Bios

Gregory Freeman - trombone

   Gregory Freeman received his B.M. in Education from George Mason University and his M.M. in Trombone Performance from Northwestern University. Gregory has studied with Michael Mulcahy, Charles Vernon, Dr. Paul Schultz, Gail Williams, and Scott Shelsta.  Gregory has performed with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, the Fairfax Symphony, Dominion Brass, Sherwood Symphony Orchestra, Washington Symphony Orchestra, Capital Wind Symphony, and the Washington Revels Brass Quintet. Gregory was a semi-finalist in the 1997 Eastern Trombone Workshop Classical Solo Competition and he was also the winner of the 2001 GMU Concerto Competition. Currently Gregory Freeman operates a large low brass studio in Fairfax County, VA where he also directs the Robinson Secondary School Trombone Choir.

Michael Lowe - trumpet

   Michael Lowe received his B.M. in Trumpet Performance from Northwestern University and his principal studies were with William Scarlett, Vincent Cichowicz, Luther Didrickson, and Dr. Joyce Davis. Michael has performed with the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, London Brass, Pyramid Brass, Elmhurst Symphony, and National Orchestral Institute Orchestra. In 1995 Michael was the Florida International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition Winner. Michael Lowe teaches privately in Montgomery County, MD and Fairfax County, VA.

 

 

 

Heidi Brown - horn

   Heidi Brown received her B.M. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a M.M. from the University of Maryland, in Horn Performance; studies with Douglas Hill and Gregory Miller. Heidi has participated in various summer music festivals including Aspen Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Madeline Island Festival and is an active freelance musician in the Washington D.C. metro area. In addition, Heidi performs regularly with the Great Noise Ensemble, Annapolis Chamber Players and has performed with the New World Symphony and Alexandria Symphony Orchestras and is on the teaching faculty of the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD.

John Banther - tuba

   John Banther received his B.M. from the New England Conservatory and his M.M. at the Amsterdam Conservatory, studying with Mike Roylance and Perry Hoogendijk. John has performed as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician throughout the United states, Europe, South America, and Asia. John has performed with the Boston Pops Brass, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Dutch National Opera and Ballet, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Disney World Orchestra, and the Ebony Band among many others. John is a former member of the Amsterdam Brass Quintet and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet. As an educator, John was previously Adjunct Professor of Tuba at the Washington Adventist University and has presented masterclasses at the George Mason University, the University of South Florida, Jackson State University, Gardner Webb University, Emory and Henry College, Indiana State University South Bend, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Penn State Erie, and Projecto Guri. John is currently Production Manager and On Air host for Classical WETA.

Patrick Whitehead - trumpet

   Patrick Whitehead attended the University of Maryland and his principal teachers were Emerson Head, Rob Roy McGregor, and Langston Fitzgerald. Patrick Whitehead is a founding member of the Monumental Brass Quintet (1976). He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and with Concert Artists of Baltimore, Gettysburg Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, and Baltimore Opera. He has recorded for ABC television and VOA. Patrick has taught at Mt. Vernon College and the Community College of Baltimore. Currently Patrick Whitehead is an instructor of trumpet and chamber music at the Baltimore School for the Arts and he has a large private trumpet studio in Howard County, MD. Patrick is also an improvisation instructor and group leader for Music For People. Patrick Whitehead is a frequent adjudicator of County and State Solo Festivals.

 
 
 
 
 

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