ASB Members Take the Stage in La Bohème!

If you had the opportunity to see any Austin Opera productions this past concert season, then perhaps you spotted some of Austin Symphonic Band’s members! Six of our regular performers were part of the onstage banda for Austin Opera’s production of La Bohème this past Spring at the Long Center. 

The opera "La Bohème" is about the tragic love story of Mimí and Rodolfo - a poor poet and an equally poor seamstress - set in Paris in the year 1830. The opera is based on a book by Henri Murger called Scenes from Bohemian Life. It is an Italian opera in four acts. The music was written by Giacomo Puccini, and the libretto was written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.

Check out this clip on YouTube - La Boheme Act II La Banda - to see how the role of the banda played out during the production. 

Take a look at the photo gallery below to see all of our ASB members!

Members: Shirley Gauthier, piccolo; Sheila DeWitt, piccolo; Bruce Wagner, Trumpet; Todd Lester, Trumpet; Jaxon Jedele, Snare; Sam King, Snare





2017 Guest Artist Tito Carrillo

ASB featured guest artist at the February 19, 2017 concert, Tito Carrillo is the long time "First Call" jazz trumpet recording artist in Chicago. He is a trumpeter, educator, bandleader, composer and arranger, and since 1996 has been a fixture in the Chicago jazz and Latin music scenes. He joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty in 2006, and is currently associate professor of jazz trumpet. 

Tito Carrillo started as a trumpet student at Murchison Middle School, Austin, where ASB's own Cheryl Floyd was his teacher. He attended Johnston High School and the University of Texas, then transferred to Northern Illinois University to be closer to Chicago. The rest is history. 

Carrillo has played some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Chicago's Symphony Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and London's Royal Albert Hall. His work has been heard at international jazz festivals in Chicago, Telluride, Montreux (Switzerland), Pori (Finland) and at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague (Netherlands). 

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As an educator, he served on the faculties of both the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Northwestern University, prior to his appointment at the University of Illinois. He also brought his talents as an educator and performer to Chicago's inner-city high schools through the Ravinia Festival's community outreach program, the Ravinia Jazz Mentors.

Tito Carrillo will perform Dreaming of The Masters III for Jazz trumpet and wind band accompaniment by Allan Gilliland.