Thomas Bacon, horn
Melvyn Jernigan, trombone
Daniel Perantoni, tuba
Allan Dean, Trumpet -- Professor of Music, Yale School of Music
Allan lived for many years in New York City, performing with the New York Brass Quintet, the New York Cornet and Sacbut Ensemble. As a top call freelance concert and recording artist he worked with Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky and a virtual Who's Who of the greatest musicians and composers of the 20th Century. He is a founding member of Summit Brass, and is also a renowned player of the cornetto in the group "Calliope: A Renaissance Band." He has performed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Casals Festival, Spoleto Festival, U.S.A., Banff Centre for the Arts, and Prairie Home Companion. He formerly taught at the Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Indiana University, and he has students in key positions throughout the world.
Ray Sasaki, Trumpet -- Professor of Music, University of Texas at Austin
Ray is a founding member of the Tone Road Ramblers, a new music ensemble started in 1979 in NYC made up of composer/performers who commission and perform only new pieces. Since 1993 they have been a resident ensemble at the Ragdale Foundation -- an artist colony in Lake Forest, Illinois. Ray has also commissioned many new works for trumpet, most notably with the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, for the International Trumpet Guild, and the Jazz Members Orchestra of Chicago. He has recorded on CRI, Deutsche Grammophon, Ubres, Crystal, Summit, Einstein and TR2001 recordings. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the International Trumpet Guild.
Thomas Bacon, Horn -- Soloist and Recording Artist
Tom has held principal horn positions with the Syracuse Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony and the Berlin Radio Symphony, and has performed in "guest" principal positions with the Berlin Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, and many other orchestras. He has performed in Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America, and has been featured soloist on international tours with the Amati Ensemble, the Berlin Radio Orchestra, and Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project. He has played with over a hundred orchestras across the United States, at major music festivals throughout the world, and has made ten solo recordings. He is editor of "The Complete Hornist" series for Southern Music Company, and has given master classes and clinics at hundreds of universities and colleges around the world.
Melvyn Jernigan, Trombone -- Executive Director, Primo Concerts
For many years Mel was Bass Trombonist with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, having joined the orchestra right after graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music. He is the founding member of the Saint Louis Brass Quintet and is also a founding member of Summit Brass. In addition to his performing duties, Mel manages Primo Concerts, which handles bookings for the Saint Louis Brass Quintet, Summit Brass and The RiverCity Ramblers, a Dixieland jazz group. He is a recording and television producer as well as an arts manager, and has served on various committees and/or boards of the Missouri Arts Council, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, ACUCAA, Young Audiences St. Louis, Summit Brass and Summit Recordings.
Daniel Perantoni, Tuba -- Professor of Music, Indiana University
Dan, or "Mr. P" as he is called by his students, is a renowned tuba soloist, clinician, chamber musician, instrument designer and master teacher. He has been a featured artist at Carnegie Hall, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., the Adelaide Festival in Australia, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, the Montreux Brass Congress in Switzerland, and as soloist throughout Japan. He is a founding member of Summit Brass, a member of Symphonia, the Matteson - Phillips Tubajazz Consort, and has released numerous solo and chamber music CDs. Along with Robert Tucci, he designed the "Perantucci" line of low brass instruments and mouthpieces that has become the equipment choice for thousands of low brass players worldwide. He also serves as the vice-president of educational matters and consultant/clinician for Custom Music Company.
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