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2023 Finale Concert

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Large Brass Ensemble:
*  Passamézzo Brillante - Leroy Ostransky

Horn Ensemble

*  Take Me Home/Country Roads

    John Denver, Taffy Nivert, and Bill Danoff; arr. Houde

*  The Lord's Prayer

    Albert Malotte; arr. Baptist

*  (Excerpt from) Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

   Annie Lennox and David Stewart; arr. Ralphson

Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble

*  ASCEND! - Anthony O’ Toole
*  Pange Langua  - Anton Bruckner arr. John Stevens
*  Night of the Gladiators* - Ian Lester

   Premiere Performance
*  Pink Panther - Henry Mancini arr. Jay Krush

Graner School Music Scholarship Quintet


Nathan Pontious & KC Holes, trumpets

Brooke Babcock, horn

Carter Babcock, trombone

Ella Reed, tuba

*  Fugue in G Minor - J.S.Bach 

*  Scherzo - John Cheetham 

*  Canzona per Sonare #2 - Giovanni Gabrieli 

*  Ain’t Misbehavin’ - Fats Waller 

Trumpet Ensemble

*  Carol of the bells - Mykola Leontovych (arr. Thomas Graf)

*  A Rovin' Sea Chanty - arr. by Jim Engebretson

Trombone Choir
*  The Boys in Blue - Charles Ives, arr. Jeremy Van Hoy
*  Yesterday- Lennon/McCartney, arr. Matt Niess
*  Star Wars Medley - John Williams, arr. Jeremy Van Hoy

Large Brass Ensemble:
*  Belén - Ricardo Mollá (Steve Vaughn, euphonium soloist)
*  Epic Gaming Themes, arranged for brass by Jeremy Van Hoy

2023 Fellows


Lauren Fero - Discovery Canyon

Kylie (KC) Holes - Cheyenne Mountain High School

Nathan Pontious - Brigham Young University

Calvin Schmidt - Thomas MaClaren School

Shaelyn Verplank - Achieve Online

Isaac Walker - Cheyenne Mountain Junior High


Luke Aragon - The Classical Academy

Brooke Babcock - Cheyenne Mountain High School

Nathan Cambra - Rampart High School

John Keeton - Cheyenne Mountain Junior High

Sebastian Melendez - California Institute of the Arts

Deyson Morken - Liberty High School

Charlotte Parsons - Graduate

Grace Varn - Discovery Canyon

Theodore Wilson - The Vanguard School


Carter Babcock - Brigham Young University

Christian Baeck - Cheyenne Mountain High School

GeonHui Blair - Jenkins Middle School

Ella Blakely - Palmer Ridge High School

Nathan Fero - Discovery Canyon

Camden Harding - The Classical Academy

Tim Havlick - Palmer High School

Lucas Klein - Cheyenne Mountain High School

Carson Koch - Liberty High School

Carter Larson - Lewis Palmer Middle School

William Meister - Baker Middle School

Treyana Morken - Liberty High School

Krista Owens - Colorado Springs School

Dean Peters - The Vanguard School

Lydia Rose - University of Missouri Kansas City

Monte Sim - Cheyenne Mountain High School

Hadley VanHorn - The Classical Academy

Orin Wilson - The Vanguard School

Bass Trombone

Mark Reidinger - Graduate

Javanni Resto - Cheyenne Mountain High School


Wyatt Graffis - The Classical Academy

Amanda Hargraves - Liberty High School

TaeYong Lee - Cheyenne Mountain Junior High

Henry Meister - Baker Middle school

Genee Lyn Wilson - Graduate


Stephen Hixenbaugh - Sand Creek High School

Ella Reed - Grinnell College

Paul Woody - Palmer Ridge High School

Jacob Zabor - Cheyenne Mountain H.S. graduate





David Alan Zuercher, principal trumpeter of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Zuercher began musical instruction at the age of eight with emphasis in piano, flute and percussion. At age eleven, inspired by recordings of solo trumpet with orchestra, Mr. Zuercher’s instrumental priority switched to trumpet.

The decision to make orchestral trumpet performance a career led him to study with Leon Rapier at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Since then, other private teachers have included William Vacchiano (New York Philharmonic), Samuel Krauss (Philadelphia Orchestra) and Arnold Jacobs (Chicago Symphony Orchestra).

While on the staff of the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, Mr. Zuercher was invited to Taiwan as principal trumpeter of the Taipei Philharmonic but, after graduating from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s Degree in orchestral performance in 1978, he chose to accept the invitation to perform with the symphony orchestra in Colorado Springs.

Mr. Zuercher’s solo, chamber and orchestral work have established him as an exceptional performer. He has performed in numerous clinic–recitals, as soloist with symphony orchestras and as a member of the King’s Brass, along with virtuoso trumpeter Robert Nagel.


In addition to maintaining his private music studio, Mr. Zuercher has served on the trumpet faculties of The Colorado College, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Community College. Additionally, he is the founder of his own music publishing company, Sound Ideas Publications, which specializes in solo and ensemble selections for brass instruments.

Mr. Zuercher has been married to pianist Kelly McSweeney Zuercher since 1981.

DAN BELL, trumpet

Dan Bell received his Masters in Music from Colorado State University and served as director of Bands at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High in Colorado Springs until 2023. Dan has taught for 27 years in the Colo. districts of Fort Lupton, Rangeview HS in Aurora, and Cheyenne Mountain as a high school assistant and junior high band director. In his career, he has conducted over 40 honor bands in Colo. and Wyo. and has had his ensembles perform for the Colorado Music Educators Clinic/Conference nine times.

SARAH FORD, french horn

In September 2016, Sarah Ford joined the Colorado Springs Philharmonic as part of the horn section. Subsequently, Sarah began teaching horn at CSU-Pueblo, UC-Colorado Springs, and Colorado College. She performs regularly with local groups such as the Boulder Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and the Classical Brass Quintet in Littleton, CO. Before moving cross-country to Colorado, Sarah earned her Master of Music from the Yale School of Music and her Bachelor of Music degree from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has studied with some of the great horn pedagogues; Denise Tryon, Eric Reed, Bill Purvis, and Radek Baborák in the Czech Republic are a few. During her summers, Sarah teaches at Colorado Springs' Summer Brass program and has participated in the National Repertory Orchestra, Crested Butte Music Festival, the Pierre Monteux School, the National Music Festival, the Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute, and other programs.

BRON WRIGHT, trombone & co-founder

Bron Wright has performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops and Utah Symphony orchestras, has recorded for multiple movie and video game soundtracks and has performed with many popular artists to include James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Maria Carey, and Bela Fleck, 


He currently serves as Principal Trombonist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Opera Colorado and Central City Opera orchestras.  Previously he served as Principal Trombone of the Colorado Symphony, Charleston Symphony in South Carolina and as 2nd Trombone of the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans. 

As a soloist, Bron has toured to over 35 countries and in 1993 was selected to perform for Queen Noor and King Hussein at the Jerash International Music Festival in Amman, Jordan.  In 2019 Bron became the only American to perform a double concerto with world renowned trombone soloist Christian Lindberg.


Bron received his BM in Trombone Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA and is currently Trombone Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  

JEREMY VAN HOY, bass trombone & co-founder

Jeremy Van Hoy is presently bass trombonist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, and Opera Colorado. After growing up in Detroit, he received music performance degrees from the University of Michigan (B.M.) and Northwestern University (M.M.). His teachers were Fritz Kaenzig and Frank Crisafulli, respectively. As euphonium soloist, Mr. Van Hoy has performed with the Denver Municipal Band, Denver Brass, Ann Arbor Chamber Brass, Boulder Brass, Pikes Peak Brass Band, Little London Winds and the Livonia (MI) Symphony. In 1996, he was the 1st Prize winner at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition. Other accomplishments include being the first bass trombonist selected to the Tanglewood Music Center twice, and selection to the Sir Georg Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Van Hoy is an active free-lancer, having performed frequently with the Detroit, St. Louis, New Mexico and Colorado Symphonies. An active proponent of new music, Mr. Van Hoy gave his New York recital debut on April 5, 1998 in Merkin Concert Hall. This program featured five works written especially for the soloist. During the 2004-05 school year, he was instructor of euphonium at the University of Colorado-Boulder, holding a one-year position. In September 2008, Jeremy became the director of the Colorado College Concert Band. You can also hear him play horns and keyboard with the indie-folk band, Edith Makes A Paperchain.

STEVE VAUGHN, tuba & euphonium

Dr. Steve Vaughn, a native of upstate New York, is a freelance musician across the front range of Colorado and is currently Instructor of Tuba & Euphonium at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. Equally at home performing on both tuba and euphonium, Steve holds the position of Principal Tuba with the Fort Collins Symphony and plays euphonium with the internationally renowned Fountain City Brass Band.

Steve received his undergraduate degree in Music Education and Euphonium Performance from Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY), where he studied with Dave Unland, Ed Diefes, and Dr. Aaron Tindall. He has earned both a Master of Music degree in Euphonium Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Tuba Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado Boulder (Boulder, CO) studying with Michael Dunn. Steve has also taken additional studies with Warren Deck and John Rojak.

As a tubist, Steve has been an active performer in Colorado and many neighboring states. In addition to his position with the Fort Collins Symphony he has performed with numerous other orchestras including the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Greeley Philharmonic, National Repertory Orchestra, Wyoming Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, San Juan Symphony, and others. While studying at CU-Boulder he played in the graduate brass quintet which was one of 4 international ensembles accepted into the inaugural American Brass Quintet Seminar at the Aspen Music Festival in 2018. 

In addition to his tuba playing, Steve is an active soloist on euphonium, and an enthusiastic supporter of British-style Brass Band. Steve joined the Fountain City Brass Band in 2022 and regularly performs concerts in the United States and abroad with them. Prior to that Steve held the Principal Euphonium position with the Colorado Brass, Pikes Peak Brass Band, and Rocky Mountain Brassworks. As a soloist, Steve recently performed Blind Spot by Swiss composer Gilles Rocha for the 2021 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference and has been invited as a soloist with many ensembles across Colorado. In 2015 Steve was the first euphonium player to win the Gordon T. Parks Concerto Competition and performed the Euphonium Concerto by Vladimir Cosma with the Arapahoe Philharmonic the following season. He has performed with the chamber group Boulder Brass on numerous occasions and has performed orchestral works that include euphonium with many of the ensembles listed above.

Outside of music Steve enjoys homebrewing, coding, and spending time traveling with his wife Jessica and their pets.

Ben Paille - Jazz Trumpet Guest Clinician

Staff Sergeant Benjamin Paille serves as a trumpet player with the USAF Band of Mid-America as of August 2019.

Originally from Westport, MA, his Air Force career began in 2011. Sgt Paille attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he majored in Jazz Performance and Music Education. His teachers include John Martin, Steve Emery, Greg Hopkins, Hal Crook, and Dave Sheetz. Sgt Paille was a featured soloist in the Broadway show BLAST!, and has performed with Christian Mcbride, Robert Glasper, Cyrus Chestnut, Kevin Mohogany, Warren Wolf, Jason Moran, Eric Reed, and many others.

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