Simply put, it is the essence of music. Waves of sound. The curved pipes of brass instruments. The graceful lines of melody. There are beautiful curves in all music and art.
Curvd Aire is an ensemble of professional musicians with a remarkable history of experience, education and musical talent, including current and former members of many of the most prestigious musical organizations in the Sacramento region. The members of Curvd Aire have extensive experience and training in classical and commercial music, and have performed and recorded music in all genres.
This diversity of skills and experience enable Curvd Aire to provide exactly the kinds of music you need for any occasion.
In addition to the brass quintet, Curvd Aire can also provide soloists, chamber groups, or large ensembles, according to your needs and budget.
We specialize in weddings, concerts and recitals, parties, services, graduations, holidays, and other special events. Curvd Aire performs alone or as guest artist(s) with other ensembles.
With members of the Camellia, Auburn, Sutter and CSUS Symphonies as well as numerous brass and woodwind ensembles, this fine ensemble is made up of brass and woodwind musicians with keyboards and other vocalists and instrumentalists available on request. The members of Curvd Aire have extensive experience and training in classical and commercial music, and have performed and recorded music in all genres. Most have music degrees, and all play with great skill and elan.
This diversity of skills and experience help Curvd Aire to provide exactly the kinds of music you need for any occasion.
Curvd Aire can provide soloists, chamber ensembles, or large ensembles, according to your needs and budget.
To contact Curvd Aire, send E-mail to CurvdAire@aol.com or call (916) 835-7426.
The Curvd Aire Brass Quintet is (alphabetically):
Angel Contreras, Horn
Angelina Contreras just completed her undergraduate studies at CSU, Sacramento. She graduated with her Bachelors of Music in Horn Performance and Music Education in the summer of 2007. Currently, she is teaching band programs at three schools in the San Juan Unified School District: Woodside K-8, Orangevale Open, and Citrus Heights Elementary. Angelina is currently the principal hornist of the Solano Community Symphony, as well as utility horn for the Camellia Symphony. Angelina has also performed with the San Francisco Youth Symphony Orchestra, California Youth Symphony, and the North State Symphony. She also plays with local church orchestras and has private students in Roseville, Sacramento, and Benicia. Angelina plans to go back to school for a Masters Degree in Horn Performance, as well as a teaching credential.
Walter Johnson, Trombone
Donna Pool, Tuba
(aka Nigurski, after the Chicago Bears football star, Bronko Nagurski).
Born in Albuquerque, NM, Donna grew up in Santa Rosa, CA and Sonora, CA. Her musical education began in fourth grade on the flute and piano. In high school, she chose to take band instead of typing and within two weeks graduated from “lead cymbal” player to section tuba. Seeking good stories to tell her grandchildren, she earned a BM in Tuba. She (with her tuba, “Guido”) has played with many brass quintets, bands and orchestras, including the California Wind Orchestra, the Sutter Symphony, and most recently, the Camellia Symphony. Donna teaches choir and band at Arcade Middle School in the San Juan Unified school district and also enjoys traveling, cooking, scrap-booking, reading, and gardening, and can’t wait until her two sons are old enough to play Dungeons and Dragons with her.
Paul Simmons, Trumpet
Paul earned his B.M. at the University of Delaware, and his M.M. at CSU, Sacramento and has studied with Gary Dilworth, Robert Halseth, David Blackinton, Richard Solis, Gilbert Johnson, Tony Crapis and Robert Goodman. Paul has been a member of the Camellia, Auburn, Folsom and CSUS Symphonies, the Newcastle Brass, California Brass, the Davis Brass, and Christiana Horns.
Paul is an accomplished musician in the chamber music, symphonic and commercial worlds, having performed and/or recorded with ensembles from Philadelphia to Las Vegas including Daimon, East Coast Connection, the Big Band Express and Stone Gumbo, playing musical styles from traditional jazz to hard rock.
Brian Wood – Trumpet
Brian performed with the Travis Air Force musical ensembles for many years, also playing with the Solano Symphony, the Davis Brass, American River College Symphony and others. he brings maturity, technique and intense musicality to every performance.