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  • Jingle All the Way
  • Holiday Brass
  • Sunday, December 2nd @ 3pm


Jingle All the Way
Christmas Brass for All the Family

Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 3pm
First Congregational Church of Stamford

A selection of seasonal works including sing-along favorites such as Sleigh Ride, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Deck the Halls and more!

Lawrence DiBello, horn
Donald Batchelder, trumpet 
John Dent, trumpet
Richard Clark, trombone
Brian Brown, tuba

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Meet Lawrence DiBello
Lawrence DiBello performs extensively in the NYC metro area. In addition to his position as Principal horn of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra he is currently Principal horn of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center as well as 3rd horn in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the American Symphony Orchestra, New York Pops and New York Symphonic Brass.
During the 2010-2011 season he filled in as acting Principal horn of the New York City Opera Orchestra. He has also been invited to play Principal horn with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on several occasions.

Meet Donald Batchelder 
Donald Batchelder has served as Principal Trumpet with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra since 1987. Recognized as an outstanding soloist and orchestral trumpeter in the New York area for many years, he performs frequently with the Metropolitan Opera and on Broadway, and is Principal Trumpet with the New York City Opera. He is Associate Professor of Trumpet and Coordinator of Brass at Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music.  Don also is Principal Trumpet in the New Jersey Festival Orchestra  
Don is a featured soloist on composer David Sampson’s recent Summit Records CD Notes From Faraway Places (2016). “The performance of the entire suite is beautifully managed, the lonely lines impeccably judged.” (Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine). He is a founding member of the Quiet City Chamber Ensemble, and is featured on that group’s acclaimed world premiere recording of the chamber version of Aaron Copland’s Quiet City, adapted by saxophone soloist Christopher Brellochs, on the Sono Luminus label (2011).  Among notable solo appearances: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Stamford Symphony and the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, When Speaks the Signal-Trumpet Tone by David Gillingham, with both the Montclair State University Wind Ensemble and the Ridgewood Concert Band, the Shostakovich Concerto for Piano and Trumpet with both the Stamford Symphony and the Windham Chamber Music Festival, a featured solo role at the 2008 New York Brass Conference, the world premiere of Trent Johnson’s Concerto for Trumpet and Organ and David Sampson’s Triptych with the Westfield Symphony. 
Don earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rutgers in 2016 where he received the Irene Alm Award for excellence in performance and scholarly research. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the Juilliard School where he studied with William Vacchiano and Mel Broiles.  Other influential teachers include David Krauss, Vince Penzarella, Arnold Jacobs and Philip Smith. 

Meet John Dent
John Dent performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York City Opera, and the New York Pops. As a member of the American Symphony Orchestra, he performs at Carnegie Hall and at the Bard Music Festival. Solo appearances include performances on Live from Lincoln Center with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and at the OK Mozart Festival in Oklahoma. John is currently performing in the Broadway revival of Carousel. Previous Broadway credits include She Loves Me, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Candide, Man of La Mancha, The Music Man, On the Twentieth Century, and The Sound of Music. A native of Tennessee, John is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Juilliard School.

Meet Richard Clark
Richard Clark, has long-time experience as one of the leading tenor/alto/bass trombone/euphonium players in the greater NYC region. He is principal trombonist of the American Symphony Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, the Mostly Mozart Festival orchestra, the New York Pops orchestra, Northeastern Pa Philharmonic, the Amici New York Orchestra and the American Classical Orchestra. Mr Clark has also performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque. He has been staff trombonist for many Broadway musicals, including On the Town, Billy Elliot, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Candide, and The King and I. Mr. Clark is adjunct professor of trombone and brass chamber ensembles at William Paterson University.

Meet Brian Brown
Brian Brown has been the Principal Tuba of The Stamford Symphony Orchestra since 1980. He is also Principal Tuba of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and The Philly Pops. As an active freelance musician, Mr. Brown has performed and recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. He is the tuba player for NFL Films.
Mr. Brown is Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at The University of Delaware and is a lecturer in the Music Department of Princeton University.
Brian Brown earned his Bachelor and Master degrees from the Juilliard School. His major teachers include Paul Krzywicki, Don Harry, Donald Harwood, Vincent Penzarella and John Fletcher. 



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