2018 Brass Education Team

The CT Hurricanes are excited to announce our 2018 Brass Education Team.

Brass Caption Head – Manny Arboleda
Brass Technician – Brendan Michalko
Brass Technician – Ted Adams
Brass Technician – Scott Friend

Executive Director Brian Maroldt said, “We’re very excited about our brass staff returning in 2018.  The continuity and consistency in approach will be a true asset to our members!”

Remember, our 2018 Open House is taking place November 26 at Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge, CT. Get all the details at CTHurricanes.org/Join and check out our Facebook Event Page!

Manny Arboleda – Brass Caption Head
Manny Arboleda is a full-time elementary school music teacher in Naugatuck, CT. He graduated from Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Music Education.  He is currently pursuing a six-year certificate in Educational Leadership and plans to pursue doctoral studies at Southern Connecticut State University.

Manny marched trumpet with the Hurricanes in 2011, and went on to march trumpet for three years with The Cadets in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Manny has also spent six years teaching local marching bands, including the University of New Haven Chargers Marching Band, Naugatuck High School, Danbury High School, and Shelton High School. He also started a SoundSport indoor marching program for grades 6-8 in Naugatuck, which has seen membership increase over 300% in four seasons!

Scott L. Friend – Brass Technician
Scott L. Friend began his drum corps career in 1966 with the Enfield, Connecticut Sabers. He has also performed with the Springfield Targets and played flugelhorn and lead soprano bugle with the St. George Olympians. Upon graduation from high school, Scott entered the U.S. Navy as a trumpet player and performed with Navy Band #112 of New York and Northeast Navy Band of Newport, Rhode Island. His music experience included jazz band, concert band and the famous Newport Brass Quintet. Upon discharge from the Navy in 1975, Scott finished his “age out” with St. George Olympians.

While pursuing his college education, Scott served as an assistant brass instructor for the Enfield Centurions Junior Drum Corps as well as Fantasia Drum and Bugle Corps working with arrangers such as Jack Gerster, Ray Fallon and Pepe Netero. Wanting additional drum corps experience, Scott, along with his wife Kim, joined the Rhode Island Matadors Senior Drum Corps where he quickly became a soloist and assistant brass instructor. He has performed with famous musicians such as Ritchee Price and Jimmy Centorino. Scott was also one of the famous megaphone soloists in the 1980’s.

After leaving the Matadors to raise a family and pursue his teaching career, Scott returned to senior drum corps with the Connecticut Hurricanes and served as assistant brass instructor in 1986. Over the course of his 17 seasons with the Hurricanes, Scott has taken on the roles of soloist, brass instructor and drum major. Scott has spent 34 years teaching high school band in Naugatuck and Brookfield, Connecticut where he also taught competitive band, color guard, jazz band and percussion ensembles. He has also lectured for the UCONN Marching Band.

At present, Scott performs with the Connecticut Alumni Senior Drum and Bugle Corps while lecturing part-time for the Naugatuck High School Band. Scott holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Music Education from UCONN and Western Connecticut State University, respectively. He also has a degree in performance from the U.S. Navy School of Music in Virginia. Scott has been honored with membership in the Rhode Island Matadors Hall of Fame, the Connecticut Hurricanes Hall of Fame, the Buglers Hall of Fame and an associate membership in the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.

Brendan Michalko – Brass Technician
Brendan Michalko is a graduate of The Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. While at Gettysburg College, Brendan played trumpet and mellophone in the Bullets Marching Band. He has also received his Master’s Degree in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University.

Brendan serves as the Assistant Band Director and Brass Technician with the Westhill High School Marching Band and is a full-time music teacher in Stamford Public Schools.

Brendan is looking forward to starting his second season with the Hurricanes!

Ted Adams – Brass Technician
Mr. Adams has performed regularly throughout the Northeastern and Midwestern United States for the past 20 years. His performance credits include orchestras, jazz ensembles, chamber music, solo recitals, and recording sessions. Recently Mr. Adams has performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, US Coast Guard Jazz Band, Norwalk Symphony, and recorded with the Albany Symphony.

As an educator Mr. Adams is currently the Director of Bands at Danbury High School, in Danbury, CT. During his time there the marching programs have seen an increase in competitive quality and the return of winter programs. Danbury High School is among the first schools in the Northeast to put a Winter Winds ensemble out. Prior to this, Mr. Adams was the athletic band director at Quinnipiac University from 2007-2010.

Mr. Adams holds both a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Steve Norrell of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. His graduate studies were done at SUNY Purchase and Mannes College of Music where he had the opportunity to study with James Markey of the Boston Symphony and world renowned soloist Dave Taylor.

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