Kick off the holiday season with the UD Brass Quintet for an intimate outdoor performance. Attendees will enjoy a mix of light classics and holiday pops from one of the premier brass ensembles in the state of Delaware. This event will take place on the lawn of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation office, located at the main entrance of the Bayside community. It is free for all to attend and patrons must bring their own chairs.
Newly formed last year, the group — consisting of graduate students at the University of Delaware — seeks to perform diverse works across many genres of music from renaissance to contemporary pop and jazz, appealing to all audiences. The quintet also is invested in writing and performing new compositions, as well as unique and dynamic arrangements, all of which have been written exclusively for the group, by its members or by UD’s own composition students. Passionate about education, the group has toured extensively throughout the state of Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, performing at numerous middle and high schools, teaching students about the benefits of chamber music as well as giving recent masterclasses, lecture recitals, and concerts at Delaware State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Meet the Musicians
Justin Way is currently a masters student at the University of Delaware under Professor Mark Clodfelter where he holds a brass quintet assistantship. Justin received his Bachelors in Music Performance from Florida State University where he studied under Dr. Christopher Moore. Originally from Dauphin Island, Alabama, Justin was an active performer as the principal trumpet in the University Wind Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Chamber Winds, and the FSU Symphony Orchestra. Justin is very passionate about contemporary trumpet repertoire and has also performed with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus (Georgia) Symphony Orchestra, and numerous regional ensembles.
Stephen Zarriello is a trumpet player and member of the University of Delaware Graduate Brass Quintet in Newark, Delaware where he currently resides. He graduated from Liberty University with his bachelor’s in music performance in the Spring of 2020. Stephen has performed with many groups in the Lynchburg area from theater companies, orchestras, and chamber groups. He also was able to march with Drum Corps International (DCI) World Class Corps Troopers and Carolina Crown. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Trumpet Performance and is under the tutelage of Mark Clodfelter.
Joseph Herring is a free-lance musician, composer and arranger currently attending the University of Delaware for his masters in horn performance and is serving a position in the Graduate Brass Quintet. Originally from Pensacola, Florida, Joseph earned a bachelor’s in music performance from the University of West Florida where he was principal hornist in the wind and jazz ensembles and performed in operas, symphonies, solo recitals and various musical productions around the southeastern United States. Joseph has a passionate interest in baroque and jazz horn, being an experienced soloist and chamber musician and has studied with notable hornists such as David Wakefield and John Cerminaro.
Matthew Darr is a second year master’s student at the University of Delaware, studying trombone performance with Dr. Bruce Tychinski. A native of Stoystown, PA, Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Music Education. He has performed in several masterclasses for internationally acclaimed trombonists and has performance experience in nearly every indoor and outdoor band setting, brass consorts, as well as solo experience with piano/organ. He has performed with the Warren Philharmonic, The Heritage Players, Altoona Brass Collective, Keystone Chamber Winds, and various churches in the southwestern PA/Pittsburgh area. While seeking performance opportunities, Matt is also deeply passionate about education.
Clayton Dungey hails from Washington State, completing his undergraduate degree at Biola University in California, and is currently a Masters student at the University of Delaware as a performance major on tuba. He has been playing the tuba for 15 years and grew up in a musical family with his dad being a band director, his mom a violinist, and younger sisters playing trumpet and french horn. Clayton has experience playing in symphony orchestra, concert band, jazz band, pep band, marching band, brass quintet, brass ensemble, church brass choir, tuba quartet, musical and opera pit, percussion ensemble, and solo performance.