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Weiss High School Band

Weiss Private Lesson Faculty

Shawna Scott - Clarinet

Mrs. Scott has been a clarinetist for 25 years. She is from El Paso, Texas and earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education from New Mexico State University and a Master’s in Music from The University of Texas at El Paso. She began teaching clarinet lessons in college and has worked as a high school and middle school band director in the El Paso and Austin areas. She is certified to teach all grade levels in the fields of music and special education. Most recently, Mrs. Scott served as the clarinet instructor at Permian High School and their feeder middle schools in Odessa, Texas. She has performed with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Wind Symphony, multiple top-level community bands in cities throughout Texas, and is currently a member of Cedar Park Winds. Mrs. Scott is excited to be back in the area and to be a part of the Weiss Band team!

Alyssa Collins - French Horn

Alyssa Collins has been playing the french horn for twenty-two years and has been privileged to study with some of the most renowned instructors in the world, receiving her degree in horn performance from Northwestern University. Since then, she has performed in numerous operas, musicals, ballets and chamber ensembles. This will be her fourth year teaching the horn students of the Austin area.

Dr.Brian Trittin - Saxophone

Sumner Erickson - Euphonium & Tuba

PROFILE

Former Adjunct Faculty Of Carnegie Mellon University for 22 years and formerly Principal Tubaist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for 23 seasons. Also substitute tubaist with the Empire Brass Quintet.

EXPERIENCE - TEACHING

Currently teaching Master Classes and privately in many Middle and High Schools in the Austin, Texas area

Formerly on the Faculties of Temple University, Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Texas at San Antonio and The University of Mary Hardin Baylor

Currently finishing my first book about the essentials of how to play and teach music

EXPERIENCE - PERFORMING (CLASSICAL MUSIC)

Principal Tubaist, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - 1981 - 2004

Hired at age 18 by Andre’ Previn. Other Music Directors included Lorin Maazel and Mariss Jansons. Including concerts World-Wide

Sub./First call Tubaist, Empire Brass Quintet - 1995 - 2012 Including concerts in Athens, Greece and Zurich, Switzerland

Sub. Tubaist, Austin Symphony Brass Quintet - 2005 - prsent Sub. Tubaist, Austin Symphony Orchestra - 2005 - present

Recorded the 24 Melodious Etudes for Tuba by S. Vasiliev as well as several recordings with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass

EXPERIENCE - PERFORMING (POPULAR MUSIC)

Singer/Songwriter/guitarist for solo appearances as well as band performances with my band The Texcentrics

Recorded 3 CDs including The Texcentrics; and Sumner Erickson - Tex Appeal

EDUCATION

Curtis Institute of Music 1980 - 1981

Primary Teachers: Paul Krzywicki, Arnold Jacobs, and Edward Kleinhammer

 

3406 Wickham Lane Austin, TX 78768 T 512 565 9376 sumnererickson@yahoo.com

Ingram Lee - Trombone

Gram Lee is a performer and educator in the Austin, Texas area who just received his Master’s in trombone performance at Yale University.  He hails from Houston, Texas where he was a three time all state trombonist and drum major of Mayde Creek High School in Katy ISD. He then attended the University of Michigan to receive a double major in Music Education and Trombone Performance with High Honors and studied under Professor David Jackson. During his undergraduate studies he was a finalist for the Eastern Trombone Workshop solo competition and the winner of the Wright State brass solo competition. He also performed with many orchestras and summer festivals such as Brevard Music Festival and the local Texas Music Festival (hosted in Houston), the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Adrian Symphony Orchestra. 

 

 

During his time at Yale, Gram taught the undergraduate trombone students, was a teaching fellow for New Haven public schools, worked as a facility’s operations manager, a finalist for the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, a finalist for the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, Florida and won the 2nd trombone job of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in Maine. 

 

He currently lives in Austin, TX and is a substitute trombone player for the San Antonio Symphony, Round Rock Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony and the Mobile Symphony in Alabama. He is cultivating a special low brass studio that seeks to showcase high quality musicianship above all else. 

Gram has a fascination with how instruments are made and how different materials aid in our sound concepts. He was hired by Edwards Instrument company to be the Central Texas representative for Edwards House Texas and very much enjoys fitting people to custom trombones. 

In his spare time he very much enjoys spending time with his loving English Cream Golden Retriever (Finley),  and outdoor activities with his close friends.

Carly Burkhard - Flute

Carly Barajas (Burkhard) is a very talented young flutist. She has been performing throughout the Austin area since her first concert in 2007. During that time, she realized that she wanted to be a musician for life. Mrs. Barajas graduated with honors and received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Texas State University.

Mrs. Barajas’ first music lessons were on piano and viola at the age of nine in Pflugerville, Texas, and two years later, she fell in love with the sound of the flute. Her junior year of high school, she was asked by Thomas Waggoner, an alumnus from Texas State, to join the Austin Youth Symphony Orchestra, the highest and more professional orchestras for students of all ages around the central Texas area. Mrs. Barajas was a member of the Austin Youth Symphony Orchestra for two years.

While in college, Mrs. Barajas was a member of the Texas State Wind Symphony, the highest band at Texas State University, under the direction of Caroline Beatty and the Texas State Orchestra, under the direction of Carolyn Watson. Other musical affiliations include Texas State Flute ChoirNational Collegiate Flute Choir, National Flute Association, and Austin Flute Club.

Mrs. Barajas has been working as a private lesson teacher in Pflugerville since 2012. She teaches flute and beginner piano, with students as young as four years old. She lives with her husband and their two dogs, Buster and Mickey.

Miki Sasaki - Trumpet

Mikio Sasaki, trumpet player, is a member of the venerable Saint Louis Brass and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. He was previously based in New York City as a freelance musician and as an adjunct lecturer and Brass Ensemble Director at Brooklyn College. He maintains an active performing schedule in addition to his activities as an accomplished arranger and a dedicated music educator.

 

Hailing from a family of classical, jazz, and bluegrass musicians, Mikio is a flexible performer with the ability to switch seamlessly between styles, classical, jazz, and beyond. He has enjoyed international and national performances with a wide variety of groups and festivals, including Saint Louis Brass Quintet, yMusic, Chamber Music Northwest, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, American Pops Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Broadway’s Matilda, and as a soloist with the Austin Symphony.

 

As a teaching artist, Mikio inspires students elementary to collegiate in their journey to musical fulfillment. He has worked with numerous teaching artist programs around New York, including the Music Advancement Program, Little Orchestra Society, Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, and Juilliard Precollege. His recent appointment at Brooklyn College as trumpet instructor and brass ensemble director offered the opportunity to further his educational mission at the collegiate level, inspiring musicality and creativity in future generations.

 

Mikio earned his previous degrees at the Yale University School of Music (MM ’15) and the Juilliard School (BM ’13), studying under teachers Allan Dean, Mark Gould, Raymond Mase, and Ray Sasaki.

Rick Lucio - Euphonium

Biography coming soon

Kyle Huddleston - Percussion

My name is Kyle Huddleston. I was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in League City, Texas. I am from a family of four, consisting of my mom, dad, and twin brother. I am a Type 1 Diabetic. I have a passion for music, sports, drumming, teaching, and traveling. I am currently living in San Marcos, Texas and going to school at Texas State University.

 

I started playing percussion with drum set in 2008 through private lessons. In 2009 I started as a beginner percussionist in sixth grade band. I was in band all the way through high school. My high school band was accepted to play at the 2013 Midwest Clinic in Chicago. In the summer of 2016 I marched with the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps, a Drum Corps International (DCI) organization. Also in 2016, I was in the Wind Symphony at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. In the 2018 season of Winter Guard International, or WGI, I marched with Rhythmic Force Percussion and held the position of ensemble captain for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 seasons. I was also a member of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps for their 2019 production. 

 

I have taught at College Station Independent School District and Bryan Independent School District. I am currently teaching at Pflugerville Independent School District. I also work as an independent private lesson teacher and have been doing so since 2016.