Gaudete Brass
 

Ryan Berndt

Trumpet

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Philip Kassel

Horn

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Bill Baxtresser

Trumpet

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Scott Tegge

Tuba

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Paul Von Hoff

Trombone

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Ryan Berndt

Ryan Berndt is one of the trumpet players of the Gaudete Brass. His talents in business development have helped the quintet expand into new markets and develop exciting new publicity for the group. Ryan brings a strong background in both education and performance to the quintet. He has performed with numerous ensembles including the Silk Road Ensemble, Chicago Civic Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Barenboim and Jay Friedman, and has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra's "Share A Chair" program under the direction of Eiji Oue. He has performed internationally at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia and at the Isao Satoshi in Kurashiki, Japan. Outside of classical music, he has performed with the National High School cast for the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie and appeared with the Regis Philbin Big Band. Ryan has taught trumpet at the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana and is currently the Trumpet Faculty Chair at the New Music School in Chicago.

Ryan is a graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts where he earned an Artist Diploma in Orchestral Studies. He also earned degrees of Master of Music in Performance and Literature from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Music from Saint John's University in Collegeville, MN.

ryan@gaudetebrass.com

Philip Kassel

Originally from Culpeper, VA, Philip Kassel is a member of Gaudete Brass and is the Associate Principal Horn of the Boise Philharmonic. During his first season with the Philharmonic, he was the featured horn soloist in their performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Winds. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Serenata Chamber Orchestra and, in 2015, will again perform as a soloist with the Boise Philharmonic in two performances of Robert Schumann's Konzertstuck for Four Horns and Orchestra.

Philip has performed with the MLW Festival Philharmonie in Germany and the Netherlands, the McCall Summerfest Orchestra, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Sun Valley Opera Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, Josh Groban, Wicked the Musical, Opera Idaho, and the Chicago Classical Philharmonic. He also has been heard on public radio broadcasts with the Boise Philharmonic and the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra.

He studied horn at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, and at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary teachers were Jonathan Boen, Oto Carrillo, Jeff Fair, Jack Masarie, and Floyd Cooley.

When not playing horn, Philip enjoys cooking, computer programming, traveling, hiking, and spending time with his wife, Holly, who is a clarinet player.

phil@gaudetebrass.com

Bill Baxtresser

Bill joined the Gaudete Brass Quintet in January 2009. Bill is on faculty of the New Music School, in Chicago, and plays regularly with the West Michigan Symphony. Bill obtained a Bachelors degree from Western Michigan University where he studied with Dr. Stephen Jones and Professor Scott Thornburg (Brass Band of Battle Creek). In 2001, as a member of the Detroit Civic Orchestra Jazz Ensemble, Bill studied under the direction of the legendary trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave. In 2008, Bill was performing as Principal Solo Cornet with the West Michigan Brass Band when they were awarded the 2008 North American Brass Band Association Open Division Championship in Louisville Kentucky. In keeping with a wide variety of musical experiences, Bill also fills in with the Chicago based Rock Band: Visionaire and the David Rothstein Orchestra.

bill@gaudetebrass.com

Scott Tegge

Scott Tegge is the tubist in the Gaudete Brass, and works to create performance opportunities for the group. A Chicago native, Scott received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in Tuba Performance. He continued his studies and received his Master's degree from University of Miami and Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. While in Miami, he performed with numerous orchestras such as the New World Symphony, Miami Bach Society, Palm Beach Symphony, and he also served as the Principal Tuba with Miami Symphony Orchestra. In Chicago, Scott has performed with Elgin Symphony, Rockford Symphony, and Chicago Sinfonietta. In addition to his performing career, he serves on faculty at Carthage College, where he made his solo debut with the Carthage College Wind Ensemble on their tour to Japan. Scott also teaches at Merit School of Music, and coaches chamber music at Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.

scott@gaudetebrass.com

Paul Von Hoff

Paul Von Hoff is a Chicago trombonist who performs extensively on both modern and baroque trombones. Paul is a founding member of the Gaudete Brass Quintet and is responsible for much of the planning and organization of long term artistic and programing goals for the group. He is active in the historical performance movement with a particular focus on music from the late Renaissance and early Baroque. Paul also is the trombone instructor at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He holds a Bachelors degree cum laude from the Northwestern University School of Music and a Masters Degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and has studied trombone with Frank Crisafulli, Lawrence Borden, and Jay Friedman as well as historic trombone with Greg Ingles.

paul@gaudetebrass.com