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Maria Elmer (Piano / Vocal Director)
Maria Elmer is excited to be a part of The Wrong Box Studio Recording. Recent credits include Il Campanello Di Notte with Capitol Opera Company of Albany, Lucky Stiff, and Assassins with Class Act Productions; she was awarded "Excellence in Musical Direction" by the Theater Assn. of New York State for her work on Stephen Sondheim's Assassins. Maria holds a BA in Music Education from Nazareth College of Rochester. Maria serves as pianist for the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Scotia, NY and for Capital Opera Company of Albany; she also has a thriving private studio that includes lessons at the Jewish Community Center in Schenectady.
Maria Elmer

Elizabeth Sterling (Viola)
Elizabeth Sterling holds master's degree in music education from The Crane School of Music and a bachelor's degree in music (voice and violin) and anthropology from Binghamton University. She currently works as a substitute teacher with WSWHE and Capital Region BOCES and teaches violin, viola, voice, and piano lessons at Glens Falls Music Academy. Previous pit orchestra credits include Our Own Productions' The Music Man (violin, 2012) and The Beacon School's Spring Awakening (viola, 2012). Liz has also enjoyed appearing onstage in several local theatrical productions, including Class Act Productions' Assassins (The Proprietor/Housewife, 2012), for which she received a TANYS Award for Excellence in Performance, Class Act Productions' Lucky Stiff (Dominique DuMonaco, 2013), and Schenectady Civic Players' Sunday in the Park with George (Celeste #1/Waitress, 2013). Upcoming stage credits include Class Act Productions' Little Women (Meg/Clarissa, August 2013) and Channel Z Productions' Evil Dead (Linda, October 2013).
Elizabeth Sterling

Don Lester (Bass)
Don Lester has been playing the Double Bass for about 47 years. He has had many wonderful experiences playing orchestral music, big band, jazz, church choir, bluegrass, folk, blues, pit bands, you name it. But, this was his first time in the studio. What great experience, challenge and privilege to make this music. Thank you Kit and thank you Barret!
Don Lester

Stephen Sanborn (Flute / Piccolo)
Steve works regularly in community, professional and public school productions throughout the Kingston-Albany-Pittsfield region as a pit musician & musical director. His credits include: On the Twentieth Century for Barrington Stage, Guys & Dolls for Tri-Arts Productions, Chicago, Hello Dolly! and The Goodbye Girl for Upstage Productions; Oliver! for FPNENY in Albany; Jesus Christ Superstar, The Pajama Game, They're Playing Our Song, Ragtime-The Musical, Cabaret, Man Of La Mancha, A Chorus Line, Oliver!, next to normal, A Tale of Two Cities, and Chicago for The Two Of Us Productions. Steve & his wife Connie formed The Two Of Us Productions, which is known for presenting quality dramas & musicals, always with a full orchestra ( visit Along the way Steve earned a Doctorate in Decision Sciences and joined SDC, the association of Stage Directors & Choreographers.
Stephen Sanborn

Jeannette Storch (Oboe)
Jeannette Storch makes music vocally and instrumentally as often as possible. She studied oboe performance with Lois Wann at Vassar College, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. She also has a Masters in Operations Research and Statistics from RPI. Jeannette has played with the Music Company Orchestra, the Guilderland Town Band, and Sage Symphony, as well as at several churches in the Albany Capital District. She has sung with the Milwaukee Symphony Conservatory Chorus, the Pro Arte Chorale, the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, and Albany Pro Musica.

Amanda Meliosky (Clarinet)
Amanda Meliosky is a music teacher in the East Greenbush Central School District and an active musician throughout the Capital District. She has performed with the Capital Region Wind Ensemble, Schenectady County Community College Wind Ensemble, Gloversville Community Music Wind Ensemble as well as public school and community theater productions. Amanda studied clarinet with Julianne Kirk Doyle at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where she received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education. Meliosky is a member of the National Association of Music Education and the New York State School Music Association.
Amanda Meliosky

Steve Weisse (Trumpet)
Originally from the Boston area, Weisse received a BS from Northeastern University, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Union College. In addition to playing professionally in both Boston and the Capital District, Weisse has performed with many local groups, including the Capital Region Wind Ensemble, the Music Company Orchestra, the Colonie Memorial Band the Gloversville Civic Band, and the Glens Falls and Schenectady Symphonies. Weisse also directs and performs with his own group, the Signature Brass Quintet ( , and can be found freelancing with other local area groups such as Tri-City Brass, Pop Rock Circus (formerly Vehicle), the Tim Olsen Big Band, as well as playing in pit orchestras for local theatre and musical productions around the Capital District, including Proctor's Theatre, Cohoes Music Hall, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and others. Weisse is a proud member of Schenectady musician's local 85-133 and Albany local 14.
Steve Weisse

Joel Servant (Trumpet)
Joel Servant is currently the Director of Bands at the John Sayles School of Fine Arts in Schenectady High School. As a trumpet player, Joel has performed with a variety of ensembles in the Capital District including the Capital Region Wind Ensemble, The Keith Pray Big Soul Ensemble, and the Gloversville Symphonic Brass. Joel has studied with John Ellis, Ray Mase, Eric Berlin, and Bret Zvacek. Joel holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree with a minor in Jazz Studies from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. He also holds a Masters Degree in Music Education/Wind Band Conducting from the Hartt School of Music, Theater and Dance at the University of Hartford. At Hartt, he studied conducting with Glen Adsit, Michael Haithcock, and Edward Cumming. Joel is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, the National Association for Music Education, the New York State School Music Association, the Schenectady County Music Association, and The International Trumpet Guild.

Laura Jacaruso (Horn)
Laura Jacaruso received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Ithaca College. At Ithaca, she was privileged to perform under the direction of Mark Fonder, Elizabeth Peterson, Stephen Peterson, Keith Keiser, and Jeffrey Meyer. Laura also holds a Master of Music from the University of Hartford, where she studied music education with an emphasis in pedagogy. In her musical career, Laura studied horn with William McCann, Amy Sanchez, and Alexander Shuhan. She currently performs with various ensembles around the New York Capital Region, including the Capital Region Wind Ensemble and Memorial Town Band of Colonie, among others. Laura is on the music faculty in the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District, where she teaches middle school band.
Laura Jacaruso

Paul Reed (Percussion)
Veteran freelance musician, Paul Reed, is a native of New York City. His work reflects the benefits of 40 years of experience. As a percussionist, keyboard player and composer he began his formal music education in California at UCLA while in his teens. Returning to NYC in '68, he continued his schooling at Juilliard, and The Manhattan School of Music while studying privately with some of the most respected artists in the field. At 17, Reed became a member of the prestigious National Orchestral Association and made several appearances with them at Carnegie Hall. Convinced that the most important lessons he then needed could only be learned on the job, Paul jumped straight into the freelance music arena when he was 18. He spent the next few years playing in the pit orchestras of some of Broadway's most successful musicals and was a featured on-stage soloist in Bob Fosse's Dancin'. In 1970, figuring that "you only live once... maybe", he seized the chance to see the world. For several years, he appeared throughout the US with the Monkees of '60s TV fame. When he wasn't on the road, Paul appeared at local jazz venues with respected artists including Gerry Mulligan and Peggy Lee. He also played with many rock bands including CBS recording artists The Laughing Dogs, The Leisure Units, Bulldog featuring Michael Boloton, and Japanese recording stars Earthling. In 1990, he returned to his orchestral percussion roots and presented a solo recital at Merkin Hall, in which he performed compositions by Frank Zappa, Max Lifshitz, and fronted his own ensemble "The Electric Chamber" in an arrangement of excerpts from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring with original choreography by Mariko Tanabe of the Eric Hawkins Dance Company. Today he plays in a jazz/surf fusion trio, The Paul Miller Quartet, to keep his chops up and to stay on track with his belief that music has to be fun or it is a waste of time and energy. He also spent many years working as a session drummer playing for recording artists and on many well known TV and radio jingles. While doing these recording gigs, he became familiar with the workings of sound studios. It was in this stage of his career that the idea for a state-of-the-art analog/digital recording studio away from the toxic environment of the city.
Paul Reed

Not pictured here:

Kelly Diehl (Violin)
Brittany Rakoske (Cello)
Alex Slomka (Trombone)

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