Musician Bios

Reed Capshaw, trombone

Reed Capshaw moved to Chicago in 1998 to complete his Bachelor’s degree in trombone performance at Roosevelt University, where he studied with Chicago Symphony Principal Trombonist, Jay Friedman. His first year in Chicago, he had the opportunity to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, taking part in the massive brass band part of Shostakovich’s opera, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Since then, he has performed with several great ensembles in the Chicago area, including the Grant Park Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Elgin Symphony, the Lake Forest Symphony, MusicNow, the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Symphony II (Chicago Philharmonic), and many others. He has also had the opportunity to play and tour with the Cleveland Orchestra. Reed is currently the Principal Trombonist of the Elgin Symphony, the South Bend Symphony, the Lake Forest Symphony and is a member of Ars Viva Chamber Orchestra in Chicago. Reed completed his Master’s degree at Northwestern University. He is currently teaching trombone and low brass at North Central College in Naperville, Harper College in Palatine, and at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Mark Fry, bass trombone

Mark Fry is currently the bass trombonist of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra, and Lake Forest Symphony. He has performed with numerous orchestras in the United States, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Chicago Sinfonietta, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, and Spoleto Festival – Italy. Before moving to Chicago, he was the bass trombonist of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in Honolulu. He has long been involved with contemporary music, performing with such groups as Fulcrum Point New Music Project and on the Chicago Symphony’s Music Now series. Mr. Fry has recorded with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, as well as for radio and television commercials and for several music publishers.

Erin Lano, horn

Third Coast Brass Hornist Erin Lano freelances actively in the Chicago area and all around the Midwest. She has performed with the Chicago, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Richmond Symphony Orchestras, and she can frequently be heard in the wings of the Lyric Opera of Chicago playing with the stage band. Erin performs as principal horn of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the West Michigan Symphony. She has toured with orchestras in Venezuela, Cuba, and Great Britain. During the summer Ms. Lano performs with the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. Erin earned her Bachelor’s degree from New England Conservatory under the tutelage of James Sommerville and Richard Sebring, and her Master’s degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where she studied with William VerMeulen. In her spare time Erin enjoys running along the Chicago lakefront and has completed six Chicago Marathons.

Amy McCabe, trumpet

Throughout her career, Amy McCabe has performed on her trumpet in a variety of genres across the globe. A resident of Washington, D.C., Amy is currently a trumpeter/cornetist in the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band. She was recently a featured solo recitalist at the International Trumpet Guild conference and a chamber recitalist at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. In addition, Amy has also performed with the National Symphony, Washington Symphonic Brass, National Brass Collective, and was a featured soloist of the first National touring cast of the Tony and Emmy-award winning show, “Blast!”. Amy has been a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, a Tanglewood Music Festival fellow, and was a member of the Walt Disney World Collegiate All-Star Big Band. She holds a degree in elementary education from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in trumpet performance from Northwestern University. Her notable instructors include Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler, Steve Eggleston and Judith Saxton.

Scott Quackenbush, trumpet

Scott Quackenbush is currently principal trumpet with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and third trumpet with Music of the Baroque. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University, where he studied with Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler. As a performer, Scott has appeared with the Detroit Symphony, South Bend Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Grant Park Symphony, and the Milwaukee Symphony. He has appeared as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, Music of the Baroque, and the Omaha Symphony. In addition to his performing schedule, Scott owns Inkblot Music Preparation and Publishing, a small music preparation and publishing business, and is an active arranger.

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