The musicians of the Raging River Brass although classically trained have a diverse musical background. Their busy schedules include performances with symphony orchestras, jazz bands, chamber music ensembles and even rock bands and pop music videos.
Erik Reed is a freelance trumpet player and private brass teacher in the Seattle area. He is a graduate student at the University of Washington and plays in the UW Symphony Orchestra, UW Wind Ensemble, and UW Contemporary Group. Erik also regularly performs with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal trumpet, and the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also performed as the Principal trumpet in the Northwest Mahler Festival and participated in concerts with the Saratoga Chamber Orchestra on Whidbey Island.
In addition to these, Erik enjoys a busy performance schedule in the jazz/rock realm. He is a member of the Dixieland/Americana band, Bakelite 78, and is collaborating on their upcoming album. He has also recorded and performed with the Indie-rock band, Other Lives, and performed with Delta Spirit. He also performs numerous gigs with jazz big bands, orchestras, brass quintets, church ensembles, recitals, brass choirs, weddings, and parties.
Erik has a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Oklahoma State University and is finishing up his Master of Music degree in Brass Performance at the University of Washington. His principal instructors include David Gordon, Principal of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Cheetham, former Professor of Trumpet and Jazz at Oklahoma State University; and Tim McFadden, Principal Trumpet of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.
Nicole is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree in Brass Performance at the University of Washington. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from San Jose State University. One day she hopes to share her musical experience as a middle school music teacher. She has performed with a variety of ensembles, including the Daybreak Brass Quintet, Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, San Jose State University Jazz Ensemble, San Jose State University Baroque Trumpet Ensemble, University of Washington Wind Ensemble, and University of Washington Symphony Orchestra. Her primary trumpet teachers are David Gordon, Allen Vizzutti, and Kathryn Adduci.
Nels Magelssen is currently co-principal horn with the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra. His past and current orchestral credits include the Arlington Symphony (Virginia), the Rainier Symphony, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, the Federal Way Symphony, and principal horn for The Washington Wind Symphony. He keeps an active musical schedule in the Pacific Northwest. His principal teachers include Hermann Baumann, Christopher Leuba, and Tom Varner. Nels has actively pursued playing jazz on the French horn for several decades. His jazz credits include performing with Brother Ah, Mike Crotty, Tom Varner, the Jim Knapp Jazz Orchestra, the Washington Composers Orchestra, and the Vern Sielert Dektet. Nels is a member of the jazz trio Dolcetto, which performs at weddings, events, coffee houses, and jazz venues in the Seattle area. Every month or so you can catch Nels playing dance band trumpet with the 85th Street Big Band.
Nels also devotes some time to studying the alphorn, and has participated in workshops in Switzerland and the United States, including improvisational performances. His studies have included lessons with Swiss alphorn player and pedagogue Fritz Frautschi and Canadian alphorn virtuoso William Hopson.
When not performing, Nels maintains an active clinical psychology practice.
Steven Harreld is a doctoral student in trombone performance at University of Washington, where he is a member of the UW Symphony Orchestra, UW Wind Ensemble, and UW Trombone Choir. Steven also performs with the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, Raging River Brass Quintet, and various other ensembles in the greater Seattle area.
A native of Lodi, CA, Steven earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from San José State University. While a student at SJSU, he performed with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Silicon Valley, as well as a variety of jazz and chamber ensembles throughout the community. His primary instructors include Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, principal trombone of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and Tom Hornig, freelance trombonist in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mark Wiseman currently serves as the principal tubist for the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, the Issaquah Philharmonic and the Northwest Mahler Festival. As principal tubist with the Northwest Mahler Orchestra, Mark performed in the Seattle premiere of Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony in Benaroya Hall under the direction of Geoffrey Simon. Mark also plays tuba with the Seattle Wind Symphony.
In addition to his orchestral experience, Mark has played in brass quintets, tuba quartets, and jazz big bands. He has also performed as a soloist in recitals throughout the Pacific Northwest. His largest audience was a packed Safeco Field when he performed the National Anthem with a brass quintet for a Seattle Mariners game.
Mark and his wife, Linda, live in Sammamish, Washington with their two Golden Retrievers.
Eric is a freelance percussionist in the Seattle area. He is currently principal timpanist for the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, the Microsoft Symphony and the Seattle Festival Orchestra. Some of the other ensembles he has performed with include the Spokane Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, Tacoma Symphony, Mid-Columbia Symphony, Rainier Symphony, Orchestra Seattle, Brass Band Northwest, Washington Wind Symphony, Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra and many more.
Eric Studied Music Education at Washington State University.