Eryn Carranza-Wood

CarranzaWood Tuba - brightenedEryn Carranza-Wood is the band director at South Fayette High School and South Fayette Intermediate School.  She is also a member of the West Hills Symphonic Band.  Eryn obtained her degree in music education from Bowling Green State University and was fortunate to study with Velvet Brown throughout her undergraduate studies.  Eryn lives in South Fayette with her husband, Bill and her daughter, Alycia.







Al Duerig | Tuba

DuerigAl Duerig was one of the organizers of ABB in 1984 and has played in virtually every concert and competition the group has participated in since then. He began playing tuba at the age of 12. He’d vaguely considered the saxophone, but the band director either misunderstood or maybe needed more low brass, so he brought out a sousaphone. He played this in high school band and orchestra, and later in the University of Pennsylvania band, and also later took up the trombone and played in a couple of amateur dance bands. After college, he put the horn away and devoted himself to raising a family (five sons, now all married and on their own). That done, he decided to get back into music, strictly on an amateur basis.Over the last twenty years, he played in a number of community groups, and was active in the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. He retired from his position as General Engineering Manager with Bell Telephone in 1985. When not playing the trombone or tuba he enjoys tennis, skiing, sailing, and traveling the world with his wife and sometimes one or more of his sons.

 Cam Huffmyer

IMG_6943Cameron Huffmyer picked up the tuba in 2006, after starting on the trumpet in fourth grade. Since then, he has learned to play most of the brass instruments, mainly focusing on trombone, euphonium, and tuba. He graduated from North Hills High School in 2013, and attended Slippery Rock University before taking some time off to be with family. Additionally, he has played in many local organizations, such as the River City Youth Brass Band under Drew Fennell, Three Rivers Young People’s Orchestra under James Nova, and his church worship band. He was one of the inaugural recipients of the Allegheny Brass Band scholarship in 2013, and joined the band in 2015. He has studied under Len Lavelle, Phil Van Ouse, and Matthew Murchison. When not playing music, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Hope, and 2 daughters, Cady and Carsyn; he also enjoys playing video games and reading for pleasure.​



George Masche | Tuba

IMG_1937George Masche joined the band in 1985 and has played in far too many musical groups to list here. His business, Etched in Glass, is in Gibsonia, PA.

 Chris Papik | Tuba

IMG_6939Chris Papik has played tuba for over 15 years and joined the Allegheny Brass Band in 2009. He has studied with Matthew Shiner, Pat Sheridan, Tucker Jolly, and Phil VanOuse. During his school years in Mars he participated in PMEA Honor Bands, Bands of America Honors Bands, and various ensemble groups.He attended Malone College (now University) in Canton, OH, earning a B.S. in Music Education. While there he participated in marching band, concert band, wind ensemble, jazz band, multiple brass quintets, as well as choral groups. He studied music directing with Dr. Neil McMullian, music theory and composition with Dr. Jesse Ayers, voice with Dr. Jerry Giger, and piano with Mrs. Sandra Carnes.Chris also participates in the Saint Kilian Parish choir with his wife Michelle, who sings and plays flute. You may see her with their daughter, Noelle, at concerts for the band.

Christian Reed | Tuba

christian reed - cropped brightenedChristian Reed is from Steubenville, Ohio and joined the Allegheny Brass Band in 2017 as a tuba player.  He began playing tuba in 2009 and has played in many ensembles.  Christian currently plays in the Tri State Community Concert Band and sings in the Ohio Valley Chorale in Steubenville.  From time to time he plays in the Gem City Brass ensemble and in pit orchestra for his high school’s musicals, also in Steubenville.  He has played in Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra in Pittsburgh and in the Wheeling Jesuit Community Band under the direction of James Gourlay.  Christian is the owner of his own business, Reed Lawn Care, which serves the Steubenville area.






Eric Zacherl | Tuba

2014-04-18-mcconnells-mill-kildoo-falls35Eric Zacherl joined the Allegheny Brass Band in 2005.  He attended Carnegie Mellon University earning a B.A. in Tuba Performance, a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a M.F.A. in Tuba Performance.  He studied under Matty Shiner and Sumner Erickson.