Kansas City Brassworks

Philip Clark is currently the Associate Principal Trumpet of the Kansas City Symphony. Mr. Clark holds degrees from the University of Georgia (BA-DMA) and the University of Michigan (MM). He has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Galliard Brass Ensemble , Utah Festival Opera, and the Crested Butte Music Festival Orchestra. Mr. Clark also appears with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra where he has been featured as a soloist. Mr. Clark's teachers include Albert Ligotti of the New York Philharmonic and Armando Ghitalla of the Boston Symphony.
 
Trumpeter Stan Smith is a founding member of Kansas City Brass Works. He is currently the associate principal cornet of the award winning band "Fountain City" and has appeared as a soloist with the band through out the country and Great Britain. Former principal trumpet of the Kansas City Lyric Opera Orchestra is a five time winner of the North American British Brass Bands Associations cornet solo competition. Other orchestral credits include the World Festival Orchestra, the Yellowstone Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Crested Butte Music Festival Orchestra. Outside of the classical realm, Stan has also performed on stage with a wide variety of artists, including The Moody Blues, The Temptations, Sarah Vaughn, Barry Manilow, to name a few. Twice recognized as a "Who's Who" in music education, Mr. Smith gives workshops in chamber music and brass performance.
 
David Sullivan was appointed Associate/Assistant Principal Horn of the Kansas City Symphony in June of 2009.  A native of Kentucky, he received his Bachelorís degree in Horn Performance from the University of Kentucky and his Masterís degree in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, earning both with Summa Cum Laude distinction. Prior to joining the Kansas City Symphony, Sullivan was an active sub on the hit Broadway musical Wicked, and was a founding member of the Mimesis Ensemble, a New York based contemporary group whose mission is to perform the works of living composers.  He has performed with the Seattle and Huntsville Symphonies, and has been a participant of the Aspen, Attergau, and Verbier Summer Festivals.  Sullivanís major teachers include Erik Ralske and David G. Ellott.
 
Mike Davidson is Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Kansas, a position he has held since 2007. He is also principal trombone of the Shreveport Symphony. Other credits include the Kansas City Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony and the Tulsa Philharmonic. His solo CD "Blue Wolf' was released in 2010 to high acclaim. Mr. Davidson has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States and Asia. He received his D .M.A. from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
 

 

Scott Watson is now in his 36th year at the University of Kansas. At the university, Scott is Director of the Division of Brass & Percussion as well as conductor of the KU Tuba-Euphonium Consort. His solo efforts can be heard on the just released "Thoughts of a Cow" as well as the educational recording " Stepping Stones, 'Volume I' both on Potenza Records. Scott is a member of the acclaimed Fountain. City Brass Band, the current four time North American, US Open, and Scottish Open champions where he is solo Eb tuba. He bas been tubist in his career with such ensembles as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and the Crested Butte Music Festival Orchestra. Scott Watson is an artist/clinician for Besson Tubas through Buffet Crampon, USA.
John Currey, Director of Marimba Sol de Chiapas marimba band, holds a Master's in Percussion from the Conservatory at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Diverse performance highlights include with the Czech National Orchestra. newEar contemporary ensemble, Caribbean Steel pan band, Tri-Percussion, Echoes of Africa, Sticks of Thunder, and the American Ballet Theatre. A Modem Dance accompanist at the UMKC Conservatory Dance Department, John's hand drumming has been heard with the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Kansas City Ballet School, and at numerous Modern master classes, including with members of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, David Parsons, Leni Wylliams, Denise Jefferson, and others. Teaching credits include Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, Calvary Bible College, UMKC Conservatory, and Pittsburg State University.
Rick has been leading church music/arts ministries since 1986. He has been on staff at Atonement since 2005. He holds a degree in music composition from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he studied organ with John Ditto and John Obits and composition with Gerald Kempner. He is published by several church music publishers, including Lillenas Publishing Co. and MorningStar Music Publishers. In his "other" job, he is involved in music and media publishing, including audio and video recording and e-publishing website development. Since the early 1990s, he has presented seminars on music software extensively at church music conferences across the United States, including at three National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists. He is a past Dean of the Greater KC chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Active in KC area recording studios, he has been involved in dozens of CD projects, including producing, performing, and CD art/design.