Ben Shaposhnikov, our frequent first and second trumpet player over the past two seasons of the Brubeck Brass, has accepted a position with the Jacksonville Symphony playing third trumpet alongside fellow Brubeck Brass alum Kevin Karabell, on principal trumpet. Ben is a warm and cheerful human being who loves music and grew up on Long Island, NY. I remember the morning when we were playing and his sound began to fill the huge cathedral type building we were in. Oddly enough, it reminded me a bit of Kevin. Ben, we will miss you but know you are near and in a wonderful setting surrounded by many fne and kind musicians. Best wishes.
Whenever Ben was playing second, it was probably because Morgen Low was playing first. Morgen is a Northwestern University alum from Michigan and has resided in Miami Beach where she has been a New World Symphony Fellow under the auspices of Michael Tilson Thomas and his great team of musicians. Morgen was selected to teach at the prestigious Interlochen Academy, regarded by many a the premiere National Summer Music Festival. Congratulations to Morgen who is extremely dedicated, kind and one of the most conscientious musicians I know. Another feather in her cap came recently when she was asked to substitute with the amazing Seraph Brass Quintet. One catch-she took the place of the group’s leader and principal trumpet, Mary Bowden. WOW Morgen! We congratulate you on your many accomplishments and your continued excellence. We are grateful to have you with us!
Morgan and Ben join a growing list of fantastic trumpet alumni from the Brubeck Brass, included Luca Farina, Principal Trumpet of the Sarasota Symphony, Kevin Karabell as note is Principal Trumpet with the Jacksonville Symphony, Federico Montes Associate Principal Trumpet of the Omaha Symphony, Alex Razamanouv accepted a full scholarship to the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and Aaron Ney is in one of the top Military Bands in Washington DC.