Chris Joyce - trumpet
After studying music at Illinois Wesleyan University, Chris has had an active freelance trumpet career based in the Chicago area. In addition to appearances as a solo performer, Chris regularly performs with a number of professional ensembles including area orchestras, chamber music ensembles, brass quintets, jazz groups, rock/blues bands, and pit orchestras.
As a performer, Chris has toured across the US, Russia, and throughout Europe, including a featured solo performance with England's BBC Orchestra in London. Chris has been directed by Tom Scott, shared a stage with Dennis DiBlasio, performed for Arturo Sandoval, been teased by Awadagin Pratt, and has received a number of vigorous hugs from Mstislav Rostropovich.
As his key musical influences, Chris cites Clifford Brown, Chet
Baker, Will Scarlett, Steven Eggleston, Judy Saxton, and Jack Adams.
Paul Lowry - trumpet
A native of Cartersville, Georgia, Paul Lowry holds a Masters of Music degree in Performance from Florida State University where he studied with Dr. Christopher Moore and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from West Virginia University where he studied with Dr. John Winkler. Mr. Lowry has won numerous solo competitions, including first prize at the MTNA National Brass competition and at state and regional MTNA competitions. Mr. Lowry was also a finalist, finishing runner-up, at the National Trumpet Competition in 2004.
In 2007, Mr. Lowry became a founding member of the Windy City brass quintet where they perform extensively in and around the Chicago area. Mr. Lowry was appointed principal trumpet in 2006 of the Carl Rosa Opera Company which just completed its North American tour performing throughout 43 states and Canada. Mr. Lowry’s other ensemble experience includes principal trumpet with the Carroll Symphony Orchestra where he has also been a soloist, associate-principal trumpet with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, principal trumpet with the Etowah Chamber Orchestra, the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra, the West Virginia Wind Symphony which toured the Northeastern United States performing in the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra, the Florida State University Wind Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and the United States Honor band which toured England with performances in London, Oxford, and Stratford. Mr. Lowry was also invited to perform with the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida during the 2005 - 2006 season. In the fall of 2005 Mr. Lowry was appointed professor of trumpet at the North Florida Community College in Madison, Florida, where he served as adjunct professor for the 2005-2006 term.
Mr. Lowry is currently living in Chicago, Illinois with his wife Kelly where he enjoys teaching and performing as a free-lance musician.
Andrew King - Horn
Andrew King is in his second year as Director of Orchestras at Purdue University. In addition to his work at Purdue, Mr. King has been a guest conductor and clinician at music festivals throughout the Midwest and the East Coast. His orchestras have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Grand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Kapella Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, and on tour throughout the United States. Previously, Mr. King held positions as Music Director of the Indianapolis Youth Orchestra, Director of Orchestras at Carmel High School, Lawrence Central High School and Munster High School, and as Assistant Conductor of the Central Illinois Youth Orchestra. In the January 2001 issue of School Band and Orchestra Magazine, the Carmel High School Orchestra was featured in the cover story, Andrew King: Orchestrating Student Success. He has also served as the orchestra division head for the BOA Summer Symposium. Mr. King earned commendations from the school boards at both Carmel Clay Schools and Lawrence Township for his teaching.
Mr. King earned his master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Butler University where he studied with Stanley DeRusha and served as the Assistant Conductor of the Butler Symphony Orchestra. His conducting teachers have included Gustav Meier, Daniel Hege, Rossen Milanov, and Steven Eggleston. He has also participated as a conducting fellow in International Conductor’s Guild workshops with Harold Farberman, Guillermo Figeroa, and H. Robert Reynolds. Mr. King earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Illinois Wesleyan University where he graduated with honors. Mr. King has commissioned and premiered orchestral works by Peter Gilbert and Joseph Spaniola. He strongly believes that young musicians should have the opportunity to develop an appreciation for high quality contemporary art music. To this end, Mr. King regularly programs music from the last part of the twentieth century.
Also active as a horn performer, Mr. King has studied with Phillip Farkas, Laura Fairfield, Gail Lewis, and Janet Miller. In addition to the Windy City Brass, Mr. King performs with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Indianapolis.
Thomas Stark - Trombone
Thomas Stark is originally from the Chicago area, and received the Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Illinois University in 1997.
Mr. Stark Trombonist with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony and Principal Trombonist with the Elmhurst Symphony. He is a member of the Chicago Trombone Quartet, the Chicago Trombone Consort, The Windy City Brass, and the Lincoln Park Brass. As a prominent freelancer in the Midwest, he is a frequent guest with orchestras such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Sinfonietta, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Millar Brass Ensemble, and the symphonies of Lake Forest, Elgin, Madison, and Rockford. Mr. Stark has toured as bass trombonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and can be heard on recordings with the Chicago Trombone Consort, The Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, The John Burnett Swing Orchestra, and The Bill O’Connell Skyliners Big Band.
Mr. Stark has also performed with artists such as Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, country music singer Vince Gill, Marie Osmond, Quincy Jones, Tito Puente, “Blue” Lou Marini, Lorna Luft, Carl Topilow, Carl Fontana, Jim Pugh, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Chris Brubeck, Joe Williams, Jack Jones, Marilyn McCoo, Matt Catingub, Diane Shuur, Diane Reeves, Maureen McGovern, and many more.
Ryan Miller - Bass Trombone & Tuba
Ryan Miller received his Bachelors degree in music performance from Northern Illinois University and his Masters degree in music performance from Roosevelt University. He has appeared with the orchestras of Ramsey Lewis, Glenn Miller, Mel Torme, Regis Philbin, and Natalie Cole and local groups like The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, The Skyliners Big Band, The Illinois Philharmonic, The Peoria Symphony, Chicago Trombone Authority, and rock cover band supreme Tributosaurus. He recently played tenor trombone, bass trombone, and tuba in the Broadway production of "The Lion King" at the Cadillac Theater in Chicago. He is the founder and director of the Hinsdale Conservatory of Music, a non-profit music teaching studio in the west suburbs of Chicago. He is also the Adjunct Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at Bradley University.