Meet the Studio


Aidan Andreoli

Sophomore, music performance

Originally from Owasso, Oklahoma, Aidan is currently pursuing a BM in trombone performance. She is a Tulsa Youth Symphony Alumni and and has performed with the ASU Symphony Orchestra, ASU Wind Ensemble, ASU Wind Symphony, and ASU Jazz Repertory Band. She loves performing and would like to play professionally as a Broadway pit musician or film score musician in the future. Her other passions include dance, theatre, film, and travel. She loves getting creative and hopes to make a positive impact on the performing arts industry in any way that she can.


Sam Cherian
Non-major

Sam is majoring in Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics) in the Ira A Fulton Engineering school.


Noah Eder
Junior, Performance

A native of Prescott, Arizona, Noah Eder is starting his undergraduate degree in Performance. Noah plans on taking courses towards a music education degree as well in hopes to double major. Currently, Noah is an active performer with the ASU Desert Bones, ASU Symphony Orchestra, and ASU Wind Orchestra. In the future, Noah plans on earning a position in a symphony orchestra. In his spare time outside of music, Noah enjoys watching baseball, attending live concerts, cooking, and traveling.


Anna Gerbracht
Freshman, Music Therapy
Anna is from Long Island, NY. She is very involved in the arts, participating in local ensembles and painting/drawing for fun! She cares deeply about the environment as well. She loves to go to parks and the beach with friends in her free time. She also play a lot of nerdy card/board games.


Thomas Gerald
Tuba major, studying bass trombone


Ben Hazel
Sophomore, Performance

Ben Hazel comes from Raleigh, North Carolina in order to get his undergraduate degree in trombone performance. He has performed in various groups such as the Triangle Youth Brass Band and the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble. In the future he hopes to be able to play in an orchestra as well as many other ensembles while teaching on the side. In his free time he enjoys listening to music, watching shows, playing games and hanging out with friends and family.


Sean Holly
Master’s, Performance, Teaching Assistant

Sean Holly is pursuing his Master of Music at ASU under Dr. Brad Edwards, and is one of two Teaching Assistants in the trombone studio for the 2021-22 academic year. Sean received his Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, where he studied with Michael Mulcahy, Timothy Higgins, Douglas Wright, Randall Hawes, and Christopher Davis.In the Phoenix area, Sean plays with ensembles such as the Phoenix Symphony, West Valley Symphony, and Phoenix Brass Collective. Between his time in the Chicago and Phoenix areas, Sean has performed in a myriad of different genres, including mixed instrumentation chamber ensembles, musical theater pits, big bands, album recordings, orchestras, and wind bands to name a few.Sean’s favorite parts about Arizona are the weird looking plants, endless hiking, and the inspiring sunsets!


Will Kurth
Junior, Performance

From Tucson, Arizona, Will is working towards his undergraduate degree in Performance. He has performed with the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony, SCC Jazz band, and other local bands and ensembles in Arizona. Currently he is an active player with the ASU Desert Bones, ASU Wind Ensemble, ASU Symphony Orchestra, and the ASU Concert Jazz Band. He hopes to one day win a job playing in a professional symphony. In his free time Will enjoys spending time with friends, food, and rock climbing.


Nathan Lehnertz
Sophomore, Non-Major (Business, Language, and Culture on the Chinese Track)

Nathan comes from Gilbert, AZ. He is a sophomore Business, Language, and Culture major learning Chinese, with a trombone performance minor. He is also founder/president of the Trombone Society at ASU. He has performed with various different groups, including the Gilbert Symphony Orchestra, the Highland Bands and Orchestras, and the Young Sounds of Arizona. He works at ASU Enterprise Partners, the resource-raising arm of Arizona State University. In his free time, Nathan likes listening to music, spending time with friends, and playing computer games.


Connor Lively
Junior, Performance (bass trombone)

Connor joins us from Scottsdale to pursue his undergraduate degree in Bass Trombone Performance. He has performed with the Phoenix Youth Symphony along with the Young Sounds of Arizona jazz ensemble and currently performs with the ASU Wind Symphony and the ASU Jazz Repertory Band. He hopes to one day win a job in a professional orchestra or ensemble. In his free time, Connor enjoys extra practicing, listening to a wide variety of music, and spending time with his family and friends.


Trevor Murch
Sophomore, performance major

Trevor’s hometown is Raleigh, NC. He is currently pursuing his Performance undergraduate degree. In his younger days, Trevor has played in the Watson Brass Band from Triangle Youth Brass Bands and in the Triangle Youth Jazz Orchestra. Music, soccer, and the outdoors are passions of his.


Robby Pawloski
Non-major

Robby joins us from the Tucson area, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.


Grant Penderghast
Sophomore, non major

Grant joins us from South Orange County, California. Grant is going for his undergraduate degree in Professional Flight in order to work in the airlines as a Captain. While flying is what he aims to be his career, he is continuing music as his passion and going for a minor in trombone performance. Music provides the much needed change of pace from the incredible but stressful world of aviation and gives Grant a way to continue doing everything he loves.


Robert Peterson
Master’s, Performance Pedagogy

Robert is a Tenor and Bass Trombonist and Educator based out of Mesa, AZ. He currently runs his own private trombone studio, instructing students of all ages across the valley. Beyond his studio, Robert has hosted his own masterclasses, worked as a clinician for local programs, and coaches after-school music ensembles. Most notably he began and currently teaches the Mountain Ridge High School Trombone Choir. Alongside his work as a music educator, Robert works in the marching arts as a visual designer, writing drill for several high schools marching bands. He also acts as the visual coordinator, designer, and drill writer for the WGI Percussion group Breakthrough Indoor. During the summer season Robert works as a movement specialist with The Academy Drum and Bugle corps. 
Prior to his move to Arizona, Robert worked as an elementary school music teacher in Trenton, New Jersey. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (B. S. E) in Secondary Education with a focus in Comprehensive Music from Seton Hall University.  While completing his undergraduate degree Robert studied tenor trombone with Anthony Mazzocchi and bass trombone with Douglas Purviance.


Andrè Prouty
DMA student, teaching assistant

Andrè Emmanoel Prouty is an extremely versatile and accomplished Tenor and Bass Trombonist, and active performer of music from a broad range of periods and styles.  As an active freelance musician, he has performed with many of Colorado’s top classical and jazz ensembles, including Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Greeley Philharmonic, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Ultraphonic Big Band, and more. Andre has also held positions within the Chicago Civic Orchestra, and has performed alongside internationally renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, Alan Gilbert, and others. An avid and accomplished chamber musician, Andre was a member of the Denver based ‘Classical Brass Quintet’ and is a founding member of ‘The ENQ’ Trombone Quartet – grand prize winners of the 2018 International Trombone Quartet Competition – as well as an alumni of the award winning Northwestern Trombone Choir. 

In addition to his prolific performing experience, Andre is also an impassioned educator and brass pedagogue. Andre has held masterclasses and established private low brass studios in Denver, Aurora, and Aspen, CO, and Houston, TX. Andre holds a Bachelor in Music from The Juilliard School, a Masters in Music from Northwestern University, an Artist Diploma from the University of Denver, and will begin DMA studies with Dr. Brad Edwards in Fall 2021 at Arizona State University.


Joel Rangel
DMA Student, ABD status

Joel served as a Marine Musician with the First Marine Division Band at Camp Pendleton and with the “Commandants Own” the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. A veteran of Desert Storm, Joel retired from active service in the summer of 2010. Joel Rangel began his studies as a music major at El Camino College studying trombone performance with Robert Coomber. From September 2013 to April of 2018 Joel studied with Dr. Andrew Glendening completing his Bachelors in Music Education and a Master’s in Trombone Performance at the University of Redlands. Joel is in ABD status (all but dissertation)


Matias Teillet
Freshman, Music Performance

Matias joins us from California


Maya Willis
Non-major

Maya is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry


Andrew Yocom
Freshman, Music Teaching and Learning

Andrew is a freshman hailing from Peoria, AZ currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in Music Learning and Teaching. He has performed with the Scottsdale Community College Concert Band, Salt River Brass, and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. In the future, Andrew hopes to teach elementary school music while still building a career as a freelance musician.


Jenny Zapotocky
Sophomore, Performance

Jenny is a Sophomore Concurrently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Music Performance and a certificate in Music Entrepreneurship. Before her time at ASU Jenny performed with the NAfME All-National Concert Band, the FMEA All-State Concert Orchestra, and Completed programs with The Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music. While at ASU Jenny has performed with the ASU Wind Symphony and appeared in Simply Three’s “September” Music video. In the future, Jenny hopes to join the military as a musician.