Jamie Marci has been a freelance horn player and instructor in Connecticut since 1999. Born and raised in the Midwest, she moved to the east coast after completing her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. During her four years in Columbia, she attended the Aspen Music Festival for two summers and studied under John Cerminaro. The graduate program at the Hartt School of Music brought her to New England and the freelancing and teaching opportunities have kept her there. In November 2003 she won a position on the Hartford Symphony’s substitute list. She is third horn with the New Britain Symphony, the Bristol Symphony and the Wallingford Symphony and has also played with the United States Coast Guard Band, the Bridgeport Symphony, the Ridgefield Symphony and for Josh Groban and LeAnn Rimes.
Mitch Mangan holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University. Mitch started playing the trombone in elementary school and has been very active as a tenor and bass trombonist since. He has studied under George Sanders, Andrew Rodgers and Luis Fernando Jimenez over the years. At Summit Studios, Mitch teaches private trombone, trumpet, euphonium and tuba lessons as well Summit’s Funk/R+B Band. Mitch also teaches in the Manchester Public Schools. During the summer, Mitch has been teaching at the Glastonbury Music and Arts Camp and commonly plays in the pit orchestra for musicals put on by the CAST Children’s Theatre. Additionally, Mitch has always enjoyed playing with a variety of musical ensembles. In college, he regularly performed with the school’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Trombone Choir and also subbed in the Berkshire Big Band and the Sonny Carroll Orchestra for a few years. He has also formally been a member of the South Windsor Community Band, Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Kat’s ‘N’ Jammer’s Big Band. Mitch is currently the 2nd Trombonist in the Red Satin Band and Al Fenton Big Band and Bass Trombonist in the Classic Brass Band and Thomaston Jazz Orchestra. Mitch is also an active sub and has performed with Big Band Sounds of the 40’s, Glastonbury Town Band, Still Kickin’ and the Big City Horns and has been frequently hired to perform Masses at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hartford, CT.
Gary is active throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts as a performer in many groups, among them The Worcester Symphony, CT Virtuosi Orchestra and Classic Brass, a British style brass band. As a conductor, Mr. Kirsch has led the East Woodstock Cornet Band, the Gilbert and Sullivan Summer Workshops at CSA and was Interim Band Director at Southern Connecticut State University. Mr. Kirsch has taught public school in Plainfield and Hamden, CT. As a private teacher of Tenor/Bass Trombone, Euphonium, And Tuba, Mr. Kirsch’s students have gone on to Ithaca, Eastman, Oberlin, and Princeton. His students consistently place well in festivals and auditions. Mr. Kirsch graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education.