The Shadyside Brass are a Pittsburgh based chamber ensemble and Artists-in-Residence at Heinz Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh campus. Adept in many styles of music-including classical, jazz, and pop-Shadyside Brass members create many of the arrangements the group plays. Formed in 2013, the group was recently named as one of the winners of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Artists Auditions, and enjoy an active schedule of performances both in their home at Heinz Memorial Chapel and around the Pittsburgh area.
Originally from Connecticut and a 1985 graduate of the University of Connecticut, David has lived in Pittsburgh since 1991. He has spent 3 years playing with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra where, for the January 2014 concert, he set Gabrielli's Sonata Pian e Forte for the orchestra's brass section. His teachers have included Bill Babcock (Chicago Symphony), Jeffrey Curnow (Empire Brass Quintet, Philadelphia Orchestra), Daniel Patrylak (Eastman Brass Quintet) and Richard Green (Eastern Brass Quintet). David has arranged many of the pieces in Shadyside Brass’s repertoire.
In addition to the Shadyside Brass, Joe Figliulo plays with the Edgewood Symphony, Undercroft Opera and for many local musical theater productions. He studied trumpet at the University of Kentucky, and has a Masters Degree in Music History from the University of Pittsburgh.
Justin Miller has played trombone for over 25 years. He studies with James Nova of the Pittsburgh Symphony and has performed with numerous western Pennsylvania ensembles, in the orchestra pit for many musicals, in side by side performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and with the Bill Dayton Orchestra based in Baltimore. Individuals he has performed with include Mike Vax, formerly of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, and Jay Gibble of the Capitol Bones. Currently, Justin is principal trombone of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, solo trombone in the Allegheny Brass Band, first trombone in the West Hills Symphonic Band where he serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors, a member of the Shadyside Brass, and assistant director of the Lincoln High School Marching Blue Band in Ellwood City, PA.
Justin is an IT professional originally from Ellwood City and now residing in Cranberry Township.
A native of Pittsburgh, Doug grew up performing with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony and the Westmoreland Youth Symphony before heading to Penn State for his undergraduate education. While at Penn State, Doug played with the Altoona Symphony, the Nittany Valley Symphony, the Centre Brass Quintet, and numerous university-sponsored chamber and orchestral ensembles. After school, Doug moved to Boston where he performed with the Boston Chamber Ensemble, New England Philharmonic, Brookline Symphony, the Boston Conservatory Brass Quintet, and the New England Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet. Doug is now thrilled to be back in his hometown where he plays with the Edgewood Symphony and Shadyside Brass. He has also played with Quinta Voce Woodwind Quintet and the Undercroft Opera Orchestra. In addition to classical music, Doug is also active in theater, performing both on stage as well as in the pits. More than anything else, Doug enjoys spending time with his wife and three wonderful children.
Matthew Tesch converted from tenor to bass trombone in high school and never looked back. He has primarily played in large jazz ensembles (Brandeis University Jazz Ensemble, Babson College Jazz Band, and Carnegie Mellon Jazz Band), but enjoys the small-group aspect of playing with the Shadyside Brass. Other small ensembles he has participated in include the Olin Conductorless Orchestra and the Carnegie Mellon Jazz Chamber Ensemble, as well as the pit orchestra for several musicals. His musical credits also include an orchestra conducting role for a production of the musical "The Thing About Men", and two years in the Texas 4A All-State Band. A robotics engineer by profession, when not playing music he spends his time building robots, writing software, and spending time with his wife.