OLYMPIC BRASS was founded to provide audiences with the best of brass chamber

music. Composed of five of the most accomplished musicians in Northeast Ohio,

OLYMPIC BRASS is Brass at its Peak!


The ensemble is a traditional brass quintet with two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba, with a
repertoire spanning five centuries and a wide variety of styles. In addition, OLYMPIC BRASS is a flexible ensemble with a wide palette of instruments and colors available. Email us at olympicmusic@gmail.com for bookings, brochures and sound samples!
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Meet the Brass:
For the 2011-2012 school year, Amanda Bekeny (trumpet) is the Visiting Instructor of Trumpet at The Ohio State University. Other teaching positions include trumpet instructor at both The College of Wooster and Ashland University, where she leads the University Brass Ensemble and teaches music appreciation. She has taught at Ohio Wesleyan University, Edgewood College, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Wooster Music Camp, and the University of Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic. Amanda holds degrees from The Ohio State University (D.M.A.), University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.M.) and the College of Wooster (B.M.E.). In addition, she participated in post-Doctoral studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
In addition to collaborating with members of the Olympic Brass in concerts and performances all over Northeast Ohio, Amanda is the Personnel Manager and 2nd trumpet of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with such groups as the symphonies of Akron, Canton, Madison, Wheeling, and Wooster and is a former member of RED {an orchestra}, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, and Ohio State Faculty Chamber Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist with a variety of organizations, including the Ashland University Concert Band, Wooster Symphony, Chagrin Valley Symphony, and several area high school bands and orchestras.
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Meghan Guegold (horn), from Mantua, Ohio, is currently the Principal Horn of the Canton Symphony. Prior to that, she held the position of Second Horn with the orchestra. She also holds the position of Third Horn with the Youngstown Symphony. In addition to her contracted positions, she has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra, and attended two summers at the Music Academy of the West. Most recently, Meghan held a fellowship at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center. Meghan also performs chamber music regularly in the Cleveland area. Meghan recently graduated with her Masters in Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard King. Previously, she earned her Bachelor’s in Performance, with Honors, from the University of Akron, and studied with William Hoyt. Meghan has also been a winner of two Tuesday Musical Association scholarship competitions. In addition to a busy musical schedule, Meghan enjoys the outdoors and is an avid marathon runner.

 

Stephen Chapdelaine (trumpets, cornet, flugelhorn) is an active freelancer in the Cleveland area, playing with such groups as The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Pops, the Blossom Festival Band and Orchestra, the symphonies of Akron and Canton, as well as with The Buffalo Philharmonic. Stephen earned his bachelors degree from Boston University and a Master’s degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music. His teachers have included Michael Sachs, James Darling, Roger Voisin, and Joseph Foley. After graduating from CIM, Mr. Chapdelaine received a principal trumpet post in the Orquesta Juvenil de Veracruz in Xalapa, Mexico, where he played for a short time before moving to New York City. While in New York, he gained experience playing on Broadway, with the American Symphony Orchestra, and with Speculum Musicae. As a chamber musician, he was a founding member of The Ilium Brass, a chamber music fellowship recipient to the Aspen Music Festival, and is currently principal trumpet of the local chamber orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland. Stephen now enjoys life as both musician and as a cook at a prominent Cleveland restaurant.

 

 
Eric Rowles (trombones, bass trumpet, tenor horn, euphonium) studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with Tony Chipurn. He has toured the world with Buddy Morrow, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians. Eric has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Three Dog Night, Johnny Mathis, Bebe Neuwirth, Michael MacDonald, Michael Bolton, Frankie Valle, Gloria Gaynor, The Fifth Dimension, Bobby Caldwell, and many others. He currently resides in the Cleveland area and is in demand to perform with the Akron, Canton and Youngstown symphony orchestras as well as with Opera Cleveland and many shows at Cleveland's Playhouse Square.

 

J.C. Sherman (tubas, trombones), Principal Tubist with Opera Cleveland and the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, holds Bachelors of Music in Tuba Performance and Music Education from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied tuba and bass trombone with Ronald Bishop and Raymond Premru. He has performed with the Blossom Festival Band, Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland POPS, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Opera, Youngstown Symphony, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, NEOTUBA, and many other ensembles. J.c. also enjoys performing early jazz and Dixieland. In addition to performing, he is a brass instrument maker and technician.