The Musicians

Seelan Manickam


Hailing from British Columbia, Canada, Seelan has been top prize winner at several Canadian solo competitions; including the British Columbia Performing Arts Festival of the Arts (1982-1989), and the Greater Victoria Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (1990 & 1994). His professional experience has included performances with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, the Taipei Sinfonietta, the Boston Civic Orchestra, Quintessence Brass Quintet, Royal Brass Quintet, Majestic Brass Quintet, the footlights Theater Co., Papermill Theater, the Don Leppard Big Band, Heritage Chorale & Orchestra and the Victoria Civic Orchestra. Mr. Manickam received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria where he studied with Louis Ranger and his Graduate Performance Certificate from The Boston Conservatory where he studied with Steven Emery. Additional studies have been with Jens Lindemenn and Ian McDougall. Currently Seelan resides in Boston where he is on the faculty of the Brookline Music School and The Boston Conservatory Special Programs.

Chris O'Hara


Chris O'Hara began studying the trumpet at the age of 9 in Bensenville, IL. Since then, he has performed with the Wood Dale Symphonic Winds, the Concordia Festival Orchestra, The Sippican Festival Orchestra, and as principal with the MIT Symphony Orchestra, and the Holy Cross Chamber Orchestra. His solo engagements include the Haydn Trumpet Concerto in Eb, as well as standing room only concert recitals. Chris has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and the Federation of Russia. Chris is also a founding member of The National Brass with whom he toured the East Coast in 1997. Chris is currently studying at The Boston Conservatory under the instruction of Steve Emery, of The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

Samuel Minnich


Sam Minnich is 22 years old and has been studying the horn for twelve years. During his years in high school he studied with Orlando Pandolfi, as well as performing with the Keene Chamber Orchestra. Now in his last year at The Boston Conservatory, Sam is principal of The Boston Conservatory Orchestra, the Boston Metropolitan Orchestra, and has performed with other groups such as the Masterworks Chorale, Berkshire Symphony, and Hingham Symphony. Sam has also appeared as a soloist with the Back Bay Chamber Orchestra. He has participated in masterclasses and coachings with Gail Williams, Samuel Pilafian, Eric Ruske, William Capps, Michael Thompson, Richard Watkins , Scott Hartman, and Richard Sebring. He currently studies with Thomas Haunton, principal horn of the New Hampshire Symphony, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and member of the Boston Pops Esplenade Orchestra.

Joe Stewart


Joe joined the National Brass in early 1998, he brings a widely varied background to the group. Joe studied music performance at Shenandoah Conservatory and Syracuse University. His diversity has allowed him to perform throughout the US, Europe, Scandinavia, and Japan with such groups as The American Wind Symphony, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the ska band The Allstonians, and Velvile/Mercury recording artists The Amazing Royal Crowns. Since moving to Boston in 1997 Joe has been an active part of the freelance performing community. Joe is also looking forward to using his arranging talents to contribute to The National Brass' diverse repertoire.

Chi-Sun Chan


Chi-Sun Chan, a native of Hong Kong, received his Advanced Diploma and Professional Diploma from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and Master of Music from The Boston Conservatory. Mr. Chan has performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Hong Kong Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Boston, the MIT Symphony Orchestra, the Hingham Symphony Orchestra, the Concord Orchestra, and the Royal Brass Quintet. In 1998, Mr. Chan performed with The National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Affiliated Youth Band as a guest soloist. Recently Mr. Chan is pursuing a DMA in tuba performance at Boston University. Current and former teachers include Gary Oflenoch, John Manning, and Chester Roberts.

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