Bob Gilbert, French horn
[B.M., Indiana University]
Robert Gilbert has taught at Rhodes College since 1999, and also at the University of Delaware and the University of Mississippi. He has been principal horn with the Philadelphia Lyric Opera, The United States Army Band in Washington, D.C., the Japan Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Opera Memphis. Mr. Gilbert has toured with the Henri Mancini and Andy Williams Orchestras and performed with the Burt Bacharach, Johnny Mathis, Barry White, Ray Charles, Issac Hayes, and Hollywood Hills Orchestras. Mr. Gilbert has been active in recording studios in Memphis and Nashville, and may be heard on the original 1971 soundtrack recording of Isaac Hayes “Shaft.” Mr. Gilbert has performed in Mexico with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco and in Canada, Las Vegas, and at festivals in Lakeside, Ohio, Spoleto, Italy, the Czech Republic and the Canary Islands.
Joseph Montelione, trumpet
Dr. Joseph Montelione has been an assistant professor of music at Rhodes College since 2008. His responsibilities include teaching the trumpet studio, conducting, chamber music, orchestra and directing the orchestral performance division. He has been a clinician for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a member of the artist faculty for the National Trumpet Competition, a performing artist-educator for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the New England Music Camp. As an orchestral trumpeter, he has performed with the Alabama Symphony, Moscow State Radio Symphony, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Erie Symphony and Washington Symphony Orchestra. As a commercial artist he has worked with Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Charlie Daniels, Amy Grant, Don Menza, Bob Mintzer and Wessell Anderson. He spends his summers as music director of the CRT Orchestra. He holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts degree from George Mason University and a Bachelors of Music from the State University of New York College at Fredonia. Previous trumpet teachers have included: Carl Sakofsky, Robert Sullivan, William Vacchiano, Dennis Edelbrock and Boyde Hood.
Mark Vail, trombone and tuba
[B.M., North Texas State University]
Mark Vail has been the Principal Bass Trombonist with the Memphis Symphony since 1986. He is an adjunct faculty member at both Rhodes College and at the University of Memphis. He is one of the founding members on staff at the Germantown Baptist Church Conservatory of Music. Mark also serves as the low brass instructor with the “Artist in Residence” program of the Memphis City School system. He is a member of the International Trombone Association.