When I formed this group back in the beginning of 2014 one of the first things I created was our tag line “Epic Tunes Recast In Brass.” From there I began thinking about a name for the group. Masterworks 6 became our name as a result of focusing on what I believed the group to be and that is a proponent of great works, masterworks, of all genres and generations. And, of course, the 6 referred to the number of people in the ensemble. So, band name and tag line were set and off we went! Continue reading “We’ve Re-branded! New Name is The Forge!”
I’m not social-media savvy. I know just enough to confuse myself and everyone else! So, now I’d like to take the opportunity to update everyone on the personnel changes we’ve experienced.
Who’s gone? – Trombonist John Grodrian left us to do a lengthy national tour of 42nd Street. John is an exceptional musician and we’ll certainly miss him and his sense of humor!
Replacement? – Trombonist Ryan Krofta
Ryan is from Delafield, Wisconsin, and is working on his bachelor’s degree at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Peter Ellefson. At Indiana he has performed in many different settings such as orchestral, solo, brass band, quartet, brass quintet, wind ensemble, latin brass band, and opera. Ryan’s main teachers include Peter Ellefson, Megumi Kanda of the Milwaukee Symphony and Thomas Riccobono, Professor of trombone at the Interlochen Arts Academy and Principal Trombonist of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.
Who’s Gone– Hornist Ericka Grodrian left us to concentrate on her tenure portfolio. She is a wonderful musician and powerfully driven. We’ll miss her and her musicianship!
Replacement? Trombonist, Caleb Ketcham (we needed another bell-forward instrument due to the sonic nature of our repertoire!)
Caleb completed his Bachelor of Music at Oklahoma State University and recently graduated from Indiana University with a Masters Degree in Trombone Performance. While classically trained, Caleb enjoys playing in a variety of musical settings. As principal trombone, he has performed in Orchestras and Wind Ensembles at venues including CBDNA’s 2015 National Convention, CODA’s 2013 National Conference, and the 2013 Japan Band Clinic. He most recently performed at the 2015 Bloomington Early Music Festival and has been featured with Indiana University’s Historical Performance Institute on radio platforms such as NPR and Public Radio International. As a soloist, Caleb won the 2011 & 2013 Edwards/Big 12 Area Trombone Conference’s Bass Trombone Competitions, and the 2010 International Trombone Association’s George Roberts Solo Competition. His trombone quartet also won the 2012 Courtois Trombone Quartet Competition. His primary teachers include Peter Ellefson, Linda Pearse, and Paul Compton.
MW6 is headed to West Salem, Wisconsin for a show on March 24th, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Heider Center. We’ve added a few new tunes to the set list. Be sure to tell your friends and family about this show! We’d love to see you there!
We are headed to Gillette, Wyoming this coming weekend for a two day residency at the CAM-PLEX. We are really looking forward to working with the directors and students and putting on some great concerts!