began his studies with Robert Dolwick, principal trumpet of the
Erie Philharmonic, and studied with him for nearly 10 years.
During this time Galen was a member of the Erie Junior
Philharmonic and brass ensemble and also served as principal
trumpet for both groups throughout high school. In 1997 he also
won the Eiji Oue Concerto Competition.
He received the Hall of Flame award for the arts in music and
the D’Angelo Music Scholarship. Upon graduating from McDowell,
Galen attended Penn State University as a music performance
major, where he studied with John Daniel, Dan Yoder, Mark Lusk,
and Dr.Langston Fitzgerald. During this time he was a member of
the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz I and II, Symphony
Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and PSU Brass Quintet. Galen
graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance
After his bachelor’s degree, Galen then attended Mercyhurst
College in Erie Pennsylvania for a Music Education Certificate.
Galen served as the lead trumpet for the Mercyhurst jazz
ensemble for three years. His major teacher during this time was
Dr.Mathew Inkster. While at Mercyhurst, Galen founded the
Crossroads Jazz Orchestra with his brother Aaron McKinney. This
group has performed at the Erie Arts Festival, The Erie Blues
and Jazz Festival, Celebrate Erie, and the Grape Festival in
North East Pa.
In his last year at Mercyhurst, Galen began studies with
Dr.Stephen Hawk at Slippery Rock University. This is where Galen
and Dave Auman met to form Bridge City Brass. Galen performed as
lead trumpet with Slippery Rock Jazz and traveled to the
Montreux and North Sea jazz festivals in Europe during the
summer of 2006.
Galen is currently living in Pittsburgh with his wife Elizabeth,
where they attend Duquesne University as Graduate Students.
Galen is the Graduate Assistant in Jazz Studies where he studies
with Mike Tomaro and Sean Jones. Galen performs as lead trumpet
with the Duquesne Jazz Ensemble and has performed with many of
the groups around Pittsburgh, including Azucar, Lets be Frank, &
The Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra. He currently serves as a staff
instructor for the Duquesne Summer Jazz Camp. Galen has also
been on a recent recording with the Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra
for Mike Tomaro’s arranging book that will be released by Hal
Elkin, B.M. Temple University, is studying with Bill Caballero
of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and has studied with Dan
Williams of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. Currently Elkin
is a M.M. student and graduate assistant at Duquesne University
where he teaches horn lessons and leads the horn ensemble.
Elkin has worked for the
Haddonfield, McKeesport, Williamsport, Curtis, Duquesne
University, and Temple University Orchestras. He has also worked
as an assistant and player with the Settlement School of Music
and New School of Music of Philadelphia in chamber music
Beyond writing his graduate
thesis, Elkin is taking orchestral auditions at the national
level, working with the newly formed Bridge City Brass,
developing and marketing horn-related gadgets, and will be
playing the premier of "O Glorious Ones" a musical by Stephen
Flaherty this Spring 2007.
Jim Stillwagon is the newest member of Bridge City Brass. He
began studying tuba at a very young age under the tutelage of
his father Jim Stillwagon Sr. Jim comes from a very musical
family where his parents both served as music teachers in the
Pittsburgh Public Schools and his father Jim Sr. is a founding
and current member of Pittsburgh’s own River City Brass Band.
Jim’s private teachers include Jim Stillwagon Sr., David
McCollum, and Matthew Shiner.
Jim is a 1994 graduate of West Mifflin High school where he
participated as Principal Tuba at many PMEA festivals at the
District, Region, and State levels in both the Band and
Orchestra. He also was chosen as the principal tuba player to
perform in the 1994 All Eastern Orchestra which encompassed 13
states. Jim served as the Principal Tuba with the Pittsburgh
Youth Symphony for 6 years, Three Rivers Young Persons Orchestra
for 4 years, and River City Youth Brass Band for 6 years. In
1994 Jim won the TRYPO concerto competition and performed the
Vaughn Williams Tuba Concerto with the orchestra. He also won
the Mt. Lebanon Keynotes Scholarship Competition against college
students from Eastman and Julliard.
Jim received a full music scholarship to West Virginia
University in 1994. He graduated in 1998 with a B.S. in Music
Education where he studied privately with David McCollum. During
his tenure at WVU Jim sat as Principal Tuba with the WVU Wind
Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. He was also the tuba section
leader in the WVU Marching Band and Pep Band. While at West
Virginia, Jim won the Young artist competition in consecutive
years. As a result, he performed the Vaughn Williams Tuba
Concerto in 1997 and The Edward Gregson Tuba Concerto in 1998
both with the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra.
As a professional Jim has performed with the Johnstown Symphony,
Western Maryland Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Byham Opera
Orchestra, Pittsburgh Pirate Bucco Band, Entertainers, Carnegie
Brass, Bridge City Brass and River City Brass Band. Jim played
with the River City Brass Band for 3 years and was asked to
perform the Canadian Brass version of Tuba Tiger Rag as a
soloist. Jim continues to work as a freelance musician in the
tri-state area as well as teach private lessons. Jim has been a
teacher in the Pine Richland School District for 8 years where
he teaches band to students at levels 4-12. Jim also served as
the orchestra director for Pine Richland’s High School Musical
for 5 years. His student orchestra has been nominated several
times and won the Gene Kelly Award for best all-student