STEPHEN BANZAERT, TRUMPET

Steve is an active freelancer in the Boston area, performing with an enormous list of ensembles including the Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, and Boston Landmarks Orchestras, the Portland and Springfield Symphonies, and with the Boston Pops Brass Quintet. Steve enjoys performing a wide range of music -- he can be heard playing principal trumpet on the album "Iannis Xenakis: Works wth Piano" by the Callithumpian Consort, on the soundtrack for the Final Fantasy XV video game, and played lead trumpet in the Stan Kenton "City of Glass" tribute band assembled to celebrate Gunther Schuller's 85th birthday. Steve greatly enjoys teaching and has served as brass chair of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras for ten years.

As a soloist, Steve has performed with the Concord Chorale, Rome Symphony, and Georgia Philharmonic, performed Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets with Andrew Sorg in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's New Year's Concert, and has successfully, if reluctantly, performed Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 at 9am. Twice. Steve has benefited from a long list of teachers include Boyde Hood, Peter Chapman, Ray Mase, Charles Schlueter, Vince Penzeralla and Jim Pandolfi.

In his copious spare time Steve teaches electrical engineering at MIT and runs a teaching laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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