Paragon Brass Quintet to Perform February 29

February 26, 2012

The Paragon Brass Quintet will perform on Wednesday, February 29 at 8 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall on the University of Mount Union’s campus.
 
The quintet is comprised of Russ Tinkham on tuba, Bill Hoyt on horn, Ed Zadrozny on trombone, Scott Johnston on trumpet and Jack Brndiar on trumpet. They will perform works by George Gershwin, Manning Sherwin, Leonard Bernstein, Maurice Ravel and GWE Friedrich, among others.
 
Tinkham has won several awards and honors for both academics and performance including first place in the University of Akron concerto competition, first place in the North Carolina MTNA Collegiate Brass Competition, first place in the Tuesday Musical Club Competition and second place in the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Artist Competition. He also was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda. Tinkham received outstanding senior and graduate awards from East Carolina University and the University of Akron.
 
Hoyt serves as professor of horn at the University of Akron. He performs regularly with the Paragon Brass Quintet, the Solaris Quintet and the Jazz Unit. Throughout this professional career, he has performed with the Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra. Hoyt can be heard with the NFB Horn Quartet on Crystal Records and GM Recordings, Solaris Quintet on Capstone Records and the Jazz Unit on the Go Bop label.
 
Zadrozny is a professor of trombone at the University of Akron. Former member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra, he also has performed and recorded with the Cleveland Symphonic Winds, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Concert Band and the Naples-Marco Philharmonic.
 
Johnston serves as a professor of trumpet at the University of Akron. He performs as principal trumpet with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and Canton Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the years, Johnston has performed with the Madison Symphony, the Columbus Symphony and the Grand Teton Festival as well as serving as an extra with the Cleveland Orchestra. He organized and hosted the 1993 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Akron, and for 12 summers he served as principal trumpet and brass coordinator for the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria.
 
Brndiar is an instructor of trumpet and director of the Brass Choir at the Baldwin-Wallace College’s Conservatory of Music. Aside from his duties at Baldwin-Wallace, he performs as principal trumpet with Cleveland Chamber Symphony and is a member of the Opera Cleveland Orchestra and Red. Over the years, he has performed and recorded with the Cleveland Orchestra, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra and Erie Philharmonic.
 
The performance is free and open to the public. Presser Recital Hall is located in Cope Music Hall on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue. For more information, contact Mount Union’s Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.
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