Music Series: The Collective Brass Quintet

Sunday, Sep 16, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Collective Brass performs "Beautiful, Bright, and Fast," classical music spanning the centuries. With music originally written for brass quintet as well as music composed by Monteverdi, J.S. Bach and Claude Debussy, this features classical favorites, beautiful melodies and breathtaking energy.

Founded in 2016, Collective Brass is a chamber group that performs a broad range of exciting and virtuosic music. Members of the quintet have trained at the most prestigious music schools and conservatories in the country and now hold positions in major performing ensembles in New York. In addition to performing traditional and contemporary brass chamber music, Collective Brass creates original arrangements and editions of early music for brass—much of which was recently recorded on the acclaimed album, In Thy Sweet Name. Members are Alaina Alster, trombone, Carl Stanley, trumpet, Keith Kile, tuba, Drew Mangus, french horn, and Bill Owens, trumpet. Links to their music.

The Shack Sackler Foundation is the primary benefactor of this music series.

Partner & location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Raised in a musical household in California, Carl Stanley's trumpet career has taken him around the globe. After completing his B.A. in music in 2008 from California State University, East Bay, Mr. Stanley won a position with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band in Hampton, Virginia. In his four years as Trumpet in the Concert Band and a member of the Heritage Brass Quintet, Mr. Stanley toured throughout the United States, performing in concerts, recitals, ceremonies, professional sporting events, competitions, and conventions as an Air Force musician. Deploying to the Middle East, he was also able to perform in an outreach band, which utilized music as a partnership-building tool to better U.S. relations in war-torn regions. Mr. Stanley left the Air Force in 2013 to complete his Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music. Upon graduating in May of 2015, he transitioned into the U.S. Army as a member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point.

Bill Owens is currently the associate principal trumpet of the West Point Band. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School in 2005, Bill moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a free-lance chamber and orchestral musician. He quickly established himself by performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, the Santa Barbara Symphony as well as numerous other orchestras in Southern California. For six years, Bill was a member of the national touring ensemble, Presidio Brass. While maintaining a busy performing schedule with Presidio, Bill and organist Alison Luedecke performed recitals in venues throughout SoCal. In addition to performing, Bill is the artistic director of the Purchase Symphonic Winds as well as a member of the chamber music faculty at SUNY Purchase. He continues to write, edit and arrange music for his instrument within varying contexts including a recent publication, Basic Training for Trumpet and a series of arrangements for solo trumpet and organ.

Drew Mangus is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He began playing horn in public school there, being taught by his father, a horn player and band director. Following High School, he earned his Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Oklahoma studying under Eldon Matlick. From there he earned his Master of Music Performance from Southern Methodist University where he studied under Gregory Hustis and Haley Hoops of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Drew joined the West Point Military Academy Band in 2014 and currently resides in the Hudson Valley. Drew has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He also spent a summer in Breckenridge Colorado performing with the National Repertory Orchestra.

Trombonist Alaina Alster has been a member of the West Point Band since 2013. Prior to joining the West Point Band, Alaina was an active freelance musician in New York City where she enjoyed a career performing a wide range of musical genres. She continues to perform with ensembles outside of West Point, specifically as a member of PitchBlak Brass Band, a ten piece hip-hop brass band based out of Brooklyn, NY. She is also a music educator and has worked as a teaching artist for the Phil Ramone Orchestra for Children, as well as a private music instructor. Originally from Long Island, NY, Alaina began playing the trombone at
the age of nine, but shortly after beginning switched to
Euphonium. When she turned twelve she picked up trombone again and began pursing both instruments. In 2002 she was accepted
to the University of Michigan as a double major in trombone and
euphonium performance where she studied with David Jackson and Fritz
Kaenzig. Alaina received her masters in trombone performance from the 
Manhattan School of Music in 2010 and studiedwith Stephen Norrell.

Keith Kile, originally from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is the Principal Tubist of The West Point Band at The United States Military Academy. Outside of The West Point Band, Kile is an active free-lancer - performing regularly with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and Collective Brass Quintet - and is on faculty at The New School's Mannes Prep. Prior to moving to New York, ​Kile performed regularly on both tuba and euphonium and appeared with The Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band, the Hal Leonard Studio Ensemble, numerous regional orchestras in the Midwest and Southeast, and served in the 129th Army National Guard Band for eleven years. As a successful soloist, Kile was selected the winner of the prestigious Jacobs School of Music Concerto Competition and is now a regular performer at conferences around the United States. Kile holds a B.S. in Music Education from Tennessee Tech University, and a M.M. and P.D. from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and is currently pursuing a D.M.A. at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

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