B.M. Performance : Brass
*Joel Craig Davis - trumpet, Area Coordinator
J. Craig Davis, a native of Sylacauga, Alabama, is currently Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at William Paterson University. In addition to those responsibilities, he is also brass coordinator for the music department, and teaches instrumental conducting for undergraduate and graduate students. He has also served on the faculties of Princeton University, Furman University, and The Interlochen Center for the Arts National Music Camp, The New Jersey Symphony Conducting Staff as Conductor and Music Director of the Greater Newark Youth Orchestra, as well as, taught public school in New York State. Davis holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance from the Juilliard School, and the following degrees from the Eastman School of Music: Master of Music in Trumpet Performance, the Performer's Certificate in Trumpet Performance, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. Dr. Davis is currently a free-lance trumpeter and conductor in the New York Metropolitan area primarily as a soloist and participant in chamber music concerts. He has performed with The New Jersey Symphony, The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Pops, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and the Rochester Philharmonic. Dr. Davis frequently guest conducts and serves as a clinician for honor bands, public schools, and education conventions throughout the United States. Professional affiliations include College Band Director's National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, New Jersey Band Association Board of Directors, The International Trumpet Guild, and the Music Educator's National Conference.
Gary Capetandes - trombone
Gary Capetandes, Trombone, attended the Manhattan School of Music and graduated from the Juilliard School; studies with Edward Herman Jr., NY Philharmonic, Vincent Penzarella, NY Philharmonic and Steve Norrell of the Metropolitan Opera. Orchestral appearances include the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Little Orchestra Society, New York Choral Society, The Orchestra of St. Luke's, St. Cecelia Orchestra and Chorus, and both the Westfield Symphony and Colonial Symphony of New Jersey. He has appeared with the orchestras of several Broadway shows including Showboat, The Music Man and The Lion King. Mr. Capetandes has been an Adjunct at WPU since 1998.
Richard Clark - trombone
Richard Clark is principal trombone of American Symphony Orchestra, Stamford Symphony Orchestra, NY Pops Orchestra, and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, co-principal trombone of NE Pa Philharmonic and member of Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble. He has performed with New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, EOS Ensemble, Orchestra of St Lukes, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and NYC Opera. Some Broadway shows Mr Clark has played include: Gypsy, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Candide, The King and I, The Frogs, Spamalot, Three Penny Opera, Tarzan the Musical, Mary Poppins, and A Chorus Line. Mr. Clark has played concertos with Solisti New York Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey City University Symphonic Band, and William Paterson Wind Symphony. Mr. Clark has recorded for Sony Classical, Capital, Columbia, Warner Bros., Nonesuch, and Koch International labels.
Ivan Miller - trumpet
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Matthew Paterno - low brass
Mr. Paterno graduated from Rutgers University-Mason Gross School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music Degree. While there, he studied conducting with Scott Whitener and euphonium with Harold Janks of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Upon graduation, he served as the high school band director and fourth grade instrumental music teacher in the Keansburg public schools. For the past 17 years, Mr. Paterno has been the director of instrumental music at Wayne Hills High School. He has taught at the Mt. Tabor Summer Band School and is a private instructor, brass clinician and adjudicator throughout the area. Mr. Paterno is an adjunct faculty member at William Paterson University, where he teaches low brass methods, applied euphonium and coaches the Tuba/Euphonium ensemble. Mr. Paterno is the musical director of the Metropolitan Brass Band and the associate conductor and principal euphonium of the Hanover Wind Symphony. He has served the North Jersey Area Band Association as President, Vice-President, stage manager and audition host. He has also served as the North Jersey Region I band audition chairman and sectional assistant and as Rehearsal host for the Region I Jr. Band. Mr. Paterno is a recipient of the Eastern Marching Band Association's "Director of the year" award and is listed in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers."
Lisa Pike - horn
BM Manhattan School of Music. MM The Juilliard School. DMA SUNY Stony Brook. Performs with Orchestra St. Luke's, NYC Ballet, Long Island Philharmonic, NY Pops, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Center for Contemporary Opera, Little Orchestra Society, Brooklyn Philharmonic and original instrument groups American Classical Orchestra, Rebel, New York Collegium and Concert Royal. Featured performer at the 1999 International Horn Society Symposium. Festival appearances: Spoleto USA/Italy, Connecticut Early Music Festival (soloist), Caramoor, Vermont Mozart Festival (soloist), Bard Festival and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Performed in over 30 Broadway shows and with popular artists Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Tony Bennett, Brian Wilson and has appeared on albums by Barry Manilow and Lenny Kravitz. Lisa is the solo horn on the Grammy Award winning recording of Samuel Barber's opera Antony and Cleopatra (New World Records) and has recorded for RCA Victor, Koch International, Music Minus One, Musical Heritage, CBS and numerous television commercials and movie soundtracks. Teaching affiliations: William Paterson University, Columbia University Teachers College, Kean University and Brooklyn College.
Paul Scott - tuba Paul Scott is a busy freelance tubist in the tristate area and has appeared as soloist with the Ramapo Valley Chamber Orchestra and The Symphony Of Winds of Percussion. Mr. Scott is a member of the North Jersey Philharmonic and the Imperial Brass Quintet and is a graduate of Jersey City State College where studied with Mr. Pasquale Landolfi. He has been the Instrumental Music Director of the River Edge, NJ schools since 1989 and is a resident of Oakland, NJ. Mr. Scott joined the William Paterson brass faculty in 1993.