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The members of Adirondack Brass

Herm Matlock

Trumpeter Herm Matlock was a member of the music faculty at Plattsburgh State University from 1977 until 1986.  While there he directed the Plattsburgh State University Jazz Ensemble, Plattsburgh State University Brass Ensemble and was chair of the Music Department.  After teaching a year the Crane School of Music at Potsdam State University, he became director of bands at Franklin Academy in Malone, NY.  He retired a few years ago, and is an adjunct faculty member at North Country Community College and Plattsburgh State University.  Matlock is frequently seen officiating local baseball and basketball games.

Bill Long

Trumpeter William Long was born in Mahwah, NJ and grew up in Saranac, NY.  He is frequntly heard performing in local groups including the Plattsburgh Community Orchestra, Strawhatters, the Plattsburgh State University Symphonic Band, Brass Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble, and in pit orchestras for musicals productions at Chazy Central School and Peru Central School.  Long is employed as a machinist at Plattsburgh State University.


Janet Gaeddert, horn, is adjunct instructor of horn at Plattsburgh State University, where she has also taught courses in the psychology and counseling departments.  She performs with the Plattsburgh Community Orchestra and the Plattsburgh State Universtiy Symphonic Band and Brass Ensemble.  Born in Indianapolis, IN, she performed with the Des Moines (IA) Symphony, the Madison (WI) Symphony and several midwestern ensembles prior to moving to Plattsburgh.  Gaeddert is a school counselor at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School and is a board member of Behavioral Health Services North.


Trombonist Andrew West is a graduate of Mount Assumption Institute and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.  He has performed in several jazz and blues ensembles in this region and in Atlanta, GA and enjoys playing in the Plattsburgh Community Orchestra.  West has recently performed leading roles in local productions of the Music Man, Brigadoon, and The Sound of Music and has played in the pit orchestra for several productions as well.  West is a Doctor of Chiropractic in Champlain.


Tubist Scott Hopkins received his B.M. from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam and his M.M. in from the University of Connecticut, both in music education.  Hopkins was awarded a performer's certificate in tuba and was the first tubist to win the Crane Concerto Competition in 25 years in 1996.  Scott also enjoys playing the 5-string banjo and has played with regional groups including Breakaway and Common Ground.  Over the summers of 2002, 2003, and 2004, Hopkins was the musical director for the Essex Theatre Company productions of Anything Goes, Chicago, and West Side Story.

About Adirondack Brass

Adirondack Brass is a five-member ensemble formed in 1994.  The group has performed for many organizations in northern New York and southern Quebec and its annual performance calendar includes concerts in schools, formal recitals, and musical support for weddings, church services and the like.  In August 1996 the group played for 80,000 attendeees of the "Clifford Ball" concert given by Phish, and in November 1999 the group played with Canadian Brass.
Repertoire performed by Adirondack Brass includes music written specifically for brass quintet, arrangements and transcriptions of music origianlly written for other media, and selections from most of the major stylistic periods in music.  Individual concert programs are selected for the specific audience, reflecting the site, the age and background of the audience, and the nature of the concert.  Adirondack Brass is versed in the music of the Renaissance, baroque, and classical eras, as well as jazz, Dixieland, ragtime, folksongs and showtunes.

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