Bios

Forrest Albano
Forrest Albano is a trumpeter for “Mid Cities Brass.” Originating from Mansfield, Texas, Mr. Albano currently studies music at the University of Texas at Arlington with Dr. Rick Bogard of the Dallas Opera. At the University, Mr. Albano has performed in all the premier ensembles including the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Orchestra, and has been the recipient of the Centennial Endowment Scholarship, Arlington Arts League Scholarship, and Burkholder Band Scholarship. Mr. Albano’s performance career has taken him to tours of Oahu Island in Hawaii, venues at Lila Cockrell Theater in San Antonio, Texas and Macky Auditorium at the University of Colorado. In addition to performing, Mr. Albano freelances, performs as the Principal Trumpet with the First Baptist Church Irving Orchestra and teaches private lessons in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, as well as being a brass instructor for the Salvation Army’s Youth Education Town. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

Nick Thomas
Nick Thomas is a trumpeter for “Mid Cites Brass.” His origins also stem from Mansfield, Texas and he currently studies music at the University of Texas at Arlington with Dr. Rick Bogard of the Dallas Opera. At the university, Mr. Thomas has performed with the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra and Trumpet Choir. Mr. Thomas’s performance career has taken him to venues at the Gaylord-Texan in Grapevine, Texas and Lila Cockrell Theater in San Antonio, Texas. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association and Kappa Kappa Psi Band Service Fraternity.

Joseph Venezia
Joseph Venezia is the hornist for “Mid Cities Brass.” Originating from Keller, Texas, Mr. Venezia studies music at the University of Texas at Arlington with Gerry Wood of the Four Hornsman of the Apocalypse. While at the university, Mr. Venezia has performed with the Wind Symphony and Horn choir, with a performance career has taken him to venues at the Gaylord-Texan in Grapevine, Texas and Lila Cockrell Theater in San Antonio, Texas. Outside of the university, Mr. Venezia is involved as a freelancing performer, and has marched with the Madison Scouts and Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. In addition, he has teaching experience as a French Horn private lessons instructor and marching band technician for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

Austin Teater
Austin Teater is the trombonist for “Mid Cities Brass.” Hailing from the Greater Austin, Texas Area, Mr. Teater currently studies music at the University of Texas at Arlington with Dennis Bubert, Bass Trombonist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. At the university Mr. Teater has held principal chairs with the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra and Trombone Choir. Mr. Teater’s performance career has taken him to tours of Oahu Island in Hawaii, venues at Lila Cockrell Theater in San Antonio, Texas and Macky Auditorium at the University of Colorado. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association and the International Trombone Association.

Kendall Drew
Kendall Drew is the tubist for “Mid Cities Brass.” Originating from Waxahachie, Texas, Mr. Drew studies music at the University of Texas at Arlington with Ed Jones, Principal Tubist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. While at the university, Mr. Drew as held principal chairs in the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, as well as playing trombone for the Jazz Ensemble and singing Bass in the University Singers Choral. Mr. Drew’s performance career has taken him to venues such as Lila Cockrell Theater in San Antonio, Texas and Macky Auditorium at the University of Colorado. Outside of the university, Mr. Drew marched three years with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and has teaching experience as a low brass private lessons instructor and marching band technician for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.