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Through a rigorous curriculum, outstanding studio time and instruction, and exceptional ensemble experiences, the brass educators and students in The Brass Division are committed to excellence in collegiate brass performance and pedagogy.
We hope you will take the time to get to know us and our playing, come to campus for a visit, take a lesson with our faculty, and spend some time talking to our outstanding students.
If you are interested in our programs or just have questions about what we do, please contact Head of Brass, Dr. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 856.256.4500 Ext. 3526.
We look forward to meeting you, working with you, and sharing our love for the musical world of brass performing and teaching.
Bryan Appleby-Wineberg, Head of Brass, trumpet : email
Areas of Study
Atlantic Brass Band (2-Time National Champions of North America)
The Rowan Faculty Brass Quintet
The members of the brass quintet are Bryan Appleby-Wineberg, George Rabbai, Lyndsie Wilson, Rick Linn and Brian Brown.
Mr. George Rabbai (Jazz Trumpet) is Adjunct Professor of Jazz Trumpet and Improvisation at Rowan University. National recognition came quickly for Professor Rabbai when he joined the Woody Herman Orchestra, touring as a jazz soloist and recording on the Concord and Toshiba EMI labels. His unique style of scat singing prompted Herman to reinstate and rerecord the classic arrangement of the big band bebop hit of the 1940's "Lemon Drop" as a vocal and trumpet feature. "Lemon Drop" is also the title of Mr. Rabbai's own CD, released on DBK Records. His second CD with DBK is titles "In Good Company". George's lyrical trumpet sound is featured in the soundtrack of "Baseball," a film by Ken Burns, which first aired nationally on PBS. He can also be heard in Burns' epic documentary "The West." George has worked as a soloist behind vocalist Rosemary Clooney, and with vocalist Michael Feinstein and is featured jazz soloist on Feinstein's double CD, "Romance on Broadway and Romance on Film." George has also been featured with Tony Bennett on his television special, "Tony Bennett With Love".
Dr. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg is Associate Professor of Trumpet and Head of Brass. At Rowan he teaches Studio Trumpet and Trumpet Class for Music Education majors, and plays with the Faculty Brass Quintet. For the 2009/2010 academic year, Bryan and his family were on sabbatical in the United Kingdom, where Bryan played solo cornet with the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band, as well as The Lindley Band in West Yorkshire, UK.
Bryan is currently Principal Trumpet of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and Principal Cornet/Assistant Conductor of the Atlantic Brass Band (Ensemble-in-Residence at Rowan University), and a founding member of the professional trumpet ensemble Tromba Mundi. He has performed with many ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, The Jupiter Symphony (NYC), The Indianapolis Symphony, the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, The Kent Blossom Festival, Rutgers Summerfest, and Manhattan Chamber Orchestras, the DaCappo Opera Theater (NYC), The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Riverside Symphonia, The Opera Company of Philadelphia, as a guest with the Kent Blossom (OH) Festival Alumni Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, and was Principal Trumpet of the Haddonfield Symphony and Brass Quintet for four seasons. Prior to moving to New Jersey for graduate school, Dr. Appleby-Wineberg was Principal Trumpet of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Evansville, Indiana for three seasons and was Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Evansville.
He holds degrees from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M in Trumpet and Music Education) where he studied with Anthony Plog, Jean Moorhead Libbs, and Cleveland Orchestra member, Charles Couch; The Cleveland Institute of Music (M.M. in Trumpet) where studied with James Darling of the Cleveland Orchestra, did additional work with Cleveland Orchestra members Michael Sachs and David Zauder, and was awarded the 1994 Bernard Adelstine Prize in Trumpet; and The Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University (D.M.A. in Trumpet) where he studied with Peter Bond of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Dr. Appleby-Wineberg grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent 4 summers studying with Armando Ghitallah at The University of Michigan. He lives in Glassboro, New Jersey with his wife Sarah, a Midwife and Nurse-Practitioner in Women's Health, and their two daughters, Hannah and Kathryn.
Lyndsie Wilson is the Adjunct Professor of Horn at Rowan University. As an active musician in the Philadelphia area, Lyndsie regularly performs with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Walnut Street Theatre. Outside of Philadelphia Lyndsie also performs with Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Bay Atlantic Symphony, and the Sarasota Opera Association in Sarasota, Florida. She has appeared internationally with both the Spoleto Festival de dui Mondi in Spoleto, Italy and the Opera Festival Lyrique en Mer in Belle-ile en Mer, France. She has also substituted with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra on numerous occasions. Ms. Wilson received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance from Temple University and her Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where her principal instructors included Eli Epstein, Richard King, Randy Gardner and Eric Ruske.
Richard (Rick) Linn
Richard (Rick) Linn has been performing as a "first-call" freelance trombonist and euphoniumist in the Greater Philadelphia Region since 1977. He has performed with almost every major ensemble in the area and in many different venues, from the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia to the casinos in Atlantic City. He is currently Second Trombone of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Principal Trombone of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Second Trombone in the Kennett Symphony of Chester County, PA and Principal Tenor Trombone in Opera Delaware. In the summer months he performs as a substitute/extra with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra. Rick has recently played with the Reading Symphony, and regularly performs with the Jubilate Deo Orchestra and records for NFL Films.
Amy Shumaker Bliss
Amy Schumaker Bliss is a euphonium artist based in the Philadelphia area. Originally from Ohio, she attended Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio. She earned her bachelor's degree in euphonium performance under the guidance of Dr. Thomas Zugger and music education under Professor James Swearingen.
After graduation, she moved to England to study. She earned her master's degree at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) where she earned Honors with Distinction in performance while studying under Steven Mead and David Thornton. While in England, she performed in the RNCM Orchestra and various concert bands including the RNCM's Wind Ensemble, chosen to perform in the BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall in London. She played solo euphonium with Besses o'th' Barn brass band and had performance and rehearsal opportunities with many other brass bands in the area.
Now that she's back in the United States, Amy has been building a career that combines her love for teaching and performing music. As a performer, Amy's projects include playing solo euphonium for the Atlantic Brass Band (North American Brass Band Champions, 2011 and 2012) and collaborating with area musicians for brass quintet, orchestral, wind band, solo, and low brass performances. She has recently been selected to perform as a featured soloist with Rutgers University's top wind ensemble in February of 2014.
As a teacher, Amy teaches euphonium at Rowan University where she also teaches euphonium in the Rowan Prep program. She is Senior Adjunct Professor of Music at Burlington County College where she teaches music history. Amy is currently attending Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts as the school's first ever doctoral euphonium student.
Mr. Brian Brown is Adjunct Professor of Tuba at Rowan University. Mr. Brown holds the Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Tuba Performance from the Juilliard School. His major teachers include Paul Krzywicki, Don Harry, Donald Harwood and Vincent Penzarella. He is currently principal tuba of the Philly Pops, Delaware Symphony Orchestra and The Stamford (Conn.) Symphony Orchestra. As an active freelance musician, Mr. Brown has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia among many others. He is also the tuba player for NFL Films. Mr. Brown is a member of the Westminster Brass and the Rowan University Faculty Brass Quintet.