Meet The Band
Scott Nadelson - Trumpet
Scott is an avid chamber musician and the founder of C Street Brass. He brings a unique artistic versatility to the group that enables him to showcase his skills through classical, jazz, commercial, and chamber music. He also brings a blind enthusiasm for all Apple products.
Currently living in Pittsburgh, Scott plays solo cornet for the River City Brass Band. He also plays lead trumpet for Beauty Slap(electro-funk), the NASCAR Awards Show Band, and the Nu Deco Ensemble a contemporary orchestra in Miami, FL. In addition, Scott plays regularly at the Kennedy Center for Mason Bates’ KC Jukebox new music series.
Scott began his love affair with trumpet at the age of 12, studying from New York freelancing god Chris Jaudes and was one of two trumpet performers to win the prestigious New Jersey State Governors School award. While earning his MM’ from Carnegie Mellon and his BM’ from Peabody Conservatory Scott not only honed his love for music but for great coffee, rye whiskey, and barbeque as well.
John Ehrenburg - Trumpet
John Ehrenburg enjoys an eclectic career as a performer, teacher, and scholar. A founding member of C Street Brass, he currently serves on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory.
As a scholar of jazz periodical literature, John regularly presents original research at conferences around the world. He is the Research Projects Manager of the international non-profit, Le Répertoire international de la presse musicale (RIPM).
John loves learning and has five degrees. Four of these are from the Peabody Conservatory—two bachelor’s degrees (music education and trumpet), one master’s degree (musicology), and most recently, a doctorate degree in trumpet performance. The fifth is another master’s degree (trumpet) from Yale University, just for good measure.
John clearly remembers his bygone high school years battling fellow C Street trumpeter and native New Jerseyan Scott Nadelson for top honors at regional and state auditions. Scott maintains he has no recollection of these encounters.
In his spare time, Ehrenburg enjoys all things football (or, soccer, if you must …), performing with his wife, Malaysian pianist Melody Quah, and a good laugh.
Gabriel Colby - Trombone
Gabriel Colby feels very fortunate to be performing, teaching, and coaching around the world. Currently, Gabriel Colby resides in Pittsburgh where he plays associate principal trombone for the River City Brass Band. Gabriel also plays lead trombone for Beauty Slap (a genre bending electronic funk), C Street Brass, and Nu Deco Ensemble a contemporary chamber orchestra located in Miami, Florida. As a lead trombonist he has played for the ESPY Awards Orchestra in LA, The Nascar Awards Show in Las Vegas, and can he can be heard on the ESPN College Football theme. Gabriel has a B.M. from Peabody Conservatory and a M.M. from Carnegie Mellon. He initially found his love for trombone through classical music, but now enjoys playing and performing music of all genres.
In addition to his music and performance career, Gabriel has studied a variety of different movement disciplines. Gabriel is proud to have earned a fitness certification through GMB which encourages fun, smart exercise for physical autonomy. Gabriel most enjoys using his knowledge of movement to help musicians enjoy a pain free playing experience! As well as working one-on-one with clients in person and remotely, Gabriel teaches workshops on flexibility, locomotion, strength, and handstands.
Gabriel grew up in Avon, Connecticut surrounded by music. His parents John Colby and Beverly Rohlehr, and his sister Liza Colby are all accomplished musicians in their own right. Little known fact- Gabriel started his performance career in high school as a professional juggler in the duo ‘The Big Hair Jugglers’. Contrary to popular belief, Gabriel does not play trombone and do handstands twenty-four hours a day. He also loves: pull ups, cooking, tequila, and exploring Pittsburgh, the city he calls home.
Jon Carroll- Horn
Hailed by the New York Times for having “impressive confidence”, Jon has been a member of C Street Brass since 2015. In addition to performing around the country with C Street Brass, Jon is a sought-after performer in New York City. Recent highlights include a Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of “The Music of Danny Elfman” in conjunction with Lincoln Center Festival and performing alongside his first teacher, David Jolley, in the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society.
Jon has performed with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, The West Point Band, and New York Pops. In 2017 Jon was the Associate Principal Horn of the Orquesta Filharmonico de Jalisco, in Guadalajara. Jon was also part of the orchestra that backed up the Grateful Dead on their last tour in 2014. An active Broadway performer as well, Jon has performed in Cinderella, The Lion King, On The Town, The King and I, Honeymoon in Vegas, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Wicked, Carousel, The Phantom of the Opera, and King Kong.
Jon received his Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School and his Bachelor’s degree from Mannes College. He also attended North Carolina School of the Arts in high school.
Aside from performing Jon is an avid cyclist and skier. Having grown up in the mountains of North Carolina these activities were just as much part of his life as music was. He and his wife are shamelessly committed to raising their two perfect cats, Henry and Luna.
Hakeem Bilal - Bass Trombone
Proudly hailing from Washington, D.C., Hakeem Bilal is one of the most sought-after trombonists today. His performances have been called “A dynamic concert experience” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and he has been featured on Pittsburgh Today Live on CBS and Talking Pittsburgh on NBC. Mr. Bilal performs across many genres of music with ease and teaches internationally. Most recently, he performed a three week tour of Asia, performed at theIndianapolis 500, and taught masterclasses in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Beijing, China. Mr. Bilal holds degrees from The Peabody Conservatory and Carnegie Mellon University and now resides in Pittsburgh, PA.
Mr. Bilal is the Assistant Professor of Trombone at West Virginia University and remains in high demand as an orchestral player and soloist. He is a regular extra with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony; he has recently performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and West Virginia Symphony. He also serves as the Bass Trombonist of C Street Brass, a member of River City Brass, and the MC of Beauty Slap. Mr. Bilal was featured as a guest artist at the 2016 Trombone Summit in Fort Worth, Texas and was invited to perform at the 2018 International Trombone Festival in Iowa. His main teachers include Randall Campora of the Baltimore Symphony, Dr. Denson Paul Pollard of the Metropolitan Opera, Dr. David Begnoche of Texas Christian University, and Murray Crewe of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Outside of making music, Hakeem loves to build things. Whether it is constructing an innovative cocktail from behind the bar, or building computers, he loves creating on all levels. Some things you may not know about Hakeem: Other than being an award winning mixologist, aspiring chef, and former teen heartthrob, he has been known to randomly break into dance and will find any reason to fire up the grill. Hakeem enjoys great coffee, video games, and beef ribs (not necessarily in that order).