Occasional Brass & Strings
Jerome Street Studios
128 Jerome Street
Saturday, May 7th at 2:20pm
We are so excited to be hosting OB&S at Jerome Street Studios (front porch) on Saturday, May 7 at 2:20pm as a part of West Medford Open Studios. They will be playing a mix of jazz and pop.
Occasional Brass & Strings (OB&S) has an award-winning array of over 120 musicians in and around Boston (MA), Worcester (MA), Newport (RI), Providence (RI), Hartford (CT), Concord (NH), and Portland (ME). OB&S performs over 250 events in the New England area each year, including weddings, graduations, church services, fundraisers, corporate events, concerts, and more. For information and samples, see http://www.occasionalbrass.com/ or https://www.youtube.com/user/OccasionalBrass.
Bryan Hilliard (aka Deeb) – Trumpet(s), Flugelhorn
Bryan Hilliard studied with Vincent Macrina (Brockton, MA), then with Jeff Holmes and the late Walter Chesnut at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During College, he found the funk and joined Rippopotamus (Rippo), a Boston-based funk/rock band. During his tenure with Rippo, Bryan opened for a variety of national acts, including Queen Latifah, Phish, Fishbone, De La Soul, and the Beastie Boys. He can be heard around town playing weddings, musicals, funk, rock, big band, dixieland, salsa, merengue, and even a circus gig or two. Bryan earned a BA from UMass Amherst and an MBA from Boston University. After completing his MBA, Bryan founded Occasional Brass & Strings, which now employs over 120 musicians!
Andrew Waid – Viola
Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Andrew Waid recently obtained his DMA in viola performance from the College of Fine Arts, Boston University. He also performs frequently in numerous ensembles in Massachusetts, including Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Symphony Orchestra, and Marsh Chapel Collegium (Boston University). As an increasingly active baroque violist, Andrew participated in the American Bach Soloists Academy (San Francisco, 2013) and the International Baroque Institute at Longy (Cambridge, 2013 and 2014). He teaches violin and viola at Rockport Community Schools and lives in Ipswich, MA.
Naomi Steckman – Cello
Naomi Steckman has been playing the cello since the age of three. She has studied both classical and contemporary music with professors at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, and Boston University, and has since worked with teachers from the Boston, Richmond, Chicago, Seattle, and National Symphonies. Naomi plays in a variety of settings that include operas, musicals, chamber music, and symphonic ensembles. She has held positions as a principal, section, and substitute cellist with ensembles that include the Waterbury Symphony, Worcester Opera Company, Ohio Light Opera, Lancaster Symphony, Huntington Symphony, Virginia Symphony, and Charleston Symphony. Naomi has also recorded and played in a vast range of venues and studios playing music ranging from classical, jazz, to pop.