H. Peter Stern Concert Series: Collective Brass

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Collective Brass from left to right: Carl Stanley, Drew Mangus, Keith Kile, Alaina Alster , and Bill Owens

Collective Brass from left to right: Carl Stanley, Drew Mangus, Keith Kile, Alaina Alster, and Bill Owens

Collective Brass is a high energy chamber group that performs a broad range of exciting and virtuosic music. Members of the ensemble have trained at schools such as the Juilliard School and Yale School of Music. All hold positions in major performing groups in New York. In addition to performing traditional and contemporary brass chamber music, Collective Brass continues to create original arrangements and editions of early music for the ensemble.


Carl Stanley TRUMPET

Raised in a musical household in California, Carl Stanley’s trumpet career has taken him around the globe. After completing his B.A. in music in 2008 from California State University, East Bay, Mr. Stanley won a position with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band in Hampton, Virginia.

In his four years as Trumpet in the
 Concert Band and a member of the
 Heritage Brass Quintet, Mr. Stanley 
toured throughout the United States,
 performing in concerts, recitals,
 ceremonies, professional sporting
 events, competitions, and conventions as an Air Force musician. Deploying to the Middle East, he was also able to perform in an outreach band, which utilized music as a partnership-building tool to better U.S. relations in war-torn regions. Mr. Stanley left the Air Force in 2013 to complete his Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music. Upon graduating in May of 2015, he transitioned into the U.S. Army as a member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point.


Drew Mangus HORN

Drew Mangus is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He began playing horn in public school there, taught by his father, a horn player and band director. Following High School, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Oklahoma studying with Eldon Matlick. He then earned his Master’s degree in Music Performance from Southern Methodist University where he studied with Gregory Hustis and Haley Hoops of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Drew joined the West Point Military Academy Band in 2014 and currently resides in the Hudson Valley. Drew has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and spent a summer in Breckenridge Colorado performing with the National Repertory Orchestra.


Keith Kile TUBA

Keith Kile, originally from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is the newest tubist to join The 
West Point Band at The United States 
Military Academy. Outside of The West 
Point Band, Kile is an active free-lancer and 
is on faculty at The New School’s Mannes 
Prep. Prior to moving to the Hudson 
Valley, Kile performed regularly on both 
tuba and euphonium and appeared with
 The Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet 
Band, the Hal Leonard Studio Ensemble, numerous regional orchestras in the Midwest and Southeast, and served in the 129th Army National Guard Band for eleven years. As a successful soloist, Kile was selected the winner of the prestigious Jacobs School of Music Concerto Competition – only the second euphoniumist to be awarded the prize in the history of the competition.


Alaina Alster TROMBONE

Trombonist Alaina Alster has been a member
 of the West Point Band since 2013.  Prior to joining the West Point Band, Alaina
 was an active freelance musician in New York City where she enjoyed a career performing a 
wide range of musical genres. She continues
 to perform with ensembles outside of West 
Point, specifically as a member of Pitch Blak
 Brass Band, a ten piece hip-hop brass band based out of Brooklyn, NY. She is also a 
music educator and has worked as a teaching artist for the Phil Ramone Orchestra for Children, as well as a private music instructor. Originally from Long Island, NY, Alaina began playing the trombone at the age of nine, but shortly after beginning switched to euphonium. When she turned twelve she picked up trombone again and began pursing both instruments. In 2002 she was accepted to the University of Michigan as a double major in trombone and euphonium performance where she studied with David Jackson and Fritz Kaenzig. Alaina received her Master’s in trombone performance from the Manhattan School of Music in 2010 and studied with Stephen Norrell.


Bill Owens TRUMPET

Bill Owens is currently the associate principal trumpet of the West Point Band. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School in 2005, Bill moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a freelance chamber and orchestral musician. He quickly established himself by performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, the Santa Barbara Symphony as well as numerous other orchestras in Southern California. For six years, Bill was a member of the national touring ensemble, Presidio Brass. While maintaining a busy performing schedule with Presidio, Bill and organist Alison Luedecke performed recitals in venues throughout SoCal. He continues to write, edit, and arrange music for his instrument within varying contexts including a recent publication, Basic Training for Trumpet, and a series of arrangements for solo trumpet and organ.
The H. Peter Stern Concert Series is named in honor of Storm King’s co-founder and honorary chairman. H. Peter Stern served as President and Chairman of Storm King over five decades.  Among his many accomplishments that shaped Storm King,  he developed  a program of major site-specific commissions at the Art Center, which includes iconic works by Isamu Noguchi, Richard Serra, Andy Goldsworthy, and Maya Lin. He also oversaw major landscape enhancements,  the development of the South Fields, featuring large-scale sculptures by Mark di Suvero, and the introduction of the native grasses program. Stern has had a lifelong passion for music and is an avid violinist. This concert series celebrates his extraordinary legacy at Storm King and his love of great music and art.

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