Moccasin Brass Quintet Play At Southside Casual Classics Nov. 12

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Moccasin Brass Quintet is performing Monday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Camp House, 1427 Williams St., as part of the Southside Casual Classics concert series.   

The group consists of Tommy Bulman, trumpet, Candace Kortyka, trumpet, Ellie Jenkins, horn, Rich Stichler, trombone, and Angelo Kortyka, tuba.  They will be playing a wide variety of pieces, including arrangements and original works for MBQ.   

Mr. Bulman is a freelance musician in the greater Chattanooga area. As a private trumpet instructor, he keeps an active teaching schedule with students stretching from North Georgia to Bradley County. This fall he will be finishing a degree in Trumpet Performance at UTC, where he has studied with David Hobbs and Shane Porter. Mr. Bulman is also a member of the International Trumpet Guild and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. 

Ms. Kortyka is from Dickson, Tn.  She has a Bachelor in Music Education from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville and has enjoyed playing trumpet for over 12 years. Ms. Kortyka has experience playing with Brass Quintet, Wind Band, Jazz and Orchestra ensembles. Her teachers include David Hobbs, principal trumpet Chattanooga Symphony, Charlie Decker, professor of Trumpet, TN Tech University, and  Ryan Anthony, principal trumpet of the Dallas Symphony and  former Canadian Brass member. 

A native of coastal Georgia, Dr. Jenkins (horn) joined the faculty at Dalton State College in 2010. She is an active performer, playing principal horn in the Carroll Symphony, second horn with the Rome Symphony, and performing frequently with the Chamber Players of the South. She has also appeared with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, and toured Taiwan with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra in 2004. She has served on the faculties of several schools including Berry College, the University of West Georgia, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Dr. Jenkins received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Horn Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has appeared as a recitalist in Italy, Brazil, and at several Southeast Horn Workshops. Dr. Jenkins resides in Dalton with her husband and two dogs. 

Mr. Stichler is adjunct \professor of Trombone/Low Brass and also conducts the UTC Trombone Ensemble. He currently is director of bands at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, and was director of bands at Ridgeland High School in Rossville from 1993 to 1999. Under his direction the LFO and Ridgeland Bands have received consistent superior ratings for marching, concert, and jazz in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. Mr. Stichler served as GMEA District Seven Band Division chair and organizer of the GMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble from 2002-2007. He is a past president of the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators. He has performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Fresno Philharmonic, and Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the 15th Air Force Band of the Golden West at March Air Force Base in California from 1987 to 1991. 

Mr. Kortyka currently holds the position of band director at Central High School in Harrison and director of the School of Music and Arts at the Salvation Army Citadel in Chattanooga. Mr. Kortyka earned the degrees of Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University and Master of Music- Tuba Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is currently enrolled at UTC as a Master of Music Education student. Mr. Kortyka performs with the Jericho Brass Band, the Moccasin Brass and the Chattanooga Tuba-Euphonium Quartet. Some of his primary past teachers include: R. Winston Morris, Timothy Northcut, Tucker Jolley, and Anthony Kniffen. Originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area, Mr. Kortyka maintains an active schedule as an educator, drill writer, performer, arranger, researcher, and clinician in the Chattanooga area.

The concert is free and will last about an hour.  A free will donation for the artists is appreciated.

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