Gary Buss, woodwinds
Gary Buss is currently Instructor of Woodwinds at the University of Colorado Denver, a position he has held since 2006. A native of Memphis Tennessee, Buss received his B.S.Ed from the University of Memphis and his M.M. in Multiple Woodwind Performance and Pedagogy from the University of South Carolina, with additional studies with Felix Viscouglia of the Boston Symphony and Andrew Marriner of the London Symphony.
Buss has served on the faculty at Shelby State College and the University of North Florida, and has taught woodwind clinics and adjudicated throughout the southern US.
An active performer on all woodwinds, Buss has performed with the Memphis Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Tennessee Symphony, Las Vegas Festival Orchestra, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and the Lone Tree Orchestra. Additionally, he has performed in over 60 Broadway shows, and with numerous artists including Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Tommy Tune, Isaac Hayes, Toni Tenille, Temptations, Bobby Vinton, Jimmy Buffet, Frankie Valli, Kristen Chenoweth, Wayne Newton, The Three Tenors, Van Morrison, Sarah Brightman, and is currently the clarinetist with ‘Your Father’s Moustache Band’ in Denver, Colorado.
Buss is a member of Pi Kappa Lamda, International Clarinet Society, Music Educators National Conference, Colorado Music Educators Association, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, International Association for Jazz Educators, and American Federation of Musicians.
Bron Wright, trombone
Bron Wright has served as Principal Trombonist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic since 2005. He has toured and performed on numerous occasions with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, James Conlin, and Sir Neville Marriner; the Boston Pops Orchestra under John Williams and Keith Lockhart; and the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson-Thomas. He has received fellowships with such festivals as the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan; the American Russian Artists Orchestra in Russia; the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria; and the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA. As a soloist, Wright has toured to over 35 countries including China, South Africa, Egypt, Poland, Germany, Russia, Denmark, and Thailand. In 1993, he was selected to perform as a soloist for Queen Noor and King Hussein at the Jerash International Music Festival in Amman, Jordan. In 2005, he was invited by conductor Yutaka Sado and the Leonard Bernstein Foundation to perform in Japan for the 60th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings.
Wright currently teaches trombone, euphonium and tuba at the University of Colorado Denver. He also holds the Principal Trombone positions with the Boulder Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony, Opera Colorado orchestras, and as 2nd trombone of the Crested Butte Music Festival. In 2010, he served as 2nd trombonist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans and in 2006, Principal Trombone with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina. He has also won auditions with the Memphis Symphony, Tucson Symphony, and Mississippi Symphony orchestras. Additionally, he can be seen throughout Colorado performing with the Colorado Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival and the Denver Brass.
An avid supporter of new music, Wright has commissioned nearly a dozen works for solo trombone, brass quintet and voice. In 2002 he premiered two works for solo trombone written by his good friend and renowned composer Daniel Pinkham. In 2003, he recorded those works for the Arsis Audio label of E.C. Schirmer Publishing. Most recently, he performed the Colorado premiere of Takemitsu's Trombone Concerto with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. As founder of the Huntington Brass Quintet, Bron has received numerous grants from Chamber Music America, The American Composer's Forum, The National Endowment for the Arts and has been featured on National Public Radio. He has conducted master classes and seminars on such topics as Arts Management and Performance Anxiety at The New England Conservatory of Music, The University of Maryland, Longy School of Music, and The University of Texas at Austin.
Wright received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2001 from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with both Norman Bolter and Douglas Yeo of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.