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Long Island Brassworks

Long Island BrassworksA Faculty Brass Quintet in Residence
at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University

Rodger Lee, Director

Long Island Brassworks is a professional brass quintet that includes all of the members of the brass family, which performs concerts, workshops and master classes throughout the Metropolitan area. It consists of faculty members from the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville, N.Y. and is available to perform and offer classroom instruction from elementary school up to college. We find this one-on-one training with a professional musician to be absolutely invaluable.

The members of the quintet are Rodger Lee, trumpet; Pete Deschler, trumpet; Ed Albinski, horn; Ron Stanton, trombone and Jay Rozen, tuba & baritone horn.

About the Quintet

Rodger Lee, trumpet

Mr. Lee has enjoyed an interesting and versatile career as a freelance trumpeter in and round New York City for over 20 years. He has performed with several modern orchestras including The New York Virtuosi, West End Symphony, The New York Ragtime Orchestra, Westchester Broadway Theater and The American Chamber Orchestra. His Broadway credits include Wonderful Town, Assassins, The Frogs, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Kiss Me Kate, Putting it Together, Bells Are Ringing, Peter Pan, Flower Drum Song, and Les Miserable for over eight years. Mr. Lee has performed on natural trumpet with several period instrument groups: Strings of Lafayette (Washington D.C.), Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Centenary Festival Orchestra (The Big Gig, Richmond Virginia), Ars Antiqua Ensemble, the Harmonium Chamber Singers (New Jersey), Consort Royal (New York), American Classical Orchestra (New York), Connecticut Early Music Society, Clarino Consort and Trinity Consort (Oregon). His trumpet ensemble, entitled "Royal Brass" has performed several thousand affairs in the tri-state area in the past 13 years. As a recording artist he has produced his own albums such as New American Trumpet Sonatas and Ceremonial Wedding Music. Mr. Lee also is on the Broadway recording of Scarlet Pimpernel as well as soloist on a Christian recording entitled The Way of Life. He has a bachelor's degree in trumpet performance from SUNY Purchase, a master's degree from CUNY Brooklyn College, and has finished the course work towards his doctorate at CUNY Graduate School and University Center. At CUNY Brooklyn College Mr. Lee taught music courses and was assistant conductor of the Wind Ensemble. He now teaches at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University as adjunct professor of trumpet and is the Director of both the college brass ensemble and faculty brass quintet entitled "Long Island Brassworks."

Peter Deschler, trumpet

A freelance trumpet player in the New York metropolitan area, Mr. Deschler's recent performances include Broadway's Annie Get Your Gun, Gypsy, Flower Drum Song, and lead trumpet work for several off-Broadway shows, including The World Goes Round, Victor/Victoria, 42nd Street, Sweet Chariot and Gypsy. Mr. Deschler has worked with such noted artists as Polly Bergen, Amanda Green, Sandy Duncan, Audra Mc Donald, Lea DeLaria, Bernadette Peters and the Radio City Rockettes. He is also frequently heard at local clubs and churches throughout Long Island.

Ron Stanton, trombone

Since 1984 Ron Stanton has been an active music educator and performer. He has studied Bass Trombone with Emory Remington, Roger Smith, Bob Biddlecomb and Alan Raph. Orchestral studies at that time include performances at Avery Fischer Hall as part of the Dimitri Metropolis conducting awards under the direction of Leonard Berstein. Other performances have been with Michael Hammond David Gilbert, Gerard Schwarz, David Amram, Gens Nygaard, and Leon Thompson. Ron has also performed with the New York Choral Society, Concert Orchestra of Long Island, Laszlo Halasz director, Opera on the Sound, and with the Hofstra Shakespeare Festival Orchestra with David Amram. Also a member of the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra (Bass Sakbutt) and a founding member of the Celebrations Brass Quintet (1974). Since 1980 Ron has done commercial and Big Band performances, recordings, and has worked with Abby Lane, Pattie Page, Neil Sedaka, Mel Torme, Connie Francis, Louis Belison, Lionel Hampton, Wayne Andre and Urbie Green. Ron continues to teach the methods of Emory Remington and shares the tradition of the Trombone Choir with his students.

Edward Albinski, horn

A native of Long Island, Mr. Albinski studied horn with Arthur Berv (NBC Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra). He presently performs with the Atlantic Wind Symphony, The Airport Playhouse, Bethpage Village Brass Band, and the Island Brass Society. He is also an active freelance musician having performed with the Island Chamber Symphony, American Concert Band, Island Brass Quartet, Theater Three, North Shore Chamber Choir, New Orchestra of Long Island, Seyfert Concert Band, Sound Symphony, BAFFA Symphony, Merrick Symphony, Massapequa Symphony, Massapequa Chorale, and the New York Air National Guard Band. He is the director of the Summer Music Program in Ronkonkoma, NY, and has an active private studio.

Jay Rozen, tuba

Former principal tubist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Rozen has played with the Creative Opportunity Orchestra (jazz ensemble), the Austin Klezmorium, the Capitol of Texas Brass Quintet and the European Tuba Quartet. He currently performs in the NY area and has played with the American Symphony Orchestra, which performed at the Zappanale Festival in Germany in June 2002. His group THREE (3 tubas and drums) received rave reviews for their performance at ITEC 2002 in North Carolina. He has also performed with such jazz luminaries as Ray Anderson, Charli Persip and Perry Robinson. A long-time champion of new music, Mr. Rozen has had works written for him by many composers including Virgil Thomson and David Lang. An active composer and arranger, Rozen's music has been published by G. Schirmer and the TUBA Press, and has been performed by tuba virtuosos Marty Erickson and the Canadian Brass. Mr. Rozen has appeared on over 20 CDs including his KILLER TUBA SONGS, and as soloist on David Lang's ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? on which he plays the electric-tuba.

The quintet normally performs for one period (about 50 minutes) and then offers a master class (also about 50 minutes), giving the opportunity for each student brass player to work either on their NYSSMA solo or perform with our quintet in order to learn how to play chamber music, one of our primary goals. We can even coach a student quintet (or quartet) if one is available. If they have a piece or two prepared, our quintet can even play along with your ensemble, enabling the students to perform next to high caliber professionals. Also, there are many works in the Renaissance period where two quintets are employed, allowing the students to hear early music's "stereophonic" effects. Of course, this format can easily be changed to suit the needs of each school.

Our brass quintet can often be financed through the Eastern or Nassau BOCES Arts-in-Education programs.

Time: 1 ½ - 2 hours
Type: Performance and master class (workshop)
Contact: Rodger Lee, 516-398-8487 or e-mail: rltrumpet@aol.com

Evaluations

March 18, 2004
Steve Muller, Band Director, Central Islip High School
Performance and Workshop
120 people attended
"These were professional musicians demonstrating exactly what it is that my students are working toward achieving. It shows them that they are capable of achieving if they continue to work hard. It provides them with motivation to succeed and reinforces the things that I tell them. A wonderful performance and superb interaction with the students!"

May 11, 2004
Susan C. Berner, Administrative Consultant for Music
Patchogue-Medford Schools (4 different schools, grades 6-12)
Performances and workshops
In a letter dated 5-11-04, Susan Berner writes, "I would like to thank you for bringing the Long Island Brassworks to our school district. The students in all the bands enjoyed the performances and the brass students benefited a great deal from the clinics. I was very impressed with the caliber of ability of all members of your quintet. I’m sure you inspired many of our young musicians to become better players. I hope that other districts on Long Island take advantage of your performances and clinics, as this school district surely will again in the future."

June 7, 2004
Ronald Fox, Band Director, East Islip High School
Performance and workshop
110 people attended
"The students saw professional musicians perform chamber music. Many students in the band perform chamber music in different situations. They also heard some repertoire that they recently performed."