Since forming in 2006, Presidio Brass has rocketed to success as the face of a bold new generation in brass entertainment. By combining a brass quintet, piano and percussion instruments with fresh, original arrangements, their unique sound has become a trademark for the ensemble from San Diego, California, captivating audiences everywhere. In 2013 they signed a sponsorship deal with Yamaha, making them an official Yamaha Performing Ensemble.
Through their touring show of Hollywoods greatest hits, Sounds of the Cinema, these five young men present film music with a good dose of wit and humor that together have become hallmarks of every Presidio Brass performance. Audiences and music critics agree, Sounds of the Cinema is Two Thumbs Up and a Must See! The show has been enjoyed internationally, with performances and educational outreach programs throughout North America and China. Presidio Brass has performed in over 40 states, conducted master classes at many of Americas finest colleges and universities and been featured on National Public Radio.
Each member of the ensemble began his music career by joining his schools band program. Inspired by the dedication of their school music teachers, Presidio Brass came together with the primary mission to promote music education and music appreciation in youngsters. This is why at every opportunity, performances are coupled with a master class or school program.
Members of the Presidio Brass have performed with major symphony orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Diego Symphony, and have shared the stage with commercial and pop artists that include Stevie Wonder, John Williams, Quincy Jones and more. When not on tour, they continue to perform with orchestras, maintain private teaching studios at local universities, arrange and compose new music, assist with public school music programs, and operate an annual summer music camp for students of all ages.
The Presidio Brass has released four recordings: Stolen Moments, a collection of popular classical and jazz selections, Christmas Day, an assortment of well-loved holiday favorites, Sounds of the Cinema, which includes pieces from their signature stage performance of the same name, and their newest release Rhapsody in Brass, featuring popular American music influenced by classical and jazz idioms.
Steve O'Connor, trumpet
Born and raised in Falls Church, Virginia, trumpeter Steve O'Connor joined the Presidio Brass in July of 2011. He enjoys an active freelance career in the Los Angeles area, including performances with the Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Pops, the Ojai Festival Orchestra, the California and Riverside Philharmonics, as well as the Santa Barbara, San Diego, Pasadena, Redlands and San Bernardino Symphonies.
Scott Sutherland, tuba/piano
A native of Los Angeles, Scott Sutherland is the tubist, pianist and primary music arranger for the Presidio Brass. He is also a member of the Redlands Symphony and the Riverside County Philharmonic, and he has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra and the New West, Long Beach and San Diego Symphonies.
Josh Bledsoe, trombone
Described by Samuel Pilafian as a "great young brass virtuoso," Joshua has established himself as one of the premier performers amongst a new generation of musicians. Joshua has received accolades on the international stage as an exciting soloist. Credits include winning the '10 International Trombone Association Alto Trombone Competition, '08 International Trombone Association Marsteller Solo Competition, '07 Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition (local, regional, and national levels), '06 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Award, and '04 International Trombone Association Solo Competition.
Geoff Durbin, trombone/euphonium
Geoff Durbin is a professional trombonist and euphoniumist, enjoying an active livelihood as a soloist, clinician, and freelance musician. In addition to his position with Presidio Brass, he is currently on faculty at Murray State University, where he teaches trombone, euphonium and tuba and conducts the Tuba/Euphonium ensemble. Originally from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, he now resides in Memphis, Tennessee where he is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Memphis.
Miles McAllister, trumpet
Miles McAllister is a Southern California-based performer and educator. He is very excited to be a joining Presidio Brass this season. He is also 3rd trumpet of the Santa Barbara Symphony, a substitute player in the new Disneyland Celebration Band at the Disneyland Resort, and Principal Trumpet of the American Youth Symphony, a premier training ensemble based in Los Angeles.
Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center (View)
800 Hobson Way
Oxnard, CA 93030
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