Jim Bogdan has played tenor and bass trombone in a variety of classical, jazz, and theater ensembles over the past twenty years in the Boston area and Twin Cities, MN. Most recently, Jim was bass trombonist and board member of Concord Orchestra, and frequent sub with Symphony Pro Musica, Lincoln-Sudbury Civic Orchestra, and brass quintets. Earlier in life, Jim was a ten-year member of the Newton Symphony. While growing up in Lexington, Jim studied with Hal Janks (pre-Met days) and Paul Gay. Later, he studied with George Osborn at Eastman School of Music. Jim works in health care analytics and holds an MBA from Boston University. He lives in Arlington and is a member of the Bay Colony Brass board.
Bill Griffin has been a trombonist of various styles in the Boston area for over 15 years. Classically, Bill has studied with the Empire Brass Quintet and with trombonist Lawrence Isaacson. Bill received an undergraduate minor in music performance at the University of New Hampshire, where he studied with Nicholas Orovich, principal trombonist for the Portland Symphony. Bill studied jazz techniques in high school and college and has studied and played with such jazz performers as Clarke Terry, Milt Hinton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Lew Tabackin. Bill also plays in rock horn bands, in which he doubles on baritone sax. Outside of Bay Colony Brass Bill also freelances in local jazz, classical and rock groups. Bill works in the financial services industry and holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts.
Roger Hecht was a trombone student of Emory Remington, Edward Kleinhammer, Byron McCulloh and Douglas Yeo. Before coming to Boston, he was a member of the Syracuse Symphony and the Lake George Opera orchestra. In New England, he has been a member of the New Bedford Symphony, the Cape Ann Symphony, and the New England Philharmonic and is now principal trombone with the Mercury Orchestra and Lowell House Opera, where he is also Orchestra Manager. Roger is a classical CD critic for American Record Guide, the oldest English language recording reviewing journal in the United States. He is also a contributor to Listener's Guide to Classical Recordings, a comprehensive guide to classical recordings (Backbeat Books, 2002). His specialties include English music, the early 20th Century post-Mahlerians, 20th Century French music, and neo-classical and neo-romantic Americans. (He wrote three major survey articles on English music and one on Stravinsky for ARG.) Roger has contributed articles on music for Positive Feedback magazine and The Elgar Society Journal of the British Elgar Society. He recently published Audition and Other Stories (English Hill Press). Audition is a novella about a musician's experience auditioning for a major orchestra. Roger also wrote two novels.
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Ed has played trombone, bass trombone and, yes, even occasional euphonium when called for by some strange and/or British composer in many of Boston's amateur orchestras, including the Brahms Society Orchestra, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, Longwood Symphony Orchestra, MIT Symphony Orchestra, MIT Summer Philharmonic Orchestra (in which he still participates every summer), New England Philharmonic, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Newton Symphony Orchestra, and Wellesley Symphony Orchestra. Ages ago he also played trombone for two years each in the MIT Brass Ensemble and the reggae band Pressure Cooker, both of which are somehow still thriving.
Ian began playing the euphonium in 4th grade because it was the only instrument that he was unfamiliar with. Little did he know he would still be playing more than 10 years later. At the University of Maryland he studied under Steve Kellner and performed in the Wind Orchestra led by Doctor Michael Votta. One of his most memorable experiences was as the euphonium soloist in the school's performance of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Ian moved to the Greater Boston area in the summer of 2015. Since then he has performed with the Charles River Wind Ensemble and the Boston College Symphonic Band. He currently works as a software developer, and is excited to continue performing as a member of Bay Colony Brass.
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Isaac picked up horn in 5th grade after watching Jurassic Park. He played throughout school in Maine and Massachusetts, college at Princeton University, and graduate school at the University of Maryland, studying with John Boden, Laura Klock, Chris Komer, and Greg Miller. Isaac joined the Bay Colony Brass in 2017, and has also performed in Boston with the Mercury Orchestra, Longwood Symphony, Dudley House Orchestra, Apollo Ensemble, and the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra. Outside of music, Isaac works as a software developer for Bose, and enjoys sailing, basketball, and Ultimate Frisbee.
Hadley Reynolds started playing horn in the Chicago area in the late 1950's. Fortunately, he had many opportunities to attend Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts under Fritz Reiner, and to develop a lifelong appreciation for the exceptional sound being created by the CSO brass of the time, particularly Philip Farkas (horn), Adolph Herseth (trumpet), and Arnold Jacobs (tuba). In these years he played in the Evanston Symphony Orchestra under the CSO's Frank Miller, the North Side Symphony under the CSO's Milton Preves, the Youth Orchestra of Greater Chicago under Dr. Frank Powers, the North Shore Band of Wilmette under nationally renowned Northwestern University Band Director John Paynter, as well as winning state-wide awards for horn solo work with stage band, orchestra, as well as ensemble conducting. Hadley studied with Christopher Leuba, Principal Horn of the CSO, and K. Ethel Merker, the first nationally recognized woman symphony player and recording artist on the horn, and now designer of the Merker Model French Horns for Holton/LeBlanc. In the Philadelphia area, He studied with Ward Fern of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and performed solo concertos and conducted the joint orchestras of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. In the Boston area, Hadley has kept up his playing over the years with a number of groups, including the Newton Symphony, The Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston, the Boston Summer Opera Theatre, Dover Foundation Community Theater, and a variety of classical and popular performing ensembles in the area. He currently plays in the horn cadre of Bay Colony Brass, Boston's leading independent large brass performing ensemble. Hadley also serves as a Trustee of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston.
Alec Zimmer, horn, joined the Bay Colony Brass in 2005. Originally from Danville, PA, he began his private horn studies with C. Scott Smith at Susquehanna University and later studied with the late Rick Martin. While earning is BS in Engineering at Swarthmore College, he studied with Michael Johns, member of the Pennsylvania Ballet and Opera Company of Philadelphia horn sections. After a brief stint at Stanford University for graduate school, Alec moved to the Boston area. In addition to the Bay Colony Brass, Alec is assistant principal horn with the Newton Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Mercury Orchestra, Lowell House Opera, Civic Symphony of Boston, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, the UMass Boston Chamber Orchestra, and the Charles River Wind Ensemble. Last year, he attended the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in Lyman, NH where his performance of Eugene Bozzas En Foret earned him praise from the camps distinguished faculty. Alec is a registered professional engineer and works as a structural engineer for Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Consulting Engineers in Waltham. He lives in Watertown with his extraordinarily patient wife, Elisabeth.
Jeff had one reason for choosing the trumpet: three valves. He soon discovered that there are no shortcuts to greatness. Nonetheless, Jeff had a promising start as a young musician, culminating in a featured solo performance of "Trumpeter's Lullaby" in the sixth grade. In high school, he was fortunate enough to play with the Northeast District Festival Band, the All-State Orchestra, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's Repertory Orchestra. He also immersed himself in chamber music, studying with the Atlantic Brass Quintet in their annual seminar. Quintet music brought out his inner muse and he was inspired to compose his first works for brass. He furthered his pursuit of performance and composition as a music major at St. Olaf College, touring with the St. Olaf Band and orchestras across the continental United States and as far away as Japan. He graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Jeff attributes his success to the patient guidance of his instructors Chris Baird, Richard Given, and Marty Hodel, and countless other mentors along the way. He is currently a banker in the Metrowest area, and continues to pursue music as a composer and a performer.
Robert has been an avid trumpet player ever since the sixth grade, when he performed Herb Albert's "Tijuana Taxi" at his elementary school. Throughout his secondary school years, he played in his school's orchestra, band, jazz band, pep band, and any other group that would take him. He was a member of the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (MYWE), many District and State Festivals, and the Senior Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (GBYSO) where he was principal trumpet. He was also selected for and attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) in Lenox, MA.
A non-music major at Princeton University in New Jersey, he had numerous opportunities to play both in solo and ensemble settings, including a Lincoln Center performance of Beethoven's "Fidelio" with the school's opera orchestra, and twelve staged performances of Stravinsky's "Soldier's Tale" with a professional troupe - still a musical highlight.
Robert won one of four spots in the Graz Festival Orchestra trumpet section after a national audition process, and was the only non-conservatory member of the orchestra, which performed Mahler's "First Symphony" on Austrian National Radio from Toblach, Italy, the site of its composition.
While between jobs in new product software development, Robert was hired to tour Europe with the "Euro-Broadway" production of Gershwin's "Crazy for You", which he performed over 150 times, including a three week opening in Berlin, and a several month stay at the 2500 seat Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, Germany. Locally, he has been a member of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, and has played in over 30 Local and Regional Theatre productions, at theatres including Waltham's Reagle Theatre, and Newton's Turtle Lane Playhouse. "Man of La Mancha" and "Chicago" remain two of his favorite shows. He was a founding member of "What's New", a bop-influenced jazz original's group out of Brookline, MA, whose first CD received some (very) late hours of air play on several local jazz stations. He regularly plays at services at his own Hancock Church, in Lexington, MA, and as a free-lance musician at numerous other area churches. He has studied with Roger Voisin, Timothy Morrison, Richard Given and Dana Russian.
Robert currently lives in Lexington, MA with his wife Cynthia and their three-year-old son William. Robert's current home is a stone's throw from the elementary school of that first "Tijuana Taxi" performance, and his son William has already enthusiastically played and disassembled his third brass kazoo trumpet.
After having sung in all of the school choirs since 5th grade, Karen started playing trumpet in high school, soon adding marching band, concert band, orchestra, and in the pit orchestras for shows to her activities. Show orchestras were particularly suited to her fondness for hamming it up, and she has played in over 50 different musicals to date.
Karen graduated from Boston University with a degree in trumpet performance, where she studied with Peter Chapman, Tim Morrison and Roger Voisin. After graduating, she was one of four trumpet players selected nationwide by Aldolph Herseth to play in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony. After that year, performing under world renowned guest conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, and being coached by Mr. Herseth, she returned to Boston and has been a freelance musician ever since.
Most recently, she has been the principal trumpet player in the New Philharmonia Orchestra in Newton, the Mercury Orchestra in Cambridge, and the Mood Swings Orchestra (a big band) also in Newton.
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Hailing from Moscow, Russia, Kira Shmeleva studied trumpet at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music where she earned a Master of Music in Brass Performance. While in her native country, Kira was a member of orchestras such as Moscow Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Russian National Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Russia, and Central Symphony Orchestra of the Department of Defense of the Russian Federation. She emigrated with her husband to the United States in 2013. Kira is also a member of the New England Philharmonic. She joined Bay Colony Brass in 2014.
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Growing up in San Diego, Ken started piano lessons at age 5 and started playing the tuba in the 7th grade. Continuing his musical studies, he has earned a Bachelor degree in Music Performance from Northern Arizona University and a Masters in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston studying with Chester Schmitz. Ken currently freelances in the Boston area.
A resident of Lowell, Massachusetts, Christopher has studied and played percussion since his Jr. High days in the early 80's. He's studied percussion with Jim Lattini, Jeff Fischer, and Nancy Smith. With an early background in marching percussion and drum set work, he earned his BA in Music Theory at UNH in the mid 90's and has since focused heavily on orchestral performance. He has performed with many groups including the Bay Colony Brass, the Metro West Symphony Orchestra, the Seacoast Community Chamber Orchestra, the Dudley House Orchestra, the Brookline Symphony, the Lowell House Opera, and the Mercury Symphony, as well as numerous other engagements in musical theater and choral groups. Aside from freelancing as widely as his schedule allows, he currently earns his living at a large engineering firm in Boston.
Evan grew up in New Hartford, CT where he began studying percussion in the fifth grade. After high school he moved to the Pacific Northwest where he graduated with a degree in percussion performance from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. He served as first percussionist for the Vancouver Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Salvator Brotons, from 1997 to 2008 when he relocated to Belmont, MA. In addition to many classical performances, Evan played drumset in numerous jazz/funk/rock bands in the Portland music scene. Mainly, Rosewater, a jamband whose gigs included SXSW, High Sierra Music Fest, MusicFest NW, and clubs throughout the west. Evan is currently the Registrar for Powers Music School in Belmont where he lives with his wife, Camillia, and their daughter, Sylvia.