Andy Taylor - PBE founder, bass trombone
After an exciting few years at the Eastman School of Music, Andy detoured to earn his BS CS&Math and pursue a high tech career in computer science winding up at Intel. Andy has studied with John Marcellus (ESM), Mark Lusk (Penn State), Joe Stanko and Perry Martin. He has been mind-numbingly fortunate to perform with Vanessa Williams, Joe Morello, Frank Foster and under the direction of Aaron Copland. He was a performer at the 2017 Pokorny Seminar and principal bass trombone with the Salem Symphony. Today, you can also find him in Rose City Trombones, Oregon Symphonic Band, Big New Band, & Second Wind Jazz Combo. Andy is a member of Oregon Music Educators Association & International Trombone Association. He teaches privately in Portland and free-lances around town on bass and tenor trombone.
Jason Elliott - alto & tenor trombone
Jason earned his bachelor’s degree in trombone performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he studied with Bill Booth of the Los Angeles Opera and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Previous teachers include Larry Zalkind, Andy Malloy, Dr. Bruce Tychinski, Sean Reusch, Toby Oft and Phil Keen. Jason is currently principal trombone with the Willamette Falls Symphony and enjoys an active freelance schedule in the classical, jazz and indie music arenas as well as teaching privately in his studio and in Portland Public Schools. Jason has performed with many local Portland brass ensembles including Rose City Trombones, the Mike Curtis Jazz Project, Prankster Big Band, and TV Jazz Band. He enjoys composing and arranging music for private projects. Prior to settling in Oregon, Jason performed with the Ventura Jazz Orchestra, the West Coast Symphony (Santa Barbara Fiesta Festival Orchestra), and freelance in Southern California. He is an alumnus of the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra.
Kelley Elliott - french horn
Kelley received her MM at University of California at Santa Barbara where she studied with Steven Gross. Prior teachers include Warren Gref and Barry Tuckwell. She attended the Barry Tuckwell Institute and toured Australia with the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra. Kelley is principal horn with the Willamette Falls Symphony and Oregon Mahler Festival. She also serves on the boards of directors for both groups. Kelley is a member of the International Horn Society. She teaches privately at her studio in Oregon City.
John Dover - trumpet
John Dover is an endorsed artist and clinician for Bach trumpets. Through his tenure as a professional musician, he has had the opportunity to work with some of the industries top talents, performing in any genre of music from classical to rock to jazz. John brings his warmth and depth to every stage. As a story teller through sound, John has also ventured into the world of writing with his creation of "Johnny Scotch", a series of comic books and story collections that has inspired it's own Jazz Noir musical show composed by Thomas Barber and performed by John Dover. The Jazz Noir adventures that John shares through his stories tap into the dark and heroic nature of his music. Other projects and performers John has worked with include: Jeff Coffin, Patrick Lamb, The John Dover Quintet, Johnny Scotch and the Rocks, The Choppers Brass Quintet, The High Street Band, The Legacy Big Band, Opera Theater Oregon, The Montana Jazz Collective, David Brothers, Sean Ghazi, Tony Starlight, Bo Ayars, and the list continues to build. As an artist and clinician for Bach Trumpets, John gets the opportunity to share his passion for music with the younger generation through clinics and guest artist appearances as well.
Joe Klause - trumpet
Joe received his bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance from the New England Conservatory after having graduated from the pre-college program at Juilliard. He went on to earn his master’s degree in Dalcroze Eurhythmics with an artist diploma in chamber music at the Bard College Longy School of Music. He is a founding member of the Redline Brass Quintet. He also studied trumpet and solfege at Le Conservatoire du Rueil-Mal Maison in France. After his time at music school, Joe went right to work, building the Peace Pie ice cream sandwich business on the East Coast. With 6 stores in operation, Joe felt that he had scooped enough ice cream, so he moved to Oregon to follow his passion for music. You can find Joe performing with the Eugene Symphony as well as other local orchestras and festivals. He teaches at the Community Music Center of Portland, Portland Music Company, Portland Music Collective, and many local high schools.
And Then We Were PBE
Separately, we have performed in brass quintets across the country including, the Music Conservatory of Westchester, Maurice Faulkner Brass Quintet, and Redline Brass Quintet. Members of PBE first met while playing in area ensembles including Salem Symphony, Vancouver USA Singers, Oregon Mahler Festival & Rose City Trombones.
We came together to form Portlandia Brass Ensemble both because we love this music, and we were intrigued by a growing trend: In-home concerts. Social concert services* like Groupmuse, Concerts in Your Home, Third Angle Porch Music, Sofarsounds, Folk Alliance International & Loosewig Jazz are making it easy for opt-in audiences to match musical tastes with performers and home hosts. A perfect format for brass chamber music that removes many common barriers to public performances. While we continue to perform at traditional venues, it was this relaxed opportunity to bring chamber music up close and personal that captured our imaginations.
A few words about live music in Covid times: In early June 2020 we were able to resume rehearsals in an empty 2 car garage. Since then we have done monthly performances from that garage that were open to the neighborhood and live streamed. It's been a learning process. We are thrilled to return to performing. And are available for outdoor performances in your local park, backyard or anywhere we can be distanced from each other and our audience. It's likely that this will be the performance method for the foreseeable future. Please join us at our events or host us at yours.
We add brass with class to in-home concerts, weddings, winery events, summer in the park, corporate programs, galas, fundraisers, worship services, mini-residency, master classes and educational events.
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