Founded in 2013, the Southern California Brass Consortium (SCBC) grew out of the desire to form a large, professional brass ensemble that performs challenging, yet accessible music. There is nothing quite as exhilarating as the sound of brass and percussion. Our 26+ member group performs a wide range of compositions and styles, as well as presenting works that include harp, piano, and organ.
SCBC not only includes talented brass players and percussionists, but also highly-skilled arrangers and composers within its ranks. We strive to present both new compositions and new arrangements of works by local and national composers.
The goal of the SCBC is to share the exhilarating spirit of brass ensemble music through high-quality concerts, recordings, and educational outreach.
SCBC recently had the honor of closing the 57th L.A. County Holiday Celebration at the Los Angeles Music Center on Christmas Eve to an audience of over 3,000, which was televised live on PBS.
The SCBC staff:
HECTOR SALAZAR (Artistic Director/Conductor/Arranger)
Hector received his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills where he studied conducting with Frances Steiner. He earned his Master of Arts Degree from CSU, Long Beach and studied conducting with Larry Curtis and Rubin Gurevich. Currently Mr. Salazar is the General Manager and Assistant Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay and has recently taken the baton of the Carson Symphony. In addition to leading the Southern California Brass Consortium, he is also Music Director for the Music Ensemble of Los Angeles. Mr. Salazar has conducted premieres of Kurt Weill's Marie Galante, Benjamin Lees' Labyrinths, Douglass Fake's Symphonic Episode (a world premiere dedicated to Mr. Salazar) and in 1992 gave the West Coast premiere of Claude Debussy's Suite bergamasque. In 2009, he conducted the world premiere of Timothy and the Magic Garden composed by Philip Westin and narrated by KOST's Karen Sharp with the Carson Symphony. The Los Angeles Times said that Mr. Salazar "reveals a fluid and clear baton technique and an intelligent sensibility." Mr. Salazar has also worked on numerous motion pictures and musical theatre productions throughout the Southland. (www.maestrosalazar.com)
C. LEONARD CODUTI (Executive Director/Arranger)
Lee Coduti has a multi-faceted career as a performer, vocal coach, mentor, musicologist, arranger, and orchestrator. Mr. Coduti was a member of the Opera Pacific Chorus for 17 seasons, performing in over 50 productions. He also performed with the Pacific Chorale for 14 years, and served as Musical Assistant to the Artistic Director, John Alexander. He earned his B.A. in music from Cal State Fullerton and his M.A. in musicology from Cal State Long Beach. Lee serves as a music research and repertoire consultant to several conductors and performers. As an arranger and orchestrator, Lee's work has been played in ensembles across the nation. In September 1992, his all-string arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner was given its premiere by the Long Beach Symphony under JoAnn Falletta. He is currently the Church Administrator for Los Altos United Methodist Church.
DREW NINMER (Trumpet/Concertmaster/Personnel Manager/Arranger)
Drew Ninmer is a freelance trumpet player, arranger, and composer in the Los Angeles area. Drew is a graduate of California State University Long Beach, where he earned his Master’s degree in jazz studies. Drew earned his Bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to live performing, he has appeared on screen as a featured band member in the 2014 Oscar award-winning film Whiplash. Drew performs regularly with the Disneyland Band and is often seen in musical pits throughout the Southland. Drew teaches at Long Beach City College, as well as maintaining a large trumpet studio and working at The Horn Guys in Long Beach as the trumpet specialist.
ANTHONY O'TOOLE (Staff Arranger)
Anthony O’Toole holds a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a M.M. of Composition from George Mason University. He has composed more than 100 works and has written for virtually every major idiom and instrument. His music has been commissioned and performed by musicians and ensembles around the world. Mr. O’Toole’s music for wind band has been performed and recorded by some of the finest bands including the United States Coast Guard Band, the Kansas State University Wind Ensemble, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, and the University of North Texas Wind Symphony. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity, ASCAP and The American Composer’s Federation. Anthony currently resides in Long Beach, CA where he fulfills his commissions for new works and does orchestrations and arrangements as a freelance writer.
SCOTT NINMER (Staff Arranger)
Known for his evocative and stylistically-diverse works, Scott Ninmer has established himself as an in-demand composer and arranger in a wide variety of idioms. Ninmer is a graduate of the University of Illinois in jazz performance and the Manhattan School of Music in jazz composition. In 2014, Ninmer joined "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, where he currently serves as staff arranger. His music has been performed around the world and has been recorded by the Metropole Orkest, the New Standard Jazz Orchestra, the Air Force Academy Band Falconaires, the Southern California Brass Consortium, to name a few. His music is published through Kendor Music, UNC Jazz Press, McGinty Music, as well as on his own website, www.ScottNinmer.com. Ninmer has won many prestigious awards for his work, including the “2 Agosto” International Composing Competition, the Detroit Jazz Festival Arranging Competition, the New York Youth Symphony First Music Composition Competition, the United States Air Force Sammy Nestico Award, and the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards.
PATRICK LENERTZ (Bass Trombone/Production Manager/Librarian)
Patrick is a freelance trombonist and private instructor in the Los Angeles area. He recently completed his Master's degree in trombone performance at Cal State Long Beach, where he performed in two of the top ensembles, Wind Symphony and the Concert Jazz Orchestra. Patrick has appeared on-screen as a featured band member in the 2014 Sundance award-winning and Oscar-nominated film Whiplash.
SARA FORD (Horn/Development Director)
Sara is a creative, skilled professional specializing in grant writing, donor databases, and donor communications. As a former Chief Everything Officer in one-woman development shops, she’s mastered the art of creating strategic plans, managing donor relationship software, and creating multi-channel communications that inspire people to give. From creating content for social media, direct mail, peer-to-peer, online fundraising or emails, she has mastered the art of donor communications. She understands how to maximize limited time and resources to generate the highest ROI for your campaigns. She also has extensive grant writing experience, including researching funders, preparing winning proposals, creating templates to report results, and ensuring grant programs operate efficiently.
CHELSEA STEVENS (Merchandising)
Chelsea Stevens is a female bassist and vocalist from Southern California. Chelsea holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music, Concentration in Jazz Bass Performance, from California State University Long Beach, and currently works as a freelance musician, contractor, composer, arranger, educator, and copyist. She performs in a myriad of groups throughout the greater Los Angeles area, and is available to contract and perform in anything from a jazz group to a classical string ensemble to a rock band.
TAYLOR PRESNALL (Production Assistant)
Taylor Presnall hails from El Dorado Hills, CA, where he appeared in several productions with El Dorado Musical Theatre (EDMT). He relocated to Southern California in 2016 to continue his studies in music and theatre with an emphasis in Arts Management.