The MusicaNova Brass Quintet Holiday Music Festival
Sunday, December 9 – 3:00 PM

at Scottsdale Presbyterian Church
3421 North Hayden Road at Osborn Road

Concert Program

William “Billy” Berue, trumpet, is currently an undergraduate student at Arizona State University, where he is getting his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance. William has played in groups around the Phoenix and Southern California area including the MusicaNova Orchestra, Salt River Brass, Phoenix Brass Collective, and Temecula Valley Symphony. William is a student of Regents’ Professor David Hickman and has previously studied under Barry Perkins and Miles McAllister. 

Joshua Haake, trumpet, is currently a Doctoral Candidate in trumpet performance at ASU and Treasurer for the Phoenix Brass Collective. As a performer, Joshua has played with such groups as the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra, Lakeshore Symphonic Band, St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Fargo/Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Boy’s Choir and the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. He has been active as a soloist, playing numerous recitals in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Arizona as well as soloing with groups such as the Concordia College Band and UW-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble. Joshua has always been an avid proponent of brass chamber music and has been performing in brass quintets since 1992. Such groups include the Absolute Brass, Washington Brass Quintet, UW-Milwaukee Graduate Brass

Quintet, UW-Milwaukee Faculty Brass Quartet, and Palo Verde Brass Quintet. He also has a passion for education, and in addition to working as a TA at ASU and UW-Milwaukee, Joshua was a high school band director for nine years in Port Washington, Wisconsin. He currently resides in Tempe with his wife Rachel, two sons Liam and Lukas.

Dr. Alex Manners, French horn, is an active freelance hornist and educator across the Valley. As a performer, he has appeared at both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and has been a member of groups including Symphony of the Southwest and Sinfonia da Camera. He has also had frequent substitute engagements with groups across Arizona, including the Phoenix and Tucson Symphonies and the Arizona Broadway Theatre.

Alex currently serves as an elementary and junior high band director in the Dysart Unified School District and horn instructor at Glendale Community College. A native Kansas Citian, Dr. Manners holds degrees from Truman State University, the University of Illinois, and Arizona State University.

Seth Bartschi, trombone, freelances in the Phoenix area on alto, tenor and bass trombone. He regularly performs with Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Opera, West Valley Symphony, Symphony of the Southwest and Millennial Choirs Orchestra among other ensembles. Currently Seth holds a position as Adjunct Faculty at Glendale Community College teaching trombone. Seth’s teachers include Ralph Sauer, Douglas Yeo, and Peter Vivona. He has been recorded on four commercially released albums including a solo track of Rachmaninoff’s Fantasy Piece on the album “Living Legacy.”

Before devoting himself to music he studied and trained in aviation earning his pilot’s license and flying many friends and family on $100 hamburger runs and building up several hundred hours in flight experience. He remains an avid aviation enthusiast as well as a connoisseur of fine root beers.

Tubist Blake Ryall is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina and is currently a doctoral student and teaching assistant at Arizona State University’s School of Music. Blake holds prior degrees from Appalachian State University and East Carolina University, and actively performs with various ensembles in the Greater Phoenix area, including the Salt River Brass and Arizona Brass. His primary teachers include Dr. Christopher Blaha, Mr. Bernard Flythe, Professor Tom McCaslin, Dr. Joanna Hersey, and Dr. Deanna Swoboda.

Outside of performing, Blake enjoys hiking, swimming, and playing frisbee.