Lycoming Brass coming to town on Sunday


LOCK HAVEN — The Lycoming Brass Quintet continues the Friends of the Pipes at Great Island Winter Recital Series with a performance on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary located at 12 W. Water St. This group of exceptional instrumentalists was last heard in Lock Haven at the Hometown Heroes celebration.

The quintet will present a diverse concert with a medley of songs from West Side Story, some jazz tunes and a quintet by Victor Ewald planned. Some additional “cool pieces,” per director Ciabattari, are also to be heard.

Members of the group include:

— William Ciabattari, tuba, who joined the faculty of Lycoming College in 2006 as the conductor of the concert band and jazz ensembles. He founded the Lycoming College Community Orchestra in 2013 and currently serves as an associate professor and chairman of the music department.

Dr. Ciabattari was previously on the faculty of Heidelberg College (Heidelberg University) in Tiffin, Ohio, where he was the director of the Heidelberg Brass Band, the Heidelberg Athletic band, and the instructor of low brass. He was also the assistant director of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony which toured extensively.

He currently performs with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Billtown Brass, Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra, the Blossom Festival Band, and NEOTUBA, a Cleveland based tuba quartet. He has been a featured soloist with the Billtown Brass, North Arkansas Symphony, the Case Symphonic Winds, the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, the Brass Band of the Western Reserve, the University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble.

Dr. Ciabattari received a B.S.E. in music education from the University of Arkansas, M.M. in tuba from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Ph. D. in music education from Case Western Reserve University.

— Rebecca Ciabattari has been instructor of low brass and brass methods at Lycoming College for over a decade and has performed as principal trombonist of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra since 2015. She also serves as orchestra manager/librarian for that orchestra.

Ciabattari has held positions in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, and the Graz Festival Orchestra. Past collegiate faculty appointments have included Case Western Reserve University, South Carolina State University, Hiram College and Mansfield University.

Additionally, Ciabattari has performed frequently with Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra, and the Blossom Festival Band in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Since 1998, she began a long-standing membership with Cleveland-based, Burning River Brass (BRB), performing extensively throughout the United States.

Ciabattari holds a Bachelor of Music, with Performer’s Certificate, from the Eastman School of Music; and a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She later completed a Master of Arts degree in Music Education with Teacher’s Licensure from Case Western Reserve University.

— Dale Orris, an alumnus of Susquehanna University, is well-known throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania as a music educator and performer. He is a former lead trumpeter and jazz soloist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Buddy Rich Big Band. He has performed with Natalie Cole, Johnny Carson, Mel Torme, Bill Watrous, Aretha Franklin, Mannheim Steamroller, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Lou Rawls, The Temptations and many others. He currently holds the position of adjunct professor of trumpet at Bucknell University and Lycoming College.

In addition to his teaching positions, Orris performs with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra as principal trumpet and is a member of the Commonwealth Brass Quintet and the Lycoming Brass Quintet. He also performs with many jazz groups throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland including the Buzz Jones Big Band, Rob Stoneback Big Band, Zeropointe Big Band, River City Big Band and the Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra.

— Christiana Smith has performed and taught French horn for 16 years at the college level, including stints at Bloomsburg University, Bucknell and Juniata College. She regularly performs with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, the Billtown Brass Band and the Music at Penn’s Woods Summer Festival. She has also performed with the Nittany Valley Symphony, the Johnstown Symphony, the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. She received a bachelor’s degree in Horn Performance and a master’s degree in Music Theory and History from Penn State University.

— Jeff Smith, trumpet, is currently a music teacher in the Williamsport Area School District and the adjunct instructor of trumpet at Bloomsburg University. He received an undergraduate degree in music education from Youngstown State University and a master’s degree from Penn State University. As a performer, Smith has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Currently, he is a member of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra, Zeropoint Big Band, Billtown Brass Band, Lycoming Brass Quintet and the Centre Brass Quintet.

Join your friends and neighbors for this one-of-a-kind recital. Tickets for the event are $15 for adults with no admission fee for students. Tickets will be available at the door. Ample parking is available in the lot adjacent to the church.


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