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Members of the Quintet

Lou Casini - Trumpet
Lou holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Trumpet performance and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Music Education from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied trumpet with Anthony Pasquarelli.  In addition he has done post graduate study at West Virginia University.  He was a member of the solo cornet section of the River City Brass Band for 18 years, was responsible for the creation of the RCBB website, and served as its Associate Conductor..  Prior to that he was Principal Trumpet of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and continues a career as a freelance trumpet player and musical contractor.  He is past president of the West Virginia Bandmasters Association, past President of the West Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Mu Band Directors Fraternity, and past Chairman of the WVBA Graded Music Committee.  He was named Outstanding WV Bandmaster of 1983, and Hancock County Teacher of the Year for 1983 and has received Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association 1980.  He was chosen as guest conductor for the West Virginia University High School Honor Bands in Morgantown in 1994 and has served as the conductor of the Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Wind Ensemble and the CMU Pre-College summer program.  He also served for several years as conductor of the River City Youth Brass Band.  Lou is retired from the Hancock County School System where he served in the capacities of Band Director for Oak Glen Middle School and eventually Technology Coordinator for Hancock County Schools.  He retired in 2011 after serving five years as a Training and Implementation Specialist for Chicago based Edline, LLC.   Lou is currently doing computer and network consulting, performing as a free lance musician in the Pittsburgh area and working with Brass Unlimited and the Vince Villanova Big Band as music director and lead trumpet.  Lou makes his home in Scenery Hill, PA.

 

Robert James – Trumpet

 Rob James is a native of Follansbee, WV and graduated from Brooke High School. He attended Carnegie Mellon University where he studied orchestral conducting with Keith Lockhart (Boston Pops Orchestra) and trumpet with the renowned Anthony Pasquarelli.  He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in trumpet and his Pennsylvania Teaching certification in 1987.  From 1985-1991 Mr. James was a member of the River City Brass Band and while in Pittsburgh Mr. James’ performing credits included the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theater, McKeesport Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony and The Pittsburgh Playhouse.  Rob has been  a member of Brass Unlimited and teaches in the Freedom Area School District in PA.  He lives in Monaca PA with his wife Fran.

 

Brian Fulton – French Horn

Brian joined Brass Unlimited in the summer of 2017.  He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Duquesne University and performed with the American Wind Symphony in 1988 to 1989.  He served as Assistant Professor of the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music  from 1990 – 1991.  He played in the First U.S. Army Band in Fort Meade, MD from 1992 – 1994.  His intent was to remain in the band as a career, but was unable to due to the de-activation of the First Army Band and 90 more in 1994.  He received an Honorable Discharge at that time.  Brian performed with the Pittsburgh Civic Symphony with Conductor Keith Lockhart.  As a Principal and 3rd Horn player he performed the  Shhumann Rhenish Symphony.  Brian currently serves as Principal Horn with the Washington Pennsylvania Symphony and has performed such works as Dvorak’s 9th Symphony, Bernstein’s West Side Story, the Gershwin Piano Concerto, and others.  He has also played with the Washington Symphony Brass Quintet for such events as the Pony League World Series. Brian has served as the Director of the Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church Wind Ensemble.  A member of American Federation of Musicians, Local 592, Brian works as Service Coordinator at Progressive Mobility and Medical in Washington, PA since 2012.  Brian lives in Cannonsburg with his wife, :Lori, and his two sons.

 

Patrick A, Garrett – Trombone

Mr. Garrett currently serves as Director of Music Education instruction for students at West Liberty University.  His duties also include supervision of music student teachers, instruction in music for classroom teachers, basic musicianship for Freshmen and studio instruction for trombone and baritone students.  Prior to coming to WLU, Mr. Garrett served thirty years in the West Virginia public schools teaching instrumental music, general music and music theory.  He was the chairman of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Wheeling Park High School from 2007 – 2012
Mr. Garrett received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music Education from West Virginia University.  He is an active performer on trombone currently playing with Brass Unlimited and the Vince Villanova Orchestra.  Pat continues to serve as guest conductor for honor bands including ensembles at Shepherd University, the University of Alabama, Marshall University, West Virginia University and the Maryland All-State Junior Band.  He is an active adjudicator for concert and marching bands across the country and formerly for Drum Corps International.  Pat and Dr. Dawn S. Baker co-authored the textbook, Music Content and Strategies for the Elementary Classroom Teacher released in January 2016 by Linus Publications.
In addition to receiving a Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association, Pat was named Teacher of the Year for Ohio County in 1991, West Virginia Band Master of the Year in 1993 and 2004, Wheeling Park High School's Teacher of the Year for 1995-96 and was named to the WVMEA Hall of Fame in 2009.

 

Ed Parshall – Tuba

 Ed began his musical career as a trumpet player under Loren Mercer at Warwood High School near Wheeling, WV..  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from West Liberty State College where he majored in low brass and string bass.  He studied arranging at Berklee School of Music in Boston, and received a Masters Degree from West Virginia University. 
Ed is retired from his position as Band Director of Moundsville Junior High School in the Marshall County School system in West Virginia.  He is currently employed in the repair department of Volkwein’s Music in Pittsburgh.  He has performed with the Wheeling Symphony on tuba, string bass and electric bass and plays with many local orchestras and bands.  Ed lives in Warwood, WV with his wife Thyra.

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