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BFO Principal Brass


Jeff Garza, Principal Horn

Jeff Garza, Principal HornHOMETOWN: San Antonio
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Currently Principal horn, San Antonio Symphony; Adjunct Professor of Horn, Trinity University and St. Mary's University
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: Interlochen Arts Academy, Rice University
CAREER INSPIRATION: Falling in love with the sound of the horn in great movie soundtracks by John Williams and other great Hollywood composers.
MUSICAL TASTES: Indie Rock, 50's and 60's rock and roll, Hip Hop, jazz, 80's new wave, old schoolcountry, folk/traditional American music, world music, basically anything.
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: The recordings of the Chicago Symphony featuring retired principal horn Dale Clevenger were a great inspiration growing up. The instruction of my teacher
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Conrad Jones, Principal Trumpet

Conrad Jones, Principal Trumpet

HOMETOWN: Indianapolis, IN
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Currently Principal Trumpet, Indianapolis Symphony; Trumpet, The Kyōdai Brass Quintet; formerly Principal Trumpet, Tucson Symphony Orchestra
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: I grew up on Long Island, NY, about an hour away from the city. I did my undergrad at the Cleveland Institute of Music and earned a performance certificate from the Colburn School in Los Angeles, CA. It was in Cleveland that I started the Kyōdai Brass Quintet with my two younger brothers and the two Tanaka brothers. (Hayato will be at Britt this summer performing on Mahler 2!)
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James T. Decker, Principal Trombone

James T. Decker, Principal TromboneHOMETOWN: Lubbock, TX
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: I have performed in a variety of professional ensembles, ranging from orchestras in Honolulu, New Mexico and New York to fine brass quintets, trombone quartets and various commercial groups. It's this variety that I draw upon to give me the energy and inspiration for each performance.
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: I hold undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Julliard School as well as a Masters Degree in Music Education from
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Seth Horner, Principal Tuba

Seth Horner, Principal Tuba

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: I have performed with the North Carolina Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, National Symphony, Kennedy Center Opera, Colorado Symphony and Louisville Orchestra among others.
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: I went to school WITH Teddy Abrams at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. I also attended the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) and the Peabody Conservatory.
CAREER INSPIRATION: My grandfather was a school superintendent in Portland but also a wonderful tuba player and a great music lover. For he and my grandmother the pursuit of music was the highest virtue a person could cultivate. At family gatherings my dad and my uncles would be compelled to crank through polkas and marches on their instruments. Grandpa played bass lines on his sousaphone, sometimes taking great creative license
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2020 BFO Brass

Jeff Garza, Principal
Johanna Yarbrough, Second
Markus Osterlund, Third
Matt Eckenhoff, Fourth

Conrad Jones, Principal
Kevin McKee, Second
Joan Paddock, Third

Jim Decker, Principal
John Bartlett, Second
Mike Becker, Third/Bass Trombone

Seth Horner, Principal

+ Orchestra Member for 20 or more years

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