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Welcome to my web site! Here you will find information, not only about what I'm doing with the New York Philharmonic, but where and when I will be travelling for solo appearances and masterclasses. You will also find out about all the different equipment that I use on the job. Being a brass repairman and having done reasearch and development for Miraphone, and now for Meinl Weston, there is an area in Other Interests for students and pro's alike to access information about horn maintence and repair. The Baer Tracks Music area is where you will find recordings, including my new CD "Song and Dance", and will be able to purchase new arrangements and methods for brass. I hope that you find your visit here enjoyable and informative.

We Have Moved! - Friday, August 30, 2013
Our new email address is:
New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet on Tour in Japan - Monday, June 18, 2012
The Principal Brass of the NYPO will be touring Japan from July 4th through the 17th. Please check our website for more information.
New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet in Concert 6/25/12 6/27/12 - Monday, June 18, 2012
In preparation for our tour of Japan in July, the quintet will be giving 2 benefit concerts. On June 25th, we will be performing to benefit the Rockland Conservatory of Music at Temple Beth Torah. 330 N. Highland Ave. (Rte 9W) in Nyack, NY. On June 27th we will be performing to benefit the Ridgewood Concert Band at West Side Presbyterian Church. 6 South Monroe St. in Ridgewood, NJ. For more information, please visit and click on "events". Hope to see you there!
Principal Brass of the New York Philharmonic NEW CD! - Friday, May 4, 2012
I am very happy to announce the release of a new CD by the Principal Brass of the New York Philharmonic.
It is called "New York, New York" and it features my very esteemed colleagues Phil Smith, Matt Muckey, Phil Myers, and Joe Alessi. I have posted some samples and it is available for purchase here by clicking on Baer Tracks Music above. Enjoy!
Performances Added! - Saturday, February 25, 2012
Greetings everyone! I have updated my travel/performance calendar, so please look at the calendar section of the website and please come and say hello if you are going to be in any of the cities I am performing in.
Hoilday concert with the Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet - Sunday, December 12, 2010
Concert today features the West Point Band Brass. Concerts are at Noon and 3:00PM at Avery Fisher Hall. Come on out and hear some wonderful holiday arrangements.
Principal Brass of the New York Philharmonic in concert at West Point. - Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Join the West Point Band, under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Jim Keene, for the immensely popular, annual Hudson Valley Holiday concert. Special guests from the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet and guest narrator and cantor Kenny Ellis will help the West Point Band bring in the holiday season on December 5, 2010 at 3 p.m. at West Point's Eisenhower Hall Theatre. This concert is free and open to the public. We will repeat this performance 2 other times at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC on December 12th at Noon and at 3PM.Visit the calendar for a link to more information.
Featured Soloist with Hora Decima Brass - Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The Hora Decima Brass Ensemble will present a concert of music for brass and percussion on Monday November 15th at 7 PM at Christ & St. Stephen's Church, 120 West 69th St. (Between Broadway & Columbus.) Alan will be the guest solo artist. He will perform Koetsier's "Don Giovanni's Hallenfart", and a new arrangement of the Rafael Mendez version of "The Virgen of Macarena". Admission is by contribution ($15 suggested)
Blekinge International Brass Academy Festival - Monday, June 28, 2010
I have been invited to teach and perform at the Blekinge International Brass Academy this week. There will be masterclasses, recitals, individual lessons, and seminars. Looks to be a wonderful week. Check out the website at:
Playbill Article - Monday, April 5, 2010
Check out the playbill article about me and my colleagues at the NYPO:
Live From Lincoln Center - Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Watch my colleagues and I on PBS' "Live From Lincoln Center" tonight for the opening of the new season of the New York Philharmonic. It will air at 8PM EST - other time zones will have to check your listings. The program will include "Symphonie Fantastique"
Here's what's happening this weekend! - Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The legendary brass principals of the New York Philharmonic - The Principal Brass Quintet - open the inaugural season of the New York Chamber Music Festival with a program of old and new favorites. It will be held at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Symphony Space on 9/12/09 at 4PM. Please check the calendar section for more details and a link to the venue. Hope to see you all there.
On the Road! - Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Hello everyone. I will be on the road driving out to Vail, CO with the Philharmonic for our annual residency at the BRAVO! festival for the rest of the month. I will then be on vacation for the month of August, so any alignment kit orders will be sent out after August 31st. Other orders such as publications and CDs will be available for shipping after July 31st.
Check out my Facebook fan page for updates and photos of my travels.
Quintet Concert with the Principal Brass of the New York Philharmonic - Monday, May 4, 2009
The Principal Brass of the New York Philharmonic will be giving a 1 hour concert at the Riverspace Theater in Nyack, NY on Tuesday, May 26th at 7:30 PM. Along with me will be featuring Phil Smith and Matt Muckey on trumpet, Phil Myers on horn, and Joe Alessi on trombone. Hope to see you there.
John Williams' Tuba Concerto Performance - Sunday, March 22, 2009
On Saturday, March 28th, I will be performing as a guest soloist with the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra. I am doing the John Williams Tuba Concerto, and will be performing at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church at 716 Watchung Ave. (at East Seventh Street) in Plainfield, NJ.
Performance time is 7:30 PM. Click on the Calendar section for more information
The new CD is here! - Friday, June 27, 2008
I am happy to announce the release of my latest CD, "Song and Dance". Please click on the Baer Tracks Music tab to listen to some samples. I hope you enjoy it.
Principal Brass Quintet in Concert - Friday, June 20, 2008
The NYP Principal Brass Quintet will be performing tomorrow, June 21st, at 4PM as part of the Make Music New York Block Party. We will be at 64th Street between Broadway and Central Park West.
It's free so come on out and say hello.
Festival in Valencia, Spain - Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I will be heading to Valencia, Spain right after ITEC to participate in the Spanish Brass Festival from 7/1 through 7/6.
I will be in residence for the week doing recitals, master classes and lessons. Check back to see pictures of the events.
New CD to be released! - Wednesday, June 18, 2008
My newest CD, "Song and Dance" will be released this Monday, June 23rd. It will be available by clicking on "Baer Tracks Music" above and also at ITEC in Cincinnati next week.
Look for me at the Meinl-Weston booth to get your copy.
Master Class at ITEA Convention - Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I will be giving a master class at ITEC in Cincinnati next week. The class will be on Tuesday at 3:30PM. I'll also be performing 2 of the pieces from my new CD with piano at the masterclass.
I will also be playing in Meinl's "Tuba 6" on friday afternoon. Hope to see you there!
Guest Solo Appearance and new CD. - Saturday, May 3, 2008
On Friday, May 16th at 8PM, I will be performing the James Woodward Tuba Concerto with the Ridgewood Concert Band. Check out the calendar for more information and directions. Also, I am just about to wrap up the recording of my new CD, "Song and Dance". It should be available sometime in June, so check back here often for updates.
Solo Recital at Messiah College - Monday, March 24, 2008
I will be playing a solo recital at Messiah College in Grantham, PA in preparation for my new CD "Song and Dance". If you are in the area, please come out to say hello and get a preview of the new album.
For details go to the calendar section of this site.
Principal Brass Quintet Concert this Monday October 15th!! - Friday, October 12, 2007
Come out and hear an evening of brass chamber music performed by me and my outstanding colleagues Philip Smith, Principal trumpet; Matthew Muckey, Associate Principal trumpet; Philip Myers, Principal French horn; Joseph Alessi, Principal trombone. Find details in the calendar section of my website.
I'm off on tour! - Monday, April 30, 2007
Well, the Philharmonic is at it again touring Europe for 3 weeks! We will be in Poland, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, and France. As the tour ends, the Principal Brass Quintet will go ahead to the Munich area for a couple of recitals before we head home. Check out the calendar for details on where I am performing, and also check out the Philharmonic website
( great tour photos by Chris Lee.
Re-scheduled Masterclass and Recital - Monday, March 26, 2007
After a couple of late snow storms in the East, things seem to have calmed down in this area.
My masterclass and recital at Messiah College in Grantham, PA had been canceled back in February due to a huge snow storm that closed the college.
Luckily we were able to come up with an alternative date. I will be giving the masterclass tonight and the recital tomorrow night. Please take a look at the calendar section for more information. Happy Spring!
Pictures of the Kodiak! - Friday, February 23, 2007
I have posted a couple of pictures of the new "Kodiak" F tuba on the site. Click on "Tuba Research and Development" to see this wonderful new instrument coming soon.
Recital in Providence and info on Tubonium 5 - Friday, February 23, 2007
On March 7th I will be playing an afternoon recital at the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts at Rhode Island College. Please check the calendar for more details. I will also be attending Tubonium 5 to give a recital and master class in Minneapolis March 9th and 10th. Details are available in the calendar section. Anyone coming to these events, please come and say hello.
Recitals and Masterclasses coming up! - Thursday, January 25, 2007
I will be attending the Tubonium Midwest Regional Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minneapolis on March 9th and 10th. I will also be giving a recital and masterclasses at Messiah College in
Grantham, PA Feb. 14th - 15th. Details of the recital and maaster class will be posted soon, so check back.
Happy Holidays Everyone! - Thursday, December 21, 2006
It has been a very busy year and I am looking forward to this 2 week break. After the new year I will have the calendar updated, so please check back often to see where and what I will be performing.
Also, be sure and click on "Baer Tracks Music" in the menu so you can see what arrangements, methods, and recordings that we are offering for sale. Enjoy the holidays and Happy New Year!!
Principal Brass Quintet in Concert - Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The NYPO Principal Brass Quintet will be playing a concert with the Canadian Brass on December 10th.
Check out the calendar for more information.
New Publications and Photos - Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Please check out the Baer Tracks Music section of this site to see new publications for trombone ensemble. I have also posted some new pictures from my recent travels.
New York Phil on Tour - Tuesday, October 24, 2006
I am getting ready to leave on tour with the Philharmonic on October 30th. We will have a 3 day stop in Orange County California to play at the new and improved Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa. Then we are off to Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, S. Korea.
Check out the Philharmonic's website for information on where we are perfoming and the great photo journals that are posted each week by photographer Chris Lee.
Tommy Johnson - Tuesday, October 24, 2006
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Tommy Johnson on October 15th. The tuba world has lost one of the great teachers and players of our time. Tommy was my teacher while I was at USC, and was one of the most supportive figures throughout my career. He will be sorely missed by all of his students and anyone that ever came in contact with him.
Updated Calendar and Photos - Tuesday, October 3, 2006
I have posted information on some of the things I will be doing with the Philharmonic that are coming up. If you are able to come to a concert, please stop around and say hello.
I have also added some new pictures. Check out the "other interests" album to see my progress on my landscape project. Also new pictures of friends and colleagues. Still more to come!
Octubafest in Puerto Rico! - Wednesday, September 20, 2006
On October 13th I'll start a 3 day residency at the Conservatory of Music Of Puerto Rico in San Juan. Nelson Corchado is the Host and it looks like we're going to have a great time! I'll be doing two days of masterclasses as well as a full recital on the 15th. Check out the calendar for more info!
Summer News - Monday, July 24, 2006
Greetings! I am in beautiful Vail, Colorado right now with the NYPO at the Bravo! festival. This Saturday, I will ride my motorcycle to Los Angeles, where I get to play alongside my friend and colleague Norm Pearson at the Hollywood Bowl.
Check out the calendar for details of the performance.
I'm off to Germany! - Saturday, May 20, 2006
This week I will be visiting the Meinl-Weston factory in Geretstried, Germany to help develop a new F tuba. This will be an exciting addition to the Meinl-Weston line of "Baer" tubas that we started with the new 6450 CC tuba. Check back again for further developments and photos of the new horn.
New Ensemble Publications Available - Saturday, May 20, 2006
Please visit the Baer Tracks Music area again to see
what is newly available for Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble as well as for trombone quartet.
New Publications Available! - Thursday, April 27, 2006
Please visit the "Baer Tracks Music" link to see a few of the new publications that are now available.
Atlanta in April and ITEC in June - Wednesday, March 29, 2006
In April I will be in a 4 day residency from 4/27 - 4/30 in Atlanta with several events taking place. Watch the calendar for specific concerts with both band and orchestra, as well as master classes.
In June, I have the honor of sharing a clinic with the great Tommy Johnson at this year's ITEC in Denver from 6/26-6/30. I will also be sharing a recital with David Childs on euphonium. Again, check back for specific dates and times.
NYPO Brass Quintet in Concert- March 21st - Wednesday, March 15, 2006
On March 21st at 8PM, the Principal Brass Quintet of the New York Philharmonic will be performing the works of Bach, Gabrieli, and others with organ at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church - Located at 73rd and Madison Avenue.
Atlanta residency added to Calendar for 4/27-4/30 - Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Check out the April calendar for specifics on
master classes and performances that are taking place in Atlanta. Additional times will be added for clinics, so check back often.
Calendar Updates - Tuesday, March 14, 2006
I have added information for the Philharmonic's concerts in March and April. If you come to a concert, please look for me and say hello.
New Photos! - Sunday, March 12, 2006
New photos from recent master classes have been added.