French Horn

Alan holds a degree in Music from the University of Alabama, where he studied French Horn with Greg Leffler (who studied with Philip Farkas) and studied Conducting with Dr. James Ferguson and Kathryn Scott (who both studied with Frederick Fennell). While at Alabama he won the 1982 Alabama Music Teachers Association Solo Competition, and represented the state in the Olympic All-American Marching Band at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

He currently plays French Horn, Tenor Horn and Mellophone in musical organizations and pit bands in and around the New York area.  He has also been the host of The MelloCast, a podcast for middle brass players.  He presently plays Horn for the Brooklyn Wind Symphony, and previously he has been a member of the Gramercy Brass Orchestra, the Imperial Brass, the Doctors Orchestral Society, the Brooklyn Camerata, the Queens Symphonic Band, the Mobile Pops Band and the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band.  Alan is a proud proponent of the Mellophone and aspires to be its champion.

Musical Theater (Pit)  
Shrek: The Musical, Christ the King High School 2021
Man of La Mancha, Maggie's Little Theater 2018
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Maggie's Little Theater 2017
The Wizard of Oz, Christ the King High School 2015
Lucky Stiff, Maggie's Little Theater 2015
Summer Serenade, Maggie's Little Theater 2014
Guys and Dolls, Christ the King High School 2014
A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Christ the King High School 2013
Beauty and the Beast, Christ the King High School 2013
Pippin, Christ the King High School2012
Oklahoma!, Stanner Players 2012
Into the Woods, Parkside Players 2011
Phantom of the Opera, Christ the King High School 2011
Sweeney Todd, Christ the King High School2010
Once Upon a Mattress, Maggie's Little Theater 2010
big:the musical, Maggie's Little Theater2008
Into the Woods, Christ the King High School 2008
Once Upon a Mattress, Parkside Players2002
It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, Parkside Players 1997
Man of La Mancha, University of Alabama 1984
Performance Ensembles 
Brooklyn Wind Symphony* 2009-present
Gramercy Brass2000-2001
Imperial Brass* 2000-2001
Doctors Orchestral Society* 1991-1994
Brooklyn Camerata 1987-1988
Queens Symphonic Band 1986-1990
Tuscaloosa Symphony1983-1984
Olympic All-American Marching Band1984
Mobile Pops Band 1978-1980
Michael Atkinson, private instruction 2015-present
BA Music Education, University of Alabama 1985
Greg Leffler, private instruction1980-1985
Mark Abbot, Master Class1984
Philip Farkas, Master Class1983
Nancy Thompson, private instruction1976-1980
The 2016 Williams Harris Holiday Orchestra "The Holly and the Ivy" 2016
World of Color Honor Choir 2013
Winner, AMEA Solo Competition 1982
John Philip Sousa Band Award 1980 
Brevard Music Center 1979

Al's Mellophone Page

Al's Tenor Horn Page

The MelloCast

The Brooklyn Wind Symphony


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