Founded in 1982, SOLID BRASS, a ten piece ensemble,
is already recognized by audiences and critics alike as one of the premier brass
groups in the country. The members of the ensemble are some of the New York area's
finest musicians who have performed at Lincoln Center with the Metropolitan Opera,
New York City Opera, and New York City Ballet, numerous Broadway Shows as well
as a host of appearances as orchestral and chamber musicians in the metropolitan
area. SOLID BRASS has recorded on the Musical Heritage Society label, Dorian Recordings,
Joseph Grado Signature Recordings, and Craig Dory Recordings; and has appeared
on PBS TV's 'The State of the Arts'. Musical arrangements are being published
in the SOLID BRASS SERIES of Trigram Music Inc., Century City, California. SOLID
BRASS has been a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
as well as the NJ State Council on the Arts. SOLID BRASS has performed across
the country to sold out audiences and has toured twice to Canada and to Mexico.
SOLID BRASS concerts have also been broadcast live on WQXR, New York City and
WQED, Pittsburgh. In addition to concertizing, SOLID BRASS has given numerous
workshops and clinics to college and high school audiences, as well as performing
educational concerts for over 150,000 students under the auspices of Project Impact.
the Critics Say
- Proved itself not only virtuosic but
also imaginative... their coordination was unfailingly precise.
New York Times
- (Solid) Brass players shine at Troy... Here
were ten players both adroit and expressive, and the program certainly didn't
lack for variety.
- - Times Union, Albany (NY)
are like a breath of fresh air...and the audience ate it up. For lovers of brass
sound, SOLID BRASS could be the team to root for. They cover themselves with honor...
Their sound was marked by smoothness, good taste, just measure and rhythmic incisiveness,
making them a force to be reckoned with.
- - Newark Star-Ledger
- The brass was Solid Brass and their (musical) selections were
- - The Hamilton (Ontario) Spectator
DOUGLAS HAISLIP (trumpet), co-founder of SOLID
BRASS, has performed with the major International Ballet Companies at Lincoln
Center, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Little Orchestra Society, New
York Pops, and Colonial Symphony orchestras, and freelances in the New York Metropolitan
(trumpet) is a recent recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts in trumpet performance
from the Manhattan School of Music. A widely performed composer, he has received
grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NJ State Council on the
(trumpet) is presently Co-Principal Trumpet with the Colonial Symphony and Principal
Trumpet with the New Philharmonic of NJ. He has performed with the NJ Pops and
Cathedral Symphony Orchestras. Besides being a freelance performer, he is an original
member of SOLID BRASS.
(trumpet) is on the faculty of Hunter College in New York and has previously taught
at the University of Massachusetts. A well rounded musician , Jeff is frequently
heard on various shows on Broadway, and his background in jazz has recently added
a new dimension to Solid Brass performances.
HOYT (trumpet) is on the faculty of Juilliard
Prep in New York. A recent father as well as a recepient of a Doctorate in Music,
Tom is a superb musician.
(horn) , is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music. She is currently playing
first horn on the Broadway musical, Titanic. She has performed with the New York
Philharmonic, NJ Symphony and other orchestras in the metroplitan area. Theresa
has recorded for commercials, CDs and movies.
CRIMMINS (horn) , a Masters graduate of the Manhattan
School of Music, is currently subbing on the Broadway and with the New York City
Ballet. In addition to freelancing, JoBeth has appeared as principal horn with
the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and on a European tour of West Side Story.
LANTZ (horn) studied at the Juilliard School
of Music. Originally from Florida, Janet frequently appears in Broadway shows,
the Colonial Symphony and numerous freelance orchestras in the metropolitan area.
CARL DELLA PERUTI
(trombone) co-founder of SOLID BRASS, is also a composer. He has received numerous
commissions and won a NJ State Arts Council Fellowship in composition. He has
performed as the principal trombonist at the Monadnock, Tidewater, and Strawberry
Creek (California) Music Festivals, and has been the instructor of trombone at
(trombone) is a graduate of theNew England Conservatory of Music. Bruce was principal
trombone of the Gershwin revival on Broadway, "Crazy for You", and has
recently become principal trombone of the Broadway hit "Big". Bruce
is an expert in both classical and jazz idioms.
MUHLER (trombone) is a graduate of the Manhattan
School of Music. Hans worked as a brass instrument designer for Yamaha Corporation
and has developed his own instrument design and repair business. He frequently
appears with many freelance orchestras throughout the metropolitan area.
HAYWARD (trombone,bass trombone and tuba) has
performed with the Group for Contemporary Music, the New Music Consort, and the
New York Cornett and Sacbut Ensemble. He is also a member of the Slide Chamber
Players and is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music. Don frequently plays on
(bass trombone) is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and the Manhattan
School of Music. He performs with the Metropolitan Opera, NY City Ballet, and
the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic Orchestras.
TURNER (tuba) has performed with the NY City
Ballet, San Antonio Symphony, Lake George Opera Festival, and the South West German
Philharmonic orchestras. He has toured nationally as a brass chamber music performer.
(tuba) began his musical studies at age 13 in Tacoma, Washington. A graduate of
Oberlin College and the Juiliard School, he is currently an active freelance musician
performing with such ensembles as the New York Philharmonic among others.
OSTRANDER (percussion) is a graduate of the Indiana
University School of Music and performed in the Broadway musical and TV production
of 'Sunday in the Park with George'. She has performed in festivals in Germany,
Italy, Greece and Yugoslavia.
(percussion) performs on Broadway in 'Grease' and many freelance engagements including
jazz, shows , and orchestra performances. A versatile musician, Tom is frequently
heard throughout the metropolitan area.
Their Web Site
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