The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 14, 2012

Brass quintet in concert Saturday


JOHNSTOWN — Hoodlebug Brass Quintet will perform for the Chamber Music Series of Greater Johnstown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown.

The ensemble is the brass quintet-in-residence at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is comprised of full- and part-time brass faculty within the university’s music department.

The quintet performs works of all styles from baroque to contemporary, pop and jazz.

Songs for the season in the second half of the program will feature “Joy to the World,” “Let Us Break Bread Together,” “Hanukkah Medley,” “Gesu Bambino” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

Members of the quintet are Kevin Eisensmith, trumpet; David Ferguson, trumpet; Jack Scandrett, horn; and Christian Dickinson, trombone.

Eisensmith is professor of trumpet and directs the IUP Trumpet Ensemble and the IUP Jazz Ensemble.

He performed more than 700 concerts while serving as the solo trumpeter with the U.S. Army Forces Command Band in Atlanta from 1979 to 1984.

Since 1998, Eisensmith has served as the principal trumpeter with Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.

Ferguson teaches trumpet, high brass methods, music for the elementary classroom and student-teacher observation at IUP.

In his native Illinois, he taught a variety of band music on the high school and elementary level as well as elementary general music.

Ferguson has performed with the Johnstown, Westmoreland and McKeesport symphonies and a jazz combo at IUP.

Jack Scandrett joined the IUP faculty in 1980 as a part-time instructor in horn and was appointed to a full-time position teaching horn and music theory in 1981.

He served as music department chair from 1996 to 2000, and is a member of the IUP Woodwind Forum and Keystone Wind Ensemble.

Scandrett has been principal horn for the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet orchestras, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Orchestra and the Johnstown, McKeesport and Westmoreland symphony orchestras as well as playing third horn in the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra.

Dickinson has taught at IUP since 1985 and has performed as soloist with the university’s symphony orchestra, percussion ensemble and wind ensemble and Johnstown Symphony Orchestra as well as appearing as soloist at the Eastern and International Trombone Workshops.     

The ensemble performs regularly on the IUP campus and presents numerous clinics and concerts in public schools and churches throughout the region each year.

The group’s newest CD, “Christmas Postcards from the HoodleBug Brass,” was released in October and includes arrangements of traditional Christmas songs by the quintet’s favorite arrangers.


What: Hoodlebug Brass Quintet.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown.

Tickets: $15 or two for $25 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students.

Information: 467-7943 or


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