught high school band for 26 years and has performed extensively throughout his career. He was inducted into the New Mexico Music Teachers Hall of Fame in January of 2003. He was active as a private teacher in his studios in Farmington, NM and played in the San Juan Symphony, the Four Corner's Brass Band, the Jeff Solon Swing Band and the Red Apple Flyer Dixieland Band. Mr. Ramsey has written over 50 arrangements for brass quartet as well as several original compositions. Mr. Ramsey wrote and arranged music for brass quartet, quintet, choirs, stage band and brass band. Scott lived part time in Farmington, NM and part time in San Carlos, Mexico. Scott's death in 2008 left a large hole in the musical community of Farmington. He is missed.

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Ray Rosario (b. 1957)

Ray Rosario has been a commercial trumpet player for over 20 years. Working primarily in New Jersey and the New York City area, Ray has had a very interesting and varied career playing at private parties for some of the most elite members of our society. As well, ordinary folk contract Ray's services as a trumpeter for their special occasions because of his reputation as a musician who is in touch with what listeners want to hear.

This album is Ray's initial step into the Smooth Jazz market. His sound is warm, full, passionate, and sultry. The album is a journey that you will find relaxing and easy to listen to. It is the perfect accompaniment to a good bottle of wine or a martini and that special someone!

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Brian Sadler (b. 1982)

Brian Sadler is a graduate of Pocono Mountain HS in northeastern Pennsylvania. Shortly after his senior year, instead of going to college he opted to join the US Navy as a musician. After basic training and graduating from the Armed Forces School of Music, Brian was sent to his first fleet band in Naples, Italy. During his three-year tour he performed in the big band, brass quintet, rock band, concert band, and ceremonial band. Brian got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform around Europe visiting countries such as Italy, Germany, Spain, England, Tunisia, Greece, Bosnia, and Croatia.

In January of 2005 Brian was sent to Navy Band Northwest at Bangor Sub-base near Seattle, WA. Brian takes classes from the Pacific Northwestern Film Scoring Program and constantly contributes arrangements and compositions to the Navy band. Brian is now attending Arizona State University and is pursing a career in film scoring.

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Brian won 2nd place in the 2008 Humboldt Composition Contest with his brass septet "At the Movies." He also wrote "Action Fanfare" which earned him an award in the Dallas Wind Symphony Brass Fanfare Competition. We are proud to have published both of these winners.

Connie Frerich-Schulz (b. 1963)

Connie Frerich-Schulz is a Poplar High School graduate from Poplar, Montana. She attended the College of Great Falls in Great Falls MT, transferred and graduated from Minot State University with a degree in Music Education. Upon completing her degree, Ms. Schulz taught music in grades K-12 at Bainville Schools in north-east Montana. She studied euphonium with Harold Brasch. She has appeared as soloist with the San Juan College Concert Band in Farmington NM and was a guest artist & soloist with San Juan Symphony. Ms Schulz is a member of the Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band in Silverton, CO and the Yankee Brass Band of New England. She is principal euphonium with Concordia Santa Fe, Best Brass of Christmas and Kissmah Brass Band. She was the Administrative Director of Showcase Concerts from 1997-2003 and director of Showcase Kids. When giving her chops a break, Connie can be found singing alto in Caliente and traveled to Ireland with the choir in July 2009. She is a founding member of Brassworks 4, playing euphonium until their retirement from the stage in 2003. Connie is the music director at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Farmington. She is the owner and operator of Brassworks 4 Sheet Music Sales and has enjoyed the role of "web master."

She is married and has two grown children, Drew and Shelby. Connie is active in learning more about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Feel free to visit her blog at:

Claire Sievers (b. 1981)

Claire Sievers was born in Davenport, Iowa in 1981 as the youngest of three children to Dennis and Celeste Sievers. Growing up in a musical family and joining band in the public school system, she decided to continue her musical pursuits after high school at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. There Claire pursued a tuba performance degree and in 2004 she graduated with Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Performance and Music Composition. In 2007 Claire graduated from the University of Iowa completing her Master of Arts in Tuba Performance under the tutelage of Professor John Manning. A lover of all musical styles and genres, Claire mainly composes lyrical, sonorous works.

Nigel Simmons (b. 1954)

Nigel was born and bred in East Sussex, England. Having started piano lessons at the age of 9, he then took up the Tuba at the age of 13 with the Hastings Youth Band. It obviously agreed with him! He was promoted into the senior band, Sussex Brass within 4 months.

Almost immediately, he started composing and arranging for band, a pastime which he has continued to the present day.

He spent three years at the Royal College of Music, from 1974 - 1977, and then returned to the south east, as a freelance semi-pro Tuba player, as well as returning to Sussex Brass , this time in the capacity of Musical Director.

Other spells as Musical Director followed, taking Handcross Brass to the Championship Section, and Uckfield Concert Brass to the First Section.

In addition to his brass band activities, and his freelance tuba playing, he is also well known throughout the south east as a jazz tuba player (a rarity nowadays). He produces arrangements for Harvey's Brass, a ten piece ensemble based on the same instrumentation as the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, run by Peter Harvey of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sussex Trombone Ensemble, also directed by Peter Harvey, which utilises between 8 and 15 trombones.

He now lives in High Wycombe, but still continues to play with LGB Brass (Lewes, Glynde & Beddingham), and Ipswich Co-op Band, often standing in as Musical Director, when required.

He is arranger-in-residence for the Sussex Symphony Orchestra, as well as producing music for all sorts of differing ensembles, including brass quintets and Tuba sextets!

Well known for being able to produce arrangements at the drop of a hat, his fastest achievement was producing a complete arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner" for a German Symphonic Wind Band who had mislaid their copy!!!

Although music is a hobby, it is a way of life to him, and the advent of music writing programs has finally meant there is more room in the house, without manuscripts all over the place!

Nigel won 2nd place in the 2006 Humboldt Composition Contest with his brass octet "Prelude, Elegy and Rondo Scherzino." We are proud to have published this winning compostion.

Randy Snyder (b. 1960)

Randy Snyder grew up in High Point, North Carolina. He attended Brevard College (Brevard, NC) and later earned a BME from Stetson University. Later he went on to earn an MM in trumpet at Bowling Green State University and then a DMA in Music Education from the Moores School of Music, University of Houston. Randy was a band director in the public schools for eight years both at the middle school and high school levels. Currently he is the Fine Arts Dept Chair at San Jacinto College North in Houston, Texas. He founded the Wind Ensemble there in 1998. Randy also directs the Jazz Band and also teaches music theory. He is an active clinician for area school band programs and gives trumpet/brass master classes. Randy performs with the Cathedral Brass, a brass quartet in residence at the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral. Randy has composed and/or arranged works for marching band, concert band, choir, jazz band, brass quintet, brass choir, as well as solo pieces and numerous other ensemble settings. In 2004, he established the Summer Music Camps @ North (weekly summer music camps in jazz, brass, piano, band, guitar and a weekend choir camp). Randy is married and has three sons.

Bruce Stevenson (b. 1956)

Bruce is a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Primarily a percussionist and guitarist, he began composing for the piano while in his teens. He received his B.M. degree from East Carolina University in 1979 and his M.M.E. from Winthrop University in 1981. A public school band director from 1981 to 1998, he worked mainly with middle school bands. He has served on the faculty of Winthrop University as a theory lecturer, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Lander University, teaching percussion and instrumental methods. His choral works (sacred and secular) have been performed by such prestigious ensembles as the Texas All-State Chorus and Dade County (Miami) All-County Chorus. These works are now distributed by Colla Voce Music. Bruce is currently a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and the computer systems administrator for OutdoorAds in Columbia, South Carolina. He continues to stay in touch with his musical roots through composing and performing regularly with the Carolina Wind Symphony.

Brian Sykora (b. 1955)

Brian Sykora has served as Principal Trumpet of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra since 1984. He has appeared as soloist on numerous occasions, including performances of "Quiet City" by Aaron Copland, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #2, the trumpet concertos of Haydn, Hummel, Telemann and Leopold Mozart, and countless Pops and New Music programs. In 1992, Mr. Sykora was invited to join the Montreal Symphony on tours to Europe and Japan under Charles Dutoit. From 1978 to 1980, he was the Assistant Principal Trumpeter with the Mexico City Philharmonic, including tours to South America, Japan, and Europe. Mr. Sykora was a member of the Chicago Chamber Brass from 1981 to 1984, and recorded on the Pro Arte label with that ensemble. Brian is also a founding member of the quintet "Metalmorphosis", a group which regularly collaborates with other ensembles and soloists. Mr. Sykora is also active as a composer and arranger of brass quintet music. Several of his compositions are performed frequently throughout North America. Brian is a 1977 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Bernard Adelstein. His hobbies include running, golf, darts, baseball, movies, and raising his sons, Connor and Evan.

Peter Tutak (b. 1954)

Peter Tutak is originally from Jersey City, NJ, and now resides in the Northwest. His attraction to, and love of, classical music originates from overexposure to the work of Carl Stalling and Warner Bros. cartoon soundtracks as a child in the early 1960s. He attended Jersey City State College, studying double bass under Frank Lomolino of the New Jersey Symphony from 1972-1974, and under Harold Siegel at Chicago Musical College in 1975. After several years of touring and free-lance work, Mr. Tutak developed a deep interest in electronic technology, eventually resulting in a degree in Electronics Engineering, and a subsequent career in the network industry.

Mostly self-taught as an arranger, Mr. Tutak is a very active electric bassist with several ensembles in Seattle, and enjoys working on popular music arrangements in his spare time. He still professes a great love and admiration for the works of Debussy, Respighi, Raymond Scott, Carl Stalling, and Frank Zappa.

He is employed as a Sr. Director of Regional Engineering Services for the Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Lynn, and their cat, Diva Bebop.

James Tyler (1933-2010)

Jim enjoyed playing trombone during his school years, but he later he also added euphonium and trumpet. He was heavily involved in coaching his three children and in their band programs. In addition to his instrumental interest, he was involved in vocal groups. He sang contra bass in quartets, church choirs, and large vocal groups. Retirement from his 35 years of working for IBM as a Computer Customer Engineer allowed him the time to join several community bands and small brass groups. He first started arranging music because there was a need for vocal trios at his church. Later as his grandchildren progressed to the higher grades of brass music, he became aware of the shortage of rich classical arrangements, especially for brass trio. He found beautiful string chamber music of Handel, Corelli, and others, and arranged them for brass quartet or trio. His goal was to capture the rich harmony of the original composer and also to give a leading role to each of the instrumentalists.

Jim also had many other interests during his life. As a young adult, he enjoyed sailing his Hampton sailboat, and taking flying lessons. Later he focused on photography, traveling, genealogy, and hunting. Music and family were passions throughout his life.

Ken White (b. 1956)

A graduate of Williams High School in Burlington, N.C., Mr. White holds a B.S. in Music Education degree from Western Carolina University and a Master of Arts in Music degree from Appalachian State University.

Mr. White taught high school band and chorus for seven years in Forest City, N.C. and Hickory, N.C. He served as an instructor at Caldwell Community College in Lenoir, N.C., and also as director of the Caldwell Community Band. He has been the music director for several musical theater productions, most recently for "The Pirates of Penzance" with the Gallery Players of Burlington.

Mr. White has performed with various brass groups including the Unifour Brass Ensemble and the Lake Hickory Brass. Currently, in addition to performing with The Cathedral Brass, Mr. White plays trombone with the Alamance Jazz Band. When not performing he works for Croscill Home Fashions of Durham, N.C. as a computer programmer/analyst.

Garry Wickliffe (b. 1985)

Garry Wickliffe is a published composer of concert music, film music, and various other genres of music. He currently resides in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he is finishing his Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition at Stephen F. Austin State University under the tutelage of Dr. Stephen Lias. Garry plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University this coming fall as a graduate assistant in the music theory and composition department in order to work towards his Master's Degree in Composition.

Garry has made it a goal in his studies to diversify himself in the area of music composition as much as possible. He has composed numerous compositions for the concert stage, ranging in style from art songs, to accompanied solo instrument works, to the more traditional ensembles, such as string quartets and trombone choirs. He received his first publication of concert music in 2006: "Trouble Brewing," for Brass Quintet, and "O'er the Deep Blue Sea," for 6 part Trombone Choir.

While Garry tries to compose as often as possible, he has also completed professional arrangements and orchestrations, including carol arrangements for full brass choir, organ, and chorus in Stephen F. Austin State University's Christmas concert, "Song of the Angels." He also helped to orchestrate some missing numbers in Offenbach's opera, "La Perichole," in which he also performed the lead baritone role of Don Andres.

Garry had his first experience with film music in the fall of 2006. The SFASU composition department, under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Lias, was given the opportunity to score the film "Within Us," by Derek Johnson and Rob Senska. The high quality of the film led to a full, rich sound in the compositions written for various cues of the movie. Garry himself composed about eight of the forty-one cues, including the final cue of the movie, which was over seven minutes long and included both movie sequences and the entire roll of credits. He also composed the music for the trailer, which is available for online viewing at his website

A vocalist by nature, Garry has not given up his roots as a performer. He performed in four high school musicals during his schooling at Hudson High School, including such roles as Sky Masterson in "Guys and Dolls," and Charlie Brown in "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown." He was also asked to return during his freshman semester of college to participate as various small roles in the performance of "Honk." He has also starred in two of SFASU's spring operas; in spring 2005's performance of Strauss' "Die Fledermaus," he performed in the chorus and the spoken dialogue character Frosch, and in spring 2006's performance of Offenbach's "La Perichole," he performed as the lead baritone Don Andres. In this spring 2007's unabridged performance of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," he performed the baritone role of Count Almaviva.

Garry hopes to one day write music for either film or video games. He honestly admits at this point that he would write music for whatever venue that would allow him to, but hopes one day to make his place among the great Hollywood composers and/or among the modern day composers of video games. He hopes to find some work after the completion of his Master's Degree, but plans to start work on his Doctoral Degree should jobs in the music composition field become sparse.

Jerry Wyrick (b. 1963)

Jerry Wyrick is the Director of Worship at Grosse Pointe Baptist Church in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. His educational background includes a BM in Theory and Composition from Cornerstone University, and a MM and PhD in Composition from Michigan State University. In addition to numerous ensembles during college Jerry also played 2nd Trumpet in the Macomb Symphony Orchestra for 7 years following his graduate studies. His primary focus as a composer has been writing arrangements for the church musician. Jerry and his wife, Julie, have two children, Christina and Daniel.

Donald Young (b. 1948)

Donald J. Young received his B.M. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his M.M. from Arizona State University at Tempe. He has studied composition with Donald Andrus, Mike Leckrone, Lawrence Hartzell, Ronald LoPresti, and August Wegner. Mr. Young's composition PATMOS for concert band won the 1975 CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association) Southwest Division composition contest. The performance was recorded and marketed by Crest Records. Many consider his composition KROYER VARIATIONS a part of the basic repertoire for clarinet choirs (see The Instrumentalist magazine article by Norman Heim, November, 1979). A short biography and list of his band compositions are published in Wolfgang Suppan's Das neue Lexikon des Blasmusikwesens. Freiburg Germany, 1988. Along with Brassworks 4 Publishing, his compositions are published with G. Schirmer, Kendor Music, Manhattan Beach, Daehn Publications, Treble C Music, Cimarron Music, Really Good Music, LLC, Northfield Press, Roncorp, Inc., and Grand Mesa Music Publishers. He has also received numerous commissions, most notably from the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra. His band composition CROWN OF LAUREL, published by Daehn Music Publishers, was performed at the 1990 Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago. A recording is available on compact disc from Mark Records. A commissioned composition, LEGACY, for alto sax and band, was performed by soloist Tedd Griepentrog and the U.S. Army Field Band of Washington D.C. during their 1991 fall performance tour which included a televised broadcast on a California cable TV network.

In the spring of 1991, Mr. Young was awarded a commission from the Racine Arts Council to compose a work for the Racine Municipal Band. The premier performance of MARTHA'S MUSICAL ADVENTURE for concert band and narrator took place on February 22, 1992 with the composer conducting. This work was published and in 1995 by Cimarron Music.

Mr. Young conducted his CROWN OF LAUREL at the 1993 Association of Concert Bands convention (April 16th) held in Naperville, Illinois. His composition APPASSIONATA for solo violin and piano was premiered by members of the Racine Symphony Orchestra on November 21, 1993. University of Wisconsin-Parkside faculty members premiered his Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano in February of 1994. Rejoice In The Lord! for SATB choir and piano was featured on a concert at UW-Oshkosh on October 18th, 1994 as part of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers 1994 convention. The publication was released by Treble C Music in late September of 1994, in time for the UW-O performance. The UW-Milwaukee Eastside graduate brass quintet premiered Intermezzo for Brass Quintet at Greene Hall on Dec. 9, 1994. The piece is published by Grand Mesa Music Publishers, Grand Junction, Colorado. In 1999, he was commissioned by the Chippewa Valley Concert Band to write a piece in honor of Dr. Donald S. George, retired director of bands from UW-Eau Claire. This composition is published by Really Good Music Ltd. His composition, Concerto for Piano and Strings, was premiered in the spring of 2002 and is published by Northfield Press. In 2002, Mr. Young was announced the winner of the Wisconsin Music Teaches Association commissioning contest. The resulting work, Four Faces of Valor for two violins, viola, and piano, was premiered October 18, 2003 at the WMTA state convention on the UWM campus.

Mr. Young has experience teaching instrumental music at the elementary, middle school, high school, and college level. He is currently the Director of Bands and Chairman of the music department at William Horlick High School in Racine, and is active as a guest composer and conductor throughout Wisconsin.

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