The Red Hot Ramblers Dixieland Band!

The Red-Hot Ramblers Dixieland band was formed in 2010 and was the brainchild of Scott Eisenreich (Tuba) and Karl Priore (Trumpet). All of the members of the band are local to the Pittsburgh area and have been performing for many years in various venues. What is special about this group is that we all share a passion for the incredibly fun music known as "Dixieland". You may not have known what is was called, but you probably have heard Dixieland music before. The most well known Dixieland musician of the 20th century was Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. Most of us have heard "When the Saints Go Marching In" with Louis Armstrong performing the vocals as well as playing trumpet.


This band plays original transcriptions, original arrangements and a variety of great tunes all in the Dixieland style.

 


Karl Priore
Trumpet

Karl Priore was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area. After his family moved to the North Hills, Karl received his Elementary, Junior High and High School education in the North Hills School District. It was at a young age that Karl found a love for music and a desire to play the trumpet. Upon graduation there was no doubt in Karl's mind that he wanted to be a teacher and performer of music. Karl was then accepted to Duquesne University's School of Music and awarded a performance scholarship where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. Following his undergraduate education he was awarded an assistantship with Dr. John Wilson with whom he studied as he received a Master of Music also from Duquesne University.

Karl began to perform professionally by playing with many of the local dance bands around Pittsburgh. It wasn't long before he started to play with well-known names and acts as well as being a full time member of the Benny Benack Band. Throughout the years, Karl has performed a wide variety of musical styles from classical to jazz to rock. He has appeared with the Pittsburgh Opera, the Civic Light Opera Orchestra, the Balcony Big Band, the Letterman, the Big Easy Jazz Band, the Glen Miller Orchestra, Bobby Vinton, Maureen McGovern, Jim Nabors, Perry Como, Pat Boone and Jack Jones. Currently, he is the lead trumpet player with the Burgh' Big Band, the Joe Campus Big Band and he continues to do a great deal of freelance work. His love for traditional style Dixieland music is evident as he is a co-founder of the Red Hot Ramblers.

Karl's experience and love for music is unmistakable in his teaching. With over 24 years of experience, he takes great pride in the students and ensembles with and whom he works. In these years, he has developed award winning students and ensembles form both the Monessen School District and the Kiski Area School District where he presently teaches. In his years as a music educator, he has has been a director of Marching Bands, Jazz Ensembles, and Concert Bands of all grade levels. His students have sat first chair in numerous PMEA events. Karl currently resides with his wife Beth in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.

The Red Hot Ramblers Dixieland Band!


Mark Priore
Clarinet

Mark Priore performs as soloist and as an ensemble player in a variety of musical groups. He has worked with Guy Lombardo, Tommy Tune, the McKeesport Symphony, Acoustic Swing Trio, Pittsburgh Saxophone Quartet, Joe Campus Big Band and numerous other groups. For thirteen years, Mark had planned and ran the Musik Innovations Jazz Workshop, a community summer jazz workshop for young players. Mark continues to teach private lessons on woodwind instruments and is a public school teacher in the Carlynton School District.

The Red Hot Ramblers Dixieland Band!


Jeff Bush
Trombone

Apollo, Pennsylvania native Jeff Bush began studying music at the age of four on an unlikely instrument, the banjo. He followed with the piano and then discovered the trombone which has become a lifelong pursuit. While a student at Youngstown State University, Bush performed with The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and toured with The Glenn Miller Orchestra. In his final year at YSU, Bush became linked to one of his musical heroes, receiving the Frank Rosolino Memorial Scholarship. The award featured Bush at the 1999 International Trombone Festival and allowed him to study in Berlin, Germany with acclaimed trombonist, Jiggs Whigham.

In 2000 Jeff moved to New York City to begin a Master's degree at The Manhattan School of Music and to pursue a freelance career which continues to flourish today. Bush is honored to have performed with a number of great jazz artists including The Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabakin Big Band, The Count Basie Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Cyrus Chestnut, Kevin Mahogany, Marlena Shaw, Benny Golson, Jon Hendricks, Ahmad Jamal, Vanessa Rubin, Jimmy Heath and Anthony Braxton. Jeff has also been a featured soloist and substitute conductor for The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Bush joined the big band of superstar Harry Connick Jr in February 2007 and stayed with the group through early 2009. During his tenure as lead trombonist, Jeff toured the world, made a number of network television appearances, special performances for The 2008 NBA All-Star Game and for Pope Benedict XVI and appeared on two releases for Columbia Records.

In other musical genres, Jeff has worked with The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Paul Anka, Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Caldwell, Freda Payne, HBO's The Sopranos and The New York City Ballet. He has also performed on tenor trombone, bass trombone and tuba in the pit orchestras of the New York City Broadway shows Wonderful Town, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Pajama Game, South Pacific and How The Grinch Stole Christmas. As a sideman Bush has appeared on over thirty albums, including Grapefruit Moon with Southside Johnny and Tom Waits. He has performed on The PBS Television special, My Sinatra, and can even be heard on "jingles" for the TV show Jeopardy and Rice-A-Roni. Jeff made his debut as leader in 2010 on "Ain't So Bad To Swing" for Beezwax Records and is currently working on his second studio project comprised of original material.

Jeff is very proud of his developments as an educator. He continues to work as a clinician with college and high school students as well as private instruction in his home studio. Additionally he serves as an adjunct instructor of trombone at West Virginia Wesleyan College, adjunct instructor of jazz studies at Duquesne University and adjunct instructor of jazz studies at his alma mater, Youngstown State University.

The Red Hot Ramblers Dixieland Band!


Howard Hartman
Trombone (Emeritus)

Howard is no longer performing with the band, but we would like to honor him on our page. Howard is one of the finest trombonists we have ever worked with and more importantly, a wonderful friend.

You've heard Howard Hartman's trombone playing at Pittsburgh Pirate Games, restaurants, weddings and jazz clubs. Howard is a well known musician throughout New Orleans where he played with Roy Liberto and Benny Benack. His recordings include CD's recorded with Benny Benack and the Big Easy Band as well as radio and television commercials. Howard Hartman has performed with Perry Como, Pat Boone and Jack Jones. Also, Hoard is Civil Engineer who has worked in the Pittsburgh area for over fifty years.

The Red Hot Ramblers Dixieland Band!


John Marcinizyn
Banjo/Guitar

Guitarist, composer, banjoist John Marcinizyn performs frequently as a soloist, with the Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo, contralto Daphne Alderson, flute and guitar duo, violin and guitar duo, and groups ranging from The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh to his jazz trio Acoustic Swing. His versatility as an acoustic and electric guitarist allows him to perform in many styles including classical, jazz, rock, blues, and folk. John has also performed guitar and banjo for many theater companies including Quantum Theater, where he wrote and performed a flamenco score for The Red Shoes and a Blues score for El Paso Blue. His playing can be heard on six CDs and one DVD.

John's original music compositions have received numerous performances and include a guitar concerto, string quartet, orchestral music, music for theater, and pieces for solo guitar and guitar with mixed ensemble, as well as a number of jazz and rock pieces. His Sonata for Guitar and Marimba received critical acclaim following its premiere at the Guitar Foundation of America International Festival and Competition held in Buffalo. The Westmoreland Symphonic Winds commissioned Song for the Sparrows, in memory of Beth Ann Johnson and Elyse Jeanne Saraceni who were killed in the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103. IonSound Project premiered his All Manner of Things Shall Be Well, for Contralto, Cello and Piano, based upon the writings of Julian of Norwich. John recently toured in South America and the Eastern Caribbean with contralto, Daphne Alderson in programs that varied from chamber music through cabaret.

John holds a Ph. D. in music composition and theory from the University of Pittsburgh, and teaches guitar at Carnegie Mellon University and guitar and composition at Seton Hill University. He also teaches a class on slide guitar techniques at the Duquesne University Guitar and Bass Summer Workshop.

The Red Hot Ramblers Dixieland Band!


Greg Lutz
Piano

Greg Holds 2 bachelor's degrees (Music Education and Recording Arts and Sciences) and a Master's degree (Jazz Tenor Sax Performance) from Duquesne University, and is currently enrolled in the DMA program at Boston university. Greg teaches instrumental music and jazz improvisation in the Kiski Area Public Schools. Greg is also in demand as a jazz improvisation clinician and has given clinics at Seton Hill University, Duquesne University, PMEA District I and PMEA State Conventions just to name a few! Greg has been Professional Freelance musician in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas for more than 20 years, has played constantly and in a broad range of styles and venues, at times with National and Headliner acts. In addition to performing, Greg is also well-known as a Sound Engineer and a composer. You can visit Greg's website at www.greglutzmusic.com To find out more about this outstanding musician!

 

The Red Hot Ramblers Dixieland Band!


Scott Eisenreich
Tuba

Scott is a graduate of Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University. Scott began his career in 1981 playing Euphonium in the River City Brass Band and in 1985 joined the First US Army band as Euphonium Soloist. During his tenure in the Army Band, Scott performed with the likes of Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Lee Greenwood, President Ronald Reagan, Eugene Ormandy and many others. After returning to Pittsburgh, Scott has performed with many local groups including the McKeesport Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, River City Brass Band, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Broadway Series Orchestra Pittsburgh Public Theatre and many others.

 

The Red Hot Ramblers Dixieland Band!


Tom Elrick
Drums

Tom Elrick is the son of one of Pittsburgh’s premiere Jazz drummers of the 1940’s through the 70’s, the late Howard “Bud” Elrick. Tom is a graduate of Fox Chapel Area High School and a graduate of Duquesne University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Throughout his college years, he played the trumpet with the University Jazz ensemble under the direction of Dr. John Wilson. Growing up, Tom studied the trumpet with Chester Deluca, Wes Ward, Bill Riggs, Al Brandon, and Frank Ostrowski.

In the late 80’s Tom started to make a transition from the Trumpet to the Drums. This transition seemed natural due to the fact that Tom’s dad had made a career at the drum kit. Ironically, Tom never took a single drum lesson from his father. One of the first bands that Tom performed with in the Pittsburgh area on the drums, and is still very proud of to this day, was “The Big Easy Jazz Band”. Some of the members of the band included: Karl Priore on trumpet, Howard Hartman on trombone, Benny Benack Jr. on clarinet, and Tom Roberts on piano. After the band members went their separate ways, Tom continued to work in the Pittsburgh and surrounding area with trio’s, quartets, and quintets put together by pianist Tom Roberts. For over 25 years, Tom has been kept busy playing the drums for different venues and has been involved in different genres of live musical performance. He has had the honor of working with many of the city’s best musicians as well as some visiting musicians from the New York area.

To pay the bills, Tom has been a music teacher in the public schools for over 22 years. His experiences include teaching elementary, secondary and high school band as well as secondary and high school choir. Tom held the position of Assistant Marching Band Director and High School Choir Director in Monessen for 11 years and now holds the position of Junior High Choir Director with the Woodland Hills School District. Tom is very proud of the work he has done with his students over the years and with the bands he has performed with. If you were to ask Tom to sum it all up he’d probably say, “putting a smile on people’s faces by way of music is simply a blast!”

 

 

 

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