Holiday Concert Benefitting Columbus City Schools
“Holiday Concert with the Columbus Orchestral Brass and Stephen Sollars, Organ”
100% of your donations from this concert will benefit the Columbus City Schools Music Program
Sponsored by Buckeye Brass and Winds, and Dot The i Creative
This is a free concert that will stream live at 7:00pm on the Buckeye Brass & Winds YouTube channel on December 18th, however, your donations to help the Columbus City Schools Music Program are greatly appreciated!
*IMPORTANT! - In order for your donation to go to the Music Program, please enter "FOR CCS BANDS" in the Special Instructions Box
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Deus in adjutorium from Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, Claudio Monteverdi
Canzon Septimi Toni #2, Giovanni Gabrieli
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Johann Sebastian Bach
Hanukkah Music for Brass Quintet, William Picher/Nathan Wilensky (mvts 4, 5, 6)
O Holy Night, Adolphe Adam
You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch, Zack Smith
Here Comes Santa Claus, Rhoades Whitehill
I'll Be Home For Christmas, Rhoades Whitehill
A Christmas Jazz Suite, Arthur Frackenpohl
Ave Maria, Anton Bruckner
Stephen Sollars - Organ
Stephen Sollars works as a Regional Admin Manager for Anthem Life in Columbus OH. He is a parishioner and choir member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Worthington, where he frequently substitutes on the organ. He is the wedding organist for Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus.
He has served as organist, choir director, music director, and accompanist for many churches and theatre groups here in Columbus, as well as in Philadelphia and Washington DC.
Mark Grisez - Principle Trumpet
Mark Grisez currently serves as Principal Trumpet of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. From 2014 to 2016, he served as Acting Associate Principal Trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony and in May 2015, he was named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month. He moved to Miami Beach, FL in the fall of 2016 and spent three years as a Trumpet Fellow with the New World Symphony. Mark also has held the position of Principal Trumpet of the California Symphony, played as Guest Principal Trumpet of the Louisville Orchestra, and performed with a variety of other ensembles, including The Bay Brass, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, One Found Sound, and Nomad Session, a pop-up wind octet of which he is a founding member.
One of Mark’s primary interests is expanding the role that performers play socially and interpersonally in the world. In 2018, he created The Curious Musician, an online video series for musicians to share thoughts on musicianship, creativity, practice, and personal growth. In 2019, he and a team of New World Symphony Fellows designed, programmed, and performed Double Take: The Human Effect, a concert experience exploring the ways in which art helps make sense of a turbulent world. That same year, Mark started a collaboration in which New World Symphony musicians made weekly visits to a South Florida juvenile justice organization, playing and writing music together with small groups of court-involved high school students in an effort to explore positive relationships and personal growth. He also has taught as a brass coach for the Stanford Youth Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, New World Symphony’s MusicLab program, and Iberacademy in Medellín, Colombia.
Mark received his bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2015 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied under David Burkhart and Mark Inouye. He also studied with Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler at Rice University from 2019 to 2020. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, curating a collection of fine pencils, reading too many books, and running.
Gary Davis - Principle Trumpet
Gary Davis is principal trumpet with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, principal trumpet with the Erie Philharmonic, and a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra trumpet section. He has performed as guest principal trumpet with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and has also performed and recorded with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony/Pops. Other performance opportunities have been with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Blossom Festival Band, in the pit orchestras for many touring Broadway shows.
Mr. Davis has a bachelor degree in music education from the University of Akron, a master degree in trumpet performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and post-graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. He has given clinics and master classes at area colleges and high schools in both trumpet and band. He has taught applied trumpet at Mercyhurst College, The College of Wooster and, is currently teaching at Ashland University.
Andy Millat - Principle Trombone
Andy Millat brings a wealth of experience and energy to his role as Principal Trombone of the Columbus Symphony. His formal education includes degrees from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Northern Colorado. Andy was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, and is former Principal Trombone of the Dayton Philharmonic. He also served for six years as an enlisted professional musician in the United States Air Force Academy Band. His teaching resume includes success with students from elementary through adult, with most of his teaching in recent years at the college level, including Cedarville University and Ohio University.
Brian Mangrum - Principle Horn
Brian Mangrum joined the Columbus Symphony as Principal Horn in 2018. From Montreal, he began taking horn lessons with Denys Derome at the age of twelve. He continued his studies with John Milner at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and with John Zirbel at Marianopolis College and the Aspen Music Festival and School. In 2017, he was awarded first prize in the brass category of the Montreal Symphony’s Manulife Competition.
Brian received his bachelor’s degree in horn performance in 2018 from Rice University, where he was in William VerMeulen’s studio. He has performed as a substitute with the Houston Symphony and the Montreal Symphony as well as Guest Principal with The Cleveland Orchestra. An avid hiker, Brian spends as much time as possible outdoors with his dog, Hildy.
Tony Zilincik - Principle Tuba
Tony Zilincik is currently an associate professor of music at Capital University where he teaches tuba, composition and theory, and directs Capital Thunder, the University's tuba/euphonium ensemble. He is the principal tubist for the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, and maintains a large private low brass studio.
He is the tubist in the Capital Brass quintet, the faculty quintet at Capital University, the Cathedral Brass quintet at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, and is the director and coordinator of Merry TUBACHRISTMAS Columbus. He is the E-flat tuba soloist and assistant conductor with the Brass Band of Columbus and has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, and The Columbus Jazz Orchestra. He is the sousaphone player for the New Orleans inspired New Basics Brass Band and has performed with many touring shows including Annie, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Game of Thrones Live.
He is active as a soloist and composer and is a champion of improvised music. His compositions have received performances in the United States and abroad and many are published by Cimarron Music. Mr. Zilincik is in demand as a tuba and band clinician throughout the Midwest.