Brass Instructors

Jamie Marci has been a freelance horn player and instructor in Connecticut since 1999. Born and raised in the Midwest, she moved to the east coast after completing her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. During her four years in Columbia, she attended the Aspen Music Festival for two summers and studied under John Cerminaro. The graduate program at the Hartt School of Music brought her to New England and the freelancing and teaching opportunities have kept her there. In November 2003 she won a position on the Hartford Symphony’s substitute list. She is third horn with the New Britain Symphony, the Bristol Symphony and the Wallingford Symphony and has also played with the United States Coast Guard Band, the Bridgeport Symphony, the Ridgefield Symphony and for Josh Groban and LeAnn Rimes.

Mitch Mangan holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University. Mitch started playing the trombone in elementary school and has been very active as a tenor and bass trombonist since. He has studied under George Sanders, Andrew Rodgers and Luis Fernando Jimenez over the years. At Summit Studios, Mitch teaches private trombone, trumpet, euphonium and tuba lessons as well Summit’s Funk/R+B Band. Mitch also teaches in the Manchester Public Schools. During the summer, Mitch has been teaching at the Glastonbury Music and Arts Camp and commonly plays in the pit orchestra for musicals put on by the CAST Children’s Theatre. Additionally, Mitch has always enjoyed playing with a variety of musical ensembles. In college, he regularly performed with the school’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Trombone Choir and also subbed in the Berkshire Big Band and the Sonny Carroll Orchestra for a few years. He has also formally been a member of the South Windsor Community Band, Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Kat’s ‘N’ Jammer’s Big Band. Mitch is currently the 2nd Trombonist in the Red Satin Band and Al Fenton Big Band and Bass Trombonist in the Classic Brass Band and Thomaston Jazz Orchestra. Mitch is also an active sub and has performed with Big Band Sounds of the 40’s, Glastonbury Town Band, Still Kickin’ and the Big City Horns and has been frequently hired to perform Masses at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hartford, CT.

Gary is active throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts as a performer in many groups, among them The Worcester Symphony, CT Virtuosi Orchestra and Classic Brass, a British style brass band. As a conductor, Mr. Kirsch has led the East Woodstock Cornet Band, the Gilbert and Sullivan Summer Workshops at CSA and was Interim Band Director at Southern Connecticut State University. Mr. Kirsch has taught public school in Plainfield and Hamden, CT. As a private teacher of Tenor/Bass Trombone, Euphonium, And Tuba, Mr. Kirsch’s students have gone on to Ithaca, Eastman, Oberlin, and Princeton. His students consistently place well in festivals and auditions. Mr. Kirsch graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education.

Nancy Brown’s passion is working with students of all levels from beginning to advanced, as well as adults revisiting the instrument they loved years past. Her dedication is expressed through patience, encouragement and experience. Brown specializes in embouchure adjustments, including braces, breath control, and rhythmic comprehension. Realistic goals are set and a pathway to achievement put in place. “I enjoy watching my students grow not only as musicians but as people.”

Brown has enjoyed an expansive career playing supporting performances with Ray Charles, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Sergio Frankie, Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons, and the Beach Boys. Her diverse playing career has taken her to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and to Carnegie Hall, as well as seeing the country through the National Tour of Sugar Babies. She served as Lead Trumpet at the Goodspeed Opera Hours for 23 years and was sent to New York to play several shows the Goodspeed produced on Broadway. At this time, she was active in the recording industry there.

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Andrew received his B.M. in Trombone Performance from Middle Tennessee State University in 2013, where he studied trombone with Dr. David Loucky and conducting with Dr. Reed Thomas. While at MTSU, Andrew participated in several music festivals through the receipt of two Undergraduate Research and Creativity Activity Grants in 2012 and 2013. These included The Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, (Powell River, B.C., Canada), The Eastern Music Festival (North Carolina), and The Collegium Musicum Summer Orchestra Academy (Pommersfelden, Germany). These experiences gave him the chance to study and perform with significant musicians such as trombonists Gordon Cherry and Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, as well as conductors including Gerard Schwarz and Arthur Arnold. Success at these festivals led to opportunities with esteemed ensembles such as the Nashville and Huntsville (AL) Symphony Orchestras. In May of 2017, Andrew received his Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from The University of Connecticut, after completing his first M.M. in Trombone Performance there in 2015.

As an educator, Andrew currently teaches Piano and Guitar at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, Connecticut. Andrew previously maintained a private lesson studio at the Essex Community Music School in Centerbrook, Connecticut. Alongside his private studio in Essex, he served as a Graduate Assistant of Athletic Bands at UConn and taught further private lessons at the Community School for the Arts in Storrs, Connecticut. Andrew frequently performs in musical productions at venues such as The Goodspeed Opera House, The Ivoryton Playhouse, and The Playhouse on Park, and he also sings and plays keyboards and trombone in the band “Bright Line” which performs throughout Connecticut and the New England region.