Bryan Appleby-Wineberg

Dr. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg is Associate Professor of Trumpet and Head of Brass. At Rowan he teaches Studio Trumpet and Trumpet Class for Music Education majors, and plays with the Faculty Brass Quintet. For the 2009/2010 academic year, Bryan and his family were on sabbatical in the United Kingdom, where Bryan played solo cornet with the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band, as well as The Lindley Band in West Yorkshire, UK.

Bryan is currently Principal Trumpet of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and Principal Cornet/Assistant Conductor of the Atlantic Brass Band (Ensemble-in-Residence at Rowan University), and a founding member of the professional trumpet ensemble Tromba Mundi. He has performed with many ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, The Jupiter Symphony (NYC), The Indianapolis Symphony, the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, The Kent Blossom Festival, Rutgers Summerfest, and Manhattan Chamber Orchestras, the DaCappo Opera Theater (NYC), The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Riverside Symphonia, The Opera Company of Philadelphia, as a guest with the Kent Blossom (OH) Festival Alumni Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, and was Principal Trumpet of the Haddonfield Symphony and Brass Quintet for four seasons. Prior to moving to New Jersey for graduate school, Dr. Appleby-Wineberg was Principal Trumpet of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Evansville, Indiana for three seasons and was Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Evansville.

He holds degrees from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M in Trumpet and Music Education) where he studied with Anthony Plog, Jean Moorhead Libbs, and Cleveland Orchestra member, Charles Couch; The Cleveland Institute of Music (M.M. in Trumpet) where studied with James Darling of the Cleveland Orchestra, did additional work with Cleveland Orchestra members Michael Sachs and David Zauder, and was awarded the 1994 Bernard Adelstine Prize in Trumpet; and The Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University (D.M.A. in Trumpet) where he studied with Peter Bond of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Dr. Appleby-Wineberg grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent 4 summers studying with Armando Ghitallah at The University of Michigan. He lives in Glassboro, New Jersey with his wife Sarah, a Midwife and Nurse-Practitioner in Women's Health, and their two daughters, Hannah and Kathryn.

George Rabbai

George Rabbai’s first national recognition as a trumpeter came when he joined the Woody Herman Orchestra, touring as a jazz soloist.  During his two-year stay, Rabbai performed at jazz festivals and concert halls throughout the United States and abroad, and recorded with Herman on the Concord and Toshiba EMI labels.  His unique style of scat singing prompted Herman to reinstate and rerecord the classic arrangement of the big band bebop hit of the 1940’s Lemon Drop as a vocal and trumpet feature.  Lemon Drop is also the title of his premier CD, released in 1997, on DBK Records.  George’s next CD with DBK, called “In Good Company” was released the following year.

After touring with the Woody Herman orchestra, Rabbai was selected as part of the Woody Herman All-Star small group, performing with artists like Sal Nistico, Jake Hannah, Nat Pierce, George Duvivier, Scott Hamilton and famous Count Basie tenorman Frank Wess.  He has also performed as a soloist with the Concord Jazz All-Stars.  As a leader, George has recorded with jazz greats Hank Jones, Rufus Reid and Mel Lewis for the Naxos label.

George’s lyrical trumpet sound is featured in the soundtrack of Baseball, a film by Ken Burns, which first aired nationally on PBS in 1994. He can also be heard in Burns’ epic documentary The West.

Rabbai has been currently working as a soloist behind vocalist Rosemary Clooney, and is featured on her “Demi-Centennial: A Girl Singer’s Golden Anniversary” television special for the Arts and Entertainment network.  Most recently George has been working with vocalist Michael Feinstein and is featured jazz soloist on Feinstein’s double CD, “Romance on Broadway and Romance on Film.” George has also recorded with Margaret Whiting and was featured with Tony Bennett on his television special, “Tony Bennett With Love.”

Admired for his tone, phrasing and swinging style, Rabbai infuses his performances with humor and personality.  From his exuberant scat vocals to his warm flugelhorn and wide array of assorted mutes, George’s musical colors fill the complete spectrum of jazz.  His performing engagements have included Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall and the Famed Rainbow Room, as well as European jazz festivals, New York City’s St. Regis Hotel and many East Coast jazz clubs. An active jazz performer and educator, he is currently on the faculties of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and The Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz at Rowan University in Glassboro New Jersey.  He makes frequent appearances at area schools as a jazz clinician, festival adjudicator and featured artist.

Brian Cook

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Brian Cook has been a member of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony since 1997.  Previously, he served as first trumpet for La Sinfonica del Aguascalientes, a professional Mexican symphony orchestra.  He has also performed with Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, The Pottstown Symphony, The Youngstown Symphony, and numerous other professional ensembles.  As a soloist, he has received awards from the International Trumpet Guild, and has been a featured soloist for the Atlantic Brass Band. 

Brian holds a doctoral degree in Music Education from Boston University, and is a passionate advocate for music education.  He has taught music at all levels, from pre-school through college.  Brian currently resides in Somers Point, NJ, with his wife Jennifer and daughter Sophia.