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The Guys


Miles McAllister, Trumpet

Miles McAllister is a Southern California-based performer and educator.  Aside from his position in Presidio Brass, he is also 3rd trumpet of the Santa Barbara Symphony and a member of the Disneyland Band at the Disneyland Resort. Miles is an active freelance performer and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale, Long Beach Symphony, San Diego Symphony and Pops, New West Symphony, California Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Philharmonic, Golden State Pops Orchestra, San Bernardino Symphony, Pacific Brass Ensemble, and many other groups throughout Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.

He can be heard on Star Wars: Rogue One and With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story. From 2011-2013, he played lead trumpet for Carnival Cruise Lines in numerous showbands performing in their full-scale production shows and live variety sets. He appeared as a soloist with the Redlands Symphony where he performed the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto and at the Redlands Bowl Festival performing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto.  He has also performed with Persian pop singer Shahkar, Mannheim Steamroller, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

He earned his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at California State University Fullerton in 2015 and graduated from the University of Redlands in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance.

Miles loves spending time with his wonderful wife Tina, who he married in 2014.  He enjoys cooking and has an affinity for terrible jokes, to which his wife can attest.  He has no other marketable skills other than playing trumpet, so Presidio Brass is a perfect fit for him.

 

Steve O'Connor, Trumpet

Born and raised in Falls Church, VA, trumpeter Steve O'Connor joined the Presidio Brass in July of 2011. He enjoys an active freelance career in the Los Angeles area, including performances with the Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Pops, the Ojai Festival Orchestra, Santa Barbara and Redlands Symphonies.  Steve frequently performs with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Pops Orchestra as well, and has performed with esteemed artists such as KC and the Sunshine Band, Michael Bolton, and Ozomatli to name a few.  Steve is also a member of the Pageant of the Masters Summer Arts Festival Orchestra in Laguna Beach. 

In addition to performing, Steve has served as a trumpet instructor for the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University in Long Beach and at the Idyllwild Arts Academy.  He earned a Bachelor's degree in music from Michigan State University and a Master's in Music from Cal State Long Beach. His teachers have included Tim Morrison, Jim Wilt, and Dave Washburn.

 

Josh Bledsoe, Trombone/Vocals

Described by Samuel Pilafian as a "great young brass virtuoso," Joshua Bledsoe has established himself as one of the premier performers amongst a new generation of musicians. Joshua has received accolades on the international stage as an exciting soloist. Joshua in is demand as a recitalist and has performed as soloist with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the University of Central Arkansas Symphonic Band, Arizona State University Wind Ensemble, Southeast Missouri State Wind Ensemble, Pensacola Civic Band, Crestview High School Band, Salt River Brass, and in 2014 made his Carnegie Hall debut performing the Rimsky-Korsakov Concerto for Trombone in Isaac Stern Auditorium.

Equally at home in the orchestra, Joshua serves as Principal Trombone with the Missouri Symphony and North Florida Ballet Orchestra, 2nd Trombone with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and appears regularly with the Pensacola Symphony. He has held positions/appeared with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Southwest, Sinfonia Gulfcoast, and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.

Josh is currently Artist-Teacher of Trombone/Euphonium at the University of West Florida.

 

Geoff Durbin, Euphonium/Trombone

Geoff Durbin is a Memphis-based euphoniumist and trombonist, enjoying an active livelihood as a performer, teacher, and clinician. A virtuosic soloist, his playing has been described as possessing "searing intensity" and "flawless technique".  He receives regular invitations to perform as a guest artist throughout the United States. Of his competitive accolades, possibly the most significant is his First Prize Gold Medal finish at the 2013 Leonard Falcone Euphonium Competition.  His versatility has allowed him to perform with artists such as Doc Severinsen and Ruben Studdard.

As an educator, he is Instructor of Low Brass at Ouachita Baptist University, in Arkadelphia, AR and served on the faculty at Murray State University for three years prior.  Over the years members of his private studio have been regularly active on the national stage, occupying positions in the Tennessee, Texas, and Pennsylvania All State Bands, Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, the Leonard Falcone Tuba and Euphonium Festival, the International Euphonium Institute, and the Marine Band Concerto Competition. 

His primary teachers have been Dr. Brian Bowman, Dr. Gary Bird, and Dr. John Mueller, and he holds degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Texas.

 

Mike Frasier, Tuba/Piano

Mike Frasier is a tubist, pianist, and music educator in active demand in the Chicagoland area. He has performed extensively as a soloist and ensemble member throughout America, Europe, and China, including performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Symphony Orchestra, and Evanston Symphony Orchestra. He has also competed on the international stage as a soloist and chamber musician at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the International Women’s Brass Conference.

Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, he attended the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, where he studied tuba with Fritz Kaenzig and Rex Martin. Equally at home in the realm of academia as he is on the concert stage, he also obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music theory, and has presented lectures at Northwestern University on various theoretical topics. He currently maintains a private studio in Chicago where he teaches tuba, piano, and bass, as well as offering music tutoring for all students from beginners to doctoral candidates. An active fitness enthusiast, Mike Frasier is also a certified personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise, with specializations in breathing techniques and bodyweight training.