Daren Wilkes (Trumpet) Post Graduate Studies University of Illinois, M.M. Illinois State University, and 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 and 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).