Trinity Lutheran hosts Johnstown Brassworks in concert

Local educators comprise brass quintet

The Johnstown Brassworks will present a free concert of holiday music at 3 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 408 N. Sixth St., in the Juniata section of Altoona.

This brass quintet from Johnstown is made up of five local educators who enjoy teaching and playing music. They have performed together formally since 2014, although variations of the group have been making music together since 2008. The group performs at recitals, weddings, church services and other events and celebrations in and around Central Pennsylvania.

The Johnstown Brassworks performs a repertoire which includes traditional hymns, classical music, jazz, popular music and much more.

Group members include:

n Eric Pfeil, a trumpet player, who is currently teaching music within the Greater Johnstown School District with an emphasis on concert band and marching band. He is a 2008 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

n Rebekah Stombaugh, also a trumpet player, is the director of bands at Penn Cambria School District where she teaches grades six-12. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned her BS in music education. Currently, she is working to obtain a master’s in wind conducting from Messiah College and enjoys playing trumpet in community groups such as Johnstown Brassworks, Johnstown Civic Concert Band and Altoona Community Band.

n Jerrod Cannistraci, who plays French horn, is currently the director of bands at Richland School District in Johnstown. He holds a BS degree in music education and a Master of Education in educational psychology, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Before joining the faculty at Richland School District, Cannistraci served as the music teacher at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School. He is the assistant director of the Johnstown Civic Concert Band and serves as an adjunct music instructor at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

n Joshua Brumbaugh, a trombone player, is currently the junior and senior high instrumental music teacher at Westmont Hilltop High School where he has taught for the last 12 years. Brumbaugh graduated from Windber Area School District and earned a BS in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2005. His duties at Westmont include directing the junior/senior high orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, marching band, musical pit, and indoor color guard/percussion. Brumbaugh performs in many local ensembles such as Jazz In Your Face Big Band, Johnstown Civic Concert Band, and the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.

n Jason June, a tuba player, holds a BS degree in music education and a master’s degree in music technology from Duquesne University. He began his music career as the high school band director at the Somerset Area School District. After a few years, June moved on to become an adjunct professor of music and the humanities at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College in Johnstown. He is currently a music and technology specialist for W.W. Norton & Co., an independent college textbook publisher based in New York City.

Funding for the concert is being provided by the Dr. William Sunderman Endowment, so there is no charge for admission. Sunderman is a deceased member of the church.

Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the concert.

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