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Table of Contents   C Street Brass Biography 1 Testimonials 2

Résumé 3 Sample Programs 4-7 Individual Biographies              8-10

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C Street Brass C Street Brass began as a small project between five friends who are

coincidentally the most handsome men ever to grace the earth. Equally as comfortable in the sound world of baroque music as they are playing electronic dance music, C Street Brass connects lovers of the arts from all walks of life around a unique and innovative concert experience.

Ensemble in residence at Carnegie Mellon University since 2012, C Street Brass is proud to now call Pittsburgh home. In addition to their contributions to Pittsburgh’s thriving music scene, C Street has been featured on a variety of series around the country including the Corpus Christi Chamber Music Series (Corpus Christi, TX), Community Concerts Second Series (Baltimore, MD) and the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO. The members of C Street are also regular performers at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD, have preformed extensively through the Baltimore/DC Metro area, and have been featured multiple times on WBJC: The Classical Voice of Baltimore. Internationally, C Street Brass has toured in Tbilisi, Georgia as resident ensemble of the 2012 Traveling Notes Music Festival and in Doha, Qatar in 2013 as ambassadors for Carnegie Mellon University.

C Street Brass is passionately committed to educating and inspiring the next generation of musicians. In addition to their educational work in Pittsburgh, the group has recently held educational residencies in: Orcas Island, WA, at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. In Spring 2014 C Street Brass was awarded a Visiting Scholars Grant by the University of South Carolina. By way of the grant, C Street Brass will spend one week each semester of the 2014-2015 school year in Columbia, South Carolina. C Street will perform a variety of concerts, teach master classes, give seminars, and share their music with the community by way of public outdoor performances and work with the community bands.

C Street Brass collaborates with musicians and artists of all disciplines. In 2010 the group premiered David Conte’s “Two Pieces for Brass Quintet and Organ” with renowned organist and scholar Donald Sutherland. Their most recent project, Beauty Slap presents a new innovative concert experience combining electronic dance music with brass band, saxophone and guitar. Beauty Slap has toured extensively throughout the east coast and can regularly be seen in dance clubs in the Pittsburgh area.

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C Street Brass: Testimonials   “…a fantastic and imaginative approach to the brass quintet music. I would highly encourage everyone to check them out.” - Chris Botti: trumpet soloist “C Street is the new sound, look, and feel of the modern brass quintet. Highly virtuosic playing in a wide variety of styles rolled into an accessible, warm hearted candor which makes for a delightful concert experience. " - George Vosburgh: Principal Trumpet, Pittsburgh Symphony “…a highly creative, disciplined and entertaining group of fantastic young artists, each a high-level talent on their own instrument. Their wonderful group chemistry and their energetic and engaging personalities make them an obvious audience favorite. Watch out for this group!” - Joe Burgstaller: Trumpet Soloist, Formerly Canadian Brass “What a fantastic group…their performance of my piece was simply great—displaying both their amazing technique, and a singing tone, resulting in an interpretation of my piece that was just so musical and exciting. -Eric Ewazen: composer, Juilliard faculty “This group radiates the joy of music-making and they capture the attention of audiences of all ages…we are looking forward to a future time to bring them back to Corpus Christi.” - Joan Allison: Program Director, Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society, Inc. “C Street commanded every moment with a theatricality that both entertained and moved. Without question C Street Brass has a bright future ahead of them, and will surely continue to delight and dazzle any audience lucky enough to experience their unique brand of music-making.” - Dr. Albert Glinsky: Director, Roche Visiting Artists Series, Mercyhurst University …the brass quintet demonstrated impressive command, sense of phrasing and flexibility across genres …The concert was a welcome opportunity to see innovative musicians testing out ways to illustrate their art and to share it with the audience -Elizabeth Bloom, Pittsburgh Post Gazette The group dazzles listeners with stellar chops…the band is incredibly tight, its cohesiveness serving as an integral boost to its relentless diversity. -Jude Fox, Free Times Columbia, South Carolina

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C Street Brass cstreetbrass.com Pittsburgh, PA

Contact: Gabriel Colby 860-748-6547 – [email protected]

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Notable Performances and Residencies: • Ensemble in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University, ‘12-’15 • Visiting Scholars at University of South Carolina School of Music ’14-‘15 • Ensemble in Residence, Strings Music Festival (Steamboat Springs, CO), ’13-

‘14 • Musicians in Residence, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (WA),

October ‘13 • Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society, November ‘13 • Inauguration of Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh, ‘13 • Community Concerts at Second, Baltimore, MD ‘12 • Chamber Music America National Showcase ‘12 • Featured soloists with the Peabody Wind Ensemble, ‘12 • Resident Brass Quintet for WBJC Classical Radio (Baltimore), ‘11-‘12 • Resident Brass Quintet at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church (Bethesda,

MD), ‘10-’12 • Concert Series at the Church of the Little Flower (Bethesda, MD), ‘10-’11 • Candle Light Series at Johns Hopkins Museum, ‘10 • “Music at Noon Series” Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD, ‘10-’11 • Conservatory Spotlight Series at the Kennedy Center, ‘10


• Recipients of “Visiting Scholars Grant” to University of South Carolina for a two-week-long residency over the course of the ’14-15 school year

• Teaching Artists for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra ’12-present • Mercyhurst University Residency, October ‘13 • Resident Ensemble for Traveling Notes Music Festival (Tbilisi, Georgia), ‘12 • Mini Residency at Millburn High School ‘12


• Chamber Music Competition Winner, Savvy Musician in Action (Columbia, SC), ‘13

• Silberman Chamber Music Competition, Carnegie Mellon University ‘13 • Astral Artists Competition Finals ‘13 • Grace Clagett Award for Chamber Music, Peabody Conservatory ‘11

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Music of the Americas High Society Cole Porter (1891-1964) arr. Luther Henderson Selections from Porgy & Bess George Gershwin (1898-1937)

–Summertime arr. Luther Henderson –It Ain’t Necessarily So –Bess, You Is My Woman Now

Por una Cabeza Carlos Gardel (1890-1935) arr. Kyle Anderson Suite Americana No. 1 Enrique Crespo (b. 1941) III. Vals Peruano Rounds and Dances Jan Bach (b. 1937) V. Galop Lullaby Billy Joel (b. 1949)

arr. Eric Damashek American Riffs Rich Campbell (b. 1957)

I. Variations on a Groove

—Intermission— Suite Americana No. 1 Enrique Crespo (1941- )

I. Ragtime II. Bossa Nova

In a Sentimental Mood Duke Ellington (1899-1974) arr. Jack Gale Selections from West Side Story Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) –Something’s Coming arr. Jack Gale –Tonight

–I Feel Pretty Tango Suite (Oblivion & Libertango) Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) arr. Joe Burgstaller

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The Standard

Air for Two Trumpets J. S. Bach (1685-1750) arr. Joe Burgstaller Contrapunctus IX J.S. Bach arr. Ralph Sauer Rounds and Dances Jan Bach (b. 1937) V. Galop Suite Americana No. 1 Enrique Crespo (1941- ) III. Vals Peruano IV. Zamba Gaucha Sonatine Eugene Bozza (1905-1991) I. Allegro II. Andante ma non troppo III. Scherzo IV. Finale–Tarantella


American Riffs Rich Campbell (b. 1957)

I. Variations on a Groove Suite Americana No. 1 Enrique Crespo (1941- ) I. Ragtime II. Bossa Nova Brass Quintet No. 1 Victor Ewald (1860-1935) I. Moderato – Più mosso II. Adagio non troppo lento III. Allegro moderato Suite Americana No. 1 Enrique Crespo (1941- ) V. Son de Mexico    

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Dances and Daydreams  

Libertango Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) Arr. Joe Burgstaller Por Una Cabeza Carlos Gardel (1890-1935) arr. Kyle Anderson Oblivion Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) arr. Joe Burgstaller Suite Americana No. 1 Enrique Crespo (1941- ) III. Vals Peruano Reverie Claude Debussy (1862-1918) arr. Eric Damashek Contrapunctus IX J.S. Bach (1685-1750) arr. Ralph Sauer Selections from Porgy & Bess George Gershwin (1898-1937)

–Summertime arr. Luther Henderson –It Ain’t Necessarily So –Bess, You Is My Woman Now

Amazing Grace Traditional, arr. Luther Henderson


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Rounds and Dances Jan Bach (1937-

V. Galop Suite Americana No. 1 Enrique Crespo (1941 I. Ragtime IV. Zamba Gaucha Lullabye Billy Joel (b. 1949) arr. Eric Damashek Because Lennon-McCartney arr. Kyle Anderson

American Riffs Rich Campbell (b. 1957)

I. Variations on a Groove Fly Me to the Moon Bart Howard (1915-2004) arr. Jack Gale

In a Sentimental Mood Duke Ellington (1899-1974) arr. Jack Gale High Society Cole Porter (1891-1964) arr. Luther Henderson

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Members Biographies:  Kyle Anderson - Trumpet

Currently Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, trumpet player Kyle Anderson is an active performer, music educator, and brass arranger. Kyle received his first trumpet at age and has been in love ever since. A versatile artist, Kyle can be heard playing with orchestras, jazz ensembles, and chamber music groups of all variety.

At the age of 17, Kyle began lessons with preeminent trumpet virtuoso David Hickman in Tempe, Arizona. He then furthered his studies at the prestigious Peabody Institute under the tutelage of International trumpet soloist Josef Burgstaller. Kyle currently studies with George Vosburgh and Neal Berntsen of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  

Scott Nadelson - Trumpet

Scott Nadelson's unique artistic versatility enables him to showcase his talent through classical, jazz, commercial, and chamber music. Originally from New Jersey, Scott began his trumpet studies at the age of 12, studying with John Bunnell and Chris Jaudes, and was one of two trumpet performers to win the prestigious New Jersey State Governors School award.

Scott is an alumnus of the Peabody Conservatory, studying with international soloist Joe Burgstaller and former Baltimore Symphony trumpet, Edward Hoffman. While at Peabody, Scott performed with numerous ensembles and held the Principal Trumpet position with the Peabody Concert Orchestra under the direction of Teri Murai, and Lead Trumpet with the Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Michael Formanek. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in 2011, Scott spent time as lead trumpet with the Wagon Wheel Theatre.

Scott is an avid chamber musician and is the founder of C Street Brass. He currently enjoys teaching a private studio based in Pittsburgh, as well as his educational work as a teaching artist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Now Scott is furthering his mission for world trumpet domination at Carnegie Mellon University, pursuing a Masters Degree under the tutelage of George Vosburgh and Neal Berntsen of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

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Gabriel Colby - Trombone

Gabriel Colby is a freelancing trombonist and avid chamber musician. Gabriel holds the position principal trombone with the Nascar Awards Orchestra in Las Vegas, a position he has held from 2010-2012. In the summer of 2010 Gabriel performed as the trombonist with the ESPY Awards orchestra at the NOKIA Theatre on live television in Los Angeles. Gabriel is also the trombonist on all of the ESPN College Football music for 2010-2011. In addition to commercial and orchestral playing, Gabriel also has a great passion for chamber music and is a founding member of C Street Brass.

Aside from his playing career Gabriel is an active trombone teacher. He has held positions with the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory and at the Boys' Latin School. Currently he maintains a small studio based in Pittsburgh, and also enjoys teaching online. Gabriel received his Bachelors Degree in Trombone Performance at the Peabody Conservatory and now continues his musical studies at Carnegie Mellon University pursuing a Masters Degree in Trombone Performance under the tutelage of Peter Sullivan (Principal Trombone, Pittsburgh Symphony). Eric Damashek - French Horn

A unique and versatile musician, Eric “Rex” Damashek is becoming well known for his warm, smooth, fuzzy sound in all registers of the horn. A music lover from a very young age, early influences came from Baltimore Symphony concerts, his parents’ eclectic record collection, and his two siblings who play multiple instruments. Growing up in Maryland farm country, Eric spent childhood playing baseball, swimming in a nearby lake, and running around getting into trouble with his twin brother and their friends. After a long obsession with opera and orchestral music, Eric now avidly listens to every kind of music as well as his usual classical and jazz. He is a passionate advocate for the French horn in all genres of music and tirelessly pushes his boundaries past the typical classical horn.

Eric plays a wide variety of other instruments including piano, harmonica, guitar & bass, and all kinds of drums. He also arranges a wide variety of music for brass instruments and writes electronic music of all kinds. After living in Baltimore, Cincinnati and Arizona, Eric lives in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Regent Square with his girlfriend and their two cats, Zoey Face and Little Man. His many interests outside of music include spicy food, growing orchids and tomatoes, learning about things, wearing sweaters and bow ties, and keeping the cats happy.

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Hakeem Bilal - Bass Trombone

Hakeem Bilal proudly hails from Washington, D.C. and joined C Street Brass in early 2013. From the nation’s capital, to Baltimore, New York, Dallas/Fort Worth, and now to Pittsburgh with C Street Brass, Hakeem’s bass trombone has led him on an incredible journey!

A highly sought-after freelance musician, Hakeem has established himself in Pittsburgh and throughout the East as a chamber, orchestral, and brass band musician, as well as a clinician, music coach, and teaching artist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. In addition to the band, Hakeem is the Bass Trombonist of the River City Brass and has collaborated with many commercial artists throughout the US. Hakeem feels very fortunate to have taken his trombone to many diverse venues across the globe.

Outside of making music, Hakeem loves to build things. Whether it is constructing an innovative cocktail from the bar, or building a computer from scratch, if its hands on, chances are he is in it to win it. Some things you may not know about Hakeem: Other than being a creative mixologist, aspiring chef, and former teen heartthrob, he has been known to randomly break into dance and thrives on being the catalyst of any party (and he says there is always a party somewhere). Hakeem enjoys sour fruits, whiskey, and BBQ beef ribs (not necessarily in that order). Come join the party!