Naples Chamber Brass
Aaron McCalla ~ Matthew Sonneborn ~ Liam Day ~ Tracy Leonard ~ Michael Zion
Wednesday December 13, 2017
Festive seasonal brass music…and you’ll love their sense of humor!
Dave Dash is on a year sabbatical from the Phil and Liam Day is in for the year. Liam was the runner up for our second trumpet job 10 years ago.
Says Aaron McCalla, “Sound changes when 20% of the group is replaced for the first time in nine years. Liam is a seasoned professional who has held orchestra jobs around the world and just finished a short-term fill-in contract with the New York Philharmonic. Finding a player of Liam’s caliber on short notice is a huge score for our orchestra and quintet. It will be seamless.”
Aaron McCalla, principal tuba Naples Philharmonic, studied at Southern Methodist University, the Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory. He was principal tuba for the Colorado (Denver) Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Boston, Albany, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Jacksonville symphonies, and toured with the Boston Pops. Aaron was a featured soloist in Carnegie Hall with the Florida Gulf Coast University Wind Orchestra.
Matthew Sonneborn is in his 26th year as Principal Trumpet with the Naples Philharmonic. During the summers, Sonneborn has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, with the Baltimore Symphony and with the Colorado Music Festival.
Liam (William) Day earned a Master of Music degree in trumpet from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Liam comes to Naples after seven years with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Tracy Leonard, assistant principal horn, Naples Philharmonic. earned her B.M. degree from Indiana University and her M.M. degree from the Juilliard School. She has performed with the Meridian Arts Ensemble, the National Orchestra of New York, the New York String Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony, and the New World Symphony.
Michael Zion, principal trombone, Naples Philharmonic, received a B.M. Education degree from Indiana University and a M.M. degree in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. Zion performed as principal trombone with the Cincinnati Pops orchestra on a tour of Japan and Taiwan and has performed with the Boston Pops, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Michael is a trombone instructor at the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University.