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Email: abq94@bex.net

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The Academy Brass Quintet (ABQ) is a professional brass quintet comprised of musicians from the greater Toledo area. ABQ was formed in June of 1994 with the expectation of performing throughout Northwest Ohio, and to offer an annual concert series for the public.

Since its inception, the ABQ has thrilled audiences at Maumee Bay State Park, The Toledo Museum of Art, the Metroparks, and numerous concert halls. We have been a featured ensemble on the WGTE FM 91.3 Thursday Evening Concert Series. In addition, the Group has been engaged to provide music for hundreds of weddings.

ABQ performs a variety of music from Baroque and Classical to Jazz, Pop, Big Band and 20th Century and is available for weddings, dinner/reception music, church services, parties, special occasions, private lessons and clinics.

MSmithMichael Smith, trumpet, is one of the founding members of the ABQ. He is originally from Cleveland and moved to the Toledo area in 1985. Michael received a Bachelor Degree of Music Education and a Masters Degree of Trumpet Performance from Bowling Green State University; and an Educational Specialists Degree (Ed.S.) of Administration and Supervision from The University of Toledo. Michael has performed with the Toledo Symphony, The Perrysburg Symphony, The Lima Symphony and The Sunday Brass Quintet. His trumpet instructors include Edwin Betts, George Novak, and David Brown. Presently, Michael teaches a summer string camp at Ohio Northern University and is the Orchestra Director for Perrysburg Schools, where he was the recipient of the 2000-2001 "Teacher of The Year Award."

Bruce Heuring, trombone, is a Toledo area native and received a Bachelor Degree of Music Performance from the University of Toledo and completed his Masters work in Music Performance from the University of Akron. His primary trombone instructors include Edward Zadrozny and Peter Pettit. In addition to performing with the ABQ and the Perrysburg Symphony, Bruce has performed with the Akron Symphony, Toledo Opera Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Concert Band and at The Westgate Dinner Theater and Croswell Opera House.

JasonJason Jordan, tuba, received his master’s degree in tuba performance at Bowling Green State University, where he also received his bachelor degree in music education. Jason is originally from Chicago, Illinois, where he was principal tubist in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, DuPage Youth Symphony, and the All-Illinois Honor Band. He has also performed with the Bowling Green Symphony Orchestra and the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra. He was the 1999-2000 Bowling Green State University "Brass Student of the Year" as well as a finalist in the 2000 BGSU Concerto Competition. In May of 2002, Jason was a finalist in the Artist Solo Tuba Division of the 2002 International Tuba and Euphonium Competition. He was the featured soloist with the Greenville Municipal Band in their summer concert season in 2002. Jason can be heard as part of the ensemble that recorded "The Composer's Voice" under the label Albany Records (Troy 321).

Pete!Pete Vavrinek, horn, is one of the original members of ABQ. He has been performing in the Toledo area since 1986. His musical career began with piano lessons at age nine. His first brass instrument was the trumpet, but he was soon was enjoying the horn. Brass quintet continues to be his favorite way to perform. The personal interaction with the audience and the challenge of being a vital part of the 5-piece group is rewarding. Pete has arranged several pieces to help meet the needs of the quintet's clients.

Honors include Principal Horn positions in the Eastern Michigan University Honors Band, Michigan
Intercollegiate Honors Band, the Arion Foundation Award for outstanding musical achievement and
numerous awards at district and state competitions.

Pete studied piano from Sister Magdalena Ezoe of Sienna Heights College, Dr. Richard Goolian of
Adrian College and Dr. Dai Uk Lee of Michigan State University while playing horn in all formations of musical ensemble.

He has performed with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Symphony Orchestra, various
community orchestras including Perrysburg, Sylvania and Bowling Green, and helps where needed with the University of Toledo and Heidelberg University orchestras. Pete has played with the Village Brass, Old West End Brass Quintet, Adrian College Brass Quintet as well as many musical productions at venues like The Croswell Opera House and various high school productions.

Pete graduated from Adrian College with a Bachelor of Business Administration, became a licensed
CPA, enjoyed 5 years with Ernst & Young, LLP and is currently employed by Campbell, Inc., Heating & Cooling Services, as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Dr. David Kosmyna, trumpet, a native of Toledo, Ohio, teaches trumpet, theory, composition, and directs the Jazz Ensemble at Ohio Northern University. Prior to ONU, Kosmyna served on the faculty of the State University of New York at Fredonia and during the summers taught trumpet, chamber brass, and composition at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Toledo, a Master of Music in Composition from Ohio University (Athens) and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying under Bernard Sanchez, John Schlabach, and Alan Seibert, respectively. Dr. Kosmyna served as principal trumpet of, and performed as soloist with, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra as well as performing as guest soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in 2012. He has performed with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony, the Slee Sinfonietta (Buffalo, NY), the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, including a recording with the Pops on the TELARC label and broadcasts on National Public Radio. Dr. Kosmyna is a Centaur Records Performing Artist on PITY PAID: Music of Jeffrey Stadelman with the Slee Sinfonietta in 2009 and SHREDS: 21st Century Music for Trumpet and Percussion to be released in 2014. Dr. Kosmyna is also active as a composer and arranger published by BVD Press and Pasticcio Music. His works have been performed by brass ensembles throughout the country including a recent performance by New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet in Fukui, Japan.

Dr. Kosmyna has recorded extensively in both classical and jazz styles and in 2003 was awarded Best Traditional Classic Jazz Album by the Canadian Collector’s Congress for his work with the Climax Jazz Band of Toronto, Canada. As a specialist in New Orleans style jazz, Kosmyna has toured throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, and recently performed in Japan with the famous New Orleans Rascals of Osaka in 2012. He has also been a repeat guest soloist, performer, and lecturer at the Toronto Jazz Festival. Kosmyna’s 2007 performance at the Toronto Jazz Festival was also broadcast on BBC Radio 2. His latest releases with the New Orleans Party Asylum have received critical acclaim from Jazz Times, JazzCorner, and All About Jazz. Dr. Kosmyna is also highly committed to music education in the schools and frequently serves as clinician/conductor on trumpet, brass playing, jazz, and wind band throughout Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and the Mid-West including guest conductor of the 2013 Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (NY) Honor Band. In addition, Kosmyna is actively involved with the International Trumpet Guild, having served at the coordinator for the 2008 ITG Solo Competition held in Banff, Alberta, performed at the 2010 ITG Conference in Sydney, Australia, and hosted the 2011 Ohio ITG Conference at Ohio Northern University. Dr. Kosmyna served as editor for the employment column of the ITG website from 2007-2012.

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