Ben Aldridge holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees from Yale University, and has been a member of the Binghamton Philharmonic since 1991. Ben is also a member of the Utica and Catskill Symphonies, as well as the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. He also performs with and arranges for the Catskill Brass Quintet. Ben is a charter member of the International Trumpet Guild and has been recorded on both Columbia and Redwood Records. He is a member of NARAS. Ben teaches trumpet and coaches brass chamber music at Binghamton University, SUNY Oneonta, and Hartwick College.
Euphonium, Tuba, Trombone
Mr. Blake received his Bachelor of Science degree in music education in 2001 at Hartwick College. He is recieved his master's degree in trombone performance from Binghamton University in 2006.
From 1985 –1988 Paul was a trombonist with 19th Army Band at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Presently he is an instrumental music teacher for grades 7 -12 at Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton CSD in New York. He currently is an Artist-in-Residence of low brass at Hartwick College. He also has served as a trombone instructor at the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and Institute. Mr. Blake has a wide variety of teaching experiences in the elementary and middle schools in upstate New York.
In addition to being an highly active conductor of bands and orchestras, Jason Curley is an active professional French hornist. Currently he serves as Utility Horn for Utica and Catskill Symphony Orchestras, and has performed with other professional groups including the Powder River Symphony, Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra. During his 300+ performances of the revival tour of Camelot in 2007, Dr. Curley alternated between playing principal horn and conducting the pit orchestra.
As Hartwick's horn instructor, Dr. Curley seeks to provide a diverse learning environment for his students, encouraging an array of performance opportunities (solo, chamber and large ensembles). No matter the degree sought a working musician needs to live a multi-faceted life if they are to live comfortably. This is why Dr. Curley encourages all majors to build every avenue of strength (studio sessions, ensemble and solo gigs, classroom teaching) during their degree program to that they are fortified with the knowledge and tools to succeed as career musicians.
Studio members enjoy earning income performing in local venues as members of No Strings Attached, Hartwick's brass ensemble. Churches, dances, and holidays are among many paid gigs where the brass ensemble is regularly employed. Each December, brass players from Hartwick trek to NYC for the annual Tuba Christmas at Rockefeller Plaza, a benefit for the Harvey Phillips Foundation.
The studio engages members to actively record their lessons/performances for developmental and archival purposes, using current technologies, many of which are freely accessible through the internet.
As a brass pedagogue, Professor Curley takes great care in sharing the physics, history, performance practice, and repertoire of brass instruments. Brass Methods, taught primarily to Music Education majors, is an exploration of the aforementioned as well as the approach to teaching beginners.
His former instructors include Karen Gleason, Dr. Thomas Bacon, Pamela Glasser, Dr. Douglas Campbell, Dennis Gowen, and Dr. Keith Johnson.
French Horn syllabus