Members

Allan Dean, Trumpet — Professor of Music, Yale School of Music

Allan lived for many years in New York City, performing with the New York Brass Quintet, the New York Cornet and Sacbut Ensemble. As a top call freelance concert and recording artist he worked with Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky and a virtual Who’s Who of the greatest musicians and composers of the 20th Century. He is a founding member of Summit Brass, and is also a renowned player of the cornetto in the group “Calliope: A Renaissance Band.” He has performed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Casals Festival, Spoleto Festival, U.S.A., Banff Centre for the Arts, and Prairie Home Companion. He formerly taught at the Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Indiana University, and he has students in key positions throughout the world.

 Ray Sasaki, Trumpet — Professor of Music, University of Texas at Austin

Ray is a founding member of the Tone Road Ramblers, a new music ensemble started in 1979 in NYC made up of composer/performers who commission and perform only new pieces. Since 1993 they have been a resident ensemble at the Ragdale Foundation — an artist colony in Lake Forest, Illinois. Ray has also commissioned many new works for trumpet, most notably with the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, for the International Trumpet Guild, and the Jazz Members Orchestra of Chicago. He has recorded on CRI, Deutsche Grammophon, Ubres, Crystal, Summit, Einstein and TR2001 recordings. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the International Trumpet Guild.

Jeff Nelsen, Horn — Professor of Horn, Indiana University

JeffNelsonProfessor  Jeff Nelsen the Canadian hornist magician former-pig-farmer knows fear, and more importantly he knows better. He’s fooled himself into thinking he’s fearless on enough occasions to win auditions for symphonies, faculties, and an amazing ensemble called  Canadian Brass.

Jeff’s life used to be about playing his horn as well and often as possible. It still is, but now he spends more time talking others into reaching their dreams through Fearless Performance. He recently gave a  TEDx Talk about it, and has since become a speaker coach for TEDx Talkers.

Some of his fearless performances have been with the philharmonic of  New York, the symphonies of  Chicago, Boston,  San Francisco,  Montreal,  Cincinnati,  Houston, and  St. Louis, Broadway’s  Chitty Chitty and  Pirate Queen, Hollywood  movie soundtracks, the brass of  London, German,  El Sistema, and  Slavic Soul Party… and most enjoyably with his  mezzo-soprano wife Nina Nelsen.

Another triumph Jeff credits Fearless Performance with is having become a full tenured professor of music at the prestigious  Indiana University Jacob School of Music.

Melvyn Jernigan, Trombone — Executive Director, Primo Concerts

For many years Mel was Bass Trombonist with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, having joined the orchestra right after graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music. He is the founding member of the Saint Louis Brass Quintet and is also a founding member of Summit Brass. In addition to his performing duties, Mel manages Primo Concerts, which handles bookings for the Saint Louis Brass Quintet, Summit Brass and The RiverCity Ramblers, a Dixieland jazz group. He is a recording and television producer as well as an arts manager, and has served on various committees and/or boards of the Missouri Arts Council, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, ACUCAA, Young Audiences St. Louis, Summit Brass and Summit Recordings.

Daniel Perantoni, Tuba — Professor of Music, Indiana University

Dan, or “Mr. P” as he is called by his students, is a renowned tuba soloist, clinician, chamber musician, instrument designer and master teacher. He has been a featured artist at Carnegie Hall, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., the Adelaide Festival in Australia, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, the Montreux Brass Congress in Switzerland, and as soloist throughout Japan. He is a founding member of Summit Brass, a member of Symphonia, the Matteson – Phillips Tubajazz Consort, and has released numerous solo and chamber music CDs. Along with Robert Tucci, he designed the “Perantucci” line of low brass instruments and mouthpieces that has become the equipment choice for thousands of low brass players worldwide. He also serves as the vice-president of educational matters and consultant/clinician for Custom Music Company.