Dan Wions, Principal
Music has been an integral part of Dan’s life since early childhood. He began studies on piano at the age of two, composition at age five, and finally the horn at age nine. His performance experience is extensive, ranging from orchestral, concert band, chamber music, and solo repertoire, to pop, rock, show tunes, and jazz.
As a Hornist, Dan has worked under the baton of such prestigious conductors as James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson Thomas, Manfred Honeck, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Michael Stern, Stefan Sanderling, and Eri Klas, among others. He has also recorded on the Sony Classical and Naxos labels, and for NASCAR and ESPN productions. Dan has performed on tour dates with Dave Brubeck, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Sarah McLachlan, John Legend, Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, Carlos Santana, Kenny G, Frank Sinatra Jr., Patti Lupone, Anne Murray, Leann Rhimes, Mannheim Steamroller, Clay Aiken, Jack Jones, The Irish Tenors, Ronan Tynan, and Josh Groban, among others. He has performed as a soloist with the National Concert Party (Chamber Orchestra of America) at the Kennedy Center, and with the Massapequa Philharmonic.
Recent appointments include Principal Horn of the Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia, Universal Brass Ensemble, Brass Roots Trio, Principal horn of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, and Third Horn/Co-Principal of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Dan was also a finalist and semi-finalist in auditions with the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Kennedy Center Opera, Calgary Philharmonic, Delaware Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, and Hartford Symphony. Teachers include Michelle Baker, Myron Bloom, Scott Brubaker, Tony Cecere, Peter Gordon, Michael Hatfield, Phil Myers, Rick Seraphinoff, and Chris Wilhjelm.
Dan holds a BM in Horn Performance, with outside studies in piano and composition, from Indiana University. He is a former faculty member of the Westminster Conservatory of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, and currently teaches during the summer at the Summertrios chamber music festival (www.Summertrios.org). He has been a participant at the FAME festival and the National Orchestral Institute, and is also a former three consecutive year member of the prestigious Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland.
In addition to Horn, Dan has been successfully marketing himself as a cocktail pianist since early High School. Since then, Dan has played for the Dalai Lama, entertained customers regularly for Nordstrom Department stores, Hilton, Marriott, and Hyatt Regency Hotels (among others), and provided music for hundreds of holiday parties, weddings, B’nai Mitzvahs, Birthday parties, educational institutions, and corporate and charitable events. In 2005, he created Live Music Consulting (www.LiveMusicConsulting.com), a multipurpose project-based musician’s network and booking agency.
Dan currently splits his home between Philadelphia and Central Jersey, freelancing and teaching primarily in the PA, NJ, and NY tri-state area, and touring and contracting musicians internationally.
Originally from Verona, New Jersey, Aleksander Ozolins began playing horn at the age of 10. He went on to eventually complete his graduate studies under Michelle Baker, at The Manhattan School of Music in the highly acclaimed Orchestral Performance Department.
As an orchestral performer, Ozolins has performed in countries throughout Europe and Asia under the batons of most notably, James Levine and Herbert Blomstedt. He has been a member of the Verbier (Switzerland) Orchestra, and presently holds the position of Principal Horn of the Philharmonic Orchestra of The Americas.
As a chamber musician, Ozolins also performs regularly on period instruments with groups including Sinfonia New York, Tempesta di Mare of Philadelphia, and the Trinity Consort of Portland, Oregon.
In addition, Ozolins can be found performing anywhere from Broadway shows, to recording studios, to popular music venues.
Aleksander Ozolins is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, since 2007.
Principal, Thomas Boulton
Appearing extensively throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, trumpeter Thomas Boulton has performed alongside members of the Canadian Brass, New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and musicians on Broadway. Tom’s trumpet playing has been broadcasted live on television to over 200 million homes internationally, heard on numerous National Public Radio programs, and on live concert stages in front of crowds exceeding 25,000. As an educator, clinician, and recitalist, Tom appears at schools and universities across the country and is a published author in the International Trumpet Guild Journal. Tom holds degrees from Rutgers University (Doctor of Musical Arts), Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music), and Eastern Michigan University (Bachelor of Music). His principal teachers include Kevin Cobb, Thomas V. Smith, Carter Eggers, and Michael Bowman. He received additional individual instruction from trumpeting icons Håkan Hardenberger, Thomas Stevens, Gabriele Cassone, Stephen Burns, Edward Carroll, Jim Ross, Mark Gould, David Krauss, Peter Bond, Brian McWhorter, Ray Mase, and Robert Sullivan. Tom has performed under notable conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Marin Alsop, Lorin Maazel, and Kurt Masur and performs regularly in prestigious concert halls including New York City’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He has recorded on the Sony Classical, Mark Masters, and Naxos Classical labels.
More information can be found at thomasboulton.com
Burt Mason, Principal
Burt Mason currently serves as Principal Trombone the Chamber Orchestra of New York, Principal Trombone of the Greenwich Village Orchestra and is former Principal Trombone of the New York Staff Band of The Salvation Army. He has been selected to perform as a soloist with numerous ensembles, performing throughout North America, The United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. He has performed under the baton of notable conductors such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Skitch Henderson, Kenneth Kielser and Sidney Harth amongst others.
Mr. Mason began playing trombone at age 12 but did not receive any formal lessons until he entered college at the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam). Despite this lack of formal training, his ornate skills as a trombonist placed him as a finalist in the first annual New York Philharmonic Young Performers Audition, selection for the esteemed MENC All-Eastern Band, the NYSSMA All-State Band and Orchestra, as well as winning several local music contests. While in college at the Crane School of Music, Mr. Mason won the Crane School of Music’s most prestigious performing contest, the annual Crane Concerto Competition as a sophomore. He has freelanced with the New York Philharmonic and numerous ensembles and orchestras. Outside of performing, he actively composes and manages his own independent music entertainment company.
Mr. Mason has recently completed his Masters of Music in Orchestral Performance at the Manhattan School of Music.
To learn more about Mr. Mason visit his website at burtmason.com.