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San Antonio Brass - In Concert

May 21, 2017

Concert will be held at 3:00p.m.
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church 1800 N. Llano (Hwy. 16 North) Fredericksburg, Texas
There is no charge for these concerts as all concerts are funded through grants or private and corporate donations through mail, at the door, or through our website.

Fredericksburg Music Club, Inc. Presents San Antonio Brass, Inc. In Concert May 21, 2017

San Antonio Brass
South Texas's Premier Brass Ensemble!

Comprised of some of the finest brass players in Texas, including the principal brass of the San Antonio Symphony, the San Antonio Brass has been South Texas's premier brass ensemble for over 30 years. Since its founding in 1982, the SAB has contributed to the cultural life of San Antonio, Bexar County and the state of Texas through its performances and educational programs.

John Carroll, principal trumpet

John obtained a B.M. in Trumpet Performance and Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University where his principal teacher was Louis Davidson and included secondary instruction from the studios of Charles Gorham and William Adam. John’s interest in jazz placed him as lead trumpet for eight consecutive semesters in David Baker’s Jazz Ensemble at I.U. Other teachers include Armando Ghitalla at Tanglewood and the New England Conservatory of Music, Thomas Stevens at the Music Academy of the West and Ray Sasaki at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as the private studios of Roger Voisin, Vincent Cichowicz, Leonard B. Smith, Ray Crisara, John Dewitt, Larry Schmidt, and Rick Giangiulio. John studied conducting with Robert Rustowicz and Eugene Dowdy and composition (emphasis jazz) with David N. Baker and John Mills. He received his Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Texas, SanAntonio in May of 2007 and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas, Austin in August of 2008. He is the trumpet instructor at the University of the Incarnate Word and formerly conducted Brass Ensembles and Jazz Ensemble at Our Lady of the Lake University. Dr. Carroll is a founding member of the San Antonio Brass, Inc.

Dana Cullen, horn

Dana Cullen, born in Reading, Pennsylvania, joined the San AntonioSymphony as fourth horn in September, 2016. At age 17, she performed Gliere’s Horn Concerto with the Reading Symphony Orchestra as first-place winner of their concerto competition. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, graduating in 2015. She then went on to pursue her Master’s Degree at Rice University, studying with William VerMeulen, principal horn of the Houston Symphony.

Dana has performed with numerous orchestras; the Philadelphia Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony, Reading Symphony, and Charleston Symphony. While studying at Curtis, she performed the Penderecki Sextet for String Trio, Clarinet, Horn, and Piano, with renowned violist and president of Curtis, Roberto Diaz. She was also coached by Krzysztof Penderecki himself and performed his piece at Carnegie Hall. Dana has recorded on several of her mother’s albums, including “Mesa Verde Soundscapes” and “Zion and Bryce National Park Soundscapes,” as well as on One Alternative’s latest album, “Air Sculpture.” Dana has performed in many countries such as Italy, Germany, China, Japan, and Korea.

Mike Bucalo, trumpet

Mike Bucalo grew up in Ann Arbor Michigan. Attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in trumpet performance. In 1977 joined the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra as second trumpet, a post he held until 2005. He was also second trumpet with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra from 1981-1984. Mike has also been a substitute player with the Atlanta Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony Orchestras.

In 2006, Mike moved to New Braunfels Texas and took positions with both the Austin Symphony and the Austin Opera Orchestras, posts he held until 2016. Currently, Mike remains active in the Austin and San Antonio music communities and especially enjoys playing cornet with the San Antonio Brass Band.

Steve Peterson, trombone

Steve Peterson is an active performer and teacher in the Dallas and San Antonio areas. In addition to performing as principal trombone with the San Antonio Symphony, Steve often performs with the Dallas Symphony and has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras. He has a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Music from Southern Methodist University. Steve is a member of many chamber groups including DFW Brass, Bishop Arts Brass, and the Dallas Symphony “Yes” Brass Quintet. Previous to moving to Texas in 2011, Steve played in jazz and commercial ensembles on Princess Cruise lines, which allowed him to travel to Europe, Australia, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean. Steve is also a videographer and creates many original satirical and documentary videos that can be found on his youtube channel: stevepetersonproject.

Lee Hipp, tuba

Lee Hipp, principal tuba of the San Antonio Symphony and the San Antonio Brass since 1989, has also performed with the Dallas, Houston and Atlanta symphonies, the Miami City Ballet Orchestra and the Southwest Florida Symphony. Mr. Hipp spent the 1998-2000 seasons performing as acting principal tuba with the Utah Symphony. Lee has taught tuba and euphonium at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Utah as well as St. Mary's and Trinity Universities. Lee Hipp is a native Texan and received his B.M. in Education from Texas Tech University studying with David Payne. He earned his M.M. in Tuba Performance at Southern Methodist University studying with Everett Gilmore and Sandy Keathley. Mr. Hipp has also studied with David Kirk of the Houston Symphony, Dennis Miller of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Donald Little of the University of North Texas/ Dallas Opera.


The San Antonio Brass is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Donations supporting the artistic and educational activities of the San Antonio Brass can be sent to: San Antonio Brass Inc. P.O. Box 2552 San Antonio, TX 78299

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