The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass’ final concert of the Crossville Concert Series will feature one of the rising stars in the trumpet world, 13-year-old Geoff Gallante, from Washington. D.C. as their guest artist. This concert will take place on Saturday, May 17 at 7pm in Crossville, TN at the Stone Memorial HS Auditorium located at 2800 Cook Road (near exit 320 of Interstate 40).
For this concert Geoff will be performing four selections with the Southern Stars: La Virgin de la Macarena – a flashy solo made famous by the likes of trumpet icons Doc Severinsen and Vinnie Dimartino; Herbert Clarke’s technically difficult solo – Debutante; he will play fluglehorn on a jazz rendition of Our Love Is Here to Stay; and finally he will join two members of the SSSB for a cornet trio version of Way Down Yonder in New Orleans.
The remainder of the concert program will be released at a later date, however, be certain it will contain a variety of music styles for a most enjoyable concert of “Premium Entertainment” for which the SSSB is known. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a virtuoso talent, who you will be able to look back on as “I was there” and heard this star in person!
Since first finding his older brother’s trumpet at age 4, Geoff has performed in distinguished venues and along side distinguished artists all across the country—not just as a concert band soloist but also as soloist with brass band, orchestra, as a featured jazz soloist, as national anthem performer and as church soloist.
Geoff has performed in 34 states nationwide—including 5 different ensembles of the U.S. Military. By the age of 6 he had already garnered guest soloist engagements with the likes of the The LOUISVILLE ORCHESTRA and DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA and PHILADELPHIA BRASS, one the the finest brass quintets in the land.
As anthem performer Geoff has appeared in 16 pro-sports venues across the country, including seven Major League Baseball stadiums, eight NBA arenas and one NHL arena. He’s the youngest instrumentalist , at 6-years-old, to ever perform at the White House and the Kennedy Center in D.C. Geoff’s network TV appearances include THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno, NBC’s TODAY show and the CBS EARLY SHOW.
In the jazz realm, Geoff is comfortable playing all styles, from traditional New Orleans style to small group straight-ahead jazz to classic big band and swing. As a ‘traditional’ jazz player he’s a member of the D.C. based award-winning CAPITOL FOCUS JAZZ BAND and as a big band trumpeter he plays in the BLUES ALLEY YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA.
As a contemporary, straight-ahead jazz performer, Geoff has shared the stage with such jazz icons as Maynard Ferguson, Dick Hyman and Bucky Pizzarelli, as well as a host of other distinguished jazz musicians including Grammy Award winners Earl Klugh, Kevin Mahogany, Chris Botti, and Christian McBride.
Geoff has performed in such prominent jazz venues as ANDY’S (chicago), BLUES ALLEY (D.C.), METROPOLITAN ROOM (NYC) and IRIDIUM (NYC), SCULLERS (Boston), Shanghai Jazz (NJ) and was a feature performer on the 2012 edition of ‘Jazz Fest at Sea ‘ cruise event.
In addition to solo engagements with professional orchestras in KY, MA, IL, IN & NJ, Geoff has soloed with some of America’s very finest symphonic bands, most notably, U.S. Naval Academy Concert Band, Ridgewood (NJ) Concert Band, Allentown (PA) Band, Wheaton (IL) Municipal Band, Compton Heights (St. Louis) Concert Band, Ames (IA) Municipal Band, Plano (TX) Community Band, Naples (Fla.) Concert Band, Fond Du Lac (WI) Symphonic Band, Northwinds Symphonic Band (GA) and Metropolitan (Boston) Wind Symphony. In 2012, Geoff was accorded the honor, at age 11, as guest soloist at the annual convention of the Association of Concert Bands in Poughkeepsie, NY.