Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Super Power: To cure any ailment; physical, mental or otherwise.
Abigail Lannan is a performer, artist, and educator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is currently the Social Media Manager for The International Euphonium and Tuba Festival and Piano Day Pittsburgh and is on the Social Media Team for The College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University and Pedal Note Media.
Through her online persona GoofyEuph, Abigail seeks to bring positivity, kindness, and mental health awareness to a musical audience, and hopes to inspire musicians young and old to find love and true enjoyment in music at any level. She has performed with The River City Brass Band, the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic, and the Tallahassee Youth Symphony. Abigail has performed world premieres of compositions with the Florida State Tuba Quartet and the Florida State Wind Orchestra. She was a finalist at the 2016 IET Solo Artist Competition in Atlanta, Georgia.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Florida State University and is pursuing her Master’s Degree at Carnegie Mellon University.
You can find her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @goofyeuph!
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Superpower: The ability to fit all of his worldly possessions inside of one gig bag
Simon has moved several times in his life- living in Arkansas, Boston, Berlin and Sapporo, Japan before settling down in Rochester, NY. As a result of his travels, Simon is interested in the international reach of classical music, and the music traditions of Europe, Asia and the rest of the world.
Simon is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in tuba performance at Carnegie Mellon University. His primary teachers have included TJ Ricer, Craig Sutherland, and Craig Knox.
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Instrument: Euphonium and Trombone
Super Power: Persuasion (He can convince anyone that the euphonium is MUCH better than the trumpet)
Armando Alicandu serves as a senior year student at Palm Beach Atlantic University studying towards a B.A. with a euphonium & trombone principal as well as a minor in education. He received an A.A. in Music Education from Miami Dade College where he was President of Opus One Music Club and founded the outreach program “Opus One Music in Our Schools” helping high school students by hosting private lessons, masterclasses, and college assistance meetings.
As a Chamber musician, Armando has been featured in masterclasses with esteemed groups such as the “President’s Own” Marine Band Brass Quintet, Boston Brass, Dallas Brass, Center City Brass, Windsync, and Duo Brubeck. Performing with an assortment of brass and woodwind chamber groups has made him a versatile musician on the euphonium as well as the trombone.
As a performer, Armando can be found playing regularly with a wide variety of ensembles in South Florida. Armando frequently plays solo recitals and has been the featured soloist with the MDC Wind Symphony and PBA Symphony Orchestra as the winner in each of these institutions’ Concerto Competition.
Armando hopes to teach brass students to freely express themselves through their craft as well as to show mastery of brass instruments through exemplary music and modern brass pedagogy.
Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Super Power: Cody is a plant-based musician and proud of it! Check out his food adventures at @thevegantubist.
Cody teaches general music and brass lessons in the Dallastown Area School District in York, PA. Messersmith is a freelance tubist in and around the state of Pennsylvania, having played with groups such as Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA), Wyoming Area Civic Orchestra (Kingston, PA), Lancaster British Brass Band (Lancaster, PA), Hanover Symphony Orchestra (Hanover, PA), as well as others.
In addition to teaching and performing, Messersmith has interned with brass instrument repair technician, Sam Bolinger of Menchey Music Inc. (Hanover, PA). Cody is an intern and product specialist with Parker Mouthpieces, specializing in marketing and public relations. Messersmith is a performing artist and product specialist for LefreQue: Dutch Original Sound Solution.
Messersmith has worked with some of the world’s best performers and clinicians, including Dr. Aaron Tindall, Samuel Hazo, Brian Balmages, Dr. F. David Romines, Canadian Brass, as well as others. Cody holds a bachelor’s of music in music education and tuba from Marywood University (Scranton, PA). His primary teachers are Michael Parker, F. David Romines, Phillip J. Ioanna, and Joe Mummert.
Hometown: Maryville, IL
Super Power: Power Mimicry (The ability to copy another person’s powers or skills)
Dominick is a second year Masters student at the University of Central Arkansas where he serves as a studio Graduate Assistant. He teaches private lessons and chamber ensembles as well as assists with the low brass methods course. He performs as a member of the Conway Symphony Orchestra, UCA Wind Ensemble, Bearbones Trombone Choir, and Natural Slides Trombone Ensemble. During the summer of 2018, Dominick had the honor of participating in the Georgia Trombone Summit where he studied with Toby Oft, Steve Lange, and James Markey of the Boston Symphony and Marshall Gilkes, a New York area freelancer.
Dominick holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Missouri State University where he studied with Dr. Jason Hausback. Apart from his primary teachers, Dominick has also studied with top caliber trombonists such as Joseph Alessi, Toby Oft, Timothy Myers, Jeremy Wilson, and several others.
Prior to attending UCA, Dominick was on staff with the Rockwood Summit High School Marching Band in Fenton, Missouri as well as maintained a private studio in the St. Louis area. As a freelancer, Dominick has performed with the Missouri Jazz Orchestra and the St. Louis Brass Band.
Check him out on Instagram @dominickf.viviano!
Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana
Super Power: Super speed, but only on one leg.
Hailing from the bayous of south Louisiana, Drake Domingue is a tuba player currently located in Las Cruces, NM where he works building custom french horns for Patterson Hornworks.
Finally not as bad at tuba as he used to be, Drake served as Principal Tuba of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra (LA) for two seasons and maintains an active freelance career performing with regional orchestras across New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana. As a soloist, he has been a featured at the New Music on the Bayou Festival (LA) and has performed recital programs across the southern states. In order to keep his pockets full and soul happy, Drake keeps a busy schedule playing trombone, sousaphone and electric/upright bass with a variety of pop, funk, and Latin projects.
Outside of music, Drake is an avid photographer/videographer as well as an amateur researcher and historian. He spends his free time hanging out with his girlfriend Janice and their (mostly bad) cat Roux.
Hometown: Rawlings, MD
Clayton Heath is a freelance bass trombonist and music educator in Pittsburgh, PA, and serves as the Adjunct Lecturer of Low Brass at Frostburg State University. In addition to being a member of The Brass Roots and funk-brass band Run the Meat, Clayton is an active substitute with River City Brass Band, Beauty Slap, and is currently in a one-year trial with Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.
Clayton also runs his own podcast, Iron City Incline, exploring the innovators in the 412 who are blazing their own paths towards a better Pittsburgh tomorrow. Beyond music, he enjoys fishing and other outdoor activities, amateur woodworking, and competitive arm wrestling.
Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA
Fredericksburg native Sean Jobes has been playing the euphonium/trombone/tuba for far too many years to keep track of at this point, studying with some of the finest musical talent America has to offer – Lt. (Dr.) Patrick Sweeten, former Assistant Conductor of the United States Navy Band and, Paul Rawlins, former bass trombonist with the USAF Band's Premier Jazz Ensemble. Under their tutelage, Sean won several placements as the principal euphonium of the All-VA Band during his high school years alongside several large solo competitions that saw him perform for over 1,000 people.
After high school, Sean moved up to the Great White North, formerly known as Wisconsin, to study with euphonium/tuba Martin Erickson, principal tubist of the United States Navy Band(ret.) and trombone with Nick Keelan, Professor of Trombone at Lawrence University(ret.). During his time at LU, Sean had the opportunity to be a featured soloist with the tuba-euphonium ensemble, tour with the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, record a concert as a featured soloist for PBS, along with many other endeavors. After growing tired of the harsh tundra that surrounded him, Sean decided that the best possible move for graduate school would be the significantly warmer(at least in his mind) University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
During his time at U-M, studying under famed brass pedagogue Professor Fritz Kaenzig, Sean has enjoyed a whirlwind of performance opportunities and educational resources. Some of these include, performing in a masterclass for renowned euphonium soloist Steven Mead, playing principal euphonium in the famous University of Michigan Symphony Band’s performance of the classical masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition, and recording a CD of new works for band(Bolcom and Friends) that features several world renowned composers/artists such as William Bolcom and Joseph Alessi (principal trombone New York Philharmonic and Professor of Trombone at Julliard).While not flying from performance to next, Sean can be found watching Netflix, jamming out on bass guitar or arranging music.