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Musician Biographies: Oakwood Brass – Outreach Project

Annie Bosler, french horn, is a freelance musician in Los Angeles, a member of the Los Angeles Horn Quartet, Contemporary Los Angeles Winds (cLAw), and teacher of horn at UC Irvine, the Colburn School of Performing Arts, and El Camino College. Bosler graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2008 from the University of Southern California and received her Bachelor degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003.

Bosler has performed with artists including Wu-Tang Clan, Pdiddy, M83, Daft Punk, Terence Blanchard, John Williams, Neil Patrick Harris, Glenn Close, Jack Black, and Carol Burnett. Bosler has toured with John Williams' Star Wars in Concert and Josh Groban performing on Dancing with the Stars, The Ellen Show, and PBS's Live from Lincoln Center. She also performed with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney on CBS's The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A Grammy Tribute. Bosler can also be seen playing horn on seasons 2 and 4 of Fox's TV show Glee.

In addition, she is a music researcher and consultant.  Bosler, a member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) and Co-Director of Wellness at The Colburn School, travels around the world lecturing about wellness for musicians. Her areas of specialty include positive performance practice (dealing with nerves), instrument ergonomics, and mapping of the brain to the body. She also produced and directed 1M1: Hollywood Horns of the Golden Years, a film documentary about the history of Los Angeles studio musicians told through the eyes of the legendary Hollywood horn players. In 2015, she co-hosted the 47th International Horn Symposium at the Colburn School with Andrew Bain and gave a TEDx talk at UCIrvine  entitled "Elissa's Song: The Power of Exercising Your Face."

Jonathan Bradley, trumpet, is one of the most exciting young freelance trumpet players in the LA music scene. At only 28 years old, Jonathan’s unique ability to accurately play many different sales of music has afforded him the opportunity to play, record, and tour with some of the worlds biggest acts including The Back Street Boys, Prince, Cee lo Green as well as many others. As an alumnus of the prestigious Henry Mancini Institute Jonathan also has performed with such artists as Bobby McFerrin, Quincy Jones, Doc Severinsen, and Ray Barretto to name a few. Jonathan performs all styles of music from orchestral music to Rock, Jazz, Reggae, Salsa, Big Band, and Classical Chamber music. He has also been fortunate enough to record on a few television shows and movies including Family Guy, The Voice, The X Factor, The Simpsons, and the motion picture Dream Girls. Jonathan has a master’s degree in classical performance from UCLA.

Nicholas Daley, trombone, is an active freelance trombonist in the greater Los Angeles area where he regularly performs and records with a diverse group of ensembles ranging from orchestras to jazz, salsa and pop bands. Nicholas attended Oberlin Conservatory, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree, and the University of Southern California for a Master of Music degree. During his studies at USC, Nicholas was a prize winner at the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts Competition as well as being honored with the Order of Arete and membership in the National Music Honor Society. In addition to his wide ranging performance skills, Nicholas maintains a private teaching studio and works as a classical music recording engineer and orchestrator.

Darren Dvoracek, tuba, a freelance musician in Los Angeles is the Artistic Director of Oakwood Brass-Outreach Project where he is part of the management and development team, honing the mission statement, brand, and program content for their In-School and Community Concerts programs while arranging music for the group and creating programs for OBOP. His current duties also include the financial management of OBOP which attained its own 501(c)(3) status in October 2015.

Darren is a proud graduate of Northwestern University where he received his bachelors degree in music performance and was also the recipient of the prestigious Helen Heim Nichols Scholarship Fund Award. Darren’s teachers include Dr. Douglas Tornquist and Professor Rex Martin at Northwestern University. Recent studies have included arts management courses at CCI Arts.

Darren is principal tuba with the local 47 Orchestra in Los Angeles. He currently teaches players of all abilities at Cresenta Valley High School and La Canada High School as well as schools in the Pasadena Unified School District. These include middle school students at Eliot Arts Magnet and Wilson Middle School as well as 4th and 5th grade students at Cleveland and Jackson Elementary Schools. Darren’s emphasis on sound production and matching pitch work well with all beginning brass students. Instruments he has worked with on techniques of playing brass instruments include trumpet, trombone and tuba.

James Edwards, trumpet, received his Master’s degree from Texas Christian University and his Bachelor’s from the University of Redlands, both in Trumpet Performance. His principal teachers include Dr. David Scott and Dr. Jon Burgess. James teaches and performs in the Los Angeles area, and has worked with several prominent groups, including the American Brass Quintet.

Danny Lawlor, trombone, is a trombonist based in Los Angeles, CA. After graduating from Northwestern University, Daniel returned to California as a freelance musician in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. He has studied with Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Timothy Higgins, and also with Mark Lawrence while obtaining his Master’s degree at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Daniel has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Opera, and San Diego Symphony among others. In addition to orchestral performance, he is extremely active in chamber music and is one of the founding member of the tromone quartet Skinny Lips and the Sound Malfunction. Daniel also maintains a private studio of young trombonists and enjoys playing disc golf in his free time.

Aaron Smith, trumpet, Aaron currently serves as principal trumpet for the Southeast Symphony. He also has the fortune of participating in such as wild Up, the John Daversa Progressive Big Band, WOW! (Wind Orchestra of the West), Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Hollywood Epic Brass, and the Hollywood Studio Symphony. In addition he performs for LA Opera off GrandIndustry Opera company, Monday Evening Concerts, LA International New Music Festival, & wastLAnd new music series. He has been heard in motion picture & video game scoring sessions, on tv, and recordings for such as PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center, Riot Games, Spike, Touchstone Pictures, Universal, and Warner Brothers. He has served supporting roles on shows such as the Voice, Dancing with the Stars, and Ellen. He has worked for artists such as the X ambassadors, Josh Groban, Annie Lennox, Danny Elfman, Belle and Sebastian, & Boy George. For the International Trumpet Guild, Aaron has appeared as a guest Solo Artist. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts and Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music with tutelage of James Thompson.

Oakwood Brass - Outreach Project is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Donations to Oakwood Brass - Outreach Project are tax deductible under Fedral ID 47-4715942