Mary Elizabeth Bowden, Trumpet
Milana Strezeva, Pianist
Donna Parkes, Trombone
Known for their “energetic and kinetic programming” (The Post-Journal, Jamestown), Brass-hoppers is a trio comprised of trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trombonist Donna Parkes, and pianist Milana Strezeva. These gifted women hail from diverse points around the globe and are educated at some of the finest music schools in the world, creating an exquisite brass sound with a lush keyboard.
The Trio's music portrays an eclectic blend of traditional classical music and jazz inspired arrangements of standards and popular tunes.
Illinois-born trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music, and won the 2012 International Women's Brass Conference Trumpet Competition. A Yamaha Artist, Mary is an international soloist and chamber musician.
Moldovan-American pianist Milana Strezeva received her Bachelor and Master degrees from the Juilliard School, and is a founding member of the award-winning Manhattan Piano Trio, one of the most creative and dynamic young ensembles in America.
Australian trombonist Donna Parkes has been principal trombone of the Louisville Orchestra since 2008 and during the summer is Principal Trombone of the Colorado Music Festival. Prior to this she played the 2012-13 season with the Utah Symphony and the 2007-8 season with the San Francisco Symphony.
Brass-hoppers is featured on Mary’s upcoming debut cd, Radiance, performing Joseph Turrin’s Fandango.
4 Ballades and Romances op. 75
Concertino for Trumpet, Trombone, and Piano
George Frideric Handel
The Trumpet Shall Sound
Selections from Porgy and Bess
II. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
III. Bess, You Is My Woman
IV. It Ain't Necessarily So
Trio for Trumpet, Trombone, and Piano
Totem Voices for Trumpet and Piano, II. Beluga