Christmas Postcards is the first commercial release by the HoodleBug Brass. Previous recordings include: “Brass Fac’s,” which was released in March 2004 and “Off the Trac’s,” in 2009. Most of the arrangements on Christmas Postcards were written especially for this recording project, and many of the arrangements are available through Eighth Note Publications. Arrangers for this project include:
Dr. Zach Collins is Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he also teaches theory, history, leads the IUP Tubaphonium Ensemble, and performs with the HoodleBug Brass Quintet. Zach received his B.M. in Tuba Performance from Texas Christian University where he studied with Richard Murrow and his M.M. and D.M.A. in Tuba Performance from the University of Southern California where he studied with Jim Self, Tommy Johnson, and Norm Pearson. He has performed with numerous ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Johnstown Symphony and Keystone Wind Ensemble. Zach has several of his compositions and arrangements published through Cimarron Music Press.
Dr. David Ferguson is the Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts at IUP. From 2001-2012 he taught trumpet and music education courses in the IUP music department. Prior to that, Dr. Ferguson taught elementary, Jr. High, and High School music (primarily band and strings) in Decatur, Illinois for 6 years. David earned a BM in Music Education from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and an MME and EdD in Music Education from the University of Illinois. Dr. Ferguson has published several compositions and arrangements for brass instruments through Eighth Note Publications in Toronto, Canada. He continues to perform with the HoodleBug Brass and in a jazz combo with his wife Laura, who is also an IUP music professor. David and Laura have two children, Ella and Xavier.
Michael Gaydeski is a recent graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he studied composition with Daniel Perlongo and Dr. David Martynuik and trumpet with Dr. Kevin Eisensmith and Dr. David Ferguson. During his time at IUP Michael arranged a number of works for brass quintet and trumpet ensemble. He has also written several original works, most recently Hexamorphosis for saxophone quartet and his Sonata for Tuba and Piano. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at Oklahoma City University, where he studies with Michael Anderson and plays in the Blackwelder Brass Quintet, the university's top graduate brass quintet, though he plans to continue his study of composition as well.
David Marlatt is a composer, arranger, conductor and clinician. He has composed pieces for concert band, string orchestra, brass quintet, trumpet ensemble, piano, tuba and trumpet. His writing style is diverse and he has written for a wide range of difficulty levels from very young concert band to professional soloists and chamber ensembles. He has also arranged/transcribed over 1100 pieces of repertoire including South African folk songs, traditional Christmas carols, tangos, pieces from the Baroque to the Romantic eras. He has been commissioned by both professional and school groups to compose many pieces for concert band and chamber ensembles. Along with many performances by elementary, high school and college ensembles, professional performers of his works include: Matthias Hofs, Jens Lindemann, The Canadian Brass and New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, and the ITG Mass Trumpet Ensemble. Mr. Marlatt is a trumpet player who obtained a music education degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He was Principal Cornet in the Whitby Brass Band for 6 years and founder of the trumpet ensemble Trumpets in Style. As a performer, he has played in jazz bands, brass quintets, orchestras, concert bands, brass bands and period instrument ensembles.
Dick Meyer started arranging while in high school in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In 1953 he became a member of the USMA Band’s horn section. While in the band he played and wrote numerous charts for dance band and various jazz ensembles. In 1957 he received an orchestral scholarship to the University of Miami where he performed with all the orchestra and jazz groups in South Florida including his own twelve-piece band. He also was a member of and wrote for the Stuart McKay Winds. Now residing in Cincinnati, he has contributed greatly to the fabric of musical life in the Queen City. He has played shows and free lanced, wrote two dance books and special material for the late trumpeter, Frank Brown, had charts published by Studio P.R., organized his own fourteen-piece band and was a member of Carmen Deleone’s Studio Big Band for many years. In addition to his significant contributions as an arranger, he has composed three pieces for the USMA Band’s annual Retiree/Alumni Association concerts at West Point.
Anthony O'Toole (b. 1988) is a young composer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although primarily a classically trained percussionist, he is proficient on many other instruments including piano, viola, bass trombone, clarinet, tuba, saxophone and voice. He attended Penncrest High School where he performed as a percussionist, taking lessons from (and eventually playing alongside) some of the finest percussionists in the Philadelphia area. After high school he attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he studied Composition under David Martynuik, Daniel Perlongo and Jack Stamp. While at IUP he also studied piano and tuba, performed in almost every university ensemble and had his compositions performed regularly by students and faculty. He graduated in 2011 with a BA in Music Theory & Composition. He was the winner of the 2012 Garritan Composition Contest. As an arranger he is highly sought after by high schools and colleges for his marching band arrangements. He currently resides in Indiana, PA where he works full time as a freelance composer, arranger and orchestrator and performer.
Dr. Jack Stamp is Professor of Music, Director of Band Studies and Chairperson of the Music Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate conducting. Dr. Stamp received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from IUP, a Master's in Percussion Performance from East Carolina University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting from Michigan State University where he studied with Eugene Corporon. He is active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and composer throughout North America and Great Britain. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by leading military and university bands across the United States. He has won the praise of American composers David Diamond, Norman Dello Joio, H. Owen Reed, Ron Nelson, Samuel Adler, Robert Ward, Robert Washburn, Fisher Tull, Nancy Galbraith and Bruce Yurko for performances of their works. He is also a contributing author to the “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band” series released by GIA Publications. He is the founder and conductor of the Keystone Wind Ensemble. In 1996, he received the Orpheus Award from the Zeta Tau Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha for service to music and was named a "Distinguished Alumnus" of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 1999, he received the “Citation of Excellence in Teaching” from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. In 2000, Dr. Stamp was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and was named University Professor for the 2008-2009 academic year at IUP. This is the highest award that the university gives a faculty member.
Dr. Keith Young is Professor of Music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he teaches saxophone performance, music theory classes, and directs the IUP Jazz Band. In 1998 he retired as Principal Saxophonist with the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. With The USAF Band, he performed for 20 years on saxophone and piano with the Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Saxophone Quartet, Dixieland Band, as well as various chamber ensembles and jazz combos. Keith’s music publications also include saxophone quartets and a solo saxophone compact disc, Saxophone Voices from Five Countries, with Crystal Records.
Ken Young is a 1972 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. He did graduate work at The Pennsylvania State University. He is currently retired after having taught Middle School music for 33 years at the Cambria Heights School District in Patton, PA. In addition to arranging, Ken enjoys doing freelance trumpet work in the Central and Western Pennsylvania area. He currently resides in Altoona, PA with his wife Catherine (another IUP/’72 alumnus). Additional brass quintet arrangements by Ken are available through watertonbrassmusic.com.