Cornet

Tracey Allison | Cornet

IMG_6931Tracey 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

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Rita Ferrere | Cornet

rita - croppedRita 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 giorgetti croppedAlex 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

IMG_6901Joel S. Greenberger has played the trumpet for 40-plus years and joined the Allegheny Brass Band in 1998. He studied with Anthony L. Pasquarelli at Carnegie Mellon University and during his high school years in Pittsburgh, he participated in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Pittsburgh All-City Orchestras, Carnegie Tech Honors Band, Mid-East Regional Orchestra, and various other ensemble and chamber groups. Joel has earned a CMU Award and the Fenwal Brass Award.He attended Columbia University for pre-medical education and was a music major, then participating in the Columbia University Concert Band, Columbia University Orchestra, and other chamber orchestras. Joel attended Harvard Medical School and participated in the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and Harvard University Summer Orchestras. While on the faculty at Harvard University Medical School, University of Massachusetts, and during his 29 years outside of Pittsburgh, he participated in various brass quintets and civic orchestras, such as the Lincoln-Sudbury (MA) Civic Orchestra.After returning to Pittsburgh in 1993, resumed his lessons with Anthony Pasquarelli at Carnegie Mellon. Joel Greenberger has soloed with the River City Brass Band (where he serves as a regular substitute cornet player), and the CMU Youth Brass Band. He is the 2003 winner of the Pro Am division of the ITG National Trumpet Competition. Since 2000 he has studied Baroque Trumpet with John Thiessen, privately and at the International Baroque Institute of the Longy School of Music and the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College. He specializes in (and is on-call for performance of) the 2nd Brandenburg Concerto, on modern piccolo or baroque F trumpet.Joel is actively involved with music with his wife Cathy, who plays piano and violin, and their four children: Rachel (flute and a cappella singing), Emily (clarinet), Joshua (violin) and Benjamin (trumpet), as well as in musical organizations around Pittsburgh.

Paul Halliwell | Cornet

paulPaul Halliwell joined the band in 2007. Paul studied the French horn while in school and actually considered making music his career. Instead he chose a career in applied mathematics, eventually becoming an actuary. In 1986 Halliwell returned to music in order to “play duets” with his son, Andrew. It was at that time he began taking trumpet lessons from nationally known Anthony Pasquarelli.Halliwell also performs with the Community Band South (CBS), a 70 piece concert band under the direction of James Bennett and Dean Streator. He has been with this group since its inception more than 20 years ago. He currently plays a gold plated Severinsen-Akright cornet and a Scodwell trumpet.In 1973 Halliwell founded the Halliwell Consulting Group, a company that employed more that 50 people and provided actuarial consulting services to private, governmental, and labor benefit plans. Today his consulting is concentrated almost exclusively in the area of litigation support on matters involving economic damages. He is also an affiliated consultant with Cowden & Associates, a regional benefit consulting firm located in Pittsburgh. He also has remained active in the community and continues to serve on the board of St. Clair Memorial Hospital. He was also a long term director of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and for several years was a director of River City Brass.Halliwell was raised in the Pittsburgh area and graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School (1957) and from Ohio University (1961). He currently lives in Upper St. Clair with his wife, Susan. Paul and Susan have four children (Megan, Andrew, Lucas, and Jessica) as well as five grandchildren.

Mike Lockman | Cornet

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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, Associate Conductor

sean oneilSean 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

IMG_6916Calvin Weber began trumpet study at the age of 10. He joined the Allegheny Brass Band in 2002 after performing many years in the Johnstown and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestras. In addition, was a member of the IUP Faculty Brass Quintet and the Ithaca Brass Quintet.Instruments played in ABB include Bach Stradivarius cornet and Yamaha model 6330 cornet.He was born and grew up in Philadelphia and earned Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate at the University of Illinois.His trumpet/cornet teachers included Haskell Sexton at the University of Illinois, Samuel Krauss, principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Donald Reinhardt, brass instrument pedagogue.Dr. Weber is now retired from a profession of 46 years as a music educator and university professor including 16 years as a school band director in suburban Philadelphia and 30 years as a university professor, 4 years at Ithaca College School of Music and 26 years at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition to teaching trumpet and graduate courses in music education, also served for 13 years as Chairman of the Department of Music. Current Professor of Music Emeritus.

Ryan Wolf  | Cornet, Assistant Conductor

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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

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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.