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James Gourlay was born in Scotland, where, at the age of ten, he was "volunteered" to play in his school brass band. Being the tallest in class, he was serendipitously given the tuba, an instrument he loves and continues to promote all over the world.
After much success as a solo champion, Gourlay entered the Royal College of Music but left after a short time to become the Principal Tuba of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the age of eighteen. He continued working at the BBC Symphony Orchestra for ten years, then performed for an additional ten years with the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera. Gourlay's career as a chamber musician and soloist continues to flourish. He has been a member of the Philip Jones and English Brass ensembles with which he has toured the world, and also continues to perform as a soloist extensively. He has recorded five solo CDs, the latest being British Tuba Concertos recorded for the Naxos label with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, which has since received international critical acclaim.
Gourlay's early work within the Brass Band Movement forms a vital component of his creative output. After early success with the Brass Band Berneroberland, he became music director of the Williams Fairey Band with which he won the English Masters and British Open contents. Gourlay has also been the professional conductor of the Grimethorpe Colliery and the Etoiles, with which he has won the Swiss National Championships, the Swiss Open Championships, and second place at the European as well as at the World Brass Band Championships.
Gourlay's commitment to music education is a continuing passion. He has been Head of Wind and Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music and Deputy Principal and Music Director at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Salford University, a Masters degree from Leeds University, a Fellowship of the Royal Northern College of Music, a Fellowship of the London College of Music, and is also a recipient of the Henry Iles Medal, presented by the Worshipful Company of Musicians for services to the Brass Band Movement. Currently, Gourlay is International Vice President of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association and Artistic Director of the River City Brass.
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Cindy Geib has been with RCB nearly twenty-five years and has a seasoned grasp on her areas of responsibility. These responsibilities include budget/financial management, marketing, ticket sales, concert series production, contracted performances, and implementing concert sponsorship packages.
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Phil Parr has over thirty years of substantial experience in the health and human service and public education sectors. He has managed non-profit organizations, operated a management consultation business, and served in the cabinet of the Superintendent of Schools of the Pittsburgh school district. His career in the school system culminated with the position of Chief of Staff. At RCB, Phil oversees the strategic plan and manages development activities to bring in contributed revenue from foundations, corporations, and individuals.
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Linda Reznik has over twenty-five years experience in arts management, and has worked with some of the world's most celebrated dance companies and music ensembles. As the founder and director of River City Artists Management, she facilitated touring engagements for her diverse roster of artists all over the United States. Her work in the field of touring continues with Pittsburgh's River City Brass.
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Jeffrey Nicodemus joined the RCB in 1984. He played 2nd cornet, Repiano cornet and Flugelhorn until 1987, when he became the band's Principal Eb Soprano Trumpet player. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied Trumpet Performance under the guidance of the renowned Anthony L. Pasquarelli. He was a two time winner in the Pittsburgh Concert Society Solo Competition in 1987 and has performed with many organizations, including the McKeesport, Westmoreland and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras and the Civic Light Opera Orchestra. He maintains an active freelance performance schedule and a private teaching studio. He is a member of the faculty at Chatham University and Carnegie Mellon University and teaches full time in the Pine Richland School District.
Bernard Black is RCB's Principal Solo Cornetist and Concertmaster. As an original member, Bernie has been the Band's most featured soloist both in concert and on recordings. A student of Anthony Pasquarelli, Black holds a BFA and MFA degree from Carnegie Mellon University and is a two time winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Solo Competition.
He's performed extensively as a soloist and clinician for twenty-five years and has recently served as Principal Trumpet at the Sunflower Chamber Music Festival in Topeka, Kansas.
Black is an instructor and performer for educational projects with the River City Brass Quintet in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Gateway to the Arts. He is a member of the award-winning Carnegie Brass Quintet and is on staff at the Carnegie Mellon University Music Extension Division.
When not performing with RCB, he is an Instrumental Music Coordinator, Director of Brass Studies, and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the Pittsburgh Public Schools' Creative and Performing Arts High School. His cornet of choice is Kanstul.
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