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Perdido Brass

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The Perdido Brass was formed in the summer of 1988, and has been featured on the “Music at Christ Church“ series, on the “Legacy” concert series at Trinity Presbyterian Church, as part of the Seaside Institute’s Concert Series, the Perdido Pops Concert Series at Big Lagoon State Recreation Area in Pensacola, the St. James Concert Series in Fairhope Alabama, and at Pensacola Junior College.  The Perdido Brass has been featured with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, including “pops” concerts and in televised broadcasts by WSRE-TV, channel 23.   The Perdido Brass has also been featured on WUWF’s RadioLive  program, including simulcasts with WEAR-TV, channel 3 in Pensacola.  The Perdido Brass performs as a traditional brass quintet, or as a quartet, with 2 trumpets and 2 trombones, or 2 trumpets, horn and trombone.  The Perdido Brass is available for a variety of events, including weddings, concerts and receptions.   Please contact Dale Riegle at trmpt8819@gmail.com.
Trumpeter Dale Riegle leads the Perdido Brass.  Mr. Riegle has been principal trumpet with the Pensacola Symphony since 1988, and spent 11 years as principal trumpet with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, and six years as principal trumpet with the Gulf Coast Symphony in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Mr. Riegle has been a soloist on the “Music at Christ Church”  series in Pensacola, with the Pensacola Symphony, including with former Canadian Brass trumpeter Jens Lindemann; also soloist with the Mobile Symphony, the Okaloosa Symphony and the Pensacola Civic Band.  In addition he is an adjunct music instructor at Pensacola State College.   Mr. Riegle is the Technical Director and a producer at West Florida’s public radio station WUWF, 88.1FM.   He and his wife Stephanie, principal flutist with the Pensacola Symphony, stay very active musically in the Pensacola area.

Jonathan Martin has been a professional trumpet player since 1984. With degrees from L.S.U., U.T.S.A., and the University of Iowa, Jonathan has spent time as a member of many orchestras, commercial & jazz groups, as well as four years with the United States Air Force “Band of the West”.  An established teacher, Jonathan has held positions at Coe College, Cornell College, Northeastern Illinois University, Eastern Kentucky University, and Oklahoma State University. As a university professor, Dr. Martin taught trumpet and directed jazz and brass ensembles.  Jonathan has held orchestra positions with the Quad Cities Symphony, the Lake Forest Symphony, the Owensboro Symphony, and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.  Throughout his professional career, Jonathan has performed with a variety of groups and artists that include: Dizzy Gillespie, Lou Rawls, Frankie Avalon, Lil Anthony and the Imperials, Aretha Franklin, Jim Nabors, Dudley Moore, Dionne Warwick, Linda Ronstadt, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.   Jonathan Martin is a Conn-Selmer Artist, featuring Bach trumpets.  http://www.jmartintrumpet.com/

Hornist Stuart Kinney has performed as principal hornist with the University of South Florida Orchestra, and performed as regular member of the Florida West Coast Symphony for 13 years, as well as substitute and utility horn for the Florida Orchestra.   He was a freelance hornist, performing opera, Broadway shows and other events in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Sarasota.  Mr. Kinney moved to Pensacola in the summer of 2010 and joined the Pensacola Symphony in the fall of 2010.  He also performs with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in Niceville.

Trombonist Bret Barrow is principal trombonist with the Pensacola Symphony and a freelance trombonist and music teacher in Northwest Florida.  He is the Executive Director of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.   He earned his Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  While studying in Cincinnati, he performed with the West Virginia Symphony, the Evansville Philharmonic, the Springfield Symphony, and was an antiphonal trombonist for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.  Bret has also performed with the Mississippi Symphony, and the Meridian Symphony.

Bass trombonist Wess Hillman holds both a Master’s Degree of Music Performance for trombone and a Master’s of Music Education with a minor in conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Hillman has had the opportunity to play with a number of well-known musicians and has performed with the Mississippi Symphony, Meridian Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, Mobile Symphony, Northwest Florida Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and with the Italian Army Band in Rome. Currently, Mr. Hillman teaches instrumental music at Beulah Academy of Science and the Pensacola Home School band. He is currently bass trombonist with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, lead trombonist with the Mobile Big Band, and principal trombonist in the Pensacola Civic Band.

Trombonist Don Snowden’s musical versatility has served the Northwest Florida area well for many years.  He is currently Department Head of the Performing Arts Department, Director of Bands, and Assistant Professor at Pensacola State College.   He is the director of the Pensacola Civic Band, an award-winning ensemble that performs for thousands of people every year in subscription concerts and free outdoor concerts.  Snowden is an active performer, holding the second trombone position in the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra since 1979 and is the leader of the Pensacola Big Band All Stars with Holly Shelton. He is an active musical theatre conductor, conducting many productions including “West Side Story,” “Hello, Dolly!” “The Secret Garden,” “Gypsy,” “Into the Woods,” “Sweet Charity,” and “Les Miserables.”

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The Perdido Brass was formed in the summer of 1988, and has been featured on the “Music at Christ Church“ series, on the “Legacy” concert series at Trinity Presbyterian Church, as part of the Seaside Institute’s Concert Series, the St. James Concert Series in Fairhope Alabama, and at Pensacola Junior College.  The Perdido Brass has been featured with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, and in televised broadcasts by WSRE-TV, channel 23.   The Perdido Brass has also been featured on WUWF’s RadioLive  program, including simulcasts with WEAR-TV, channel 3 in Pensacola.   Trumpet Dale Riegle leads the Perdido Brass.  Other members include Jonathan Martin, trumpet, Stuart Kinney, horn, Bret Barrow, trombone and Wess Hillman, bass trombone.  Don Snowden also frequently plays trombone with the Perdido Brass.