Led by Dr. Mark Jenkins, Euphonium
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Stephen Cannistraci is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at George Mason University, studying under Dr. Mark Jenkins. Stephen grew up in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, choosing the euphonium in elementary school, and being thrilled after bringing it home for the first time and discovering that his father had played euphonium in high school. From there, Stephen went on to earn Bachelor of Music degrees in Euphonium Performance, and Instrumental Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, studying under Mark Kellogg. While at Eastman, he also earned a Performer’s Certificate, Arts Leadership Certificate, and was a recipient of the John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music. Stephen earned a Master of Music degree in Euphonium Performance at Penn State University, studying with professor Velvet Brown.
An active performer, Stephen currently plays with the George Mason Wind Symphony, Brass Band of Northern Virginia, Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden , and the 8th GM Regiment Band. Formerly, he performed with the Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Wind Orchestra, Perseverance Band of Lebanon, and the Keystone Band of Rehrersburg.
Stephen has most recently been featured as a soloist with the George Mason University Wind Symphony, performing Eduardo Boccalari’s Fantasia di Concerto. Other solo performances include Rolf Wilhelm’s Concertino for Euphonium with the Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Romano Picchi’s Fantasie Originale (edited by Simone Mantia) and Herman Bellstedt’s Napoli with Perseverance Band, and Herbert L. Clarke’s Bride of the Waves with the Keystone Band. Stephen was named runner-up in the 2019 International Tuba Euphonium Conference (ITEC) Euphonium Solo with Electronic Accompaniment, and runner-up in the 2017 International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) solo competition.
Stephen is active as a chamber musician as well, performing with and coaching various chamber music groups. The Carillon Tuba Quartet formed at the Eastman School of Music in 2012, and was named runner-up in the Chamber Music Competition at the 2016 ITEC. While at Eastman, the Carillon Quartet served as the 2014-15 Messinger Chamber Music Fellows, presenting chamber music concerts to rural communities in upstate New York. Stephen has performed at regional tuba/euphonium conferences with the Eastman Tuba Mirum, Penn State University Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, and the George Mason University Tuba Euphonium Ensemble.
Justin Miller is a brass performer and instructor in the Fairfax, VA area. He is currently a DMA pre-candidate in euphonium performance at George Mason University. He also performs on and teaches trombone and tuba. He holds a Masters of Music in Music Performance with a concentration in Euphonium from George Mason University. He has a degree in K-12 Instrumental Music Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He has studied privately under Paul Miller, Dan Eaton, Dr. Derek Bromme, and currently studies under Dr. Mark Jenkins, Dr. Michael Nickens, and Dr. David Porter.
Justin is an active performer, and has performed with the George Mason Wind Symphony, George Mason Jazz Workshop Ensemble, George Mason Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, Dirty Gold Brass Band, George Mason Brass Ensemble, 8th GM Regiment Band, New Vybe, and the Green Machine Pep Band. His arrangements have been featured in performances at George Mason. He spent three years marching with the world class drum and bugle corps, The Cavaliers, one year on euphonium and two years on baritone. He marched from 2013-2015. He was one of the Horn Sergeants in the 2015 season. With the Cavaliers, he has studied with David McGrath, Michael Martin, Brad Hughes, Daniel Truman, Freddy Martin, and others.
He has taught for multiple marching band programs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Virginia, primarily instructing winds and visual. He is a show design consultant and drill writer for the Brooke Point High School marching band as well as teaching private lessons and performing.
Chris Troiano was born and raised on Long Island, New York. He grew up in a musical family and began playing the euphonium in 3rd grade. His father is a tuba player, so Chris became quite familiar with hearing euphonium in his father’s very active tuba-euphonium quartet.
Chris attended Sachem High School North in Ronkonkoma and graduated in 2010. He then went on to study at the University of North Texas under the instruction of Dr. Brian Bowman and Dr. Patrick Nyren. Chris graduated from UNT in 2015 with a double Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music Education and Euphonium Performance with a minor in Music Theory. Chris went on to continue his studies at George Mason University under Dr. Mark Jenkins. He graduated in 2017 with a Master of Music (MM) in Euphonium Performance. Chris went straight into doctoral studies and is currently finishing up coursework for a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree. Chris’ research will focus on American Civil War brass bands in the modern era.
As a soloist, Chris has performed “Believe Me With All Those Endearing Young Charms” with the Capital Wind Symphony, George Mason University Tuba-Euphonium Quartet, Park View High School Wind Ensemble, and Centreville High School Wind Ensemble. He has performed “Napoli” and “The Yellow Rose of Texas” with the Huntington Community Band, “Fantasia di Concerto” with the George Mason University Wind Symphony, “Scherzo” with the George Mason University Symphonic Band, and Marcello’s “Sonata in F” with the George Mason University Tuba-Euphonium Quartet.
Chris has won Mock Military Band Auditions at MARTEC 2018 and the United States Army Tuba-Euphonium Workshop in 2018 and 2020. Chris won the Solo Artist Euphonium competition at NERTEC 2017 and won the George Mason Wind Symphony Solo Competition in 2016. Chris’ quartet, NOVATEQ, has won Chamber Competitions at NERTEC 2017 and MARTEC 2018.
Chris Troiano currently performs with the Capital Wind Symphony, Northern Virginia Tuba-Euphonium Quartet (NOVATEQ), Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden, the 8th GM Regiment Band, and the George Mason University Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.
Jacob Aeschleman is a Senior Music Education major at George Mason University, currently studying euphonium under Dr. Mark Jenkins. Born in Southern Illinois, Jacob has moved across America and Europe before coming to George Mason, studying music in many different places. At George Mason, he performs with the University Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Jazz Workshop Ensemble. Jacob also teaches privately throughout Fairfax, Loudoun, and Manassas. He enjoys performing with multiple chamber music ensembles at GMU, playing with the George Mason Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, and Tuphonia, a tuba/euphonium quartet that he founded.
Michael Baker is a euphonium player from Fairfax, Virginia. As a performer, Michael has played with various groups for audiences around the world. Michael was the Principal Euphoniumist and Featured Soloist with Lake Braddock Symphonic Band and a member of the Lake Braddock Symphony Orchhestra, the Lake Braddock Jazz Band, the Virginia District 11 Honor Band, the Virginia Ambassadors of Music and the Virginia All-State Band. Michael currently attends George Mason University as a Music Education Major, studying euphonium under Dr. Mark Jenkins. He plays in the University Wind Symphony and the George Mason University Tuba Euphonium Ensemble.
Kathleen Walsh is a sophomore music education major at George Mason University, studying with Dr. Mark Jenkins. Originally from Succasunna, New Jersey, she graduated from Roxbury High School. Kathleen chose euphonium because she liked that it produced a large, almost voice like sound. Recently, she has performed Warner Hutchinson’s Sonatina, Antonio Capuzzi’s Andante and Rando, and Georg Philipp Telemann’s Sonata in F Minor. At George Mason University, Kathleen performs with the Symphonic Band and the George Mason Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, of which she serves as treasurer.