PRIVATE STUDY - BRASS AND PERCUSSION TEACHERS
Patrick Mainieri, Trumpet
Mark Babbitt, Trombone
In constant demand as soloist, orchestral musician and teacher, Mark Babbitt enjoys a high degree of success in all areas of trombone performance. Mark has performed extensively with the Seattle Symphony and Opera as their "first call" trombonist. In 2009 he performed Wagner's Ring Cycle with the Seattle Opera. With the Seattle Symphony he has recorded the music of Bodine, Borodin, Brahms/Sheng, Dvorak, McKinley, Mahler, and Schuman. He has performed as guest principal trombone with the Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. Additionally, he has worked with numerous orchestras throughout the country, including: Rochester Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, and Erie Philharmonic. Mark has been active in the recording and film soundtrack industry, recent projects include: "Valkyrie", "The Incredible Hulk", "The Forbidden Kingdom", and Trey Anastasio's critically acclaimed album "Time Turns Elastic". He can be heard on Naxos, Albany, MCC, Mark, and R.E.D. Distribution record labels. Active as a soloist, Mark has performed with numerous ensembles throughout the country. He has won a number of competitions, including the National Solo Competition in Washington, D.C. and the Washington Awards Tour sponsored by the Ladies Music Club of Seattle. Dr. Babbitt is associate professor, Artist Teacher of trombone at Illinois State University. In the summers he is on the artist faculty at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee. He holds degrees in performance from the Eastman School of Music (B.M. and Performer's Certificate), Cleveland Institute of Music (M.M.), and the University of Washington (D.M.A.).
Kyle Renchen, Trombone
Kyle Renchen has been the Director of Bands for the GCMS school district in Gibson City, IL since 2011. He directs all five bands that have students ranging from 5th to 12th grade. Mr. Renchen received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Illinois State University. He currently resides in Bloomington.
Ed Risinger, Tuba and Euphonium
Edward Risinger joined the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University in 1997 as instructor of Tuba and Euphonium. He is also the Director of the Titan Band. Risinger performed for four years with the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C. As a member of the Ceremonial Brass, he played with the Concert Band, Air Force Quintet, and performed numerous times in the Chamber Players Concert Series. In addition, Risinger toured with the Air Force Band in Russia, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands. He has performed with the Peoria Ballet, Peoria Symphony and the Illinois Symphony and has played extensively throughout the Midwest and East Coast performing in area symphonies, brass quintets, and as a soloist. He has served as clinician and adjudicator at several music camps and festivals. Risinger received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Illinois State University where he studied with Ed Livingston. Other teachers include David Fedderly and Rex Martin.
Andy Rummel, Tuba and Euphonium
Andy Rummel is the Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Illinois State University, a position he has held since 2006. A native of Delavan, Illinois, Mr. Rummel received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education and his Masters Degree in Music Performance from Illinois State University in Normal and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. His private teachers include Mark Moore, David Zerkel and Ed Livingston. In addition to serving as a faculty member within the School of Music, Mr. Rummel is the substitute tubist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his arrival at Illinois State, Mr. Rummel was the Principal Tubist with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band and the Heritage Brass Quintet located at Langley AFB in Virginia. In addition to his duties with the Heritage of America Band, Mr. Rummel was the instructor of tuba at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia and was the substitute tubist with the Virginia Symphony, also in Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. Rummel performed with the Disney Collegiate All-Star Band in Orlando, Florida and has given masterclasses throughout the United States.