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At our next concert (March 10, 2024):

Musicats Quartet

Bill Hoeprich has been playing trombone since the fifth grade and has never stopped playing! He received a Bachelor's degree from SUNY Fredonia and a Master's from North Texas State University, both in Music Education.  He has taught all levels of band and instrumental music in New York State for 33 years, retiring in 2018. His performance credits include: Carnival Cruise Ships, Circus World Florida, The Keith Prey Big Band, Brass-O-Mania, The Joey Thomas Big Band, Tanager, The Pat Attanasio Quartet, The Musicats Duo, the Musicats Quartet, and many other musical ensembles.

‘Azzaam Hameed is a pianist, vocalist and piano instructor who has recorded several albums of his original music that are available both online and as CDs. He has been the organist and pianist at Friendship Baptist Church in Schenectady for over 39 years.

Saxophonist, composer and music educator John Savage began his study of music and the saxophone at the age of 12. He graduated in 1988 from Gloversville High School and continued his education at the College of St Rose in Albany, receiving his BS in Music Education in 1993 and his MA in Jazz Studies in 1999. In 1995, he assumed the Instrumental Music Director position at Gloversville and is in his 29th year as the Concert Band and Jazz Band Director at his alma mater.

Over the course of his career, he has performed with numerous local and regional bands, including The Refrigerators, Cleen Street, Nik and the Nice Guys, Accents, Ten Most Wanted, Grand Central Station, New York Players, among others, and continues to be a first-call substitute for those and other groups. His jazz pursuits include regularly working with Out of the Box and his own quartet that performs his original compositions from his three solo studio albums (A Brighter Day, Through It All, Life Stories). He has performed throughout New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Florida and California over the course of his thirty-plus years as a performing musician.

Ben Rau has been playing drums since he was in the third grade and his sticks have taken him far. He earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education, and happily this love of music led to a 34-year career in music education. Along the way, he also developed a career in performance, working with a variety of jazz and blues ensembles, rock groups, and big bands. Ben's presence helps create a great musical environment for both the performers and the audience.