On Saturday, November 6th, TRYPO’s Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble will hold an Open House. These open rehearsals are designed to welcome any students who may be interested in extending their wind band experience into the weekends.
Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble explore a plethora of repertoire with an opportunity to be in residence at Duquesne University and have access to coaching sessions with some of the region’s finest professional musicians.
While I may lead the orchestra for TRYPO, I have always valued my work which began in earnest as a wind band conductor. I started the ISO Symphonic Band (NYC) in Brooklyn, New York, when I was 17 as part of my Eagle Scout project. Now 29 years later, it is the only private wind symphony in the NYC metropolitan area. We count some terrific musicians as our alumni, including conductor Tito Munoz and former Canadian Brass member Chris Coletti.
I know the value of the stellar band programs in the Western PA region. I also know the value of exposure to different musical experiences and their benefit on the school programs these students come from. In the right environment, they become stronger and even more committed to the programs they represent.
Starting with Len Lavelle and continuing with Rob Traugh, the TRYPO Wind Symphony and the Percussion Ensemble, directed by Paul Evans, wish to emulate the model of a civic-minded ensemble meant to make each member stronger. Coming to the Open House doesn’t commit your student to the ensemble right away. It gives them a chance to sit in and play some terrific repertoire with some of greater Pittsburgh’s finest young musicians. This fall’s repertoire includes:
- Strange Humors - John Mackey
- Shenandoah - Omar Thomas
- Postcard from Sequoia - Nicole Piunno
- Festal Scenes - Yasuhide Ito
So please spread the word, come on down, and see how the Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble at TRYPO can benefit your students.