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317 Anderson Blvd
Geneva, IL 60134
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(630) 715-2720

Live Music for Chicago Weddings, Corporate Events, Private Parties, Educational Concerts, and Recitals.  Northside Brass is a Chicago Leader in Classical Music and New Music

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Live music for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, cocktail hour, corporate events, concerts and recitals.  Chicago Wedding Band, Chicago Wedding Bands, Chicago Wedding Music, Chicago Corporate Music, Chicago Live Music, Chicago Brass Quintet.


Northside Brass


 

With a few friends from DePaul University's School of Music, Ryan Hobbs founded Northside Brass in 2011.  Don't be fooled by the name, we are much more than Brass, now offering Strings and Jazz.  As a collection of chamber ensembles, NB performs all over the Chicago-land area at weddings, holiday parties, private parties, corporate events, fundraisers, recitals, and concerts.  In addition, we offer educational concerts to under-served schools and communities, as we believe that music education enhances the lives of students, and therefore, improves communities.  We think the future of music is bright and know that there is always a new audience with whom we can share our music. 

To book us please contact ryan@northsidebrass.com

Where We have Performed:

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IL

Water Street Studios, Batavia, IL 

The Rookery Building, Chicago, IL 

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Cantigny Mansion, Wheaton, IL

Danada House, Wheaton, IL

 

 

Ryan Hobbs


 

Trumpet / Founder

Ryan received his Bachelor’s of Music degree from DePaul University (2006), and his Masters of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (2009).  He is adjunt professor of trumpet at Elgin Community College, and has played 2nd trumpet with the Northbrook Symphony since 2015.  As a Classical Freelancer Ryan has performed with many groups including: the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. John Cantius, Chicago Arts Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Tower Chorale, Chicago's "Bach-Week" Festival Orchestra, Apollo Chorus, UW-Milwaukee Faculty Brass Quintet, Millar Brass Ensemble, International Chamber Artists Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Paderewski Symphony (Chicago), Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra (Appleton, WI), Present Music Milwaukee, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (3rd Trumpet 2013-2014 Season), Racine Symphony Orchestra, and the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra.  

As a Jazz/Commercial Player Ryan has performed with Dennis DeYong and Styx, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Doc Severinson Big Band.  In 2013 Ryan performed with Ethan Bortnick (child piano prodigy) for an internationally televised PBS fundraiser called “Ethan Bortnick- The Power of Music”, benefitting Parkinsons Research.  Featured on the same benefit with Ethan were: Damien McGinty from the hit T.V. show "Glee", and grammy-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit.  He has  also performed in countless Broadway show pit orchestras around Chicago "In the Heights" with Porchlight Theater Chicago, "I left my Heart, a Tribute to Tony Bennett" at the Mercury Theater Chicago, and "Hair" at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center. Finally, Ryan is passionate about music education and maintains an active private teaching studio throughout the Chicago-land area providing lessons at: Geneva High School, Neuqua Valley High School, Metea Valley High School, and Yorkville High School.  Ryan studied trumpet with Will Scarlett (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Matt Lee (DePaul University), Kevin Hartman (University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee), John Rommel (Indiana University), John Hagstrom (DePaul University), Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler (Northwestern University) and Mark Niehaus (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra).

 

Amy Nelson


 

Trumpet

Amy is a an active freelance trumpet player in Chicago.  She received her BM from Eastern Illinois University, and her MM from Northern Illinois University.  As a freelancer in New York City, she worked on Broadway on "Mary Poppins", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  While living in NYC she also performed with the Queens Symphony Orchestra, Gramercy Brass Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra Brass, Garden State Philharmonic, and the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra.  Amy spent 2 years on the road as lead trumpet on the international Broadway Tours of "Fiddler on the Roof", "Cinderella", "Sound of Music", and "Evita".  In 2016 she performed with international Pop Star "Adele", on her worldwide tour stop at the United Center.  Here in Chicago Amy regularly performs at the Lincolnshire Marriott Theatre, Paramount Arts Center, Oriental Theatre, and with the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra.

 

Steve Duncan


 

Trombone/Arranger

Steve is currently professor of Trombone at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.  He received his B.M. from Davidson University and M.M. from Northwestern University.  After finishig school he spent the better part of a decade on the road with various big bands and Broadway tours playing venues from Seattle’s Benaroya Hall to New York’s Lincoln Center.  Steve currently performs in a wide range of ensembles around Chicago as a low brass doubler, including classical chamber music, commercial jingles, pit work, big bands, and small group jazz.  In addition to performing he also works as a composer and arranger

 

Kelly Langenberg


 

French Horn

Kelly is professor of Horn at Northpark University and Illinois Weslyan University.  Kelly is currently principal horn of the Battle Creek Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, and Chicago's Light Opera Works.  And holds section positions with the Kenosha Symphony and Peoria Symphony. Other performances include the Chicago Brass Festival with the Uber Horn Quartet, the 45th International Horn Society Symposium with the Chicago Horn Consort, and the National Trumpet Competition, and the Great American Brass Band Festival.  She appears regularly in Chicago with the Chicago Philharmonic, ArsViva! Symphony, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and the Lake Forest Symphony. She has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra through the Blossom Music Festival, the Tower Brass of Chicago, and was a member of the Quad City Symphony for eight years. Further performances in the US include Mannheim Steamroller, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, Paul Potts, Boston Brass, and internationally with the Yucatan Symphony of Merida, Mexico. Kelly has been featured as a soloist with the Waukegan Symphony, Muscatine Symphony, Clinton Symphony, and the Mount Prospect Community Band. Kelly has performed live on Iowa Public Television with the Quad City Symphony and can be seen performing for the PBS special, “Ethan Bortnick- The Power of Music". Kelly's continuing passion for orchestral music study has taken her to the Aspen Music Festival, the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians, and the Chautauqua Institute.Recordings of Kelly include the Stiletto Brass Quintet’s “Stiletto Brass Quintet with Doc Severinsen” (CD Baby), Kallima Wind Quintet’s “A Celebration of Quintet Music” (Contemporary Record Society), and “Music for Trumpet and Winds” featuring  John Hagstrom (Albany Records). Ms. Langenberg earned a B.M.E. and B.M. from Baldwin-Wallace  College Conservatory and a M.M. in Horn Performance from De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois. Her primary teachers include Neil Kimel, Jon Boen, and Hans Clebsch. She is a Denis Wick Artist and Clinician. Kelly lives in Elgin, Illinois with her husband and twin daughters.

 

Josh Biere


 

Tuba

In Addition to Northside Brass Josh Biere has been principal tubist in the Madison Symphony since 2013. He also holds the principal tuba chair with the Kenosha (WI) Symphony and regularly performs with the new Chicago Composers Orchestra. Mr. Biere has also performed at the Grant Park Music Festival (Chicago), and with the St. Paul (MN) Chamber Orchestra, and The Chicago Brass Quintet. An established chamber musician, Mr.Biere plays in numerous ensembles and in dozens of venues in the Chicagoland area, and has soloed with many groups and given numerous recitals throughout the region. He is a highly sought after clinician and teacher, maintaining a studio of well over thirty-five tuba and euphonium students. Mr. Biere holds degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University and Northwestern University. His principal teachers include Emily Binder, Ed Risinger, and Rex Martin. Mr. Biere currently resides in Montgomery, IL with his wife, two kids and his tuxedo cat Rico Suave. He enjoys reading, video games, puzzles, delicious food, and philanthropy work, especially with Habitat for Humanity.