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Tuning Tips and Tricks for Your Brass Section

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  • Are you having intonation issues with your brass section? Do you hear a problem, but can’t quite put a finger on it? Join members of the U.S. Navy Band brass section for a clinic on intonation tendencies and strategies for making your brass section sound great! We will speak about and demonstrate each brass instrument, reviewing tendencies that will help you identify a potential problem before you start rehearsals. Additionally, we will discuss acceptable alternate fingerings/slide positions.
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  • Chief Musician Anthony Halloin, originally from De Pere, Wis., joined the Navy Band in 2004. Prior to his appointment to the Navy Band, Halloin completed a Bachelor of Music with a teacher’s certification at the University of Michigan and a Master of Music at Indiana University. At IU, he served as associate instructor of music education, training future music educators to teach brass instruments in the public schools, and also completed the requirements for a cognate field in jazz improvisation. In 2010, Halloin received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland.
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  • Chief Musician Stanley Curtis
  • Chief Musician Stanley Curtis, originally from Tuscaloosa, Ala., joined the Navy Band in 1998. He earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Alabama in 1986, a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1988 and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Indiana University in 2005. His teachers include Friedemann Immer, Charles Gorham, and Bernard Adelstein. Curtis is a featured soloist with the Concert Band. An avid composer and arranger, he has organized and arranged musical pieces for a Navy Band trumpet ensemble for performances at three professional conferences. He is a member of the Navy Band Brass Quartet, for which he has written many arrangements, and he has composed an original piece that was premiered by the Concert Band in 2003.
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  • Musician 1st Class Phil Eberly
  • Musician 1st Class Philip Eberly joined the Navy Band in July 2008. Originally from Shillington, Pa., he earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from George Mason University, and a master’s degree in euphonium performance at the University of North Texas. His primary instructors include Roger Behrend and Brian Bowman. In 2007, he was the first place winner of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium competition. In addition to his concert and ceremonial duties, Eberly is a member of the Navy Band Tuba/Euphonium Quartet and the Navy Band Brass Quartet.
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  • Musician 1st Class David Miller
  • Musician 1st Class David Miller, originally from Chicago, Ill., joined the Navy Band in 2005. He studied with Thomas Ashworth while earning a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance at the University of Minnesota, and with Nitzan Haroz while earning a Master of Music in trombone performance at Temple University. He has been a member of the Charleston Symphony in South Carolina and solo trombonist with the Orquesta Sinaloa de las Artes in Sinaloa, Mexico, where he was a founding member. He was also the principal trombonist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City. Additionally, he has performed with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Jalapa, the Kirov Ballet, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Sapporo, Japan, and the Reading (Pennsylvania), Delaware and Fairfax Symphony Orchestras. He has also appeared with international artists Jose Carreras, Arturo Sandoval, and Paquito D’Rivera. Miller is head of the copy team for the Navy Band and has arranged several pieces for the Concert and Ceremonial Bands.
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  • Musician 1st Class Nathaniel Willson
  • Musician 1st Class Nathaniel Willson joined the Navy Band as French hornist in 2014, after serving more than four years with the U.S. Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland. Willson was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, but was raised overseas in Japan and India, graduating high school in 1998 from the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India. He holds a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School and a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining the Navy, Willson was a member of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra. He has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Opera and the Washington National Opera.
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  • Musician 1st Class Peter Pirotte
  • Musician 1st Class Peter Pirotte, from Raleigh, North Carolina, joined the Navy Band in 2014. Prior to joining the Navy Band, Pirotte was an active freelancer in Houston, where he maintained a private studio of more than 60 trumpet students and performed with the Texas Brass, Musiqa, and many other ensembles. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. There, he performed with the Detroit Symphony as an extra and also appeared in their chorus for works such as Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he had the opportunity to join the internationally acclaimed Fountain City Brass Band, winning several competitions as well as performing and recording in the U.K. Pirotte earned his Performer’s Certificate from the Lynn University Conservatory studying with members of the Empire Brass.
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