Washington Renaissance Orchestra
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Who We Are: The Washington Renaissance Orchestra (WRO) is established, to promote and coordinate Big Band Jazz performances in and around the DMV area, as well as regionally, nationally and internationally. The Orchestra was formed as a vehicle to create performance opportunities for jazz musicians in a big band setting featuring jazz at its best, with world-renowned guest artists, to an audience of thousands each year. These musicians are highly regarded performers and educators across the country and around the globe, and will be under the artistic leadership of drummer and composer Nasar Abadey. Abadey is also Professor of Jazz Studies at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; and Allyn Johnson, the Music Director, pianist, composer, arranger, is also a Professor of Jazz Studies and Director of Jazz Band at the University of the District of Columbia. The musical leadership of this organization will incorporate contemporary arrangements into its repertoire and commission new arrangements and masterworks for the jazz orchestra. This will promote the development of creating new audiences, and sustaining those familiar and having a passion for big band in jazz music. It will also cultivate a dynamic and adventurous spirit which keeps audiences coming back again and again. All the members of this orchestra are residents of the DMV area and many are members of the DC Federation of Musicians. Baiyina Abadey, Executive Producer ARTSdpc® www.artsdpc.net firstname.lastname@example.org Bill Brower Production Manager http://www.jbvproduction.com/index.html Willard Jenkins, Artistic Liaison email@example.com Nasar Abadey, Artistic Director http://www.nasarabadey.com/ Allyn Johnson, Music Director http://www.allynjohnsondivineorder.com/ The Washington Renaissance Orchestra consists of the following musicians: SAXOPHONE: Brian Settles; Antonio Parker; Paul Carr; Fred Foss; Whit Williams TROMBONE: Julian Lane: Reginald Cyntje; Leon Rawlings; George DuPor; TRUMPET: Tom Williams; Michael Thomas; Thad Wilson; Alvin Trask. DRUMS and Artistic Director: Nasar Abadey; PIANO and Music Director and Conductor: Allyn Johnson; and BASS: James King.
Each member of this orchestra has 10 – 30+ years of professional performance experience.
Alternates Saxophone: Charlie Young; Elijah Balbed; Jordon Dixon; Ambrose Gilchrist