Performance by Scranton Brass Orchestra Planned for January

Dec 20, 2013

            The Scranton Brass Orchestra will perform Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Houlihan-McLean Center at The University of Scranton. Admission is free, and the performance is open to the public.

The Scranton Brass Orchestra is a fully professional 27-member ensemble, founded in 2011 by co-directors/conductors Cheryl Y. Boga and Mark Gould. Comprised of brass and percussion players and teachers from the region, the ensemble is sponsored and presented by The University of Scranton, under the direction of Boga and Gould.

The January performance will feature guest soloist Andrew Garcia, principal trumpet of the band at West Point. Staff Sgt. Garcia joined the West Point Band as principal trumpet in December 2010. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in trumpet performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Thomas Smith and Mark Gould. He has traveled extensively throughout the world, playing in over a dozen countries, in many differing capacities, including serving as principal trumpet of the Nice Festival Orchestra in France, and as a featured soloist in the Royal Albert Hall in London. He has also played with various ensembles in the New York area including the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the New York Staff Band of the Salvation Army, and the New York Philharmonic.

In addition to performing, Staff Sgt. Garcia has taught around the globe in such countries as Bolivia, Chile, India, Oman, and many others. In 2005, he founded the Manhattan Citadel Music School in Harlem, which provides a free, comprehensive musical education to twenty-five children from the community. The music school and its’ students have received numerous awards for musical excellence, have been featured in the New York Times. Students have gone on to matriculate into several performing arts schools for further musical study.

Boga is director of Performance Music at The University of Scranton, a position she has held for more than 30 years. She frequently guest conducts professional and student groups throughout the northeast, and has prepared and/or conducted the premieres of nearly 100 new works. Gould was principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1974 to 2003; has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1982; chairs the brass department at the Manhattan School of Music since 2004; and directs The New York Trumpet Ensemble. He is widely regarded to be the most renowned and influential trumpet player and teacher of his generation. Boga and Gould are regular collaborators in a variety of musical ventures and venues, both performance and education oriented.

            Scranton Brass Orchestra members and instruments played are as follows: Piccolo Trumpet: Joseph Boga and Jonathan Heim; Eb Trumpet/Cornet: Joseph Boga and Jonathan Heim; Bb Trumpet/Cornet: Carl Achhammer, Matthew Blom, Joseph Boga, John Carey, Joe Devizia, Heim, Jeff Leas, Jesse Morvan, Chris Newman, Jonathan Searfoss, Matt Wren, Mike Yevich, and Gould; Flugelhorn: Leas; Horn: Earl Cottrell, William Kenny, Meghan Wilski-Schneider, and Tatiana Stola; Trombone: Brian McDomie, Ilan Raschkovsky; Baritone/Euphonium: Ryan Berry, Wayne Smith, and Chris Wilski; Tuba: Steve Lakawicz and Ryan Lamoreux; Percussion: Janelle Decker, Mark Grasso and Cheryl Y. Boga.

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