Presidio Brass

Saturday April 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm.

​Ensemble Biography

Since forming in 2006, Presidio Brass has rocketed to success as the face of a bold new generation in brass entertainment. By combining a brass quintet, piano and percussion instruments with fresh, original arrangements, their unique sound has become a trademark for the ensemble from San Diego, California, captivating audiences everywhere. They signed a sponsorship deal , making them an official Jupiter/XO Endorsed Ensemble.

Through their touring show of Hollywood’s greatest hits, Sounds of the Cinema, these five young men present film music with a good dose of wit and humor that together have become hallmarks of every Presidio Brass performance. Audiences and music critics agree, Sounds of the Cinema is “Two Thumbs Up” and a “Must See!” The show has been enjoyed internationally, with performances and educational outreach programs throughout North America and China. Presidio Brass has performed in over 40 states, conducted master classes at many of America’s finest colleges and universities and been featured on National Public Radio.

Each member of the ensemble began his music career by joining his school’s band program. Inspired by the dedication of their school music teachers, Presidio Brass came together with the primary mission to promote music education and music appreciation in youngsters. This is why at every opportunity, performances are coupled with a master class or school program.

Members of the Presidio Brass have performed with major symphony orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Diego Symphony, and have shared the stage with commercial and pop artists that include Stevie Wonder, John Williams, Quincy Jones and more. When not on tour, they continue to perform with orchestras, maintain private teaching studios at local universities, arrange and compose new music, assist with public school music programs, and operate an annual summer music camp for students of all ages.

The Presidio Brass has released four recordings: Stolen Moments, a collection of popular classical and jazz selections, Christmas Day, an assortment of well-loved holiday favorites, Sounds of the Cinema, which includes pieces from their signature stage performance of the same name, and their newest release Rhapsody in Brass, featuring popular American music influenced by classical and jazz idioms.




Member Bios

Steve O'Connor, trumpet

Born and raised in Falls Church, Virginia, trumpeter Steve O'Connor joined the Presidio Brass in July of 2011. He enjoys an active freelance career in the Los Angeles area, including performances with the Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Pops, the Ojai Festival Orchestra, the California and Riverside Philharmonics, as well as the Santa Barbara, San Diego, Pasadena, Redlands and San Bernardino Symphonies. Steve has also performed with the Moscow Symphony during a tour of the United States. As a chamber musician, he performs with Jacaranda, the Mládí Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Brass Ensemble, and at various chamber music venues throughout Los Angeles.

In addition to performing, Steve serves as a trumpet instructor for the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University in Long Beach and at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. He earned a Bachelor's degree in music from Michigan State University and a Master's in Music from Cal State Long Beach. His teachers have included Tim Morrison, Jim Wilt, and Dave Washburn.

Scott Sutherland, tuba/piano

A native of Los Angeles, Scott Sutherland is the tubist, pianist and primary music arranger for the Presidio Brass. He is also a member of the Redlands Symphony and the Riverside County Philharmonic, and he has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra and the New West, Long Beach and San Diego Symphonies. From 2005-2007, he was principal tuba of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. As a soloist, he has been featured with the San Diego Symphony, Riverside County Philharmonic, Burbank Philharmonic and the Idyllwild Arts Symphony Orchestra. Scott has played on motion picture and video game soundtracks, including the movies Pearl Harbor and Batman vs. Superman and has appeared with such artists as John Williams, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, and Jerry Goldsmith. Scott is also active as a composer and arranger, with performances by the Pacific Symphony, Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra in Mexico, USC Elf Jazz Ensemble and San Diego Winds.

 As an educator, Scott is on faculty at the University of Redlands, the University of California at Riverside and the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program. He was a brass pedagogy teaching assistant while attending UCLA and spent a year as a certificated school band/orchestra director for the Pasadena Unified School District. Scott earned his Bachelor of Music degree from USC, a Master of Music degree from UCLA and has studied with Tommy Johnson, Jim Self, Norm Pearson and Doug Tornquist.

Josh Bledsoe, trombone

Described by Samuel Pilafian as a "great young brass virtuoso," Joshua has established himself as one of the premier performers amongst a new generation of musicians. Joshua has received accolades on the international stage as an exciting soloist. Credits include winning the '10 International Trombone Association Alto Trombone Competition, '08 International Trombone Association Marsteller Solo Competition, '07 Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition (local, regional, and national levels), '06 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Award, and '04 International Trombone Association Solo Competition. Joshua is in demand as a recitalist and has performed as soloist with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the University of Central Arkansas Symphonic Band, Arizona State University Wind Ensemble, Southeast Missouri State Wind Ensemble and Pensacola Civic Band. Equally at home in the orchestra, Joshua serves as Principal Trombone with the Missouri Symphony and 2nd Trombone with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and he appears regularly with the Pensacola Symphony. 

He is currently Artist-Faculty at the University of West Florida where he teaches trombone and euphonium. He has also served on the teaching faculties of the Northwest Florida State College, University of Central Arkansas, and Arizona State University. Joshua received a BM from Florida State University and MM from Arizona State University. He is finishing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from Arizona State University.

Geoff Durbin, trombone/euphonium

Geoff Durbin is a professional trombonist and euphoniumist, enjoying an active livelihood as a soloist, clinician, and freelance musician. In addition to his position with Presidio Brass, he is currently on faculty at Murray State University, where he teaches trombone, euphonium and tuba and conducts the Tuba/Euphonium ensemble. Originally from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, he now resides in Memphis, Tennessee where he is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Memphis.

Of Geoff’s many accolades possibly the most significant were the first-place gold medal in 2013 and the silver medal in 2010 earned at the prestigious Leonard Falcone Euphonium Competition. His virtuosity, musicianship and versatility have allowed him to perform all over the United States, sharing the stage with artists such as former Tonight Show Band leader Doc Severinsen and American Idol winner Ruben Studdard. He receives regular invitations to perform solo recitals, including appearances at the United States Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference at Fort Myer in Arlington, VA, the South Central Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and the Great Plains Tuba and Euphonium Conference.  Additionally, he has been an active recording musician, and his playing can be heard on more than twenty albums. He has earned degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Texas.

Miles McAllister, trumpet

Miles McAllister is a Southern California-based performer and educator. He is very excited to be a joining Presidio Brass this season. He is also 3rd trumpet of the Santa Barbara Symphony, a substitute player in the new Disneyland Celebration Band at the Disneyland Resort, and Principal Trumpet of the American Youth Symphony, a premier training ensemble based in Los Angeles. He earned his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at California State University Fullerton in 2015, studying under Barry Perkins, Principal Trumpet of the Pacific Symphony. He graduated from the University of Redlands in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance where he studied with Dr. David Scott.

Miles is an active freelance performer and is comfortable playing in all genres and ensembles.  He has performed with the New West Symphony, San Diego Symphony, California Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Philharmonic, Golden State Pops Orchestra, San Bernardino Symphony, Dream Orchestra, Pacific Brass Ensemble, the Disneyland Band, and many other groups throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. From 2011-2013, he played lead trumpet for Carnival Cruise Lines in numerous showbands. He appeared as a soloist with the Redlands Symphony where he performed the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto and at the Redlands Bowl Festival performing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto.  He has also performed with Persian pop singer Shahkar, Mannheim Steamroller and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and recorded on the soundtracks for With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story and Star Trek: Into Darkness Live.

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