Open Your Eyes (2013)

A few years back I was approached by fellow musician, friend and trumpeter Devon Smeal to be a part of a brass group being put together to play a Mardi Gras style concert.  I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of something slightly off the norm of my typical gig. The Hot Metal Brass Band was the product of that concert.  Besides Devon on lead trumpet the group contains some talented musicians from the Pittsburgh jazz scene;

  • Skip McAuliffe on second trumpet
  • Nick Deutsch on trombone
  • Ray DeFade on clarinet and saxophones…

as well as a couple great musicians who also play in Pittsburgh’s River City Brass Band;

  • Jason Allison on French horn
  • Jim Stillwagon, Jr. on Tuba

After the Mardi Gras concert, the group continued and expanded it’s repertoire to everything from New Orleans style jazz to classical, fusion, rock, and even pop.  It was really different to be a part of a group where the rhythm section consisted only of myself on drums and Jim on Tuba.  I really enjoyed the challenge of having to approach the music from a little different prospective.

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