Brass

Donald Batchelder   Donald Batchelder
Adjunct Professor; Brass Coordinator
Trumpet
Main Office: 973-655-7212
batchelderd@mail.montclair.edu

Donald Batchelder is Principal Trumpet of the New York City Opera Orchestra, where he has played full-time since 2000. Recognized as an outstanding free-lance trumpeter in the New York area since 1983, he performs frequently with the Metropolitan Opera, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the American Symphony, and on Broadway. In addition to his work with the New York City Opera, Mr. Batchelder holds the principal trumpet chairs in the Westfield (NJ) Symphony and the Stamford (CT) Symphony. He earned both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with William Vacchiano and Mel Broiles. Other influential teachers include Vince Penzarella, Arnold Jacobs and Philip Smith. Among Mr. Batchelder's recent solo appearances: When Speaks the Signal-Trumpet Tone by David Gillingham, with the Ridgewood Concert Band; the Shostakovich Concerto for Piano and Trumpet with both the Stamford Symphony and the New York Virtuosi; the world premiere of Trent Johnson's Concertino for Trumpet and Organ; David Sampson's Triptych with the Westfield Symphony; and Herbert L. Clarke's Southern Cross with the Goldman Band. Mr. Batchelder joined the music faculty of Montclair State University in September 2000.


  Nancy Billmann
Adjunct Professor
French horn
Main Office: 973-655-7212
billmannn@mail.montclair.edu

Horn player Nancy Billmann leads an active freelance career that includes chamber music, contemporary music, orchestral, operatic, and Broadway experiences. Billmann was a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet for 13 years and is active with chamber music ensembles in the New York area. As an orchestral musician, she frequently performs with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York City Opera, American Symphony, Stamford Symphony, the Manhattan Sinfonietta, and on Broadway. She has appeared at OK Mozart, Tanglewood, the Festival Institute at Round Top (where she was also a faculty member), the Caramoor Festival, and the Monadnock Music Festival. Ms. Billmann grew up in Wisconsin, and received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where she studied with Douglas Hill. She completed both her Master’s Degree and the Professional Studies Program at The Juilliard School, studying with David Wakefield and has made her home in New York City since 1989.


Kyle Hoyt
Adjunct Professor
French horn
Main Office: 973-655-7212

Kyle Hoyt is an active French horn player and teacher in the NYC metropolitan area and beyond. Kyle can be heard frequently playing with the American, Detroit, New Haven Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra of St. Lukes and the Chamber Orchestra of New York. He performs regularly at the Bard Music Festival Orchestral and Chamber Music Programs. Previously he was Associate Principal horn of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and held section positions with the Columbus and Syracuse Symphony Orchestras. He has recorded for Naxos, Telarc, Nimbus Records, and NFL Films. In addition to teaching at MSU, Kyle is on the faculty of Nyack College and holds a private teaching studio. Kyle has been a member of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Orchestra, and currently plays with the Broadway Pit Orchestras of Cinderella, Wicked, Les Miserables, Alladin, Bullets over Broadway and The Lion King. He studied at the University of Michigan and Manhattan School of Music. His principal teachers were Bryan Kennedy, Soren Hermansson, Erik Ralske, and Jeffrey Lang.


 Jeff Scott Jeff Scott
Adjunct Professor
French horn
Main Office: 973-655-7212
scottje@mail.montclair.edu

Jeff Scott received his Bachelor's degree from Manhattan School of Music, and Master's Degree from SUNY at Stony Brook. He studied with Jerome Ashby, David Jolley, Scott Brubaker and William Purvis and performed in a wind quintet coached by the late Samuel Baron of the New York Woodwind Quintet. Mr. Scott's performance credits include The Lion King and other Broadway shows such as, On the Townand Showboat. He has been a member of the Alvin Ailey and Dance Theater of Harlem Orchestras since 1995 and has performed under the direction of Wynton Marsalis and Arturo O'Farrill with the Lincoln Center Jazz and Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestras. He has performed extensively as a studio musician and can be heard on movie soundtracks scored by Terrence Blanchard, Tan Dun and on commercial recordings with notable artists such as, Chico O'Farill, Robin Eubanks, Freddy Cole, and Jimmy Heath amongst others. He has toured with artists such as Barbra Streisand and the late Luther Vandross. Mr. Scott is also an arranger and composer whose works include scoring the off-Broadway production of Becoming Something, The Canada Lee Story, the staged production of Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot, and many arrangements and original works for wind and brass quintet, horn quartet, and jazz ensembles. Mr. Scott has been on the horn faculty of the Cali School of Music since 2002.


‌   Charles Bumcrot
Adjunct Professor
Trumpet
Main Office: 973-655-7212
bumcrotc@mail.montclair.edu

Charles Bumcrot received a B.M. in both Music Education and Performance at San Francisco State University and earned his M.M. at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with William Vacchiano and Alan Dean. He also studied extensively with former NY Philharmonic trumpeter Vincent Penzarella. He is the Principal/Solo trumpet with Orchestra New England (New Haven, CT) and performs with with the American Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Lukes, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Solid Brass, New York Chamber Symphony, the Westfield Symphony, Little Orchestra Society of New York, Solisti New York, and has been heard on NPR and NPTV, as well as Japan National Television and Radio. Recording labels include Sony/CBS, CBS Masterworks, Deutsche Grammophon, Delos, Koch International Classics, New World and CSM. Mr. Bumcrot performed the world premier of William Ryden’s Sonata for Trumpet and Orchestra (commisioned by Orchestra New England). He was a member of the orchestra for the Grammy nominated recording of The Orchestral Music of Charles Ives.. He has given masterclasses at universities and other forums in the US and abroad. 


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Jason Ham
Adjunct Professor
Euphonium
Main Office: 973-655-7212
hamj@mail.montclair.edu

Holding degrees from the University of Georgia in music education and euphonium performance, Jason is a member of the West Point Band, located at the United States Military Academy in upstate New York. Jason is also a member of the New Amsterdam Brass Band, a British-style brass band that is based out of Montclair. He one of America's most active euphonium soloists, having performed throughout most of the contiguous US states as well as China, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Finland, Argentina, and Canada, and having made appearances with such groups as the West Point Band, US Army Band, New York Staff Band, and many others. In the summers, Jason serves as the Valade Fellow in Euphonium at the Interlochen Arts Camp in northern Michigan. He has commissioned new works for euphonium from Joseph Turrin, David Gillingham, Johan de Meij, Amanda Harberg, Stephen Anderson, and Stephen Melillo.


Tony Kadleck
Adjunct Professor
Trumpet
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Tony Kadleck - Website

Throughout his career, Tony Kadleck has been praised as a highly effective sideman, who has lent his hand to numerous musical activities. He is currently one of the most sought-after trumpet players in the New York area. While attending the New England Conservatory in Boston, Kadleck studied both classical and jazz music, a task that would later benefit him, as he went on to perform and record with the Boston Pops Orchestra. In 1986, Tony was asked to join the trumpet section of the Buddy Rich Band, and later that year, decided to move to New York. Tony has recorded with several artists, including Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Celine Dion, and Tony Bennett. Kadleck also spends time playing a wide variety of live concerts, having performed with Natalie Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, and most recently Steely Dan. Tony is currently a member of many organizations including John Pizzarelli's "Swing Seven", the Ron Carter Great Big Band, John Fedchock's NY Big Band, the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, and the New York Pops Orchestra. He can also be heard on broadway in Disney’s Aladdin.


  Anthony Mazzocchi
Associate Director of Administration
Assistant Professor of Music
Trombone
973-655-5226
mazzocchia@mail.montclair.edu
Anthony Mazzocchi - Website

A Grammy nominated music educator, Anthony Mazzocchi is Executive Director of the Kinhaven Summer Music School in Weston as well as Associate Director at the John J. Cali School of Music. He has served as Director of Fine and Performing Arts of the South Orange/Maplewood School District as well as an educational consultant throughout the NYC/NJ area.  As a trombonist, Mr. Mazzocchi has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, Riverside Symphony, Key West Symphony, in various Broadway shows and numerous recordings and movie soundtracks. Mr. Mazzocchi serves as faculty or as a frequent guest lecturer at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, Mannes College of Music, and Kean University. 


George Curran
Adjunct Professor
Bass Trombone
Main Office: 973-655-7212


Matthew Brown   Matthew Brown
Adjunct Professor
Tuba
Main Office: 973-655-7212
brownmatt@mail.montclair.edu 
Matthew Brown - Website

Matthew K. Brown won the grand-prize of the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Concerto Competition at the age of 17, and made his concerto debut with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia later that year. TheAllentown Morning Call review acclaimed Brown’s performance as “exciting…..a tour de force!” While studying with Sam Pilafian at Boston University, he became a founding member of the award-winning Paramount Brass Quintet. He continued his studies at Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University. He has performed with the Washington (DC) Brass Quintet, the Avatar Brass Quintet, Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Miami City Ballet, Ballet Florida, Ann Arbor (MI) Symphony, Alea III, Ensemble 21, and in hundreds of concerts throughout the United States, including weekly internationally televised performances from the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale (FL). Matt is also an active arranger and publishes through his company, Hawkeye Music Publications. Currently, in addition to performing with the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, Matt freelances throughout the northeast.


 Kyle Turner Kyle Turner
Adjunct Professor 
Tuba 
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Kyle Turner - Website

Kyle Turner has performed over 500 concerts with the New York Philharmonic. He also performs regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Saturday Brass, Concordia Orchestra, Solisti New York, Riverside Symphony, Solid Brass, and the Lake George Opera Orchestra. He has also performed with many other ensembles including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, NYC Ballet, NYC Opera, the American Composers Orchestra, American Ballet Orchestra, New York Chamber Orchestra, the American Horn Quartet, various Broadway shows (playing bass-trombone and tuba), and Harmonic Brass of Munich. Mr. Turner also works in the recording industry and has played for over 75 television commercials, feature films such as The Rookie, Tom & Huck, Journey of August King, Ransom, Michael Collins, Primary Colors, You've Got Mail. He has recorded for many labels including Sony, Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch, Warner Brothers, Angel, Dorian, EBS, Music Masters, Koch Classics, Arabesque, Musical Heritage Society, and many independent labels. His solo album, Expressions, has received rave reviews since its release in 2005.


Darrell Hendricks
Adjunct Professor
Brass Techniques
Main Office: 973-655-7212