Tracey Allison | Cornet
Tracey is from New Cumberland, WV and is an Administrative Assistant/Treasurer for 2 area Presbyterian churches. She began playing trumpet in 4th grade with the help of her older brother. She attended Beaver Local High School in Lisbon, Ohio where she had several excellent band directors and participated in as many available ensembles as possible and performed in churches and in the community. She studied privately from fifth grade to 10th grade with three of her band directors who were also trumpet players. She continued playing through her first year of college in the Wind Ensemble at the University of Akron. After a 20 year hiatus, she saw an ad in a local newspaper for a nearby community band and started playing again in 2006. She gradually started adding more and more ensembles and currently plays, in addition to Allegheny Brass Band, in the Tri-State Community Concert Band, Gem City Brass Ensemble, and the Ohio Valley Brass Ensemble in the Steubenville, Ohio area, in the Canfield Community Band in Canfield, Ohio and was a former member of the Wheeling Jesuit Community Band and the East Liverpool area Alumni Band. She also is a member of the Spotlight Band which performs at Capitol Music Hall in Wheeling, WV for their semiannual Do-Wop shows. She has attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Concert Band Camp for Adult Musicians and the Wheeling Jesuit Brass Band Camp directed by James Gourlay and regularly attends the Three Rivers Community Band Festival, which is where she connected with a few Allegheny Brass Band members. She also has played in pit bands for area high school musicals, as well as for Weirton Community Players productions. She is a member of the Association of Concert Bands, the International Women’s Brass Conference, and NABBA (North American Brass Band Association). She hopes to someday attend more camps for adult musicians and to attend more conferences and festivals related to concert bands, brass bands, and trumpet players. Her biggest regret is that she waited so long to start playing her instrument again and that she didn’t pursue music as a career path, choosing instead to obtain a degree in Business. Playing with Allegheny Brass Band has been both challenging and enriching and has improved her playing greatly. It is by far the most rewarding ensemble she has played with so far and she is looking forward to continuing to grow as a musician as a member of the band.
Charlie Balaan | Cornet
Brian Croach | Cornet
Rita Ferrere | Cornet
Rita joined the band in the Fall of 2015 and has been playing trumpet since the 5th grade. She has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Clarion University, and a master’s degree in music from Youngstown State University. She previously taught instrumental music, grades 4-12, and was a band director for 20 years. In addition to the ABB, Rita also performs with the Concert Band of Northwest Pennsylvania, the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mercer Community Band, and the Venango Chamber Orchestra. Rita lives in Forestville (in northern Butler county) and works for the Southwestern PA Human Services in Butler, PA.
Alex Giorgetti | Cornet
Alex began to play trumpet in 4thgrade and joined the band as a cornetist in 2014. He is currently a senior at North Allegheny Senior High School and plays in the Honors Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble 1, and played lead trumpet for the 2015 PMEA District 1 Jazz Ensemble, which comprises nine counties in Western Pennsylvania. He also plays guitar and mandolin, and fronts the Giorgetti Brothers Band in his free time. He plans to study political science in college and hopes to continue to play trumpet regardless of where he attends school.
Alex plays an antique Higham Cornet from Manchester, England, that was manufactured in the 1890s for the armed forces of the British Empire.
Joel Greenberger | Cornet
Paul Halliwell | Cornet
Mike Lockman | Cornet
Mike Lockman has been a member of the Allegheny Brass Band for a little more than two years. He started off playing cornet. When there was a need for someone to fill the Eb Soprano Cornet chair Mike stepped up to meet the challenge. He is a life long musician. He started trumpet when his dad purchased him a used trumpet for $50.00 when he was 10 years old. Mike is a graduate of the The Mary Pappert School of music at Duquesne University. He holds a BS M Ed and MM.Ed. Mike has studied trumpet with Charles Hois, Edwin Shiner, and most recently Chad Winkler of the PSO. Mike recently retired from the Canon McMillan school district after directing numerous bands within the district for 35 years. Mike has performed with a variety of ensembles in the Pittsburgh area. Presently he is a member of the Pittsburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the West Hills Symphonic Band in addition to the Alleghenie brass band. Previous performing venues include the Pittsburg Symphony (side by side) Pittsburgh Metro Italian Band, numerous big bands,and solo appearances with the Washington And Jefferson Wind Ensemble. A stint with the rock band Brass Impact was most gratifying. There he could play as loud and high as possible and the audience loved it. A trumpet players dream. Mike also accepts free lance playing engagements as they come up. Two of his children are musicians in their own right. Ashley a flutist and Brittany an Oboeist.
Sean O’Neill | Cornet
Sean O’Neill started his musical career when he picked up his uncle’s trumpet entering into 4th Grade. Since then, he has practically never put it down. Sean graduated from Hampton High School (Allison Park, PA) and went on to pursue his Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Miami University (Oxford, OH), studying trumpet under Jim Olcott and conducting from Dr. Ethan Sperry, Dr. Jeremy Jones, and Dr. Ricardo Averbach. While at Miami, he was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band, Trumpet Ensemble, Men’s Glee Club, Collegiate Chorale, and Global Rhythms World Music Ensemble. Sean graduated summa cum laude (top 2%) from the School of Fine Arts and decorated with the President’s Distinguished Service Award and Senior Service Leadership Award. Upon graduation, he stayed in the greater Cincinnati area, beginning his career in public school education as a band director (Grades 6-12) and later went into corporate training for a large private company. Now Sean has returned home to Pittsburgh where he works as the Director for Business Development for his family’s growing business, and in his spare time, plays in groups such as the ABB and other local gigs.
Calvin Weber | Cornet
Ryan Wolf | Cornet
Ryan Wolf joined the Allegheny Brass Band in 2013 as a flugelhorn player, but currently sits in the cornet section. He is pursuing his Music Education degree at West Liberty University (WV) where he studies with Dr. Matthew Inkster. Ryan has been the winner of WLU’s Honors Recital Competition and the Concerto Competition. Outside of school, Ryan stays busy as an active music educator. His private studio in the South Hills has nearly thirty students. In 2012, Ryan began the Brass Camp, a summer brass program designed for students grades 5-12 that in the summer of 2016 attracted over seventy students from the Pittsburgh area. He has also taught in the Sto-Rox, West Jefferson Hills, West Mifflin, and Montour school districts, among others, and is an on-call substitute at Sewickley Academy.. As a performer, he has played professionally in over twenty high school and community theatre Broadway musicals. Ryan’s cornet, much like his B-flat and C trumpets, is a Vincent Bach Stradivarius.
Tim Yee | Cornet
Timothy Yee joined the ABB in 1987. In the last 40 or so years since he first started studying the trumpet, Timothy has been awarded the Salvation Army Erik Leidzen Memorial Scholarship and studied trumpet with Anthony L. Pasquarelli at Carnegie Mellon University for many years. He has performed with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, the Edgewood Symphony, the North Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Savoyards, and in the pit orchestra for high school musicals. Tim is a volunteer player, summer camp music instructor and former Bandmaster of the Salvation Army. He is employed at PNC as a Line of Business Risk Specialist and lives in Ross Township with his wife, Joy. Tim and Joy have two children – David and Sharon. He plays a Getzen Eterna 800 cornet.