BRASS of PEACE
Brass of Peace Scholarship Program for Gifted High School Students
*A Cycle of Giving Since 1977*
- Sylvia Alimena, Director - Gil Mitchell, Founder -
HISTORY
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In 1977, Gil Mitchell formed the Brass of Peace in order to create a more enriched musical experience for his talented trumpet students. In 1990, Gil Mitchell passed the baton to Sylvia Alimena, hornist with the National Symphony Orchestra. Since that time, Brass of Peace performs regularly on its own concert series at Peace Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia as well as being regularly featured guest artists on the Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Fairfax Concert Series, the Alexandria Performing Arts Series held at the Lyceum and the Church of the Epiphany Noontime Concert Series.  This season Brass of Peace will perform for thousands of children and their families on the stage of the Kennedy Center Family Theater and in schools across the region. Many alumni have gone on to conservatories such as the Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, as well as Indiana University, MIT, University of Michigan and other fine schools. Many graduates of Brass of Peace have also gone on to become employed in the nation's symphony orchestras and orchestras throughout the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Graduates from Brass of Peace include:

Hakeem Bilal, C Street Brass -
Terry Bingham, Solo Cornet, Pershing's Own United States Army Band
Nicholas Caluori - Third Horn, West Point Band, United States Military Academy
Blakely Carroll, trumpeter, the Air Force Band
Nicole Cash-Saks, Associate Principal Horn, Horn San Francisco Symphony 
Joseph Demko - Second horn, Albany Symphony
Jamie Hersch, Associate Principal Horn, Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Zenas Kim-Banther, trombone, The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass
Natalie Lewis, second horn, Hong Kong Philharmonic
Barry McCommon, bass trombone, Co-director, Bravo Brass Philadelphia
Allen Meek, Principal Trombone, Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Jennifer Montone, Principal Horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra 
Roger Oyster, Principal Trombone, Kansas City Symphony
Rex Richardson, international jazz recording artist
Heather Shotts Zweifel, founder and trumpeter, Burning River Brass
Robert Singer, President's Own Marine Band
Zachary Smith, Assistant Principal Horn, Pittsburgh Symphony
Stuart Stephenson, Principal Trumpet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Scott Wood, Conductor of the Amadeus Orchestra
Jeff Work, Principal Trumpet of the Oregon Symphony
Anneka Zuehlke, Principal Horn, Greenville Symphony 




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