Five Soloists to be Featured When Ensemble Performs at Middletown’s Paramount Theatre

PHOTO: Laura MartellaroMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band will welcome five soloists to the stage when it presents a spring Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 30 at Middletown’s historic Paramount Theatre.

Featured soloists for the evening will include Laura Martellaro (flute), Jay Solomon (trumpet), Brandon Ferrier (xylophone), Andrew Hulle (xylophone) and Dan Teare (clarinet). The musical program will include “Running on Wood” by Stefan Schwalgin, “Theme from Ice Castles” by Marvin Hamlisch, “Baroque and Blue” by Claude Bolling, “On a Southern Hymnsong” by David Holsinger, “Esprit de Corps” by Robert Jager, “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” by Michael Kamen and “Funiculi, Funicula” by Alfred Reed, as well as a tribute to Pete Fountain that will highlight “Closer Walk” and “Tiger Rag.”

Under the direction of Joe Martellaro, the band is comprised of SUNY Orange students and members of the community. General admission is $10. SUNY Orange Students with a current ID and active military personnel will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at either or

Laura Martellaro will be performing a special adaptation for symphonic band of Bolling’s, “Baroque and Blue” from his first “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio.” She is presently the seventh and eighth grade band director at Minisink Valley Middle School. She continues to perform with area ensembles on flute, piccolo and piano.

Solomon will showcase his trumpet skills during a unique musical arrangement of Hamlisch’s “Theme from Ice Castles.” A longtime local performer who has played with Skyliner’s Big Band for more than 27 years, Solomon teaches biology and earth science in the East Ramapo Central School District.

Hulle, a fifth grade instrumental music teacher in the Minisink Valley Central School District, and Ferrier, a freshman at SUNY Orange, will be performing Schwalgin’s xylophone duet “Running on Wood.” Last spring Hulle was featured on drum set on Benny Goodman’s “Sing, Sing, Sing.” He also performs with the New York Wind Symphony. Ferrier, a graduate of Minisink Valley High School, is a percussionist in the SUNY Orange Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and also plays drum set in the Jazz Ensemble.

A native of Flint, Mich., Teare enjoyed a 20-year career in the West Point Band and recently retired after 17 years of teaching instrumental music for grades three through eight. Trained as a classical clarinetist, he is also an accomplished saxophonist, having performed with the Temptations and various other Motown recording artists such as The Four Tops, Gladys Knight, and Martha and the Vandellas. He will be featured during the tribute to great Dixieland clarinetist Pete Fountain.

The concert is sponsored by the College’s Arts and Communication Department. The Paramount Theatre, located at 17 South St. in Middletown, is universally accessible. For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787. For updates on all cultural and artistic events at SUNY Orange, visit “The Arts at SUNY Orange” Facebook page.

PHOTO: Jay SolomonPHOTO: Dan TearePHOTO: Ferrier and Hulle

L-R: Jay Solomon, Dan Teare, Brandon Ferrier, Andrew Hulle

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Mike Albright
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