JAMES RANTI Trumpet M.M. Manhattan School of Music, B.M. The Juilliard School
James Ranti, a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, has enjoyed an active career both as a performer and teacher. Mr. Ranti served as principle trumpeter with the Montreal Symphony for 15 years under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Additionally, he performed as principle trumpet for both The Canadian Radio and TV Network Orchestra and US Air Force Band.
Mr. Ranti has played extensively on Broadway, most notably having played for the Broadway production of West Side Story. He served as director of brass pedagogy at the distinguished McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
At present, Mr. Ranti performs as principle trumpet of The Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra and The Stamford Opera Co-Orchestra. He is also band director at Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut as well as a private instructor in Westchester.
DAREN WILKES Trumpet Post Graduate Studies, University of Illinois, M.M. Illinois State University, B.M. Manhattan School of Music
Daren B. Wilkes holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, Master of Music degree from Illinois State University, and completed his doctoral coursework at the University of Illinois. His teachers include William Vacchiano, Phillip Smith, Ronald Romm, and Michael Ewald.
While completing his Master’s degree, Dr. Wilkes taught trumpet as a graduate teaching assistant and also performed with the faculty brass ensemble at Illinois State University. He has performed with the Army Band, Riverside Orchestra, Princeton Symphony, and Bridgeport Symphony, among others.
Dr. Wilkes has given recitals and master classes in the United States and abroad and was a member of the featured ensemble in 2001 at the “Sounds New” music festival in Canterbury, England. Dr. Wilkes has been teaching privately for several years and enjoys teaching students of all levels.
ROBERT STATTEL Trombone/Low Brass M.M. University of Michigan, B.M. University of Maryland
Rob Stattel, Trombone, and Euphonium, a native of the Washington, DC area, currently resides in Yonkers, NY, and performs and teaches throughout the tri-state area. His experiences include a stint with the 81st US Army Band, and a national tour with “In The Mood”, a 1940s musical review. Locally, he has performed with the Yonkers Philharmonic, the Westchester Broadway Theater, the Bensen/Scott Orchestra, the Westchester Swing Band, the Virgil Scott Orchestra, the Monarch Brass Quintet and the Bottom Line Tuba Quartet. Rob has degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland and has studied with Brian Bowman (Air Force Band) and Abe Torchinsky (Philadelphia Orchestra).