Edward Bach has been the leader of the Market Street Brass and principal trumpet player since 1991 when he came to Greensboro from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is a professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where teaches trumpet and conducts brass ensembles. Bach holds the doctoral degree from The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and also was the trumpet professor at Brandon University, in Brandon, Manitoba. He also has performed extensively in orchestras in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Victoria, and other Canadian Orchestras, and his performances continue to be heard on the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). Bach received international acclaim as the leader and principal trumpet player in A Touch of Brass, a Vancouver based group that played concerts around the world, and which issued numerous award-winning recordings. He was a finalist in 1992 in the prestigious Concert Artist Guild’s competition in New York City. In addition to recordings of the Market Street Brass, Bach is heard on the recordings, Infinity and Contrasts, both of which feature some of the most virtuosic trumpet music in the repertoire and have received widespread critical acclaim. An active solo performer throughout the US and Canada, Bach is a frequent adjudicator at the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, DC.
Christian McIvor is active as a performer in both the classical and jazz/commercial styles. He regularly plays split lead trumpet with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and he has toured the South with The Soul Brothers, a James Brown tribute band. McIvor has performed with the Greensboro Symphony, Wilmington Symphony, Greensboro Philharmonia, the Charlotte Children's Choir, and appears regularly as a freeland player throughout the Southeast. He also has played lead trumpet in the showbands of four different ships for Carnival Cruise Lines.
McIvor has been a graduate assistant at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2006 where his duties have included teaching undergraduate trumpet lessons. The UNCG Graduate School awarded him the Excellence Foundation Fellowship for the year 2008-2009. McIvor also has experience as a general music teacher in Bridgeport, CT, and has maintained a private trumpet studio for many years. He holds a B.A. in music from the State University of New York at Potsdam, a teaching certificate in kusic (k-12) from Western Connecticut State University, and a M.M. in trumpet prerformance from UNCG. McIvor also pursued studies in political science at Catholic University of America in 2002. His trumpet teachers include Edward Bach, John Ellis, and Rich Clymer, and he has also studied jazz with Chad Eby, Steve Haines, Wycliffe Gordon, Dan Goble, and Brett Zvacek.
McIvor lives in Greensboro and enjoys the outdoors, reading, running, sports (a diehard Boston fan), and spending time with his wife Chrissy, their dog Basie, and their two cats Fritz and Elwood.
Wayne Bennett holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Georgia (Athens) and a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance at UNCG where he taught trumpet and music theory. Bennett's teachers include Edward Bach and the late Fred Mills.
Bennett teaches at the Music Academy of North Carolina where he is the Artistic Director of the annual Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion Festival. He teaches trumpet at Elon University and Guilford College, and has taught marching bands, let brass sectional, and presented clinics for middle schools and high school throughout Georgia and North Carolina. Bennett has performed in concert venues in Colorado, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina with ensembles including the Georgia Brass, The Classic City Opera, the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, the Hickory Choral Socity, the Greensboro Opera Company, the Fibonacci Chamber Orchestra, and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. He was semi-finalist in the Masters Solo Division of the National Trumpet Competition in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
Randy Kohlenberg has been the trombonist in the Market Street Brass since coming to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro as trombone professor. Originally from Austin, Texas, he began his career as an instrumental music instructor in the public schools and has taught at the University of Oklahoma and Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa). He holds the PhD in Music from Oklahoma and has been recognized for his work in the field of music education, as an orchestra conductor, and in the International Trombone Association. Kohlenberg’s well-known UNCG Trombone Ensemble has performed at the International Trombone Festival and at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC, on several occasions. He presented a Carnegie Recital Hall debut concert in New York City in 1987 as a member of the ROKOKO-DUETTE, and has performed in recital across the US and Canada. Kohlenberg is the editor of several monumental historical works for trombone and author of numerous articles and texts regarding music teaching and research. He is the founder of the North Carolina Trombone Festiva, fouinder of the ITA Archives-Library, recipient of the ITA President's Award for Distinguised Service, and serves currently as the President of the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators.
Dennis AsKew has performed solo recitals throughout the United States and in Italy, Finland, Hungary, Australia, and The Netherlands. President of the International Tuba/Euphonium Association, he came to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the tuba and euphonium professor in 1992 and became a member of the Market Street Brass. AsKew, originally from Georgia, holds the DMA degree from the University of Michigan, the master’s degree from Penn State University, and baccalaureate degree from the University of Georgia. His renowned UNCG Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble has performed at festivals around the world. AsKew was the host of the 2002 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference held at UNC Greensboro. His solo tuba recording, Carolina Morning, has achieved wide critical acclaim and worldwide distribution. AsKew also is a national Associate Regent for Pi Kappa Lambda, the prestigious international honor society for musicians.
FROM THE ARCHIVES: The Market Street Brass prior to a 2004 Christmas Concert at the Canterbury School, Greensboro, NC
(left to right) Edward Bach, Randy Kohlenberg, Dennis AsKew,
and former members, Jack Masarie and Virginia Keast
(photo courtesy of Randy Mintz)