Trombonist Christopher Reaves joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in February 2013. Staff Sgt. Reaves began his musical instruction on piano at age nine and trombone at age 11. He graduated in 2003 from Widefield High School in Colorado Springs where he studied with Sandra Bell. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from The Juilliard School in New York in 2007 where he studied with Joe Alessi, principal trombone with the New York Philharmonic. He also studied with Jan Kagarice in 2010 while pursuing an artist certificate at the University of North Texas in Denton. Prior to joining the band, Reaves performed with the Harlem Symphony Orchestra and the Manhattan Symphonie, both in New York, and freelanced in Colorado Springs, New York, and in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Kaz Kruszewski is a bass trombonist with the Ceremonial Brass, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Originally from Skokie, Illinois, he began his Air Force career in 2004 with the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In addition to performing in seven ensembles, he was a member of Hot Brass, the first Air Force brass ensemble to deploy to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His career in the Ceremonial Brass began in 2015. Kruszewski graduated from Indiana University in 2001, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Music and Mathematics. He has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, New York City Ballet, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic and the Vancouver Symphony. Additionally, he has shared the stage with such artists as the Temptations, Eddie Daniels, Bobby Shew, Mnozil Brass and Vince DiMartino.
James Aaron Martin is an orchestral and solo trombonist based in the Washington D.C. metropolitan region. He received a Master of Music and Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Aarhus, Denmark and his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the Shenandoah Conservatory. During his studies, Martin has been a frequent recitalist of 20th century music and has given performances of solo repertoire for trombone and organ in several countries. Martin was honored to work alongside former Berlin Philharmonic bass trombonist, Stefan Schulz, in the premiere of Poul Ruder’s Concertino at the 2009 International Trombone Festival in Aarhus.
Martin has joined an impressive list of orchestras and chamber ensembles in Europe and North America. Some of the most notable include The Esbjerg Ensemble, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus Sinfonietta, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, The World Orchestra, South Florida Symphony, and debut performances of Daniel Schnyder’s Trombone Quartet in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and The Netherlands. In addition to teaching at Shepherd University, Martin currently holds position of principal trombone with The American Pops Orchestra.
Trombonist Corey Sansolo enjoys a diverse performing and teaching career in the Washington D.C. area. He is the solo trombonist of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, director of the DC Trombone Workshop, chamber music coach for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras at Strathmore, and trombone instructor for the Bullis School. Sansolo received his Bachelor’s of Music Degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and his Master’s of Music degree at the University of Maryland. He has attended the National Orchestral Institute, the Chautauqua Music Festival, and the Miami Music Festival. His teachers include Craig Mulcahy, Dr. John Marcellus, Andrew Chappell, John Huling, and Dale Cheal. Sansolo has been a finalist in competitions for the International Trombone Association and the American Trombone Workshop. He has performed with the National Philharmonic, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Washington Opera Society, McLean Orchestra, and American Pops as well as in such venues as the Kennedy Center, the Strathmore Music Center, and the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts. Versatile across many genres, Corey has performed with indie rock band San Fermin and Marian McLaughlin’s Spirit House Ensemble.
Frank Gulino, a native of New York City, now lives in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, where he maintains an active schedule as a composer and has also appeared with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Prince George’s Philharmonic, Capital Wind Symphony, and Maryland Choral Society. Gulino is a graduate of The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Bass Trombone Performance. At Peabody, he studied with Randy Campora and Jim Olin of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO). Frank has also studied with David Fedderly of the BSO, Vincent Belford of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and jazz artist Bob Ferrel. Gulino has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Music Center at Strathmore, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, home of the BSO. While at Peabody, he appeared with the BSO brass section and served as the bass trombonist of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Concert Orchestra and the Peabody Wind Ensemble, one of the nation’s premier collegiate wind bands. As a composer, Gulino’s works, published by The FJH Music Company, Cimarron Music Press, and 200 Miles to Arnstadt Publications, are available from major music distributors all over the world, including J.W. Pepper, Hickey’s Music Center, SheetMusicPlus, and many others. Additionally, his work has appeared on both the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) and the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) repertoire lists and has additionally appeared on the required repertoire lists for both the ITA George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition and the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competitions.
Kristoffer Danielsen is an active freelance trombonist and educator throughout greater New England. In addition to maintaining an extensive private teaching studio, Kris is currently the bass trombonist of the The Valley Winds, an American Prize-winning wind ensemble based in Western Massachusetts. Kris has also performed with the Portland Symphony, Handel Society, Moscow Ballet, Nautilus Brass Quintet, Massachusetts Chamber Players, Pioneer Valley Symphony, and Keene Jazz Orchestra. He can be heard on the Grammy-nominated recordings “Fantastique” (MSR) and “Johan De Meij: The Symphonies” (NAXOS). Danielsen holds degrees from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University (B.M. 2010) and The University of Massachusetts at Amherst (M.M. 2013), where he served as a graduate teaching assistant, and will be completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University in May of 2018. He has studied with Gabe Langfur, Greg Spiridopoulos, Toby Oft, James Olin, David Fedderly, and Steven Kellner. Danielsen has also attended the Spectrum Brass Seminar at the Bay View Chamber Music Festival and the Alessi Seminar in Eugene, Oregon, and served on the faculties of the Northampton Community Music School and the Belchertown Schools.
Dr. Scott Hippensteel is the Director of Instrumental Studies at Shepherd University and conductor of the Shepherd Wind Ensemble, Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra, Ram Band, Symphony Band, and Pep Band. In addition to conducting, he teaches instrumental music education classes and instrumental conducting. Dr. Hippensteel completed his undergraduate degree at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and earned his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Wind Conducting and Music Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Prior to his appointment at Shepherd University, Dr. Hippensteel served as a graduate Assistant with Ball State University where he directed performances with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Campus Band, and “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band. Dr. Hippensteel was a Professor of Music at Huntington University for three years where he conducted the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and taught classes in conducting, instrumental methods, and instrumental literature. He was the Assistant Band Director at Huntington North High School in Huntington, Indiana for thirteen years. Dr. Hippensteel has served as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout Indiana, Maryland, and West Virginia. Dr. Hippensteel has remained active as a performer on bass trombone with the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Hagerstown Municipal Band, James Southern Jazz Orchestra, Twelfth Nigh Big Band, Three Rivers Wind Symphony, Ball State Wind Ensemble, Indiana University Wind Ensemble, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Marion Philharmonic, Manchester Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Blue River Big Band, and Erie Band.
Brian Hinkley has taught brass instruments and conducted the wind ensemble at Hood since 1994. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and has studied with renowned trombonists Per Brevig and Denis Wick. He performs with a variety of chamber ensembles in the region and is very active as a conductor, arranger and clinician. He has performed with the Market Street Brass Quintet since 1992. Hinkley has also performed with several faculty ensembles at Hood College, The Frederick Symphony, The Cumberland Valley Chamber Orchestra and The Spires Brass Band. He is frequently called to preform with brass chamber groups, choral groups and jazz bands.
Nathaniel Lease is a freelance trombonist and teacher in the Central Pennsylvania and Maryland Areas. He is a member of the Patriot Brass Ensemble, and is currently Instructor of Brass at Hagerstown Community College. He has also had the pleasure of performing with the Atlantic Brass Band, Chesapeake Brass Band, Hagerstown Municipal Band, Williamsport Community Band, and University of Pennsylvania Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.