Members of The Polished Brass Quintet
Barber (Trumpet) hails
from Moline, Illinois, and attended Western Illinois University before winning
a highly-coveted audition for The United States Army Band, “Pershing's Own” in
Washington, DC. Countless performances
over a 26 year career included serving as “Taps” Bugler at the Tomb of the
Unknown Soldiers, and performing with The Concert Band, The Herald Trumpets,
and The Army Blues, the army’s premiere jazz ensemble. Retiring from the
Army in 1999, Mike is an in-demand musician, who in addition to his work in the PBQ, performs with many area jazz groups, big bands, rock and roll bands, and theater orchestras.
originally from Wadsworth, Ohio, Michael attended both The University of Akron
and Berklee College of Music in Boston on scholarship, and graduated Berklee with
a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Music. He has performed with Rosemary
Clooney, Peter Nero, Clark Terry, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Buddy Greco, Frankie Avalon, Eddie Daniels, Slide Hampton, Ed Shaughnessy, Vic Damone, Milton Berle, The Ice Capades, and The Ringling Brothers
Michael has performed Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #2
with the Rockville Chamber Players, and is currently active with Vienna Virginia's The Cathedral Brass, a 20-piece Brass Choir performing music in genres from Bach to Rock.
considers his work with Bugles Across America, an organization dedicated to
providing live buglers for the funerals of our honored veterans, an honor and a sacred
Evan Geiger (Horn) joined The United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own" in Washington, DC in 2011. He became the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra's Principal horn in 2009 and also plays Principal with the Lyrica Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Virtuosi and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra. The 2010 holiday season marked his second year winning positions with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City. He also played regularly in New York with Dicapo Opera, the New York Camerata, the Metro Chamber Orchestra, and the Riverside Symphonia. He premiered several contemporary works with the Tactus Contemporary Ensemble as well as the New York Chamber Virtuosi. A frequent Broadway musician, he has played on shows such as The Lion King, Shrek, The Little Mermaid, Wicked, and South Pacific. Other orchestras that have sought his talents include the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony, Pacific Orchestra of the Americas, the International Contemporary Ensemble and the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music where he has also done doctoral work. Evan has recorded several albums and soundtracks including Elevation by Patrick Williams, nominated for two Grammys.
(Trombone), a native
of Portland Oregon, has been performing and teaching in the Washington D.C.
area for over 15 years. He holds a
Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from West Virginia University and a
Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of North Texas. Former teachers include Michael Wheeler, Dr.
Keith Jackson and Tony Baker. Mr.
Gillespie has performed with the West Virginia Symphony, San Angelo Symphony,
Jimmy Dorsey Band, Denton Public Theatre, Virginia Grand Military Band, Annandale
Brass, and Manassas Chorale. He is also
an established private teacher in the northern Virginia area. Yearly, his students are selected for the
Virginia All-State Band. He resides in Manassas, Virginia with the love of his life Kristy and their 2 two
Ed Vinson (Tuba), a native of Auburn, Alabama, began
playing the tuba at age 11. Mr. Vinson holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana
State University, Master’s degree from Juilliard School, as well as a
Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes College of Music. Vinson has toured Europe as the Principal
tubist of the Juilliard Orchestra in celebration of Juilliard’s Centennial
Birthday Celebration and toured Mexico as principal tubist of the Philharmonic
Orchestra of the Americas. Mr. Vinson
has also performed with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony
Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Radio City
Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, the New World Symphony, New Jersey
Philharmonic, as well as with the United States Air Force Heritage of America
Band. Mr. Vinson has competed in numerous competitions throughout his playing
career and was named the winner of the Louisiana State University Dean’s
Concerto Competition, the Brevard Music Center Concerto Competition, and in
2002 he was selected as a Yamaha Young Performing Artist.